Career Opportunities

All applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The Victim Rights Law Center does not accept candidate applications from recruiting agencies or unsolicited resumes. Position postings will remain on our website until filled.

Please note: All VRLC staff is currently working remotely due to COVID-19. While these positions will eventually be onsite, all are temporarily remote.

Massachusetts

Finance Director

Senior Immigration Attorney

Accounting Specialist

Paralegal

People and Culture Manager

Oregon

Managing Attorney

 

 

 

 

Internships

The VRLC often has internship opportunities for law students. Please contact our Massachusetts intern coordinator and/or Oregon intern coordinator to inquire about available internship opportunities at the VRLC. Click here for information on applying for future internships.
 

Opportunities in Massachusetts

Title: Finance Director
Status: Full-time, Exempt
Location:  Boston, MA

Organization:

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is a nonprofit law center that provides free legal representation to survivors of sexual assault throughout Massachusetts and in Oregon, and national training and support for lawyers, advocates, and other victim service providers. The VRLC’s mission is to provide legal representation to survivors of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives; and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. We are committed to transforming the response to sexual violence through survivor-led legal practice that centers the needs and experiences of survivors experiencing oppression. The VRLC deeply values diverse voices and perspectives on our team. People of color, LGBTQI+ individuals, survivors, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Overview:

The VRLC seeks a finance director to join our leadership team and manage all our organization’s financial aspects. All applicants must align themselves with the VRLC’s mission and commitment to transforming the response to sexual violence. A successful candidate will have a strong work ethic, a desire to work collaboratively with a team, and a commitment to serve people who are marginalized or underserved. Based in the VRLC’s Boston, MA, office, the financial director will report to the executive director and closely partner with project managers. Finance director responsibilities will include preparing the annual budget, overseeing cash flow planning, reviewing budget to actual variances, and tracking other operational metrics. The finance director will ensure that accurate, timely, and detailed financial reports are prepared for the executive director, board of directors, managers, and other senior staff, and will collaborate closely with human resources and payroll staff. The successful candidate will be comfortable working both independently and collaboratively, and will thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. The finance director will supervise two staff members. The finance director will have expertise with state and/or federal grants, risk management methods, and forecasting models. Ultimately, the finance director will help ensure the VRLC optimizes our resources, maximizes our funding, has exquisite fiscal policies and procedures, makes sound decisions, and has robust operations.

Key Responsibilities:

Financial Operations

  • Oversees accounting functions, including general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, cash flow, and all federal, state, and local filings.
  • Oversees grant billing submissions.
  • Negotiates and manages working relationships with financial and banking entities and negotiates appropriate credit lines.
  • Ensures fiscal integrity by tracking spending and generating grant-specific reports.
  • Supervises the finance manager.

Financial Reporting

  • Maintains timely and accurate financial statements, forecasts, and budget reports in accordance with nonprofit Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Oversees revenue recognition and tracking.
  • Oversees supporting information for the annual audit, and manages audit and tax returns, processes, and filings.
  • Assists the executive director, board of directors’ finance committee, and program managers with financial analysis and reporting.
  • Works closely with executive director in preparing financial materials for board of directors’ review.

Financial Planning

  • Develops forecasts and monitors financial performance by measuring results, analyzing variances, and collaborating on corrective actions.
  • Collaborates with project managers to assess monthly financial performance, resource allocation, budget preparation, and budget revision.

Compliance

  • Ensures that recordkeeping and record retention complies with applicable laws and contractual obligations.
  • Ensures full compliance with grant requirements, funder covenants, and laws.

Process Management

  • Ensures compliance with internal financial and accounting policies and procedures.
  • Identifies and undertakes finance department improvements with processes, expense management, and systems that improve productivity, quality, and customer service for staff and other organizational stakeholders.

Risk Management

  • Maintains corporate insurance portfolio including Directors and Officers, Errors and Omissions, and property insurance.
  • Performs regular risk management assessment.
  • Communicates with and trains other staff.

Additional Oversight

  • Supervisors the people and culture manager in partnership with the executive director.
  • Coordinates with our IT contractor to ensure that technology supports employees. For example, clearly communicating IT changes and upgrades to the team. Administrative staff will support the fiscal director with this oversight.
  • Monitors office leases and facility-related contracts and ensures timely renewals in partnership with executive director.

Required Qualifications:

  • Proven work experience as finance director, preferably in a nonprofit organization.
  • Expertise with state and/or federal grants.
  • Proficiency with data analysis, risk management, and forecasting methods.
  • Hands-on experience with accounting software systems including QuickBooks and Bill.com.
  • Success developing collaboration and implementing integrated and streamlined finance and accounting systems.
  • Ability to explain financial terms in simple language.
  • Familiarity with nonprofit organization structure.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Commitment to the VRLC’s mission.
  • Commitment to anti-racism work.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and to communicate with integrity, credibility, and accountability with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred; MBA or CPA useful.

