Position Available: The Veterans Legal Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School (LSC) seeks to hire a part-time Project Manager to help lead an innovative partnership that uses technology to improve access to benefits for Massachusetts low-income veterans and their families. The new technology at the center of the partnership employs an online guided interview platform to provide veterans and service organizations easy-to-understand information about eligibility for Massachusetts Veterans’ Service Benefits, also known colloquially as Chapter 115 Benefits. The Project Manager must be able to work independently and will be responsible for a diverse portfolio of activities, including serving as a liaison to local and state government veterans’ programs; interacting with researchers and consultants; developing curricula and conducting workshops and trainings about the technology tool for stakeholder groups; identifying and pursuing new opportunities, challenges, and strategies; bringing creativity to the project’s execution; documenting the project’s achievement of key benchmarks; and facilitating the project’s overall progress. The project is housed within the Veterans Legal Clinic. The Clinic trains Harvard Law School students and provides direct legal representation to low-income disabled veterans and their families. The Clinic maintains a broad docket of cases, including appeals involving federal and state veterans’ benefits, discharge upgrade and correction of military records cases, and estate planning matters. The Clinic practices before agencies, in state and federal court, and before Department of Defense tribunals. The Clinic also pursues various initiatives to improve access to justice for veterans and to improve the systems that serve the veterans community. The Project Manager will work closely with the Clinic’s Faculty Director and the Clinic’s Associate Director, as well as have opportunities to interact with other members of the Clinic team. The position represents a unique opportunity to join Harvard Law School’s Legal Services Center, to work in a dynamic public interest and clinical teaching law office, to serve the veterans community, and to hone project leadership skills. Salary is commensurate with experience. The position is for an initial two-year term. The possibility of extension depends on performance, the availability of funding, and project requirements.
Basic Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and minimum of three years relevant experience in technology, law, policy, education, human services, project implementation, community programming, and/or other relevant area, including some form of leadership experience. Education may count toward experience. Additional Qualifications: • Advanced degree a plus, but not required • Considered a plus if the candidate is a veteran or otherwise has a personal connection to the military/veterans community • Demonstrated interest in the use of technology to address social justice goals and/or community needs • Commitment to serving low-income communities and/or persons with disabilities • Entrepreneurial spirit • Superb public speaking skills • Facility with designing and implementing workshop curriculum • Excellent written, verbal, organizational and interpersonal skills • Superior managerial skills • Strong attention to detail • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced public interest office setting • Flexibility and the ability to handle multiple priorities • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
To Apply: Applications must be submitted via Harvard University Human Resources website. The posting and online application portal can be found here Harvard HR Site (https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25240&siteid=5341#jobDetails=1381629_5341).
The job posting ID# is 45682BR. About the Veterans Legal Clinic: Founded in 2012 at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, the Veterans Legal Clinic provides pro bono legal assistance to veterans and their families. Our goal is to protect the legal rights of the veterans community through determined, passionate, and effective advocacy. In addition to representing individual clients, the Clinic also pursues broader initiatives to improve the systems that serve the veterans community. To learn more about the Clinic, please visit here.
About the Legal Services Center: Located at the crossroads of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury in the City of Boston, the Legal Services Center is a community-based clinical law program of Harvard Law School. Through five clinical offerings—Family Law/Domestic Violence Clinic, Predatory Lending/Consumer Protection Clinic, Housing Clinic, Veterans Legal Clinic, and Federal Tax Clinic—and numerous pro bono initiatives we provide essential legal services to low-income residents of Greater Boston and in some instances, where cases present important law reform opportunities, to clients outside our service area. Our longstanding mission is to educate law students for practice and professional service while simultaneously meeting the critical needs of the community. Since 1979, we have engaged in cutting-edge litigation and legal strategies to improve the lives of individual clients, to seek systemic change for the communities we serve, and to provide law students with a singular opportunity to develop fundamental lawyering skills within a public interest law setting. To these ends, we actively partner with a diverse array of organizations, including healthcare and social service providers and advocacy groups, and continually adapt our practice areas to meet the changing legal needs of our client communities. We encourage diversity, value unique voices, and pursue with passion our twin goals of teaching law students and advocating for clients. To learn more about LSC, please visit here http://www.legalservicescenter.org/ (http://www.legalservicescenter.org/).
Jamaica Plain, MA