The Organization: Legal Aid at Work (LAAW) enforces and expands the employment and civil rights of low-wage workers, their families, and communities by educating and advising clients and their communities about legal rights, engaging in advocacy and litigation, and working to advance expansive public policies. LAAW has seven core program areas: (1) Racial Economic Justice; (2) Gender Equity & LGBT Rights; (3) Disability Rights; (4) Wage Protection; (5) Work & Family; (6) National Origin and Immigrants Rights; and (7) Community Legal Services and its Workers Rights Clinics. Through these programs, we address nearly all issues that arise on the job while recognizing and addressing their intersectionality. Our services include:Providing free, individualized legal advice and counsel throughout California to thousands of employed and unemployed low wage workers, including workers of color and those who are undocumentedPursuing targeted enforcement and impact litigation to strengthen and clarify the law, both in California and nationallyConducting community outreach and education for workers, their advocates and communities, and social service providers, andAssisting in drafting and promoting laws, regulations, and policies at the local, state, and federal levels to create stronger and more effective civil and workplace rights.We are the oldest legal aid organization in the West, having served low-income Californians for more than 100 years. Since 1970, we have dedicated ourselves to empowering communities of workers who are the victims of structural oppression and racism in the workplace.The Opportunity: LAAW seeks a Racial Economic Justice Program Director who will lead our organization in the fight to achieve racial justice through the vigorous advancement and enforcement of workplace civil rights and employment laws. The Program advocates for and with workers who encounter barriers to employment and at work resulting from centuries of overt, implicit and structural exclusion on account of their race and color. The Program has a particular focus on representing Black workers, as well as formerly incarcerated job seekers and workers.This position requires an experienced civil rights attorney who is dedicated to securing racial and economic justice in the workplace, and who would thrive in a mission-driven environment that places a high value on collaboration both internally and externally with community partners. Candidates must be able to address how the Black Lives Matter movement offers opportunities to advance our social justice agenda. Candidates must also possess demonstrated success in developing and implementing litigation and policy strategies that have advanced civil rights.The Program Director will supervise all aspects of the Programs activities and is responsible for case and project management. The Program Director is expected to spend a majority of their time directly engaging in litigation and policy advocacy. In this regard, the Program Director will have responsibility for working with colleagues to create strategies, bring targeted individual and class action employment-related cases and actively engage with community partners on policy campaigns. The Program Director may also assist in drafting legislation, amicus briefs, regulations and position papers that positively impact the lives of low income workers and communities of color. In addition, the Program Director will work across program areas and collaborate in litigating cases where intersectional issues arise. The Program Director will also speak to emerging issues and respond to attacks on civil rights in court and in the media.The Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate for the Program Director will have:1.Passion for the central role that the workplace plays in our societyas an essential source of economic and social support; as a space where people from diverse backgrounds interact; as a potential source of identity, dignity, and respect2.Excellent analytical and management skills3.Established track record of litigation success in California and Federal courts, demonstrated leadership in the civil rights community4.High degree of proficiency with Microsoft Word and legal office management software5.Strong internet and legal research skills and experience with investigation, development, initiation and litigation of law reform and other high-impact cases, including discovery, motion practice, hearings, trials and appeals.6.Strong attention to detail, analysis, and writing abilities, and ability to develop novel and successful litigation7.Ability to self-start and collaborate across program areas8.Ability to be flexible and generate excitement around shaping a robust program9.Experience securing andworking on projects funded by grants10.Ability to use tact and diplomacy when dealing with sensitive issues and to maintain confidentiality11.Experience developing multi-pronged strategies using litigation, public education, and legislative and policy advocacy in response to serious problems facing impacted communities12.Demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to hold and foster difficult and necessary conversations about race, class, sexual orientation and expression, religion, gender, ability, and other identity-based issues13.Commitment to racial equity work and incorporating racial equity principles into legal work14.Willingness and ability to travel within California, and occasionally to other parts of the country for litigation, speaking events, meetings, and conferences15.Strong preference will be given to applicants with personal or professional experience working with impacted communities.Education/Experience:1.J.D. from an accredited law school.2.Membership in the California State Bar (or must take the next California Bar Examination, if currently member of another state bar).3.Significant experience in litigation and policy work (prefer 10 or more years of experience).
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