Central Valley Community Rights Organizer
ABOUT LEGAL AID AT WORK:
Legal Aid at Work protects and expands the rights of low-wage workers, their families, and communities by educating about legal rights, providing legal representation, and advocating for more responsive laws. We are uniquely situated to address almost any job-related problem that a worker might experience because of our deep technical expertise in the employment laws affecting the diverse populations we serve and because of our close ties to community groups.
The Central Valley Community Rights Organizer will be responsible for conducting community outreach, education, and training and engaging in advocacy on behalf of undocumented workers in and around Stanislaus, San Joaquin, and Merced Counties. The position is a temporary, grant-funded position that will last from January 1, 2021 to approximately December 31, 2024 (up to 3 years, based on funding) but will not continue beyond the grant period. The organizer will work remotely from the Central Valley and occasionally travel to Legal Aid at Work’s office in San Francisco.
The Central Valley Community Rights Organizer will:
- In close partnership with the Central Valley-based staff attorney, design, launch, and carry out an outreach and education campaign to ensure that Central Valley-based undocumented workers know and are able to enforce their employment rights;
- Conduct community outreach and education, including Know Your Rights presentations and listening sessions;
- Build and maintain relationships with clients, local partner organizations, coalitions, and community leaders;
- Promote leadership and empowerment opportunities for undocumented workers; and
- Conduct client intakes with persons who believe they were treated unlawfully.
The position is housed within Legal Aid at Work’s Gender Equity and LGBTQ Rights Program and will be supervised by the attorney dedicated to this project and the Program’s Director. The organizer’s work will not include legislative advocacy.
The ideal candidate will bring a passion for the central role that just workplaces play in our society—as 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 respect; and simply as a place where many spend a third of our lives.
Candidates will ideally have a combination of the following:
- Two or more years of community organizing experience;
- A demonstrated commitment to social, racial, and economic justice;
- An understanding of the unique issues facing the Central Valley and a passionate desire to make change in the region;
- An understanding of the barriers faced by low-income immigrant communities, particularly in employment;
- The ability to work with little supervision and be independent, self-motivated, and self-starting;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
- Positive, professional attitude and excellent interpersonal skills, including active listening skills and a sense of empathy;
- Demonstrated project and time management skills;
- Proficient computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, web browsers, and social media;
- Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish;
- A willingness and ability to travel throughout the Central Valley and to the Bay Area;
- A willingness to work flexible hours, including shifting work to evenings and weekends, as needed;
- Personal experience with immigrant communities in the Central Valley;
- Experience with virtual organizing, including through social media
Legal Aid at Work offers salaries that are competitive in the public interest law community. Benefits include health plans, long-term disability and life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, and generous paid vacation and holidays. As a unionized organization, Legal Aid at Work believes in the importance of employees organizing to improve their working conditions. This position is included in the bargaining unit represented by ESC Local 20. The current negotiated salary scale for the position, which is classified as a “coordinator” on the salary scale, can be found here: https://www.ifpte20.org/federal-legal-professionals/legal-aid/.
Please email (1) your resume, and (2) a cover letter detailing your interest in the position to:
Central Valley Community Organizer Search Committee, Legal Aid at Work
Email: [email protected]
Legal Aid at Work values, celebrates, and supports a diverse and inclusive environment throughout its organization. All qualified candidates who contribute to Legal Aid at Work’s broad commitment to diversity are strongly encouraged to submit their materials for consideration. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Legal Aid at Work will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
Further information concerning Legal Aid at Work and its programs can be found at www.legalaidatwork.org.