Salary: $80,000 - $90,000, depending on experience.

Benefits: The VRLC provides competitive benefits, including health and dental insurance, long and short-term disability insurance, paid holiday, personal, vacation, and sick leave, and a 403b plan with employer match.

TO APPLY: To apply, e-mail us (humanresources@victimrights.org) with both your last name and “Finance Director” as the subject of your email. Be sure to include your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements. Applications that do not contain all required items will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

 

Title: Senior Immigration Attorney
Status: Full-time (40 hours/week)
Location: Boston, MA (temporarily remote)

Organization:

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is a nonprofit law center that provides free legal representation to survivors of sexual assault throughout Massachusetts and in Oregon, and national training and support for lawyers, advocates, and other victim service providers. The VRLC’s mission is to provide legal representation to survivors of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives; and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. We are committed to transforming the response to sexual violence through survivor-led legal practice that centers the needs and experiences of survivors experiencing oppression. This position will be filled by a candidate who has a desire to work collaboratively with a team of attorneys and a commitment to serving marginalized or underserved populations. The VRLC deeply values diverse voices and perspectives on our team. People of color, LGBTQI+ individuals, survivors, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities:

  • Supervise junior immigration attorney(s) including case mentorship and professional development
  • Provide sexual assault survivors with comprehensive legal consultations, representation, and referrals
  • Assist and represent survivors of sexual violence with immigration remedies including U visas, VAWA self-petitions, T visas, battered spouse waivers, adjustments of status, petitions for work authorization
  • Represent survivors in privacy and safety matters, along with limited criminal justice system advocacy
  • Represent sexual assault survivors in telephonic and Zoom hearings
  • Participate in weekly intake and case assessment meetings as well as organization-wide immigration team meetings
  • Conduct strategic outreach to community partners throughout Massachusetts
  • Train, mentor, and support pro bono attorneys representing VRLC clients
  • Participate in the collection of accurate client services data collection
  • Work collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team of legal practitioners

Required Qualifications:

  • Admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and in good standing– 5 years required; 7+ years preferred
  • Immigration law experience (VAWA/U/T/Asylum experience preferred)
  • Bilingual Spanish or Portuguese (spoken and written skills)
  • Experience working with trauma survivors and marginalized communities (e.g. LGBTQ, communities of color, people with disabilities, youth)
  • Valid driver’s license and comfortable driving throughout the Commonwealth

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Courtroom experience
  • Experience supervising attorneys
  • Experience conducting in-person and/or remote trainings
  • Experience with non-profit leadership

Salary Range: $56,000 - $70,000

Benefits: The VRLC provides competitive benefits, including health and dental insurance, long & short-term disability insurance, paid holiday, personal, vacation, and sick leave, 403b plan with employer match, and a caring and innovative work environment!

TO APPLY: To apply send your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to humanresources@victimrights.org with both your last name and “Senior Immigration Attorney” as the subject of your email.  No phone calls, please.

 

Title: Accounting Specialist
Status: Full-time, Exempt
Location:  Boston, MA

Organization:

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is a nonprofit law center that provides free legal representation to survivors of sexual assault throughout Massachusetts and in Oregon, and national training and support for lawyers, advocates, and other victim service providers. The VRLC’s mission is to provide legal representation to survivors of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives; and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. We are committed to transforming the response to sexual violence through survivor-led legal practice that centers the needs and experiences of survivors experiencing oppression. The VRLC deeply values diverse voices and perspectives on our team. People of color, LGBTQI+ individuals, survivors, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Overview:

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) Boston, MA office seeks a high-energy, detail-oriented individual to manage our full accounts payable cycle, cash receipts entry and payroll for nationwide employees.

The ideal candidate will have strong accounting or bookkeeping experience, work ethic, attention to detail and interpersonal communication skills; passion and compassion; a good sense of humor; flexibility; and a demonstrated commitment to support VRLC staff.

Responsibilities:

  • Process timely and accurate accounts payable, credit card reconciliation and cash receipts, including all accounts receivable and earned income billing.
  • Assist Finance Manager and Finance Director with all state and federal grant billings including billing backup, reporting and compliance.
  • Maintain all finance and accounting files.
  • Assist Finance Manager with monthly close process and budget preparation/modifications as needed.
  • Provide audit preparation support as requested.
  • Provide coverage, as needed, for accurate and timely payroll processing and benefits enrollment/updates and PTO tracking.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • 4 years hands-on accounting experience in a non-profit setting
  • High skill level with QuickBooks and Excel

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Experience with state or federal grants

Salary Range: $35,000 - $45,000, commensurate with experience.

