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Intake Specialist/Paralegal – VRLC

Organization:

Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is a nonprofit law center that provides free legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault in Massachusetts and Oregon and national training and support for lawyers and advocates on the civil legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims. VRLC’s mission is to provide legal representation to survivors of sexual violence to help rebuild their lives; and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim.

All applicants must support VRLC’s mission and philosophy regarding our commitment to improving the response to sexual violence, empowerment, and inclusiveness. This position will be filled by someone with a strong work ethic, a passion for mission-driven work, and a commitment to addressing the needs of marginalized communities.

VRLC strives to build and strengthen a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This includes building a team that reflects the diversity of the communities and professionals we serve. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color may self-select out of opportunities if they don’t meet 100% of the job requirements. People of color, LGBTQIA2S+ individuals, survivors, immigrants, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. The VRLC will gladly assist applicants in need of accommodation. For assistance, contact humanresources@victimrights.org.

Description:

The Intake Specialist/Paralegal is the first contact clients have with VRLC. The specialist will conduct phone screenings with sexual assault survivors seeking legal assistance and provide support to attorneys representing sexual assault survivors.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct initial phone screenings with sexual assault survivors seeking civil legal assistance and/or criminal justice advocacy in Massachusetts
  • Assess potential clients for eligibility for services and provide referrals
  • Assist attorneys with legal casework and other administrative tasks related to direct client representation such as:
    • Drafting client correspondence
    • Using DocuSign to secure client signatures on legal documents
    • Requesting audio recordings of court hearings
    • Drafting and filing court pleadings
    • Conducting legal research using LexisNexis
    • Drafting legal memoranda as assigned, and
    • Compiling reporting data for state and federal funding
  • Assist clients in gathering assault-related information and documents for their legal cases in the areas of housing, education law, employment, immigration, privacy hearings, protection orders, benefits, and victim compensation
  • Work collaboratively with the direct services team focused on meeting the legal needs of survivors
  • Attend outreach events, meetings, and trainings virtually and throughout the Commonwealth related to addressing sexual violence to build relationships with organizations working with survivors in Massachusetts
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Highly motivated, organized, and able to handle several tasks at once
  • Attention to detail and follow-through
  • Fluency in Spanish or Portuguese

Preferred Qualifications:

  • B.A./B.S. and/or relevant work experience
  • Experience working with trauma survivors and/or underserved communities
  • Experience working in a law office

Salary Range: A salary within the range of $40,000-$45,000 (+ language use stipend) will be provided to the successful candidate. The salary within this range will be determined by the years of relevant experience they bring and with consideration given to VRLC’s internal compensation matrix.
Please note that this range has been established within an internal salary matrix.

Benefits:

  • 19 paid vacation days
  • 12 paid holidays per year
  • Week-long office closures week of July 4th and year’s end
  • Generous sick time
  • Paid parental leave
  • Health, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • 403b Retirment plan with employer match
  • Organization-sponsored life insurance
  • MBTA Pass
  • A fun, caring, and innovative work environment

Hybrid Work: VRLC has a Hybrid Work Policy. “Hybrid Work” is a flexible workplace model that is supportive and inclusive of employees fulfilling their job responsibilities in-office, remotely, or at another location (partner agency) for all or part of their regularly scheduled work hours. Employees have a choice in selecting a working environment that helps them be most productive while meeting the needs of VRLC and prioritizing both a survivor-centered approach to work and survivor privacy. The ideal candidate for this position would be expected to be in the office at least twice a month.

To Apply: Please fill out the form below. If you cannot fill out the form, please email your cover letter and resume humanresources@victimrights.org. Use your last name and “Intake Specialist” as the subject of the email. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please indicate where you saw this posting in your application. No phone calls please.