What we do
Since 1973, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) has been a leader in the movement to end sexual violence. BARCC empowers survivors of sexual violence to heal and provides education and advocacy for the social change needed to create cultures that prevent sexual violence. We rely on our dedicated, brilliant staff to do this important work, and our team is growing!
Our Legal Advocacy team is looking for a new, full-time Staff Attorney. You’ll work closely with our Bilingual Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Advocacy Program Manager (supervisor), and our client services team to ensure that our clients understand their legal rights and options, providing support and guidance so they can make the decisions that meet their needs and goals. Your work will directly further BARCC’s mission of ending sexual violence through healing and social change.
Where and when you’ll work
BARCC's staff, operations, hours, and location vary by function, type of work, and work style. You’ll primarily work from our Cambridge office, located at 99 Bishop Allen Drive with occasional local travel for client accompaniments.
This is a 40-hour, full-time position. You can expect to work regularly Monday through Friday. Two days a week you will have evening client hours until 7:00 p.m.
What you’ll do
- Provide culturally competent legal advocacy services to sexual assault survivors and significant others; assess clients’ needs, provide information and advocacy, identify legal options, and provide referrals and assistance in accessing other legal services.
- Focus on navigating the criminal justice and court systems, safety, privacy, immigration issues, and employment/school matters.
- Participate in the development and improvement of program materials and procedures.
- Work closely with Client Services staff to coordinate services and a smooth continuum of care for clients.
- Serve as a resource to other advocates working with survivors at partner and community agencies.
- Be informed and assist in sharing information regarding legal developments that are relevant to the role of the Legal Advocacy program and BARCC services.
- Develop relationships and navigate within a range of agencies and systems relevant to the legal needs of BARCC clients, including but not limited to law enforcement, prosecutors, employers, and universities.
- Collect program-related data and prepare written updates and progress reports as necessary.
- Provide training to staff, volunteers, and external stakeholders on topics related to sexual violence and the law.
- Provide regularly scheduled evening hours to meet client availability until 7:00 p.m. twice per week.
- Be an ambassador of the organization, reflecting the values of teamwork, collaboration, inclusivity, and mutual respect.
- Collaborate on other projects as needed.
- Juris Doctor (JD) degree and current Massachusetts Bar License (required).
- 2+ years of experience providing direct service to clients, such as legal advocacy and/or experience in sexual violence field (required, law school internships may qualify).
- Experience working with trauma survivors and/or underserved communities.
- Bicultural Spanish and English fluency strongly preferred.
- Attention to detail, ability to multitask, excellent communication skills, and comfort working with a computer database.
- Demonstrated commitment to BARCC’s mission and philosophy.
What we offer
The opportunity to make meaningful change and improve the lives of others through mission-driven work, at all levels of the organization.
The most compassionate, supportive, and fun-loving colleagues around—who will shower you with warm welcomes, funny memes, and regular shout-outs for your contributions.
An investment in your health, well-being, and professional development through competitive benefit offerings, generous time off policies, professional development funds and opportunities, and ongoing improvements to proactively manage vicarious trauma.
Starting salary range and benefits
$54,000–$60,000, depending on experience and skills. The total compensation package includes a generous benefits package, including health, dental, vacation, sick time, and other coverage options.
Hiring process and timeline
Please submit your resume, a cover letter stating your interest and related experience, and a legal writing sample via our online application system. No phone calls, please. This opportunity will remain open until we find the best fit possible. The full hiring process will include a phone-screen interview, first-round in-person interview, a skills assessment, and final team interview. Reasonable accommodation provided upon request.
We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.
For more information about BARCC, please visit barcc.org.