Benefits: The VRLC provides competitive benefits, including health and dental insurance, long & short-term disability insurance, paid holiday, personal, vacation, and sick leave, 403b plan with employer match, and a caring and innovative work environment!

The VRLC is an equal opportunity employer. Persons of color, women, people with disabilities, and transgender, lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals are encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY: To apply, e-mail us at humanresources@victimrights.org with both your last name and “Finance Associate”  in the subject line. Be sure to include your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements. Applications that do not contain all required items will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

 

Title: Paralegal
Status: Part-Time (20 hours/week)
Location: Belchertown, MA

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is a nonprofit law center that provides free legal representation to survivors of sexual assault throughout Massachusetts and in Oregon, and national training and support for lawyers, advocates, and other victim service providers. The VRLC’s mission is to provide legal representation to survivors of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives; and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. We are committed to transforming the response to sexual violence through survivor-led legal practice that centers the needs and experiences of survivors experiencing oppression. The VRLC deeply values diverse voices and perspectives on our team. People of color, LGBTQI+ individuals, survivors, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Note: To ensure staff and client safety, VRLC’s physical offices are currently closed and staff are working remotely.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist attorneys with legal casework and other administrative tasks related to direct client representation such as:
    • Drafting client correspondence
    • Drafting and filing court pleadings
    • Conducting legal research using LexisNexis and drafting memoranda as assigned
    • Compiling reporting data for state and federal funding
  • Assist survivor-clients in gathering assault-related information and documents for their legal cases in the areas of housing, education law, employment, immigration, privacy hearings, protection orders, benefits, and Victim Compensation
  • Perform administrative tasks such as creating files, records maintenance, scheduling meetings, mailings, copying, filing, shredding, closing files etc.
  • Work collaboratively with direct services team focused on meeting the legal needs of survivors
  • Other duties as directed

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts and/or relevant work experience
  • Strong writing, verbal, and computer skills
  • Ability to establish priorities and meet deadlines, multi-task, and work both independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated success at working effectively in a diverse, collaborative team environment, with a commitment to promoting inclusion and cultural responsiveness

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with trauma survivors and/or underserved communities
  • Fluency in additional languages

Salary: $19,000

Benefits: The VRLC provides competitive benefits, including health and dental insurance, long & short-term disability insurance, paid holiday, personal, vacation, and sick leave, 403b plan with employer match, free monthly transit pass, and a caring and innovative work environment.

TO APPLY: To apply, send your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to humanresources@victimrights.org with both your last name and “Paralegal” as the subject of your email. No phone calls, please.

 

Title: People and Culture Manager
Status: Part-Time (20 hours/week)
Location: Boston, MA, with remote potential

Organization:
The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is a nonprofit law center that provides free legal representation to victims of sexual assault throughout Massachusetts and in Oregon, and national training and support for lawyers, advocates, campus administrators and other professionals on the legal needs and the confidentiality of survivors of rape and sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. The VRLC’s offices are located in Boston, Belchertown, New Bedford, and Worcester, Massachusetts, and in Portland, Oregon. The VRLC’s mission is to provide legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives; and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. All applicants must align themselves with the VRLC’s mission statement and commitment to transform the response to sexual violence through survivor-led legal practice that centers the needs and experiences of survivors who are oppressed. They must also be committed to our organizational anti-racism work. This position will be filled by a candidate with a strong work ethic; a desire to work collaboratively with our staff; and a commitment to serve people who are marginalized or underserved. The VRLC deeply values diverse voices and perspectives on our team. People of color, LGBTQI+ individuals, survivors, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

We seek a part-time People and Culture Manager who will ensure all VRLC employees have their human resources questions answered and know how organizational policies are expected to be properly implemented.  The People and Culture Manager will support 40+ employees and will be excited to partner with our staff, our supervisors and our Committee on Racial Equity to ensure that VRLC's policies and practices are anti-racist, promote diversity throughout the organization, and create a welcoming environment for all staff. This position will oversee HR policies and their implementation; will help promote a culture of kindness, mutuality, and trust within the organization; and will work to ensure an optimal work environment for our employees, allowing us to focus on our services to the best of our abilities.

