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

Attorney

Accounting Specialist

People and Culture Manager

Bilingual Intake Specialist/Legal Assistant

Intake Specialist/Legal Assistant

Oregon

Staff Attorney

Legal Assistant
 

 

 

 

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: Depends 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: Attorney
Status: Full-time (40 hours/week), Temporary (20 weeks/5 months)
Location:  Boston, MA (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. 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.

This position will be filled by a candidate with a strong work ethic, a desire to work collaboratively with a team of attorneys, and a commitment to serving marginalized or underserved populations. The VRLC deeply values including a diversity of voices and perspectives on our team. People of color, LGBTQI+ individuals, survivors, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide sexual assault survivors with safety planning, privacy consultations, legal consultations and representation in restraining order and privacy hearings, and referrals
  • Represent sexual assault survivors in telephonic and Zoom hearings
  • Participate in weekly case review meetings
  • Participate in the collection of accurate client services data
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and in good standing
  • Practice experience: Minimum 1 year as a practicing attorney in Massachusetts
  • Valid driver’s license and comfort driving throughout the Commonwealth
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team of legal practitioners

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Restraining order representation, immigration law and/or housing law experience
  • Bilingual in Spanish and/or Portuguese

Salary Range: $31.25/hour

Benefits: The VRLC provides excellent 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 subway/bus pass, and a caring and innovative work environment!

TO APPLY: To apply, e-mail us (humanresources@victimrights.org) with both your last name and “Temp Attorney” 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: 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: Commensurate with experience.

Benefits: The VRLC provides excellent 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: 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: 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. 

 

Title: Bilingual Intake Specialist/Legal Assistant
Status: Full-Time
Location: Boston, MA

The Victim Rights Law Center’s Massachusetts office is hiring! As the national dialogue about sexual violence prioritizes the legal needs of sexual assault victims, more survivors are coming forward with their safety, privacy, education, housing, employment, financial stability, and immigration needs. We need smart, compassionate staff to join us in leading a new response to sexual violence. VRLC is hiring for a Bilingual (Spanish) Intake Specialist/Legal Assistant. Due to COVID19, our staff is currently working remotely. When our offices reopen, this position will be in our Boston office. The VRLC deeply values the diversity of voices and perspectives on our team. People of color, LGBTQI+ individuals, survivors, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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 and advocates on the civil legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims. 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 agree with the VRLC’s mission statement and philosophy regarding our commitment to improving the response to sexual violence, empowerment, and inclusiveness. These positions will be filled by people with a strong work ethic, good sense of humor, and a commitment to serving marginalized or underserved populations.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct initial phone screenings (in English and Spanish) with sexual assault survivors seeking civil legal assistance and/or criminal justice advocacy in Massachusetts to assess eligibility for services and provide referrals
  • Assist attorneys with legal casework and other administrative tasks related to direct client representation such as:
    • Drafting and client correspondence,
    • Drafting and filing court pleadings,
    • Conducting legal research using LexisNexis and drafting memoranda as assigned, and
    • 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
  • Work collaboratively with direct services team focused on meeting the legal needs of survivors
  • Attend events, meetings, and trainings related to addressing sexual violence to build relationships with organizations working with survivors in Massachusetts 
  • Provide support in cases that require a Spanish-speaker
  • Other duties as directed

Required Qualifications:

  • Fluent in Spanish
  • B.A./B.S. or paralegal certificate and/or relevant work experience
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Highly motivated, organized, able to handle several tasks at once
  • Attention to detail and follow-through

Preferred Qualifications:

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

Salary Range: $36,500-$37,500/year 

Benefits: The VRLC provides excellent 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 “Bilingual Intake Specialist/Legal Assistant” as the subject of your email. No phone calls please. Applications that do not contain all required items will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

 

Title: Intake Specialist/Legal Assistant
Status: Full-Time
Location: Boston, MA

The Victim Rights Law Center’s Massachusetts office is hiring! As the national dialogue about sexual violence prioritizes the legal needs of sexual assault victims, more survivors are coming forward with their safety, privacy, education, housing, employment, financial stability, and immigration needs. We need smart, compassionate staff to join us in leading a new response to sexual violence. VRLC is hiring for a Bilingual (Spanish) Intake Specialist/Legal Assistant. Due to COVID19, our staff is currently working remotely. When our offices reopen, this position will be in our Boston office. The VRLC deeply values the diversity of voices and perspectives on our team. People of color, LGBTQI+ individuals, survivors, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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, and other victim service providers on the civil legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims. 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 agree with the VRLC’s mission statement and philosophy regarding our commitment to improving the response to sexual violence, empowerment, and inclusiveness.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct initial phone screenings with sexual assault survivors seeking civil legal assistance and/or criminal justice advocacy in Massachusetts to assess eligibility for VRLC’s services and to provide referrals
  • Assist attorneys with legal casework and other administrative tasks related to direct client representation such as:
    • Drafting and client correspondence
    • Drafting and filing court pleadings
    • Conducting legal research using LexisNexis and drafting memoranda as assigned, and
    • 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
  • Work collaboratively with direct services team focused on meeting the legal needs of survivors
  • Attend events, meetings, and trainings related to addressing sexual violence to build relationships with organizations working with survivors in Massachusetts, and 
  • Other duties as directed

Required Qualifications:

  • B.A./B.S. or paralegal certificate and/or relevant work experience
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Highly motivated, organized, able to handle several tasks at once
  • Attention to detail and follow-through

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with trauma survivors and/or underserved communities
  • Experience working in a law office
  • Fluency in a second language

Salary Range: $36,500-$37,500/year 

Benefits: The VRLC provides excellent 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 “Intake Specialist/Legal Assistant” as the subject of your email. No phone calls please. Applications that do not contain all required items will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

 

Opportunities in Oregon

Title: Staff Attorney
Status: Full-time (40 hours/week)
Location:  Portland, Oregon

Organization:

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is a nonprofit law center that provides free legal services to victims of sexual assault 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 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 philosophy regarding our commitment to transforming the response to sexual violence through survivor-led legal practice that centers the needs and experiences of survivors facing oppression.

