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Effective legal representation has proven to be one of the greatest needs of veterans facing poverty, homelessness and mental illness. The mission of Connecticut Veterans Legal Center (CVLC) is to help veterans recovering from homelessness and mental illness overcome legal barriers to housing, healthcare, and income. As a national leader in medical-legal partnerships and legal aid to veterans, CVLC’s work often occurs where veterans law intersects with economic and racial justice, human rights, and mental health.
CVLC provides free legal assistance to veterans on a range of critical legal issues, including housing law, VA benefits, discharge upgrade, and more. CVLC has a track record of achieving transformational results: for every $1 donated or invested in CVLC’s services, CVLC returns $20 to veterans in the form of
increased income and reduced debt.
Since 2009, CVLC has co-located and collaborated with the VA Connecticut’s Errera Community Care Center to create the country’s first VA medical-legal partnership. This partnership is the essential component of CVLC’s success in helping to serve Connecticut’s most vulnerable veterans, allowing CVLC staff and volunteers to serve clients who are homeless or have serious mental illness within the context of their medical and social support system. Building upon the success of this model, CVLC has added three additional VA locations for on-site services throughout the state, including the VA Newington campus, CT's Department of Veterans Affairs in Rocky Hill, and the VA’s new clinic in Orange, CT. This co-location means easy access to free legal assistance for
CVLC clients, with minimal transportation and scheduling barriers. This also creates unique opportunities for multi-disciplinary teamwork between VA social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, peer specialists, and CVLC staff and volunteers.
In addition to CVLC’s expansion to multiple sites, CVLC continues to innovate and grow in its programming. In the last year, CVLC: launched an elder law MLP to address the specific legal needs of CT’s elderly veteran population; stepped up to participate in the rollout of CT’s statewide Right To Counsel program to provide free legal representation to veterans facing eviction or loss of housing subsidy; and initiated a first-of-its-kind randomized control trial of medical-legal partnership services in collaboration with the VA.
In addition to its role as a national leader in VA medical-legal partnership, CVLC stands at the forefront of practice and policy in veterans' law through its Veterans Inclusion Project. CVLC and its Veterans Inclusion Project hold the conviction that all who serve in the U.S. Military are veterans who deserve to be treated with
dignity. The mission of the Veterans Inclusion Project is to make veterans’ benefits accessible for all low-income veterans through a combination of national policy advocacy and capacity building for legal advocates. Significant accomplishments include the American Bar Association’s recent publication of the Military Discharge Upgrade Legal Practice Manual, a landmark publication in the field written by attorneys from CVLC and Harvard Law School’s Veterans Legal Clinic. CVLC attorneys regularly conduct national trainings on veterans’ law issues, pursue impact litigation, and push policy change initiatives to create systemic positive change for veterans.
CVLC’s Executive Director plays the pivotal role of collaborating closely with the Board of Directors and a
dedicated staff of lawyers, business, operations professionals, and volunteers, to articulate a vision and
executive strategies that enable CVLC to achieve its mission, both in the near term and future growth on a
The successful candidate will have demonstrated exceptional leadership capabilities with a track record of
growth and increasing financial stability through partnerships, fund development and major donor
engagement. The Executive Director will need to be acutely aware of the myriad issues adversely impacting
the veteran population and must understand the holistic approach needed to serve that population. The
Executive Director will be the external face of CVLC to a diverse group of stakeholders and partners,
including the Veterans Administration and other government agencies, public officials, donors, volunteers,
and clients. The ability to balance the externally facing role with the day-to-day responsibilities of effectively
leading and managing the CVLC staff and maintaining a fiscally vibrant organization will require one who
can balance competing priorities in a dynamic environment.
LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES
- Maintain CVLC’s position at the forefront of veterans’ legal services; advocate, continue to
encourage, develop, and implement innovative programs to meet veterans’ legal needs
With the Board and staff, and building on the organization’s current successes, develop new
strategies and operational goals consistent with CVLC’s compelling vision and mission; further
improve the existing strategic plan for long term goals
- In collaboration with the Development Officer, develop an enhanced funding strategy to bring CVLC
to the next level in its growth by leveraging Board members and staff, as well as external
partnerships and funding sources, maintaining long-term financial stability
- Working closely with staff and key volunteers, continue to refine processes and practices to maximize
effectiveness and efficiency of new and existing programs and services
- Provide day-to-day leadership of CVLC staff and ensure the attraction, engagement, development,
support, and retention of team members who can effectively meet the needs of clients while
maintaining the standards of a well-run non-profit
- Continue to build on the positive culture at CVLC with strong internal communication and
camaraderie, recognition of contributions, and adequate resources/funding
- Enable and support team members’ ability to navigate bureaucracy without being obstructed by it
- Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board and ensure open
communication about measurement of financial, programmatic and impact performances against
stated milestones and goals embedded in a strategic plan
- Recruit new Board Members to meet the organization’s needs and whose talents, interests and
commitment will help further CVLC’s mission and expand funding opportunities
- In collaboration with the Development Officer, increase development funding by implementing a
comprehensive development strategy targeting major and individual gifts and events, foundation,
corporate and government grants
- Deepen current community and donor relationships, and develop new key relationships for CVLC
programs and donor giving including seeking and closing major gifts and long-term commitments
- Ensure that the Board is actively engaged with development strategy and is ensuring the success of
fundraising efforts through networking, cultivating sponsorships and individual donations
- Serve as a leader and advocate in assuring CVLC and its vision, mission, programs, and services are
positively and consistently represented to all key stakeholders
- Oversee the establishment and implementation of strategic communications that provide a clear and
concise message about CVLC policies and programs that build awareness and relationships for the
organization across all constituencies
- Promote CVLC visibility among the public policy community
- Strong interest in, understanding of, and dedication to CVLC’s mission; knowledge of the critical
need for legal services in addressing veterans’ issues
- Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience required; law degree strongly preferred; Veterans are
encouraged to apply
- At least eight years of increasing responsibility with at least 5 years in a senior position; nonprofit
experience is a plus
- A highly effective manager/leader with gravitas, and demonstrated ability to manage, collaboratively
lead, inspire, develop, and engage skilled staff members within a culture of mutual respect and
commitment to the mission; additional leadership qualities in goal setting, strategic thinking,
communication and empowering of staff
- Demonstrated ability to create cultivation strategies that result in deeper donor relationships,
increased giving and new gifts
- Financial acumen, budget oversight and forecasting skills with the ability to link strategic and
operational goals to fiscal realities and program priorities
- Strong organizational skills with proven ability to focus, prioritize and implement
- Successful relationship building skills and demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with
external partners, donors, and Board members to create stable and increasing financial assets
- Dynamic leadership ability, action oriented, entrepreneurial, innovative, and diplomatic personality
who is comfortable being the “public face” of CVLC, interacting with a broad range of leaders and
advocates developing mutually beneficial relationships; ability to build coalitions and establish
- Experience working collaboratively with a committed Board of Directors in defining and executing
mission and vision, creating, and implementing a strategic plan with measurable outcomes,
addressing programmatic needs, and educating the Board concerning challenges ahead.
CVLC is highly interested in stability and commitment in its next Executive Director.
Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.
The Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, located in West Haven Connecticut, is an equal opportunity
employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender,
national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected
The Connecticut Veterans Legal Center has retained the services of BSBSearch. Please email a cover letter
and resume in confidence to:
The Connecticut Veterans Legal Center (CVLC) is seeking a talented new attorney to join our team as a full time Screening Attorney. CVLC’s mission is to help veterans recovering from mental illness and homelessness overcome legal barriers to housing, healthcare, and income. As a national leader in medical-legal partnerships and civil legal aid to veterans, CVLC’s work often occurs where veterans law intersects with economic and racial justice, human rights, and mental health.
