Position Type: Full-time
Company: National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) – Washington, DC
NVLSP is an independent, nonprofit veterans service organization dedicated to ensuring that the U.S. government honors its commitment to our active duty personnel and veterans by providing them the federal benefits they have earned though their service to our country.
Busy appellate litigation team seeks paralegal to manage and master routine litigation tasks, including preparing procedural pleadings and finalizing briefs and legal memoranda. The successful candidate will have exceptional organization skills, attention to detail, and the ability to manage and prioritize multiple deadline-driven tasks while maintaining a professional and pleasant demeanor.
- Bachelor’s Degree or Paralegal Certificate from accredited institution or program
- 2 to 5 years paralegal experience
- Excellent proofreading and writing skills
- Familiar reviewing and summarizing documents
- Proficiency with Bluebook citation and cite checking tasks
- Proficiency with compiling Table of Authorities and Table of Contents
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc.) and Adobe Acrobat
- Familiarity with drafting simple procedural motions and correspondence
- Experience conducting legal and regulatory research and summarizing same
- Ability to maintain records of ongoing matters in paper and electronically
- Ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously under constant deadlines
- Strong organizational, problem solving, and communication skills
Available immediately, closes when filled. Salary is dependent on experience. NVLSP has a generous benefits program with health and pension benefits provided.
Please send cover letter, resume, and list of references to:
1600 K Street, N.W., Suite 500
Washington, DC 20006
All applications will be reviewed in confidence. NVLSP is an equal opportunity employer.
Position: Communications Director
Position Type: Full-time
The Communications Director will set and guide the strategy for all communications, website, and public relations messages, and collateral material to consistently articulate The National Veterans Legal Services Program’s (NVLSP) mission. The Communications Director will create the infrastructure necessary for all communications activities. The Communications Director will ensure that NVLSP is viewed as the expert and primary source of information for legal expertise in the area of veterans’ disability benefits and any other topics that NVLSP decides to focus on for its core capabilities.
The Communications Director will work closely with NVLSP’s leadership team on a variety of strategic initiatives to raise the profile of the organization and its efforts within areas such as development, legislative advocacy, and programs such as Lawyers Serving Warriors.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Develop, implement, and evaluate NVLSP’s annual communications plan in collaboration with the organization’s leadership team
- Lead the generation of online content that engages key audiences and creates measurable action
- Leverage NVLSP’s communications channels to increase awareness of NVLSP’s activities and impact
- In collaboration with Director of Development, manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all resources, including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, videos and NVLSP’s website
- In collaboration with the Joint Executive Directors, manage NVLSP’s communications and responses to Members of Congress and their staffs on veterans benefits issues;
- Utilize a variety of media to maximize awareness and support of NVLSP’s programs, including NVLSP’s social media activities. Implement and maintain social media tools (Facebook, YouTube and Twitter)
- Serve as executive editor for the organization's website. Coordinate webpage maintenance—ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly
- Track and measure the level of activity and the impact it has on NVLSP’s organizational objectives
- Identify significant media and public policy issues that can be leveraged to support NVLSP’s work, and create and implement plans to exploit them.
- Manage all media contact
Qualifications: NVLSP is seeking an accomplished Communications Director who has at least 7 years of appropriate experience, ideally in an “in-house” leadership role with a nonprofit entity, covering areas such as website content, newsletters, and donor communications. The ability to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels is critical.
Specific requirements include:
- Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications strategies
- Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
- A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently
- Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to "manage by influence"
- High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels
- Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters
- Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.
Competitive salary will be offered, commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Please email cover letter, resume and salary history to Personnel@nvlsp.org, and reference “Communications Director” in the subject line. No calls please.
Position: Director of Pro Bono Program
Position Type: Full-time
The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is an independent, nonprofit veterans service organization that has served active duty military personnel and veterans since 1980. NVLSP strives to ensure that our nation honors its commitment to its 22 million veterans and active duty personnel by ensuring they have the federal benefits they have earned through their service to our country. NVSLP offers training for attorneys and other advocates, connects veterans and active duty personnel with pro bono legal help when seeking disability benefits, publishes the nation's definitive guide on veteran benefits law, and represents and litigates for veterans and their families. For more information go to www.nvlsp.org.
Since 2007, NVLSP has operated a national pro bono program known as Lawyers Serving Warriors® that annually places the cases of hundreds of veterans and active duty personnel with volunteer attorneys from dozens of large private law firms and corporate legal departments around the country. These pro bono attorneys provide representation on claims before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, military boards such as Discharge Review Boards, and Boards for Correction of Military Records, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and other federal courts. The Director of the Pro Bono Program will be responsible for spearheading the pro bono program and the strategic vision of the program aligned with NVLSP’s mission. The Director will also be responsible for identifying and securing pro bono opportunities and partnerships and ensuring that the pro bono work is performed at the highest level. The Director and its staff of six employees conduct outreach to, and screen the cases of needy veterans and active duty personnel, recruit and train attorneys from law firms and corporate legal departments and mentor them on the cases we place.
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Develop a strategic vision for NVLSP’s pro bono work; create and implement an annual pro bono program work plan;
- Develop and implement a joint work plan with the Director of Development and Communications staff;
- Supervise a staff of four attorneys including a program coordinator and intake specialist;
- Strengthen and maintain the program’s current relationships with law firms, corporate legal departments, and organizations that have contact with and refer the cases of needy veterans and active duty personnel;
- Create and oversee quality control procedures;
- Maintain communication and ongoing engagement with NVLSP’s Joint Executive Directors.
- Must be a current member of a state bar and in good standing
- Considerable management experience
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Excellent computer and database skills
- Must be able to work in Washington, DC
- Experience with an attorney pro bono program
- Experience in administrative, VA and military benefits law
- Demonstrated experience with or sensitivity to the needs of disabled veterans, service members and their families
- Familiarity with public benefits
Salary & Benefits:
Salary is dependent on experience. NVLSP offers a generous benefits package including an excellent medical package and retirement plan.
To Apply: (no calls please)
Send a cover letter detailing your interest in the position along with a resume, salary history and list of three references to email@example.com
I. General Summary:
The Development Intern is responsible for supporting fundraising operations for NVLSP, reporting to the Director of Development. We’re seeking an entrepreneurial, self-directed team player committed to NVLSP’s mission. The Development Intern supports all administrative operations and helps execute the annual development plan in conjunction with the Director of Development. She/he provides administrative support for the fundraising initiatives, including appeals, annual fundraising events, grants and donor stewardship.
II. Public Relations and Social Media:
• Assist in editing the NVLSP online newsletter with the Development team.
• Assist in editing brochures, annual reports, etc. as needed.
• Research relevant news items, and help manage NVLSP’s social media profile on Twitter and Facebook.
III. Special Events:
• Maintain guest lists, gather and prepare registration materials and other duties as assigned for fund-raising events.
• Provide support to committees and volunteers as needed for special events or other development activities.
• Oversee the recruitment and coordination of all event volunteers.
• Works with the Director of Development, Board of Directors and staff to assist in all special events as assigned.
• Assist in the preparation of acknowledgement letters and other correspondence.
• Help conduct preliminary research on prospective corporate, foundation and individual donors.
• Assist in production and mailing of fundraising appeal letters.
• Proof/edit all correspondence, letters, proposals etc. as assigned.
• Other duties as assigned by the Director of Development.
• Exemplary written and oral communications skills.
• Excellent organizational skills and time-management skills.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel and Outlook.
Stipend Available: $1,000-$2,000 subject to evaluations
Please email cover letter and resume to Personnel@nvlsp.org, and reference “Development Intern” in the subject line. No calls please.