Posted: December 11, 2020
Workers’ Rights Staff Attorney
Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Based in San Francisco
Exempt, Full-time position
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (Advancing Justice-ALC) seeks a Workers’ Rights Staff Attorney to join its dynamic community-based program for low-income, immigrant workers. Our program handles a wide range of workplace issues, including race and national origin discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour claims, and unemployment insurance benefits appeals. We partner regularly with worker centers to promote and support workplace organizing and worker-led campaigns. Staff attorneys are also given room to take initiative to develop and lead other mission-aligned casework, policy initiatives, or other advocacy projects for low-income workers. Significant experience in the field of immigrant workers’ rights is highly desired.
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 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, and Voting Rights. A growing staff of 49 provides 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.
Day-to-day activities vary in this dynamic position and include the following:
- Direct representation of vulnerable community members as clients
- Provision of legal support for worker-led and/or worker center-supported campaigns
- Building, working in, and maintenance of strategic community partnerships to collaboratively address immigrant workers’ rights issues
- Engagement in public policy advocacy to advance pro-worker agenda on local, state, or federal levels
- Development and litigation of impact cases, including class actions, in state and federal court
- Engagement in community education and outreach efforts
- Supervision of community advocates, law clerks, and other volunteers
- Reports to the Senior Counsel/Workers’ Rights Program Lead
- B.A./B.S. and J.D. degrees. California bar membership required (or willingness to take the California bar within 6 months)
- Demonstrated commitment to advancing the rights of low-income, people of color, immigrant, or worker communities
- Substantive legal experience in workers’ rights or a relevant area such as immigrant rights, civil rights or constitutional law
- Minimum of three (3) years of related legal services or state/federal court litigation experience
- Excellent research, analytical, written, and oral communication skills
- Strong attention to detail
- Highly motivated self-starter
- Demonstrated leadership and ability to work independently and in collaboration with other attorneys, community advocates, and community-based organizations
- Experience supervising non-attorney staff
- Bilingual skills a plus, but not required
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.
Interested candidates should submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org (as PDF attachments), including the following:
- Cover letter explaining your interest in the position
- A legal writing sample of your work (no more than 10 pages)
- Three professional references
Please indicate “Workers’ Rights Attorney” 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, height, weight, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation