Senior Staff Attorney/Program Manager, Workers’ Rights Program

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Posted: January 25, 2019

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Senior Staff Attorney/Program Manager, Workers’ Rights Program

Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus

Based in San Francisco

Exempt, Full-time position

 

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

 

The Opportunity

Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (Advancing Justice-ALC) seeks a Workers’ Rights Program Manager to lead its dynamic community-based advocacy for low-income, immigrant workers. Our program works on a wide range of workplace issues, including race and national origin discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour claims, and unemployment insurance benefit appeals. We partner regularly with worker centers to promote workplace organizing and worker-led campaigns, and to mentor immigrant worker leaders. The Program Manager will build upon the program’s strategic goals and shape future work. The Manager supervises a seasoned Workers’ Rights team, including one staff attorney and a community advocate. Significant experience in the field of immigrant workers’ rights is highly desired.

The Organization

Advancing Justice – ALC is the nation’s oldest legal organization focusing on advancing and defending the civil rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (APIs). Since 1972, Advancing Justice – ALC has 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, Immigrant Rights, Housing Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, National Security & Civil Rights, Voting Rights, and ASPIRE, the country’s first API undocumented youth leadership program. A growing staff of 40 provide strong collegial support and opportunities to learn about 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.

Responsibilities

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

  • Directly represent vulnerable low-wage workers on wage and hour, race, national origin, and gender discrimination, NLRA, and other labor and employment cases in the administrative context
  • Provide legal support for worker-led and/or worker center-supported campaigns
  • Build, work in, and maintain strategic vital community partnerships to collaboratively address immigrant workers’ rights issues
  • Engage in public policy advocacy to advance pro-worker agenda on local, state, or federal levels
  • Build and litigate impact cases, including class actions, in state and federal court
  • Supervise and support the program’s direct services docket
  • Oversee the program’s community education and outreach efforts, including the development of Know-Your-Rights presentations and materials
  • Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach

Desired Qualifications

  • J.D. degree and California bar membership
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing the rights of low-income, people of color, immigrant, or worker communities
  • Five (5) years related legal services or state/federal court litigation experience, including taking and defending depositions, law and motion work, and discovery
  • Excellent research, analytical, written, and oral communication skills
  • Highly motivated self-starter
  • Experience managing attorneys and program staff
  • Previous experience with coalition building, policy advocacy, and community-centered lawyering in the areas of immigrant rights and workers’ rights

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is based on our salary scale, which accounts for years of relevant experience and principles of internal equity. We offer 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. Three professional references

Please indicate “Workers’ Rights Program Manager” 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, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.

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