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Veterans Inclusion Project Coordinator
The Connecticut Veterans Legal Center (CVLC) is seeking a talented professional with excellent written and verbal communication skills, flexible and compassionate client relationship abilities, and a commitment to social justice for a new grant-funded position, the Veterans Inclusion Project Coordinator (“Coordinator”).
The Veterans Inclusion Project (“Inclusion Project”) is a new initiative launched by CVLC to: (1) address the national policy structures that create systemic barriers to Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) benefits for low-income veterans and (2) build institutional capacity in legal services centers nationwide so that all veterans have access to high-quality representation in the area of veterans law.
The Inclusion Project will advance CVLC’s mission—to remove legal barriers to housing, healthcare, and income for veterans recovering from mental illness and homelessness—but will do so by challenging the exclusionary and harmful effects of VA eligibility policies and Department of Defense (“DoD”) discharge practices, pursuing impact litigation, and expanding the capacity of legal services centers nationwide. While CVLC’s core services comprise individual legal representation, the new Inclusion Project will focus on force-multiplying advocacy in the areas of veterans’ policy and technical assistance for legal services organizations outside of Connecticut. CVLC and the Inclusion Project’s work occurs where veterans law intersects with economic and racial justice, human rights, and mental health.
The Coordinator position comprises a range of responsibilities including case support, engagement with veterans and attorney volunteers, external communications, and research coordination. The Coordinator will join a dedicated team of attorneys, paralegals, and support staff at CVLC.
The Veterans Inclusion Project Coordinator will be responsible for: (1) supporting the legal and policy work of the Veterans Inclusion Project through research, writing, and project coordination; (2) spearheading the public communications components of the Veterans Inclusion Project by planning and developing content; and (3) coordinating training and outreach events.
Please note that this position is contingent on funding and is currently grant-funded for an 18-month term; CVLC hopes to secure continued funding for this position after the conclusion of the grant term in October 2021.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Conducting research on legal and policy issues and supporting Veterans Inclusion Project casework;
- Planning and developing the public communications aspects of Veterans Inclusion Project;
- Supporting CVLC staff attorney and pro bono casework;
- Convening and supporting veterans’ outreach and engagement efforts;
- Partnering with program staff to strategically implement the Veterans Inclusion Project’s communication campaign via a range of communication platforms including social media;
- Writing content for Veterans Inclusion Project public education, advocacy, veterans outreach, and public relations;
- Coordinating the qualitative research project; and
- Other responsibilities in support of the Veterans Inclusion Project.
This is a unique opportunity experienced nonprofit project manager, experienced professional from another background, or for a JD- or Masters-level graduate to seek meaningful work to advance CVLC’s mission. Experience working with veterans and their families, or individuals facing homelessness, trauma, and/or mental illness would be beneficial. Previous experience in communications and human services is valued. The ideal candidate is extremely organized, an effective communicator in verbal and written form, able to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team, able to manage a significant volume of work and solve problems creatively, comfortable with a range of tasks spanning the creative, managerial, and administrative, and able to successfully collaborate with other groups and organizations. CVLC is a paperless office so proficiency and high level of comfort with technology is preferred. Because the Coordinator will work directly with disabled veterans, this is a position that requires the ability to hold space for veterans’ stories and needs with compassion while also maintaining clear personal and professional boundaries.
CVLC’s office environment is client-centered, hard-working, creative, democratic, outcome-oriented and collegial. If you loathe the idea of addressing your own envelopes, faxing your own documents or folding chairs after an event, this is not the job for you; we all pitch in as needed.
Veterans, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA 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, résumé, and 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 and by the latest in May 2020, so please send your materials as soon as possible.