Work and Family Program Advocate

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) Work and Family; (2) Community Legal Services; (3) Disability Rights; (4) Gender Equity & LGBTQ Rights; (5) National Origin and Immigrants’ Rights; (6) Racial Economic Justice; and (7) Wage Protection. 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 their health and social service providers; and
    • Advocates for laws, regulations, and policies at the local, state, and national levels to strengthen civil and 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.

Legal Aid at Work seeks a Program Advocate for its Work and Family Program to assist low-wage workers and their families through direct services, policy, and outreach and education. This is a one year, grant-funded position. Concerted efforts are currently underway to secure additional funding to extend the position. The Work and Family Program serves over 1,000 clients a year through a dedicated helpline, represents clients at the administrative level and in individual and class actions, as well as engages in policy advocacy on the local, state and federal level to improve paid family and medical leave and related protections.

The program’s mission is to improve the economic stability, health, and well-being of workers and their families, with a focus on pregnant people, parents, those dealing with their own serious health condition or caring for a family member, and survivors of violence.

Responsibilities

The Program Advocate will be responsible for community outreach and education, including coordinating medical legal partnership clinics, helplines, trainings, managing and updating know your rights resources, performing various administrative tasks to further the program’s mission, developing communications and reports about the program’s work and topical issues, and engaging in advocacy on behalf of low wage working families. Legal experience is not required, but those with legal experience or pending bar results will be considered.

While LAAW maintains an office in San Francisco, candidates may be based anywhere in the state of California. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, extensive remote work will be required initially. Strong preference will be given to applicants with personal or professional experience working with impacted communities.

The Program Advocate will:

    • Conduct client intakes and assist with the administration of the Work and Family helpline.
    • Draft social media content and strategic communications, also engaging in outreach to various stakeholders and partners.
    • Coordinate medical legal partnership clinics and trainings.
    • Coordinate and conduct community outreach and education, including Know Your Rights trainings and community events.
    • Administrative duties including maintaining program calendar and database, and organizing and keeping up to date know your rights materials.
    • Work with program staff to develop strategies to increase access to meaningful workplace rights.
    • Advocate on behalf of clients impacted by inadequate family and medical leave policies.

Requirements

    • A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice
    • The ability to work independently
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Positive, professional attitude and strong interpersonal skills
    • Strong organizational and administrative skills; proactive and efficient work style.
    • Proficiency in or ability to learn various programs and platforms, including such as Microsoft Office Suite, Justice Server or other client management database platforms. Proficiency in various social media platforms is desirable.
    • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish strongly preferred.
    • High level of professionalism with the ability to manage sensitive, personally identifiable information/materials and maintain confidentiality at all times
    • Able to work independently, cooperatively, and courteously.

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. Per the 2023 salary steps, the starting salary for this position would fall between $59,000 and $66,191, depending on years of relevant experience. The full salary scales can be found here. This position also offers a language bonus of $910 per year ($35 per pay period).

Application Process

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) three professional references. All application materials should be submitted to:

Work and Family Program Advocate Search Committee

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.