The Project on Predatory Student Lending seeks to hire a Project Manager to help lead and manage its work on behalf of low-income student loan borrowers. The Project on Predatory Student Lending is housed in the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School (LSC), a community law office located in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, dedicated to public service and clinical teaching. The Project seeks to mitigate and prevent the harms of predatory student lending on the communities served by LSC, by representing individual clients, engaging in strategic impact litigation, and forming partnerships with key stakeholders.
The Project Manager will play a crucial role by overseeing the administrative functions of a team of attorneys and paralegals, managing the project's budget, spending, and grant reporting, and leading certain non-legal components of the Project, including designing operations and systems for Project workflow. The position may also involve coordinating internal and external communications. The Project Manager will work with other administrators of the Legal Services Center and Harvard Law School. The position entails significant interaction with clients and potential clients, clinical students, partner organizations and service-providers, and the staff of the Project on Predatory Student Lending, the Legal Services Center, and Harvard Law School.
This position presents an opportunity to join an exciting and innovative project that provides much-needed services, the benefits of which will extend beyond our local community, to work in a dynamic public interest and clinical teaching law office, to develop effective administrative systems and to advocate on behalf of consumers harmed by fraudulent and deceptive practices.
About the Project on Predatory Student Lending: Established in 2012 as part of the Legal Services Center's Predatory Lending/Consumer Protection Clinic, the Project on Predatory Student Lending represents low-income student loan borrowers who have experienced predatory lending in connection with for-profit schools. In addition to representing low-income borrowers in courts and arbitration, it has been a leading advocate for improving state and federal policies that affect low-income borrowers. In 2016, the Project expanded, and has since brought a number of important cases to protect the rights of borrowers. To learn more, please visit http://www.legalservicescenter.org/category/project-on-predatory-student-lending/.
About the Legal Services Center: The Project continues the Legal Services Center's distinguished record of cutting-edge consumer advocacy. From nationally important victories for consumers in cases such as U.S. Bank vs. Ibanez to the first-of-its-kind Project on Predatory Student Lending, its attorneys have pioneered new areas of practice and clinical teaching. Located at the crossroads of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury in the City of Boston, the Legal Services Center is a community-based clinical law program of Harvard Law School. Through five clinical offerings—Family Law/Domestic Violence Clinic, Predatory Lending/Consumer Protection Clinic, Post-Foreclosure Eviction Defense Housing Clinic, Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic, and Federal Tax Clinic—and numerous pro bono initiatives we provide essential legal services to low-income residents of Greater Boston and in some instances, to clients outside our service area. Since 1979, we have engaged in cutting-edge litigation and legal strategies to improve the lives of individual clients, to seek systemic change for the communities we serve, and to provide law students with a singular opportunity to develop fundamental lawyering skills within a public interest law setting. To these ends, we actively partner with a diverse array of organizations, including healthcare and social service providers and advocacy groups, and continually adapt our practice areas to meet the changing legal needs of our client communities. To learn more, please visit http://www.legalservicescenter.org/.
The Project is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and an inclusive environment.
This is a term appointment currently expected to extend to June 30, 2019, subject to funding and departmental need.
All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills, the ability to thrive in a demanding, mission-driven environment, and a commitment to serving low-income communities. Experience in project administration and basic financial administration are preferred. The ideal candidate will also have skills and/or experience in communications or management.
In addition, we seek candidates who:
Have excellent judgment;
Support the Project's mission;
Can capably and efficiently handle multiple important tasks and priorities;
Are culturally competent;
Enjoy working collaboratively and creatively; and
Work well independently and as part of a team.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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