Responsibilities:

  • Report to the Executive Director and assist with all human resources related tasks, including benefits administration and communication, reporting activities, onboarding and offboarding employees, and ensuring employees understand all that our human resources programs and policies have to offer;
  • Collaborate with the VRLC’s Committee on Racial Equity and other staff to ensure anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion are prioritized throughout the hiring process;
  • Coordinate with the Finance Director and our finance team to ensure human resources and finance work together seamlessly;
  • Provide employee relations support to all staff and help guide supervisors/leadership to ensure high levels of team performance;
  • Partner with Executive Director and her designees to ensure the implementation of best practices with federal and state employment law; and
  • Review and update the employee manual and related policies with input and approval from Executive Director and Board of Directors.

Required Qualifications:

  • Proven HR experience, including excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills;
  • Initiative, curiosity, and the drive to create positive change;
  • Positive, welcoming, efficient and creative approach to problem-solving;
  • Passion for the VRLC mission;
  • Commitment to prioritize anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Strong attention to detail, an ability to multitask, and a desire to add value wherever you can;
  • Strong administrative skills (including Microsoft Office) and comfort using video technology;
  • Willingness to communicate via video conference; and
  • Prior experience working in a non-profit (preferred).

This position provides an opportunity to manage your own schedule and balance your time between working at the Boston office and home, consistent with workplace needs.  You will work from our other offices periodically to encourage a supportive work culture and to ensure consistency in policies and practices. This will require periodic travel to other VRLC offices once it is safe to do so.

Salary Range: $30,000 - $40,000, commensurate with experience.

Benefits: The VRLC provides competitive benefits, including health and dental insurance, long and short-term disability insurance, generous vacation, paid holidays, personal and sick leave, 403b plan with employer match, free monthly subway/bus pass, and a caring and innovative work environment.

TO APPLY: To apply, e-mail us with both your last name and “People and Culture” as the subject of your email. Be sure to include your salary requirements, cover letter, and resume. Applications that do not contain all required items will not be considered. No phone calls and no third parties. 

 

Opportunities in Oregon

Title: Managing Attorney
Status: Full-Time
Location: Portland, OR

Organization:

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is a nonprofit law center that provides free legal services to sexual assault survivors in Oregon and Massachusetts, and national training and support for lawyers, advocates, and other victim service providers. The VRLC’s mission is to provide legal representation to survivors of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives; and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. We are committed to transforming the response to sexual violence through survivor-led legal practice that centers the needs and experiences of survivors experiencing oppression. This position will be filled by a candidate who has a desire to work collaboratively to deliver survivor-centered and trauma-informed legal services, and a commitment to increasing access to justice for underserved or marginalized populations. The VRLC deeply values diverse voices and perspectives on our team., People of color, LGBTQI+ individuals, survivors, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

VRLC seeks a Managing Attorney for our Portland, Oregon, office to inspire our team and help us strengthen and expand the success of our current legal services programs. The ideal candidate will have strong management and supervision experience, work ethic, and leadership skills; creativity, passion, and compassion; courtroom and litigation experience; and a demonstrated commitment to working with survivors from underserved communities.

Responsibilities:

  • Supervise the 6-8 person direct legal services team in VRLC’s Oregon office
  • Consistent with experience and training, represent sexual assault survivors on safety, privacy, education, employment, immigration, housing, financial, and/or criminal justice advocacy matters,
  • Provide mentoring, skill building, and leadership to promote staff growth, team cohesion, and individual professional development
  • Lead effective outreach efforts and promote access to VRLC services, especially among under-served communities
  • Help administer state and federal grants including collecting data, reporting, and ensuring grant deliverables are met
  • Collaborate with VRLC community partners and allied organizations
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 7 years legal experience; at least 3 years as a practicing attorney
  • Current member in good standing or eligible to waive into the Oregon State Bar
  • Courtroom and litigation experience
  • Demonstrated success managing and leading a team of attorneys and support staff
  • Commitment to providing trauma-informed, survivor-centered services
  • Desire to help VRLC build a culturally diverse and inclusive work environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with sexual assault survivors or other survivors of crime or vulnerable populations
  • Demonstrated commitment to engaging in outreach and providing services to under-served communities
  • Experience managing state or federal grants
  • Valid driver’s license, good driving record, and comfort with driving throughout the state
  • Speak a language other than English to serve VRLC clients

The VRLC is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, and class, and strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.

Salary Range: $65,000-$70,000 depending on experience

Benefits: The VRLC provides competitive benefits, including health and dental insurance, long & short-term disability insurance, paid holidays, personal, vacation, and sick leave, 403b plan with employer match, monthly tri-met pass, and a caring and innovative work environment.

TO APPLY: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample, via email to humanresources@victimrights.org with the email subject line “OR Managing Attorney.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, apply by January 20, 2021. Applications that do not contain all required items will not be considered. No phone calls and no third parties. 

Non-Discrimination Policy:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of the Victim Rights Law Center.