Bilingual Staff Attorney

Boston Area Rape Crisis CenterCambridge, MassachusettsFull TimeOn Site


JOB TITLE: Bilingual Staff Attorney

DEPARTMENT: Legal Advocacy Program

REPORTS TO: Sr. Bilingual Staff Attorney

SUPERVISION REPORTS: None

STATUS: Full-time / Exempt (Salaried)

Salary Range: $67,000 - $72,000

POSITION OVERVIEW:

Your work will directly further BARCC’s mission of ending sexual violence through healing and social change.

As part of the Legal Advocacy Program, provide confidential legal information, advocacy, support, and advice to clients about rights and options related to sexual violence, harassment, and stalking.

Provide internal and external training, collaborate with other members of the Legal Advocacy Program and with the Client Services team on client and program issues, and foster professional external relations. Contribute to client consultations and programmatic procedures for the Legal Advocacy Program and Client Services team. Contribute to external communications and legislative advocacy as requested.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Direct client work:

    • Provide information, support, advocacy, and advice to clients under the protection of an attorney client relationship.

    • Respond to needs identified by clients and also assess for other options or informational need areas.

    • Provide services that are culturally competent and utilize the empowerment model.
    • Provide warm referrals as needed.
    • Provide information, advocacy, and advice in service areas including privacy, safety, criminal legal systems, educational and employment systems, disability rights, civil rights, immigration rights and screening for civil, family law, or immigration remedies.
    • Assist in developing written information regarding legal systems and procedures that is accessible for clients, to be used in conjunction with legal advocacy services.

  • External work:

    • Develop and provide training and foster professional connections with relevant systems and agencies.
      • Provide training on confidentiality, privilege, record keeping, sexual violence trauma informed interviewing, SEECK model, neurobiology of trauma impacts, BARCC services, procedural justice, and other relevant areas.
      • Respond to training requests, collaborate with COAPES and other BARCC staff.
    • As needed, assist in developing and disseminating recommendations and best practices for legal systems that impact survivors of sexual violence, harassment, and stalking. Ex: Title IX Regulations recommendations, Interview Tips tailored to particular responders, etc.
    • Initiate, maintain, and expand professional relationships with external agencies, officials, and providers.
    • Assist in identifying and developing referral procedures with private attorneys.
    • As assigned by supervisor or program manager, participate in external task forces, committees, or working groups in relevant areas.

  • Internal work:

    • Internal collaborative work:
      • Contribute to client consultations and programmatic procedures for the Legal Advocacy Program and Client Services team and actively contribute to the BARCC community and mission.
      • Provide information and assistance as needed regarding confidentiality, privilege, and consent to the client services team.
      • Assist with providing accessible information to clients regarding legal rights and processes.
      • Attend and participate in team meetings, staff meetings, and associated activities.
      • Serve as liaison to Medical Advocacy and Hotline and Webchat volunteer programs.
        • Periodically attend peer sup meetings to provide updates on legal information, share case scenarios, and otherwise support collaborative response to client’s needs.
      • Engage in building a BARCC community of inclusion and equity, build collaborative relationships, foster personal and agency wide resilience, access and provide vicarious trauma support, actively contribute to DEI internally and externally, and support sustainability and innovation in accordance with BARCC’s mission.
      • As time permits, participate in cross-team or agency wide initiatives.
      • Collaborate & contribute as needed to external communications and legislative advocacy on relevant legal issues:
        • Assist in providing public comments to federal regulation proposals.
        • Assist in public statements on relevant issues.
        • Assist in legislative advocacy.
    • Programmatic work:
      • Participate in weekly Legal Advocacy Team dispo meetings.
      • Assist with developing program procedures & policies related to confidentiality, service provision, and designation of roles.
      • Assist in keeping team updated on relevant changes in case law, statutes, and regulations,
  • Other responsibilities as designated by supervisor or program manager.

Estimated Time Allocation for each Function or Area of Work

Direct Client Work - 70%

Internal consultations and programmatic procedures and BARCC community - 18%

Training and professional relationships - 10%

Other external work - 2%

Specific quantitative outputs required

  • Initiate contact with new clients within 3 business days or sooner if possible.

  • Attend Med Advocacy and Hotline/Webchat peer supervision meetings at least 2 times per year.
  • Enter all client interactions and session notes into Salesforce by end of business week.

Required Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree and current Massachusetts Bar License (required).
  • 2+ years of experience providing direct service to clients, such as legal advocacy and/or experience in sexual violence field required. (Law school internships may qualify).
  • Bilingual fluency (written and verbal) in Spanish or Portuguese is required.
  • Experience working with trauma survivors and/or underserved communities.
  • Demonstrated vicarious trauma resilience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of intersectionality of oppressions and of personal privilege.
  • Attention to detail, ability to multitask, excellent communication skills, and comfort working with a computer database.
  • Demonstrated commitment to BARCC’s mission and philosophy.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Tasks and activities that are absolutely required and necessary for the role and must be accomplished with or without an accommodation.

  • Member in good standing of MA bar

  • Significant phone time - comfortable communicating over the phone.
  • Comfort with public speaking, and training.
  • Ability to provide accompaniments, as needed (modified due to COVID).
  • Ability to verbally communicate and simplify complex legal concepts for diverse groups, including clients, providers, colleagues, and external partners.
  • Ability to sustain oneself in engaging in conversation of sexual violence.

Application Instructions: Please submit all of the following via our online application system:

  • Your resume
  • Cover letter stating your interest and related experience to be considered for this position

Applications that don’t include the above will not be considered. No phone calls please. The full hiring process will include one-on-one interview and group interview with team members. Reasonable accommodation provided upon request.

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