Staff Attorney, Benefits Unit – CWJC

Central West Justice Center (CWJC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Community Legal Aid, provides high-quality free legal assistance in civil matters to low-income individuals and families throughout Central and Western Massachusetts.

CWJC seeks a staff attorney to join a vibrant, talented team that provides legal assistance in public benefits matters, including TAFDC, EAEDC, SNAP (food stamps), MassHealth, and Emergency Assistance shelter. In addition to handling cases before administrative agencies and in court on appeal, the attorney will engage in community outreach and education. The attorney will be based in CWJC’s Springfield office.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Admission to Massachusetts Bar, or eligible to sit for next Massachusetts Bar examination, or entitled to practice under a Massachusetts practice rule. Fluency in a second language, especially Spanish, preferred. Experience advocating for low-income clients seeking public benefits and/or other administrative agency advocacy experience, including law school clinical experience, preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skills. A demonstrated dedication to social justice, sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse backgrounds, and commitment to working with low-income communities. Recent law school graduates are eligible to apply, as are more experienced attorneys.

COMPENSATION: The starting salary for this position is $62,500, which is based on a union scale and adjusted upward depending on experience. CWJC offers a very generous benefits package that includes 401(k) with employer-paid contribution; low-cost health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents; malpractice insurance; paid leave (4 weeks vacation, 3 personal days, 12 sick days, and 13 holidays); and relocation stipend.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please submit cover letter and resume to: avaughan@cla-ma.org or mail to Alicia Vaughan, Human Resources Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608.

CWJC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strives to ensure that our staff members reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. CWJC encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

CWJC has a hybrid workplace and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated or undergo weekly testing.