Staff Attorney: Economic Security & Family Law

DOVE (DOmestic Violence Ended), Inc

Posted: 5/16/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Legal

Primary domain: Human Services

City: Quincy

Postal code: 02269

State: Massachusetts

Country: United States

Organization Information:

Budget:

$1M - $3M

Website:

www.dovema.org

Mission statement:

DOVE’s Mission

DOVE is committed to partnering with diverse communities, families, and individuals
 impacted by domestic violence.  We promote hope, healing, safety, and social change 
by providing a broad range of preventive and responsive services.

DOVE’s Statement of Welcome and Affirmation

DOVE welcomes refugee and immigrant survivors both documented and undocumented, 
people with disabilities, people who are deaf or hard of hearing, people of color, and 
LGBQ/T and gender expansive and non-conforming individuals.

Position Details:

Job Description:

Job Purpose: The Economic Security & Family Law Staff Attorney is responsible for providing information, pro se assistance, and representation to victims of domestic violence seeking legal assistance in family law, restraining order, housing and benefits matters. They are also responsible for assisting the LAP Director in outreach and relationship-building within DOVE’s catchment area and within the legal community, facilitating legal trainings, and developing the economic security program’s policies, procedures, and goals, and tracking the success and outcome of the program.

 

Reporting Responsibilities: The Staff Attorney reports to the Director, Legal Advocacy Program.

 

Job Responsibilities:

  1. Provide legal representation and advocacy to victims of domestic violence in the following areas:
    • Eviction prevention;
    • Housing transfers and accommodations;
    • Accessing and maintaining state benefits: Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Emergency Assistance (EA) Shelter, and Unemployment Benefits (UI);
    • Emergency family law matters with a connection to economic security;
    • 209A hearings.
  2. Conduct outreach to the legal community by attending meetings and roundtables with legal professionals.
  3. Conduct outreach and provide trainings in DOVE’s catchment area on housing and benefits for survivors.
  4. Staff DOVE’s Legal Helpline with other attorneys in the legal program.
  5. Provide consultation to DOVE’s non-lawyer advocates.
  6. Help identify pro bono or reduced-fee legal representation for DOVE clients.
  7. Provide on-site legal services at Quincy District Court 1 day a week.
  8. Provide on-site legal services at Norfolk Probate and Family Court 1 day a week.
  9. Assist LAP Director to facilitate legal trainings and participate in planning trainings.

Work Schedule:  Full-time exempt position, generally weekdays. Economic Security and Family Law Staff Attorney will be required to work at other times periodically (occasional evening, weekend, and very occasional holiday hours) to conduct presentations or groups, facilitate meetings and/or attend trainings or organizational events or meetings.

Qualifications:

Required Skills & Abilities:

  1. Bilingual (Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, Vietnamese, or Spanish and English) strongly preferred.
  2. Ability to work independently and to effectively multitask.
  3. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  4. Strong organizational and computer skills.
  5. A strong work ethic and sense of initiative.Someone who leads by example and can work effectively and collaboratively in a small, creative, and resourceful non-profit setting.
  6. Ability to model and uphold appropriate professional boundaries in work with clients, co-workers, supervisor, and community.
  7. Demonstrated ability and desire to work with diverse populations including, but not limited to, non-English speaking families, undocumented clients, and survivors who identify as LGBQ/T (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer and/or Transgender) and to learn about and actively use multicultural awareness and understanding in daily work.
  8. Valid MA driver’s license, reliable transportation, and willingness to travel regularly within DOVE’s service area required.
  9. Must be committed to DOVE’s mission and practice philosophies, to ending violence and oppression, to using empowerment practice, and to promoting social justice and social change.
  10. Must provide documentation of 35 hours of domestic violence training upon hire, or complete DOVE’s 35-hour Domestic Violence training within 1st year of hire.
  11. A CORI background check is mandatory.CORI History will be reviewed and may not disqualify candidates.

 

Education & Experience:

  1. J.D. and licensed to practice in Massachusetts.
  2. At least two years of providing legal advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence.

Benefits:

Compensation:

  1. Position is exempt and salaried.
  2. FTE annual range = $55,000-$60,000 depending on experience.
  3. Additional compensation is provided for demonstrated, proficient language skills preferred in DOVE’s catchment area; $1,500 gross annual 40 hr FTE or .72/hr for 1st language. Additional compensation of $1,000 gross annual per 40 hr. FTE for 2nd or more language/s in addition to English, including Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, Vietnamese, and/or Spanish.

 

Benefits:  DOVE is committed to working for social and economic justice, working with engaged and dedicated colleagues, and providing and ensuring training and education in best practices as well as professional development opportunities. As an organization we hold openness to innovation, and we seek the opportunity and resources to do meaningful, impactful work. Benefits consistent with personnel policy:

  1. Paid time off: Vacation (3 weeks in Year 1, increases at Year 3), Personal Days (3 days/year),
    Sick time (12 days/year), and 12 Holidays
  2. Insurance coverage (Health/Dental, Short-Term Disability, and Life).

Salary:

Less than $60k

Posting Expiration Date:

7/15/2019

How to Apply:

Application Instructions:

  1. To apply, send cover letter specifically for this position and a resume to Christy Rodriguez, Esq.Director, Legal Advocacy Program, at [email protected].
  2. Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm Friday, June 7, 2019.
  3. Applications or resumes without a cover letter expressing interest in employment at DOVE will not be considered.
For more information on DOVE, see our website: www.dovema.org         


 

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