Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc. (CAPLAW), a Boston-based nonprofit organization providing legal assistance to anti-poverty Community Action Agencies (CAAs) nationwide, seeks a temporary, full-time Assistant Staff Attorney. This is anticipated to be a nine (9) month appointment, which may be extended contingent upon availability of funding.
The mission of CAPLAW is to eliminate poverty by strengthening the legal and management capacity of community organizations. CAPLAW is the national legal expert for the Community Action network. Through consultations, training and resources we equip approximately 1,000 CAAs across the country with the knowledge and tools to operate as accountable and effective change agents. We also provide guidance to federal, state and national Community Action partners on legal and financial issues affecting CAAs.
About Community Action Agencies
For over 50 years, since the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 established the Community Action Program, CAAs have been working to strengthen low-income communities and to help low-income individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency and economic security. Nationwide, over 1,000 nonprofit and local government CAAs provide a wide range of services including Head Start, low-income fuel assistance, job training, elder care programs, preventative health education and services, housing assistance, economic development, and transportation programs. CAAs also advocate on economic security issues in their local communities.
CAPLAW seeks an Assistant Staff Attorney who will:
- Advise CAAs and other stakeholders in the Community Action network on a wide range of legal and financial matters related to the organizations’ prevention, preparation, and response to COVID-19, including legal issues relating to:
- Federal grant law (including CSBG, Head Start, and other poverty alleviation programs), particularly relating to supplemental federal funds appropriated to support the pandemic response;
- Internal Revenue Code requirements for tax-exempt organizations;
- Employment law, including issues related to managing a remote workforce and reopening physical workplaces;
- Nonprofit corporate law, compliance, and corporate governance matters, including board engagement and responsibilities during the pandemic;
- Innovative approaches to sustainability in light of COVID-19, such as fiscal sponsorships, mergers, shared services, and social enterprise; and
- Administrative law.
- Help the Community Action network stay abreast of new and current legal requirements related to COVID-19 prevention, preparation, and response by researching, writing, and editing legal publications, such as legal updates, template policies and documents, case studies, tip sheets, checklists, in-depth guides, and website content.
- Prepare, coordinate, and present training seminars on legal issues related to COVID-19 prevention, preparation, and response for staff and board members of Community Action network organizations, including through instructional videos, webinars, and other training workshops.
- Coordinate with outside counsel and consultants performing services for CAPLAW on COVID-19 related legal and financial projects, including researching relevant topics and preparing project scopes, reviewing project deliverables, and finalizing deliverables for distribution to the Community Action network.
- Advocate on policy priorities affecting the Community Action network, including commenting on proposed legislation and regulations related to COVID-19 prevention, preparation, and response efforts.
- Stay up-to-date on relevant federal and state laws related to COVID-19 prevention, preparation, and response that may impact the operations of CAAs.
- Perform other related duties as required.
- Report to CAPLAW’s Staff Attorneys and Deputy Director/Senior Counsel.
- J.D. and license to practice law in at least one U.S. state.
- Experience in at least one or more of the following is strongly preferred: tax-exempt organization law, corporate law and governance, employment law, administrative law, federal grant management, and/or nonprofit management.
- Excellent legal research, writing, and presentation skills.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively translate legal concepts into lay terms (oral and written).
- Ability to drive a project to completion in collaboration with colleagues and other national Community Action partners.
- Proven capability to take initiative, handle a variety of tasks, set priorities, and manage multiple deadlines.
- Ability to approach legal problems with creativity and strategic thinking.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a small team in an office environment.
- Strong interpersonal skills and professional judgment.
- Exceptional work ethic and attention to detail.
- Demonstrated commitment to public service and the mission of Community Action.
Please submit a cover letter and resume to Roseline Giglio at firstname.lastname@example.org.