Fair Chance Community Rights Organizer

Summary

Legal Aid at Work (LAAW) enforces and expands the employment and civil rights of low-wage workers, their families, and communities by engaging in outreach and education, providing clients with legal advice and representation, and advocating for policy reforms.

LAAW has seven core program areas: (1) Racial Economic Justice; (2) Community Legal Services; (3) Disability Rights; (4) Gender Equity & LGBTQ Rights; (5) National Origin and Immigrants’ Rights; (6) Wage Protection; and (7) Work & Family. Through these programs, LAAW:

•Provides free, individualized legal advice and counsel throughout California to thousands of low-income workers;
•Pursues targeted enforcement and impact litigation to strengthen and clarify the law;
•Conducts community outreach and education for workers, their advocates, their families, and theirhealth and social service providers; and
•Advocates for laws, regulations, and policies at the local, state, and national levels to strengthen civiland workplace rights.

As a social justice organization, Legal Aid at Work’s mission is rooted in the firm belief that all people deserve respect, dignity, and self-determination at work, at school, and in their communities. Structural and systemic racism—with the oppression of Black and Indigenous people at its core—and other forms of injustice shape the society and the civic, political and legal systems in which we work and live. Legal Aid at Work is committed to developing and nurturing an organizational culture that will dismantle systems of oppression, uplift people from underrepresented communities, and create a workplace that is truly equitable and inclusive. As such, we strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented communities to apply.

The Racial Economic Justice program protects and advances the civil rights of low-income people of color. The program seeks racial justice and expanded employment opportunities for people of color through litigation, community education, and policy advocacy. Our program provides legal assistance to individuals who face barriers to employment, problems at work, or discriminatory employment practices because of their race.

Responsibilities

The Fair Chance Community Organizer will be responsible for conducting community outreach, education and training, and engaging in advocacy on behalf of formerly incarcerated job seekers across the state of California.

The Fair Chance Community Organizer will:

•Design, launch, and conduct an enforcement campaign to ensure that job seekers with criminal records know and are able to enforce their rights under the recently enacted California Fair Chance Act and similar local ordinances;
•Lead policy advocacy to expand the rights of job seekers with records;
•Conduct community outreach and education, including Know Your Rights presentations;
•Promote leadership and professional development for formerly incarcerated persons; and
• Conduct client intakes with persons who believe they were treated unlawfully.

The Fair Chance Community Organizer will work within Legal Aid at Work’s Racial Economic Justice Program, and will be supervised by the Program’s Director and Staff Attorney. Strong preference will be given to applicants with personal or professional experience working with impacted communities.

Requirements

• One-to-three years of community organizing experience;
• A demonstrated commitment to social, racial, and economic justice;
• An understanding of the barriers faced by people returning home from prison, 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;
• Basic computer skills – familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and web browsers;
• A willingness to travel and work flexible hours, including shifting work to evenings and weekends, as needed;
• A strong commitment to the mission of Legal Aid at Work;

ADDITIONAL PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

• Personal experience with the criminal legal system;
• Personal experience working with formerly incarcerated persons;
• Previous legal experience or training;
• Bilingual or multilingual language skills;
• Digital organizing skills.

Compensation

Legal Aid at Work offers salaries that are competitive in the Bay Area 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, LAAW 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 can be found here.

Application Process

TO APPLY:

Please email (1) your resume, (2) a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, and (3) three references to:

Fair Chance Community Organizer Search Committee, Legal Aid at Work

Email:  [email protected]

Legal Aid at Work is committed to a diverse, multicultural work environment. LAAW is an equal opportunity, fair chance, and affirmative action employer. Our complete EEO and DEI statements as well as further information concerning the organization and its programs can be found at www.legalaidatwork.org. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Legal Aid at Work will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment.