Fair Chance Community Rights Organizer

Summary

The Fair Chance Community Rights 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 position is a temporary, grant-funded position that will last from January 1, 2020 to approximately June 30, 2021 (up to 18 months, based on funding) but will not continue beyond the grant period.

Responsibilities

The Fair Chance Community Rights 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.
  • 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

The position is housed within Legal Aid at Work’s Racial Economic Justice Program, and will be supervised by the Program’s Director and Staff Attorney. 

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 a 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 justice system;
    • Personal experience working with formerly incarcerated persons;
    • Previous legal experience or training;
    • Bilingual or multilingual language 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, and generous paid vacation and holidays. This position is union-represented and minimum salary is $50,986 per year; salary placement at hire and salary advancement will be in accordance with the negotiated salary scale for this position.

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:  jobs@legalaidatwork.org

Legal Aid at Work is an equal employment opportunity employer. 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 for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.