Organization: Standpoint | Location: Minneapolis
Activity Area: | Job Type: | Salary: $60,000+
Closing Date: 09/20/2020
Standpoint (formerly the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project) is the premiere legal resource for domestic and sexual violence victims/survivors, as well as those who work with survivors including advocates, attorneys and other system professionals. Standpoint provides direct representation and legal information to survivors of violence. Standpoint also provides extensive training, litigation support and expert legal support to those working with victims of domestic and sexual violence across the state of Minnesota. Standpoint exists to promote justice for, and to respond effectively to the constantly evolving legal needs of domestic and sexual violence victims.
Job Description and Responsibilities
This position is responsible for providing information, technical assistance, outreach and training on all legal issues facing domestic and sexual violence victims/survivors. This includes: answering legal and resource questions from callers; developing and providing training as requested, including Standpoint’s annual New Laws training; providing technical assistance to system professionals; creating and maintaining relationships with domestic and sexual violence advocates, attorneys and other professionals; representing Standpoint on numerous committees; and participation in impact litigation and amicus briefs.
Organize community or collaborative efforts that engage attorneys and domestic and sexual violence victims in improving the legal system’s response to domestic and sexual violence
- Participate in creating and implementing legislation at both the National and State levels that addresses the needs of domestic and sexual violence victims
- Implement and participate in impact litigation
- Implement and participate in amicus briefs when needed
Manage, develop and implement Agency programs that improve the capacity of attorneys to work with domestic and sexual violence victims/survivors
- Respond to requests for Continuing Legal Education and other trainings on the legal needs of domestic and sexual violence victims and their attorneys
- Develop new technical assistance materials responsive to the needs of attorneys
- Provide trial support and legal research to attorneys working with domestic and sexual violence victims
- Assume a leadership role in amicus and impact litigation efforts
- Develop training curricula for attorneys, including changes to case law and statutes for the annual New Laws training
- Participate as a trainer in annual New Laws training (6 sessions)
Expand outreach to attorneys and legal organizations
- Represent the Standpoint and domestic and sexual violence victims in appropriate Minnesota Bar Sections and Committees
- Continue to create and maintain relationships with pro bono coordinators throughout the State
- Continue to create and maintain relationships with legal services and private attorneys throughout the State
Serve as an expert resource on the legal needs of domestic and sexual violence victims in Minnesota
- Represent the Standpoint, the needs of attorneys working with domestic and sexual violence victims and the needs of domestic and sexual violence victims on collaborative teams
- Answer legal and resource questions from callers to Standpoint’s toll-free action line
- Maintain the necessary level of expertise in Minnesota law to be an effective resource
Other duties as required, including supervision of program or project employees, interns and volunteers.
- Commitment to Standpoint’s mission, vision and values
- Demonstrated knowledge of and expertise in the root causes and dynamics of domestic and sexual violence.
- Licensed attorney in the State of Minnesota or the ability to be admitted to the Minnesota Bar within 6 months
- Experience providing advocacy to domestic and sexual violence victims/survivors required. (Preferably in Minnesota)
- Experience organizing, working with or advocating on behalf of underrepresented individuals, including those who live in rural communities.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including experience in training and public speaking
- Experience in program or project development and implementation
- Self-starter with good time-management skills
- Computer literacy
- Willingness to learn new skills and accomplish new tasks
- Applications from members of underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged, including but not limited to: people of color, LGBTQIA, veterans, immigrants and people with disabilities.
- Statewide travel required
- Licensed to drive in Minnesota preferred
- Background check required
Other relevant position information
- Must be able to work closely with domestic and sexual violence advocates and attorneys
- Knowledge of other language(s) is a plus
- Knowledge of tribal law and/or relationships with the Tribes in Minnesota is a plus
- Knowledge of other women’s rights issues is a plus
This is a full time, exempt position. Salary is $60,000+ a year. Health and dental insurance available. Generous vacation, sick and holiday policy.
Send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, ATTN: Hiring Committee
Preference will be given to candidate submissions received by 9/20/20, but the position will remain open until filled.