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Legal Advisor (Full-Time)
MLPB believes in the power of justice to advance health. We equip health and human services organizations with problem-solving strategies to prevent a person's unmet economic or environmental needs from developing into legal – and health – crises. By providing robust group training and individual technical assistance to their teams, we equip our partners with the information, skills, and tools they need to link the people they serve with health-promoting benefits, services, and legal protections.
MLPB Legal Advisors are legal generalists responsible for supporting workforces across many domains of public interest law. MLPB’s "train-the-trainer" model is complementary to, but distinct from, more familiar (and essential) access to justice approaches such as direct legal representation of individual clients. (NOTE: Because MLPB and its staff do not provide direct legal representation to individuals, families, or classes of consumers, applicants seeking to practice law in this important way should not apply for this position.)
The Legal Advisor we recruit will join a passionate, talented team and advance MLPB’s mission and successful growth by anchoring an innovative, state-wide partnership with Healthy Families Massachusetts (HFM) – an intensive, evidence-based family support and parent coaching program for first-time parents during pregnancy and the first three years of a child’s life.
This position and its primary responsibilities will tap legal skills, project management skills, and social work skills, including but not limited to:
- Joining interdisciplinary team meetings across the state to strategize about how legal risks, rights and remedies influence people's unmet health-related social needs (HRSN)
- Responding thoughtfully, efficiently, and creatively to a high volume of questions from workforce colleagues (“HRSN first responders”) both within and outside team meetings
- Developing and delivering in-person and web-based trainings that teach workforces about (a) how law, public policy, and history (social dimensions of health a/k/a SDOH) impact people’s health and well-being and (b) common obstacles and ways to overcome them when trying to access services, benefits and other supports for which people are legally eligible
Quality Assurance and Improvement
- Maintaining timely documentation of all activities on central case management database
- Preparing regular reports on services and outcomes, identifying trends in consumer- and population-level needs
- Contributing to research and evaluation activities, including efforts to demonstrate how MLPB’s work promotes the Strengthening FamiliesTM protective factors and advances the Quadruple Aim
- Identifying stories that illustrate gaps in the “safety net” through which people fall despite best efforts to leverage existing resources
- Supervising interns
- Miscellaneous / general non-profit “pitching in”
We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.
- JD required (licensed and in good standing in Massachusetts)
- At least 3 years of professionally relevant experience required
- Additional MSW preferred (or training/experience in community health, social work, or public health)
- Comfort level with unpredictability, fast-paced environment, and responsibility for developing knowledge about unfamiliar topics
- Cultural humility regarding the diversity of our interdisciplinary colleagues and the people for whom we aim to provide empowering support
- Dedication to diversity-, inclusion-, equity- and trauma-informed practice
- Consciousness of vicarious trauma and the challenges our clinical colleagues and we face in managing the stress of our work
- Commitment to contributing to a positive, collegial, and inclusive team culture
- Salary commensurate with experience
- Generous benefits package available
Deadline to Apply: September 15, 2019
TSNE MissionWorks/MLPB envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE MissionWorks actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.
As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks/MLPB will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.