Program Director – Racial Economic Justice
Legal Aid at Work 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 Program’s 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 for the Program Director will have:
1. Passion for the central role that the workplace plays 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
2. Excellent analytical and management skills
3. Established track record of litigation success in California and Federal courts, demonstrated leadership in the civil rights community
4. High degree of proficiency with Microsoft Word and legal office management software
5. 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 litigation
7. Ability to self-start and collaborate across program areas
8. Ability to be flexible and generate excitement around shaping a robust program
9. Experience securing and working on projects funded by grants
10. Ability to use tact and diplomacy when dealing with sensitive issues and to maintain confidentiality
11 .Experience developing multi-pronged strategies using litigation, public education, and legislative and policy advocacy in response to serious problems facing impacted communities
12. 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 issues
13.Commitment to racial equity work and incorporating racial equity principles into legal work
14.Willingness and ability to travel within California, and occasionally to other parts of the country for litigation, speaking events, meetings, and conferences
15.Strong preference will be given to applicants with personal or professional experience working with impacted communities.
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 with employer match, 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. Salary placement at hire and salary advancement will be in accordance with the negotiated salary scale for this position, which can be found here: https://www.ifpte20.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/ESC-Local-20-Legal-Aid-at-Work-Wage-Scales-2021-2023.pdf
We strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented communities to apply. Applications must include (1) a cover letter explaining your interest in this position and the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above, (2) résumé, and (3) two legal writing samples.
All application materials should be submitted to Racial Economic Justice Program Director Search Committee; email: [email protected].