This position will be filled by a candidate with a strong work ethic, a desire to work collaboratively with a team of attorneys, and a commitment to serving marginalized or underserved populations. The VRLC deeply values including a diversity of voices and perspectives on our team. People of color, LGBTQI+ individuals, sexual assault survivors, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct comprehensive, trauma-informed legal consultations with sexual assault survivors seeking legal representation
  • Provide sexual assault survivors with legal representation on a range of civil protective order remedies, including FAPAs, SAPOs, Stalking Protective Orders, and EPPDAPAs
  • Consistent with experience and training, provide sexual assault survivors with legal information, advice, and representation on matters including privacy, safety, advocacy in the criminal justice system, financial stability, housing, immigration, employment, education, and obtaining court orders for name and gender marker changes (for transgender clients)
  • Conduct initial consultations and client meetings at the Clackamas and Washington County Family Justice Centers
  • Conduct outreach and work collaboratively with grant and community partners
  • Participate in weekly case review meetings with other VRLC direct representation team members
  • Assist with grant management including client services data collection, grant reporting, and overseeing or fulfilling specific grant deliverables.
  • Work collaboratively with a team of VRLC lawyers, support staff, and volunteers
  • Some travel required

Required Qualifications:

  • Admitted to practice law in Oregon and in good standing
  • Commitment to pursuing justice through a survivor-centered, anti-oppression lens
  • Experience working with trauma survivors and/or underserved communities
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, efficiency, time management skills, and task prioritization
  • Excellent professional references
  • Valid driver’s license and comfort driving in the Portland tri-county area
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team of legal practitioners
  • Satisfactory background check after receiving conditional offer of employment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated success with contested protective order hearings (or comparable proceedings)
  • Experience advocating for victims in the criminal justice system
  • Experience with humanitarian immigration petitions, employment law, landlord/tenant law, and/or education law.
  • Ability to communicate with clients in a language other than English

Compensation

Salary Range: $49,500-$52,000 depending on skills, experience, and fluency in languages other than English.

Benefits: Health and dental insurance; long & short-term disability insurance; paid holiday, personal, vacation, and sick leave; 403b plan with employer match; monthly Trimet pass.

Please note that this position is predominantly funded by grants, and is subject to change in terms of responsibilities, compensation, and/or FTE status.

TO APPLY: E-mail a cover letter, resume, and legal writing sample of no more than 400 words to humanresources@victimrights.org on or before Sunday, August 9, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For full consideration, submit your application on or before Sunday, July 26. For the subject line of the email write your last name and “Oregon Staff Attorney.” Applications that do not contain all required items will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

 

Title: Bilingual (English/Spanish) Legal Assistant
Status: Part-time or full-time, beginning as soon as possible
Location:  Portland, Oregon

Organization:

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is a nonprofit law center that provides free legal representation to victims of sexual assault 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 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 philosophy regarding our commitment to transforming the response to sexual violence through survivor-led legal practice that centers the needs and experiences of survivors facing oppression.

This position will be filled by a candidate with a strong work ethic, a desire to work collaboratively with a team of attorneys, and a commitment to serving marginalized or underserved populations. The VRLC deeply values including a diversity of voices and perspectives on our team. People of color, LGBTQI+ individuals, survivors, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The legal assistant will support a team of 5-6 attorneys in the VRLC Oregon office who provide sexual assault survivors with free legal services related to immigration, safety, housing, employment, education, privacy, financial stability, criminal justice advocacy, and identity document/gender marker changes. The legal assistant will often be the first point of contact for our survivor-clients.

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

Responsibilities:

  • Support staff attorneys in immigration matters, including U visa, T visa, and VAWA self-petition filings, by drafting and filing immigration forms, securing and translating supporting documents, communicating with clients, and requesting government records
  • Assist staff attorneys by preparing subpoenas, completing and following up on records requests, filing claims for Crime Victims Compensation, corresponding with clients, and scheduling client meetings
  • Go to the office 1-2x/week to check the mail and perform duties that can only be performed in the physical VRLC office space (to the extent necessary due to the remote work necessitated by COVID-19)
  • Perform administrative tasks such as creating files, records maintenance, scheduling meetings, mailings, copying, filing, shredding, closing files etc.
  • Track data and assist with federal and state grant reporting
  • Participate in weekly case and other regularly scheduled meetings
  • Coordinate VRLC community outreach and education events
  • Draft, edit, and review VRLC educational and outreach materials

Required Qualifications:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish fluency
  • Excellent professional references
  • Strong writing, verbal, and computer skills
  • Detail-orientated, professional, and self-motivated
  • 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

Desired Qualifications

  • Immigration law experience
  • At least 1 year experience in the legal profession
  • Experience working with vulnerable, underserved or marginalized populations
  • Experience working with sexual assault survivors
  • DACA recipients, people of color, members of the LGBTQI+ community, individuals with disabilities, and people of all educational backgrounds and life experiences are strongly encouraged to apply

Compensation

Salary Range: $32,000-$35,000 depending on experience

Benefits: 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, please send cover letter and resume to humanresources@victimrights.org with your last name and “Oregon Legal Assistant” in the subject line of your email. Applications that do not contain all required items will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

 

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.