Community Advocate, Workers’ Rights Program

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Posted: December 1, 2020

JOB POSTING

Community Advocate
Workers’ Rights Program

Full-Time, Non-Exempt Position 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled

 

The Opportunity 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (“Advancing Justice – ALC”) seeks a full-time Community Advocate for its Workers’ Rights Program. The position is an integral member of our Workers’ Rights team, which is currently composed of a Senior Community Advocate, Staff Attorney, and Senior Staff Attorney/Program Manager. The team adopts a multi-prong approach their work, and provides legal counseling, policy advocacy, direct services and impact litigation for low-income immigrant workers on a wide range of workplace issues, including race and national-origin discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour problems, unemployment insurance, and workplace health and safety. The program also outreaches to community members and groups to provide know-your-rights education and support. They regularly partner with worker centers to support workplace organizing, worker-led campaigns, and the development of immigrant worker leaders. 

 

The Organization 

Advancing Justice – ALC is the nation’s first legal organization focusing on advancing and defending the civil rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). Since 1972, Advancing Justice- ALC has preserved affording housing in San Francisco’s Chinatown, litigated high-profile civil rights cases, advocated for the passage of landmark policy changes, and provided an array of services, including community education, advocacy, and direct client representation to further the rights of low-income immigrants and communities of color. Current program areas include Workers’ Rights, Housing Rights, Immigrant Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, National Security & Civil Rights, and Voting Rights & Census. A growing staff of 42 provides strong collegial support and opportunities to learn and collaborate with other program areas. 

Advancing Justice – ALC is based in San Francisco, a hub of the Asian American rights movement, progressive politics, and social justice activism. Our location in Chinatown is the first mixed-use, affordable housing co-op in San Francisco, serving as a model for preserving affordable housing in the city and protecting tenants’ rights. 

 

Position Summary

Advancing Justice-ALC seeks an enthusiastic, creative, detail oriented, and self-motivated Community Advocate to support our Workers’ Rights Program. In conjunction with the Senior Community Advocate, the Community Advocate will conduct legal intakes, provide client and case management support for the program’s legal cases, coordinate the program’s legal counseling clinic, conduct community outreach to both provide workers’ rights information and identify trends or patterns regarding the kinds of labor/employment-related problems facing the communities we serve.

 

Responsibilities

This position will work with both the Senior Community Advocate and Staff Attorney and report directly to the Senior Staff Attorney/Program Manager. 

Day-to-day activities vary in this dynamic position and include the following responsibilities:  

 

Legal Support

  • Provide paralegal and legal assistant support for the program’s legal cases 
  • Schedule intake appointments, interview clients, help identify issues, and evaluate cases
  • File management:
    • Manage client files and ensure all case information is accurate and complete
    • Organize and manage program files
    • Input client data into ALC databases
  • Participate in coordination support for legal clinics 
  • Advocacy and research as directed by senior community advocate and staff attorneys
  • Work collaboratively with other community agencies to provide client services

 

Funding Support 

  • Maintain knowledge of and support compliance with government and private foundation contract deliverables, including tracking and reporting program activities 
  • Represent the program in monthly and quarterly government funding meetings 

 

Community Outreach and Strategic Engagement

  • Develop and maintain relationships with community members and community partners
  • Conduct community outreach about basic workplace rights and develop related educational materials
  • Offer public comment representing Advancing Justice-ALC at city and other agency meetings
  • Collaborate with allies and organizations in joint community efforts and initiatives
  • Other campaign-related planning and execution at the direction of the program’s senior community advocate and attorneys

Other responsibilities can include special projects. 

 

Desired Qualifications

    • Strong commitment to social, racial, and socioeconomic justice, and at least one year of experience working with low-income API and/or AMEMSA communities and/or other immigrant communities
    • Bilingual skills; preferred proficiency in an Asian, Pacific Islander, or Middle-Eastern language
    • Ability to work well with diverse groups and individuals
    • Excellent research, analytical, written and oral communication skills, and strong interpersonal, organizational, and presentation skills
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks in a fast paced and timely manner 
    • B.A./B.S. and also highly prefer work experience 
    • Tech savvy, including proficiency with Google Drive, Microsoft Suite (Excel and PowerPoint), and Zoom  
    • Ability to work some weekends and evenings
    • Ability to drive preferred

 

Compensation and Benefits 

This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Salary is based on our salary scale, which accounts for years of relevant experience and principles of internal equity. Advancing Justice – ALC offers a generous benefits package. 

 

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit via email to jobs@advancingjustice-alc.org (as PDF attachments), including the following: 

  1. Cover letter explaining your interest in the position 
  2. Resume 
  3. Writing sample (no more than 5 pages) 
  4. Three professional references 

 

Please indicate “Community Advocate, Workers’ Rights in the subject line. 

Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.

 

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