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- Senior Legal Advocate, USA

Senior Legal Advocate
Sexual Assault Legal Institute

The Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI), a program within the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA), is seeking a full-time senior bilingual (English/Spanish) legal advocate; this position also has some administrative responsibilities related to law office management and provides legal services to survivors of sexual violence, and training & technical assistance to others working with survivors. Legal advocates report to the SALI Managing Attorney.


Classification:  Non-Exempt

Salary: Mid 40’s, DOE


Responsibilities and Duties

    Provide high quality, culturally competent legal advocacy for survivors of sexual assault.
    Assist attorneys in representation of sexual assault survivors in a range of cases; these may include protective and peace orders, U-visa, family law, crime victim rights, education, employment and other cases.
    Supervise SALI’s Legal Advocates, including by providing input to hiring, evaluation, and discipline.
    Develop and implement plan for outreach, education, and continuing communication with community-based organizations, law enforcement, and services providers regarding the legal needs of survivors of sexual assault.
    Coordinate and develop culturally competent outreach materials and arrange for appropriate translation of current SALI literature.
    Participate in forums and meetings relating to SALI activities.
    Conduct initial interviews (intakes) with survivors of sexual assault.
    Provide safety planning for survivors.
    Assist in production of training and technical assistance materials.
    Generate reports with legal server and assist with data collection for grant reports or other reasons; assist in report preparation.
    Assist in recruiting and work with legal interns.
    Prioritize and fulfill responsibilities in accordance with available funding and grant requirements.
    Comply with or assist others in compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct (legal ethics).
    Such other duties as assigned by SALI managing attorney or executive director.



    Bachelor's degree required. Recent JDs considered only if committed to outreach and other responsibilities that may not fall under an attorney's usual duties AND committed

to non-attorney position for significant period of time. Other responsibilities will include administrative tasks related to office management.

    Fluent in English; fluency in at least one other language preferred for part-time position; fluency in Spanish required for the full-time position.
    Access to a car and valid drivers license; this position requires travel within the State of Maryland. Out of state travel required 1-3 times annually.
    Knowledge and/or previous work experience with sexual assault related issues preferred


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Commitment to Diversity

MCASA is an equal opportunity employer. Its policy of nondiscrimination means that all employment decisions will be based on merit and without regard to factors unrelated to job performance, such as ethnicity, creed, marital status, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical, emotional or mental capacity.


To apply:

No phone calls, please.  Send resume & cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Training Specialist” and your name in subject line. Applications will be considered as received and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Start date is ASAP.

Job posted on 27th February 2019
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