Community Legal Advocate, Prison Population (Cannabis Expungement Project)
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS)
April 25, 2023
As a result of the cannabis legalization referendum, MVLS has received one-time funding to implement a statewide outreach, education, and referral network to help expunge the records of Marylanders charged with cannabis-related violations.
This position will focus on providing community education and outreach to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated Marylanders. The position is fully remote with local travel throughout Maryland required. Mileage is reimbursed. This is a one-year temporary position and MVLS does not expect to receive renewal funding at the end of the grant period.
– Responsible for planning and executing targeted Baltimore City outreach to educate and provide legal tools to underserved communities and community-based nonprofits about cannabis legalization and criminal record expungement.
– Work with local leaders and residents to identify and implement best strategies for their particular programs, including building the relationships with their participants, providing support, and thinking creatively about how to engage the community further.
– Regularly attend various neighborhood outreach events.
– Steward existing relationships and identify new partners for outreach efforts.
– Develop and implement an outreach plan, and track and report on outreach efforts and successes.
– Provide outreach presentations including legal information regarding criminal record expungement.
– Coordinate outreach efforts with existing MVLS staff including the Outreach and Communications Manager and the Workforce Development Project.
– Work with a supervising paralegal and our Workforce Development team to refer clients for expungement representation.
Experience in community organizing for social change and community improvement
– Passion for grassroots organizing
– Experience with strategizing and developing outreach and education campaigns
– A desire to develop strong relationships with a diversity of people, appreciation of meeting and engaging new people on a regular basis
– Excellent listening skills – the ability to identify a wide range of needs and respond accordingly
– A strategic thinker with the ability to identify and pursue opportunities and relationships
– Must be comfortable as a facilitator and trainer, and how to lead a meaningful discussion
– Excellent written and oral communication skills essential
– Able to confidently communicate with diverse audiences
– Evening and weekend hours required
– Candidate does not need to have substantive legal knowledge but will need to learn the basics of Maryland expungement law
o Education –
– One to three years of community organization and outreach experience
– Demonstrated commitment through work experience, lived experience or volunteer experience to communities, such as:
o Children, Domestic workers, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and refugees, Incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, LGBTQ people, People of color, People with disabilities, People with HIV/AIDS, Sex workers, Victims of crime and abuse, and Women and girls.
Salary is $42,000 – $46,000 per year depending on experience. The position also includes excellent benefits, including: health, dental and vision insurance all paid by MVLS, group life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, a 403(b) retirement plan, a monthly commuter stipend equal to the value of an MTA pass, and generous leave time including vacation, personal, and sick days.
How To Apply
Submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references from employers or school via email with “Community Legal Advocate – Cannabis Expungement Project” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4 weeks from when position is posted. Applicants are encouraged to address the core values stated at the top of this job posting in their cover letters.