Grants and Impact Assessment Specialist
Legal Aid at Work (LAAW) protects and expands the employment and civil rights of low-wage workers, their families, and communities by educating about legal rights, providing legal representation, and advocating for more responsive laws. LAAW has seven core program areas: (1) Wage Protection; (2) Gender Equity & LGBTQ Rights; (3) Disability Rights (4) Racial Economic Justice; (5) Work & Family (6) National Origin and Immigrants’ Rights; and (7) Community Legal Services / the Workers’ Rights Clinic. Through these programs we:
- Give free, individualized legal advice and counsel to thousands of workers and unemployed persons across California;
- Pursue targeted “impact litigation” cases that promise to improve the laws applicable to everyone;
- Conduct community outreach and education for workers, their advocates, and social service providers; and
- Draft and promote laws, regulations, and policies to strengthen civil and workplace rights at the local, state, and federal level.
We are the oldest legal aid organization in the West, having served low-income Californians for more than 100 years.
LAAW seeks a data-driven, analytical, systems thinker for the position of Grants and Impact Assessment Specialist. Reporting to the Director of Strategic Partnerships, the Specialist will help LAAW gather critical information that will allow us to evaluate and report on the impact and status of our programs to current and potential supporters, and help develop and maintain systems to track metrics of our programs’ success.
LAAW’s programs aim to improve the economic security, health, and overall wellbeing of the individuals, families, and communities we serve. The Specialist will help provide essential information that lets us know, on the ground, how well we are achieving those goals and whether we need to make any changes to better serve those most in need. The Specialist will make sure that all service metrics we track and report on are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely). The Specialist will also help LAAW put procedures in place to ensure all program metrics are consistently and accurately captured in our new Salesforce database so that we can quickly generate reports on the results of programs for use in grant reports or other external communications.
In addition, the Specialist will act as a project coordinator for all aspects of the grant application and reporting process. Coordinating with the various staff members, the Specialist will work collaboratively with others on grant applications and reports (including with our legal professionals, finance and accounting staff, and the Director of Strategic Partnerships). The Specialist will ensure that applications and reports are timely completed and submitted. The Specialist will have primary responsibility for drafting grant budgets (typically using Excel) and assigning out other aspects of grant applications and reports to other LAAW staff members as needed. The Specialist will also have primary responsibility for tracking the overall portfolio of grants that LAAW has across all programs, maintaining the calendar of grants-related deadlines, and working with the Director of Strategic Partnerships to ensure that the organization’s mix of grant-related work aligns with the LAAW’s overall funding and programmatic strategy.
The Specialist will also engage in significant online research to help demonstrate the importance of our work and to identify new potential funding opportunities. For example, the Specialist will conduct policy and economic research to establish the correlation between the problems our programs address—such as wage theft, disability discrimination, sex harassment, and race discrimination—and how addressing those problems also helps alleviates other social ills, such as poverty, economic inequality, and poor health outcomes. The Specialist will also help research which foundations, governmental entities, or other funders are looking to support work that aligns with LAAW’s existing or anticipated programmatic activities.
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.
The ideal candidate for the Specialist position will have:
- Excellent analytical skills
- High degree of proficiency with Microsoft Excel
- Strong internet and library research skills
- Ability to quickly learn and work with various software and database platforms
- Strong attention to detail
- Ability to be self-directed and learn new skills
- Ability to be flexible and capitalize on the excitement around shaping a newly defined role
- Some prior grants-related experience
- Ability to use tact and diplomacy when dealing with sensitive issues and to maintain confidentiality
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. This position is union-represented and the 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.
We strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented communities to apply. Candidates interested in this position should submit a detailed cover letter with résumé and three professional references to:
Grants and Impact Assessment Specialist Search Committee, Legal Aid at Work. Email: [email protected]
Applicants are encouraged to apply by July 17, 2020 to receive full consideration, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.