DAYS/HOURS: Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, with one unpaid hour for lunch
REPORTS TO: CELH Project Manager STATUS: 8-month contract with possibility of extension, Full-time, Exempt
LOCATION: Remote and 7 Winthrop Square, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02110*
*Position will be remote until the office re-opens
SUMMARY OF POSITION:
Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP) seeks an outgoing, energetic, organized person to coordinate and administer all aspects of our case assignments, advertising, recruiting, and retention of pro bono volunteers for an 8-month Statewide Project related to COVID-19 evictions.
The Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) has engaged the Volunteer Lawyers Project to participate in a statewide coordinated legal services delivery system to deliver free legal assistance to income eligible tenants facing eviction due to COVID-19. The CELH Project seeks to ensure that legal assistance is available to all who are eligible.
The COVID Eviction Legal Help Project will provide referrals, legal information, assistance, and legal representation in all sittings of the Massachusetts Housing Court to preserve or achieve housing stability. The initiative will serve tenants and income eligible owner-occupied landlords of up to a 3-family home. The CELH Project will provide legal assistance statewide to low-income tenants and owner-occupants who are at 200% or below the Federal Poverty Level in COVID-related eviction cases. Through the COVID-19 Eviction Legal Help (CELH) Project, trained staff and pro bono attorneys will help tenants as they navigate the eviction process.
All work will be done virtually, in collaboration with other regional legal aid agencies and with ongoing mentoring from Volunteer Lawyers Project. This is a grant-funded position through June 30, 2021. Extension of an additional nine months of employment beyond this date is contingent on the availability of funding.
· Completion of Bachelor’s degree or higher
· 1-3 years of work experience
REQUIRED PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:
· Heavy use of computer and web-based programs and applications
· Ability to stand and/or sit for long periods of time
· Ability to communicate in person, by telephone, video conference, and online
· Strong knowledge of online web-based programs and social media outlets
· Experience with recruiting, orienting, and retaining volunteers
· Experience with business professional communication (written and oral)
· Experience and commitment to working with a broad range of people, including clients, private attorneys, people with disabilities, and court personnel
· Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and experience managing multiple tasks
· Experience with gathering and presenting information
· Experience working with Microsoft office suite, databases, online surveys, scheduling tools, web content editors, and other applications
· Strong judgment, professionalism, reliability, and interpersonal skills
· Experience working independently and within a team
· Experience in a customer service environment preferred
· Ability to problem solve and troubleshoot issues
· Ability to be flexible with a sense of initiative
· Ability to learn new systems and applications quickly and efficiently
· Ability to gain a working knowledge of various practice areas of law
· Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
· Develop, understand, and follow VLP’s pro bono model for recruiting, training, mentoring, and retaining volunteers from the private bar
· Administer all aspects of case assignment process for pro bono volunteers, interpreters, and mentors
· Serve as the point of contact and coordinate all aspects of recruiting and retaining potential volunteers with the assistance of the Pro Bono Manager and Project Manager
· Serve as the point of contact with our partners, pro bono volunteers, interpreters, and other programs, agencies, and firms for the COVID-19 Eviction Legal Help initiative
· Run reports from case management system as needed
· Field requests from volunteer attorneys and interpreters
· Perform other duties as needed or as directed
To Apply: https://vlpnet.org/about-us/careers/
Volunteer Lawyers Project is committed to a diverse work environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our ideal candidates are respectful of an inclusive work environment. VLP strives to ensure that those working in our organization reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. VLP encourages applicants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to apply for positions.