POSITION: Technology Project Assistant
DAYS/HOURS: Maximum 17 hours/week, schedule TBD
REPORTS TO: Barbara Siegel, Director of Compliance and Technology
LOCATION: VLP Main Office, 7 Winthrop Square, Floor 2, Boston MA 02110
VLP received a Technology Initiative Grant (TIG) from the Legal Services Corporation to create user-friendly online interviews that people without lawyers can use to generate forms that can be filed with government agencies. The interviews will focus on 3 areas: 1) requests for relief filed with the Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement division; 2) requests for waivers and appeals of SSI and SSDI (disability benefits from the Social Security Administration) overpayments; and 3) reports to Social Security that help parents of children on SSI properly spend and account for benefits and avoid overpayments.
SUMMARY OF POSITION
This is a temporary grant-funded position for a part-time Project Assistant to work with VLP’s project team and outside tech developers to create the materials, assist with user testing, and conduct outreach to the community about the completed materials. The position also involves coordinating team meetings and assisting with milestone reports. We are using an open source tool called Docassemble to create the materials. Work on the grant started January 1, 2018 and the position is expected to last through March 2020.
• Bachelor’s Degree, but will consider current undergraduate in junior or senior year.
• Current graduate or law school student
• Experience coordinating or managing a project
• Experience creating and using online surveys to collect user feedback
• Experience with using GoToMeeting or other web conferencing tools
• Experience conducting outreach and/or publicity, including through social media
• Facility with Microsoft Office programs
• Experience developing online guided interviews and/or automated forms
• Experience with user testing
• Familiarity with automated forms
• Familiarity with plain language
• Experience conducting trainings or other presentations
• Work with low-income populations and people with disabilities
• Familiarity with Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits
• Knowledge of Massachusetts social service providers
• Ability to use a computer
• Ability to work at a desk for extended periods
• Ability to communicate in person, by telephone, and by computer
• Ability to travel occasionally within the state
• Ability to work and communicate effectively with others
• Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
• Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
• Ability to work on a multi-faceted project with a technological component
• Ability to research and write reports
• Ability to learn and synthesize new information
• Flexibility and ability to solve problems
• Attention to detail
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
• Draft agenda for and take notes at weekly team meetings.
• Work with project manager to track and meet grant deliverables.
• Work with project attorneys at VLP and the Disability Law Center to develop interview scripts.
• Gather and help analyze user feedback as interviews are developed.
• Work with project manager to develop outreach and training plan, and help conduct outreach and training for service providers, volunteer attorneys, and the client community.
• Assist project manager in writing semi-annual milestone reports to funder.
• Assist project manager in drafting final evaluation of the project.
SUPERVISION TO BE EXERCISED: 0
SUPERVISION TO BE RECEIVED: Supervised by VLP Director of Compliance and Technology; weekly meetings with project team.
Please Note: This is a grant funded position through March 31, 2020.
Please submit resume and cover letter here by November 30, 2018.
Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
POSITION: Full-Time Staff Attorney
DAYS/HOURS: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (w/ some evening trainings)
REPORTS TO: Cindy Palmquist, Esq. Legal Director
LOCATION: Volunteer Lawyers Project, 7 Winthrop Square, Second Floor, Boston, MA 02110
SUMMARY OF POSITION
The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP) is a non-profit legal services organization which provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Greater Boston, primarily through the pro bono services of private attorneys. We are seeking a full-time staff attorney who is committed to serving low-income clients and to working with the private bar to expand access to justice. The staff attorney will work in at least two subject areas spread among our housing, family law, bankruptcy, and consumer and employment law units. This is a great opportunity to learn other areas of law. The responsibilities and requirements in each of these units are described below.
VLP is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ a diverse staff. Fluency in a second language is preferred, specifically Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese, Cantonese, or Vietnamese as a large percentage of our client population is limited English proficient.
CRITERIA APPLICABLE TO ALL UNITS
- Law degree from an accredited law school.
- Admission to and good standing in Massachusetts bar
- For bankruptcy unit, also admission to and good standing in Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts is also required.
- 2-5 years in full-time law practice, including litigation.
- Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office Suite.
- Prior work with organization serving low-income clients.
- Prior experience supervising legal work of others.
- Prior experience recruiting and supporting volunteers.
- Prior experience planning and conducting trainings or presentations.
- Prior experience with grant writing and reporting.
REQUIRED PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:
- Ability to use a computer several hours per day.
- Ability to communicate in person, by telephone and by computer.
- Ability to travel to courthouses and other clinic locations in Greater Boston.
- Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time.
REQUIRED MENTAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Strong organizational skills and ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
- Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and with staff at outside organizations.
- Ability to effectively engage with private bar to recruit, train and mentor volunteer attorneys.
- Ability to supervise attorney, paralegal and intern staff.
- Ability to work independently.
- Ability to engage in critical thinking and problem solving.
- Ability to learn and apply federal eligibility requirements.
- Ability to quickly learn and effectively use case management system.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
- Maintaining expertise in two or more subject areas.
- Effectively and efficiently handling a small caseload.
- Managing at least two court-based clinics each week.
- Providing weekly supervision at call center.
- Weekly case review meetings.
- Reviewing cases for merit and alignment with priorities.
- Supervising paralegals, interns, and pro bono attorneys.
- Interacting with and recruiting volunteers from the private bar.
- Conducting monthly or bimonthly trainings for volunteers, often during evening hours.
- Preparing cases for pro bono assignment, including reviewing memos and documents.
- Assisting in placement of cases with pro bono attorneys.
- Answering substantive questions from staff members and pro bono attorneys.
- Monitoring pro bono cases to ensure quality and competent representation.
- Participation in legal aid coalitions and collaborations.
- Assisting with grant applications and reports.
CRITERIA SPECIFIC TO CONSUMER / BANKRUPTCY UNIT
- Two or more years of bankruptcy law experience.
- Two or more years of consumer law experience
- Familiarity with consumer and bankruptcy law and issues affecting low-income clients including consumer debt defense and homeownership preservation.
- Ability to use bankruptcy filing software.
CRITERIA SPECIFIC TO HOUSING UNIT
- Two or more years practicing landlord/tenant law.
- Knowledge of Massachusetts landlord-tenant laws and regulations.
- Knowledge of public and subsidized housing law and regulations.
- Experience with public and subsidized housing evictions and administrative proceedings.
CRITERIA SPECIFIC TO EMPLOYMENT LAW UNIT
- Two or more years practicing employment law
CRITERIA SPECIFIC TO FAMILY LAW UNIT
- Three or more years practicing family law
- Experience with all aspects of family law cases
SUPERVISION TO BE EXERCISED: 1 paralegal, 1-3 interns
SUPERVISION TO BE RECEIVED: Weekly meeting with legal director.
Volunteer Lawyers Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Please submit resume and cover letter here by November 9, 2018.