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Workers’ Rights Community Advocate

April 19, 2022 Job Listing

Workers’ Rights Community Advocate
Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus
Based in San Francisco
Regular, Non-Exempt, Full-time Position, Temporarily Remote

Please apply by June 6, 2022.


The Opportunity


The Workers’ Rights team at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (Advancing Justice – ALC) seeks an empathetic, grassroots-centered, detail-oriented, and self-motivated Community Advocate to join its dynamic community-based Workers’ Rights program. Our program advocates for low-income, immigrant workers through direct legal services, impact litigation, and policy and community advocacy on a wide range of workplace issues, including wage and hour issues, employment discrimination, retaliation, unemployment insurance benefits, and health and safety concerns. We also partner regularly with worker centers and other community-based organizations to support and advance worker-led campaigns and organizing.

This Community Advocate position will help lead our community outreach and partnership work to low-income, underserved communities, including Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian (AMEMSA) immigrant communities in the Bay Area. This entails helping establish and grow our program’s relationships with community partners and community leaders, explaining our program’s services to community members, creating accessible educational material about basic workplace rights, conducting know-your-rights trainings and presentations, and helping identify and support community-based, workers’ rights policy initiatives and/or campaigns. The Community Advocate will also conduct legal intakes, provide client and case management support for the program’s legal cases, and help coordinate and staff the program’s legal counseling clinics. For this position, we are looking for candidates ideally fluent in Arabic or another AMEMSA language.

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 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 46 provides strong collegial support and opportunities to learn about and collaborate with other program areas. Advancing Justice - ALC is a founding member of the national Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation with partners in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C.

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


The Community Advocate will work with the Program Manager, Staff Attorneys, and another Community Advocate on the Workers Rights team. This position will report directly to the Program Manager. Day-to-day activities vary in this dynamic position and include the following:

  • Help identify, develop and maintain relationships with community partners, including AMEMSA-serving organizations
  • Organize, promote and help conduct legal clinics, community outreach (including tabling and flyering in both secular and religious spaces), know-your-rights trainings, and other activities
  • Develop educational workplace rights materials (print and media) in relevant languages.
  • Help identify and support worker-led campaigns, workplace organizing, or policy initiatives to protect or increase the workplace rights of low-wage workers
  • Schedule intake appointments, interview clients, assist in identifying issues, and help program attorneys provide legal consults and representation to clients
  • Help maintain client files to ensure all case information is accurate and complete
  • Other duties, as assigned by the Program Manager
  • All ALC staff are expected to participate in regular check-in meetings with their supervisor, staff meetings, program team meetings, and other organization meetings, as requested.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience working with low-income AAPI, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) and/or other immigrant communities
  • Experience building community partnerships and/or conducting in-person community outreach and education work
  • Experience on workers’ rights issues is a plus
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups and individuals
  • Excellent analytical, research, written and oral communication skills, and strong interpersonal, organizational, and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks in a timely manner
  • Fluency in an AMEMSA language highly preferred, particularly Arabic. Urdu and/or Farsi fluency a plus.
  • Technical proficiency, particularly with Google Suite apps (including Gmail, Drive, Sheets, Voice) and Microsoft (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • B.A./B.S., with work experience preferred
  • Ability to work some weekends and evenings
  • Ability to drive preferred

Compensation and Benefits

This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position. Salary is based on years of relevant experience and principles of internal equity. Starting salary for a Community Advocate is $57,000 per year. Advancing Justice-ALC offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes the following: generous vacation and paid holidays; medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage; a flexible spending account (FSA); and, 401 K retirement plan. The terms and conditions of employment may be governed in part by the terms of a collective bargaining agreement. This position is included in the collective bargaining unit represented by CWA Local 9410.

Application Process


Interested candidates should submit the following:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the position
  • Resume
  • A writing sample of your work (no more than 5 pages)
  • Three professional references

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