Community Legal Advocate

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Location

Baltimore, MD

Category

Other Staff

Posted

October 18, 2022

Type

Part-Time

Description/Duties

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), founded in 1981, is the oldest and largest volunteer legal services organization in Maryland.  Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) removes barriers to justice through free civil legal help, community engagement, and advocacy for equitable laws.  Our vision is for a fair legal system that is free of injustice and equitably serves underrepresented Marylanders.  We achieve this goal primarily through our core pro bono program and more targeted programs that serve specialized legal needs. For more program information, visit our website: www.mvlslaw.org.

MVLS’s core values are teamwork, passion for MVLS’s mission, commitment to clients, volunteers, and community partners, initiative and commitment to eliminate systemic barriers to justice based on race and economic disparities. MVLS is committed to fostering an inclusive culture in the workplace. Our work to end barriers to justice starts with increasing the racial diversity of our staff to better reflect the communities we serve.

The position will focus on providing community education and outreach in West Baltimore, and promoting and connecting residents with MVLS’ legal services to stabilize housing, remove barriers to employment, and build legal knowledge to center power and agency in West Baltimore.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate outreach efforts with existing MVLS staff including the Outreach and Communications Manager and the Community Outreach Coordinator – Advance Planning.
  • Responsible for planning and executing targeted West Baltimore City outreach to educate and provide legal tools to underserved communities and community-based nonprofits about legal and financial barriers and resources.
  • 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.
  • Working in collaboration with community partners and MVLS staff, identify and support efforts to address systemic barriers.
  • Plan innovative community education and engagement activities to encourage program involvement.
  • Regularly attend various neighborhood outreach events
  • Provide community presentations focused on centering legal tools and knowledge within the community
  • 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.

Full description: https://mvlslaw.org/about-us/careers/#positions

Skills/Qualifications

  • 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 or 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
  • Comfortable working with diverse populations in a variety of settings
  • Evening and weekend hours required
  • Candidate does not need to have substantive legal knowledge
  • One to three years of community organization and outreach experience
  • Demonstrated commitment through work experience, lived experience or volunteer experience to communities, such as:
    • 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.

Compensation

Salary is $27 per hour at 20 hours per week.  The position also includes excellent benefits, including: 3 health insurance plans to choose from (MVLS fully covers the monthly premium for 2 of them), dental and vision insurance, a flexible spending plan to reimburse employees with pre-tax dollars for out of pocket medical expenses, group life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, a 403(b) retirement plan with a 2% match and the possibility of an additional contribution from MVLS, a monthly commuter stipend equal to the value of an MTA pass, and leave time including vacation, personal, and sick days.

 

Job Location –

This position is currently partially remote and partially in office due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  When MVLS determines that conditions permit employees to return to the office full time, this will be an in-office position.

How To Apply

Submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references from employers or school via email with “Community Legal Advocate” in the subject line to mvls@mvlslaw.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.

Please, no telephone calls.