CVLC receives 30-40 requests for legal services every week. The Screening Attorney will work closely with the Intake Paralegal to ensure potential clients are provided with the necessary legal screenings in order to gain access to legal help. Responsibilities will include collaborating with the Intake Paralegal to determine the urgency of the legal issues presented, to refer out-of-scope matters to appropriate legal resources, and to triage clients when needed. CVLC is a key partner of Connecticut’s Right to Counsel initiative, which ensures representation for qualified tenants in housing court. The Screening Attorney will be a resource for many veterans facing eviction and will provide critical information and resources.
• You have a passion for justice: you have a passion for supporting social justice issues and an enthusiasm for helping people in need.
• You are detail oriented: you pay close attention to the little things and know that this will best help serve our clients. From checking records to ensuring proper data entry, paying attention to details is essential.
• You are a go-getter: you are resourceful, flexible, and self-motivated. You understand that priorities and plans change and the path forward is not always a straight line. You use challenges as opportunities to learn new things.
• You are comfortable with technology: CVLC is a paperless office and strives to be at the forefront of using technology to assist our clients and deliver superior service. You have an easy relationship with technology and a desire to stay up-to-date on the latest advancements.
• You enjoy working on a team: The Screening Attorney will need to work well with the screening team, each legal unit in the organization and also with the variety of clinicians that we partner with to help serve our clients. You will be one part of the medical-legal team helping to find and create solutions for CVLC clients.
• You are a skilled advocate: The Screening Attorney will need to be well versed in a wide variety of legal issues to help advise and refer the many legal issues that are referred for CVLC services.
In this job you will:
• Oversee all referrals for CVLC services from our medical and housing partners to ensure each referral is documented as thoroughly as possible.
• Maintain up-to-date client referral information in CVLC’s case management system to ensure accurate legal information and data tracking.
• Collaborate with and support the Intake Paralegal in identifying creative ways to serve each veteran seeking legal assistance.
• Review data for trends or issues that require changes to screening criteria, scheduling, or staffing.
• Communicate with CVLC staff and VA clinicians to ensure all referrals are moved through the screening process at a reasonable rate.
You will also get to:
• Learn about a variety of legal matters including housing, credit, consumer, and veterans law.
• Join CVLC’s legal team, participating in intake discussions and legal strategy meetings.
• Be an active participant in a team that seeks to change national and local policies that affect veterans.
On Day 1 you will:
• Be a current member in good standing of the State Bar of Connecticut.
• Be proficient in Word, Excel, and the other Office products.
• Be introduced to CVLC’s processes and policies, organization calendar, data and document management systems.
• Spend time with attorneys and staff in each department to understand how all the parts of the organization work independently and together.
• Start the process to obtain cultural competency in the veteran field.
After 3 months you will
• Be able to answer a variety of legal questions or be able to find legal answers through research.
• Lead weekly triage meetings by reporting on referral trends and facilitating legal strategy discussions.
• Maintain a current list of referral resources that support the issues referred for CVLC services.
• Understand the basics of a variety of legal areas including those that are specific to veterans such as disability law and discharge upgrade process.
After 6 months you will:
• Be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the screening team and be able to present status updates and challenges to CVLC staff and management.
• Have a strong understanding of the variety of legal areas that are referred for CVLC services.
• Be in regular communication with our VA partners as well as other partners that assist veterans in their legal issues.
• We are client-centered and hard-working. It is a privilege to do this work and we do our utmost to provide our clients with the best services possible.
• We are outcome-oriented and creative. The results we get for our clients are some of the best in legal aid and we all play a part in making that happen.
• We are democratic and collegial. We all pitch in as needed. Our teamwork is a hallmark of our organization. We are boisterous and like to have fun together.
Veterans, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. CVLC will make reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. CVLC is proud to work with a diverse community of clients, staff, and constituents. Come join our team!
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to CVLC at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be prepared to share the names, title and contact information for three references if requested. The position is open until filled. We anticipate that it will be filled quickly, so please send your materials as soon as possible.