Staff Attorney

DOVE (DOmestic Violence Ended), Inc

Posted: 8/14/2020

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:

Mission Statement

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.


Statement of Welcome & Affirmation: DOVE provides services to individuals impacted by domestic violence and welcomes refugee and immigrant survivors both documented and undocumented, people with disabilities, people who are D/deaf or hard of hearing, people of color, and LGBQ/T and gender non-conforming individuals.


Organization Summary: DOVE (Domestic Violence Ended), Inc. was founded in 1978 and has since grown from one crisis hotline to a comprehensive multi-services organization. DOVE is the only domestic violence organization in Norfolk County. DOVE provides a range of services for individuals who have experienced abuse, including a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, safety assessment and planning, supportive education and counseling, support groups, legal assistance, assistance accessing governmental and community-based services, and community outreach and education. At DOVE, we believe that all people have the right to live free from the fear of abuse. At our core, DOVE’s work is about fostering healthier and safer relationships for all.


Position Details:

Job Description:

Job Purpose: The Staff Attorney provides information, advocacy, pro se assistance, and legal advice to victims of domestic violence seeking legal assistance in the areas of family law, 209A Abuse Prevention Orders, immigration, housing, and benefits. They are responsible for coordinating our legal helpline and our internship program.  All of DOVE’s attorneys work as a team to do outreach and relationship-building within DOVE’s catchment area and within the legal community, facilitate legal trainings, develop the Legal Advocacy Program’s policies, procedures, and goals, and track the success and outcomes of the program.


Job Responsibilities:

**This is a restructured position. We are interested in working with the Staff Attorney to define the specifics of the role. The scope and responsibilities associated with the role could take many different forms.  Coordinating DOVE’s legal helpline will be a large part of the role, but other tasks may vary depending on the interest and experience of the Staff Attorney. For example, this position may be exciting for someone who is not interested in providing in-court representation but wants to work directly with clients. On the other hand, for someone looking for litigation experience, this role could include opportunities for in-court representation. We are interested in finding the right candidate and working as a team to further define the role in way that will be most impactful for DOVE’s clients.**


Job responsibilities may include:

  1. Coordinate DOVE’s Legal Helpline including:
    • Returning calls and/or coordinating other team members to return calls to the Legal Helpline within 72 hours of receipt,
    • Screening callers for eligibility for services,
    • Providing trauma informed information, safety planning, referrals, and advice to callers,
    • Presenting potential cases at weekly case review for assignment to other Staff Attorneys.
  2. Coordinate the Legal Advocacy Program’s internship program, including:
    • Building relationships with law schools to increase awareness of DOVE and recruit high-quality student interns,
    • Coordinating the intern interview and selection process,
    • Training and mentoring interns to build their legal skills,
    • Providing and managing interns’ projects in conjunction with the Legal Team.
  3. Provide legal assistance to clients including legal advice, advocacy, preparation and filing of court documents, negotiation with opposing party, and pro se assistance for upcoming hearings.
  4. Provide limited representation to clients in domestic violence related civil legal matters. This could include preparing arguments and representing clients in restraining order hearings, housing authority hearings, eviction cases, or family court hearing, and/or working with immigrant survivors to draft declarations in support of their applications for immigration relief.
  5. Staff the Legal Advocacy Program’s off-site projects.
  6. Conduct outreach to the legal community and support statewide legal advocacy by attending meetings, task forces, and roundtables with legal professionals.
  7. Provide consultation to DOVE’s non-lawyer advocates.
  8. Help identify pro bono or reduced-fee legal representation for clients.
  9. Assist in facilitation and planning of trainings.
  10. Attend and participate in DOVE Staff Meetings and committee meetings.


Qualifications:

Required Skills & Abilities:

  1. Bilingual and/or bicultural (Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, Vietnamese, or Spanish and English) strongly preferred and prioritized. We also encourage monolingual BIPOC and/or LGBQ/T candidates to apply.
  2. A commitment to DOVE’s mission and practice philosophies: ending all forms of violence, using a trauma-informed and empowerment model, and promoting social justice and social change. 
  3. A demonstrated commitment to ending oppression, including racism, xenophobia, ableism, homophobia, and transphobia, and understanding of how these forms of oppression intersect with domestic violence. 
  4. Ability to work independently and collaboratively with the Legal Team and other DOVE staff.
  5. Excellent written and oral communication skills, and/or a commitment to improving these skills through trainings and supervision. 
  6. Ability to model and uphold appropriate professional boundaries in work with clients, co-workers, supervisor, and community. 
  7. Access to transportation and willingness to travel within DOVE’s service area required.
  8. 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. 
  9. A CORI background check is mandatory.  CORI History will be reviewed and may not disqualify candidates.

Education & Experience:

  1. J.D. and admission to and good standing in Massachusetts bar required (including those applicants sitting for the October 2020 Massachusetts bar exam).
  2. Demonstrated commitment to ending all forms of violence and oppression and promoting social justice and social change.
  3. DOVE seeks to cultivate the leadership potential of promising candidates.  Domestic violence survivors, BIPOC, people with disabilities, immigrants, and LGBQ/T people are strongly encouraged to apply.


Work Schedule:  Full-time exempt position, generally weekdays. The 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.


This position is supported by and dependent on grant funds. 

Benefits:

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).
  3. Opportunity for individual to establish and contribute to retirement account.

  4. 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.

    Salary:

    Less than $60k

    Posting Expiration Date:

    10/13/2020

    How to Apply:

    Application Instructions:

    1. To apply, send cover letter specifically for this position and a resume to Mx. J Carroll, Director, Legal Advocacy Program, at [email protected].
    2. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled. 
    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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