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Policy Advocate

NH Legal Assistance

About NHLA: Recognized nationally for our achievements, NHLA has a proud history of aggressive, creative advocacy for low-income and elderly clients in federal and state courts, as well as legislative and administrative forums. Because NHLA does not receive federal Legal Services Corporation (LSC) funding, we are not subject to LSC’s restrictions on lobbying, class action litigation or welfare reform work. NHLA’s resources are primarily focused on housing, health, income benefits, elder law, domestic violence, and public utilities. NHLA operates five branch law offices and a number of statewide projects. 

NHLA receives generous support from a broad spectrum of the New Hampshire community and beyond.  Its largest funding sources are the State of New Hampshire and the Interest on Lawyers Trust Account (IOLTA) program of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation.  It has received grants from numerous local, state and national foundations, United Ways, and municipal, state and federal agencies.  Also important is the ongoing support of local law firms, individual lawyers and others in the business community through the annual Campaign for Legal Services. 

NHLA has been a pioneer in in promoting salary improvements, law school loan assistance, and other measures that enhance staff recruitment and retention in order to provide its clients with creative and skillful advocacy.

NHLA carries out its work in partnership with the Legal Advice and Referral Center (LARC), which provides legal advice by telephone and online intake. NHLA and LARC have integrated boards of directors which meet together and function as one policy-making and oversight body to unify the direction and vision of the two organizations.  A third key partner is the Pro Bono Referral Program of the New Hampshire Bar Association which recruits and trains private attorneys to assist low income families and individuals with basic legal issues.  NHLA’s advocates collaborate with a range of community agencies and allies in the legal system and in the social service network.

For more information visit www.nhla.org


Salary/Benefits:
This part-time (approximately 20-25 hours per week) position pays an hourly range of $21.90 to $36.53, based on experience.

Position Summary

New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA) seeks a Policy Advocate to join our statewide policy advocacy team. The Policy Advocate will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the NH Alliance for Healthy Aging (NH AHA) Advocacy Work Group. The Policy Advocate works under the direction of NHLA’s Senior Law Project Director and Policy Director in NHLA’s Concord, NH office and collaborates extensively with partner organizations to advance AHA’s advocacy goals. This is a part-time position.

NHLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to building a diverse staff that reflects the low-income and older people NHLA works alongside, and we value equity and inclusion in our workplace. We are actively seeking applications from people of color, the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, older adults, veterans, people who have lived experience with poverty, and other people belonging to communities that experience injustice.  

 

About NH Legal Assistance and NH Alliance for Healthy Aging:

NHLA is a statewide civil legal aid organization that helps low-income families and individuals prevent homelessness, protect their personal safety, and preserve their basic income. NH AHA is a statewide coalition of cross-sector stakeholders focused on the health and well-being of older adults in New Hampshire. NHLA’s AHA work is generously funded by the Endowment for Health, the Charitable Foundation, and Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree, or at least 3+ years prior relevant experience
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Ability to speak Spanish or other second language a plus
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving vulnerable populations; knowledge of NH social services network
  • Commitment to and interest in expanding knowledge about the importance of equal justice and access to human/social services
Responsibilities:

Advocacy Work:

  1. Research policy and advocacy strategies
  2. Develop policy analyses, support materials such as talking points, testimony, fact sheets, and infographics
  3. Create original content and identify external content to advance policy priorities through traditional media and social media
  4. Monitor progress of policy agenda
  5. Engage with stakeholders and policymakers on policy goals

Coalition Work:

  1. Convene monthly AHA Advocacy Work Group meetings
  2. Collaborate with stakeholders to support the work of the State Commission on Aging
  3. Develop a working knowledge of community needs and resources
  4. Oversee grassroots engagement and communication activities performed by partner agency

Partner with other AHA Advocacy Work Group members on all efforts including training, communications, and meetings with stakeholders and policymakers 

How to Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to: officemanager@nhla.org

Salary Range:

$21.90 to $36.53, based on experience

Job Location:

Concord

Date Added: November 1, 2019

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