The Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) is the statewide membership organization for almost 100 other legal nonprofits. Capitalizing on its structure as a membership organization, LAAC naturally takes on the role of advocating on behalf of this group of nonprofits. LAAC facilitates communication and coordination between programs, trains in core substantive areas, analyzes best practices, and assesses and improves the effectiveness of legal aid in California.
This is a great attorney position for someone interested in legal services nonprofits, legislative and administrative advocacy, and support for the statewide system of other legal nonprofits.
Located in San Francisco, the Program Attorney will report to the Executive Director and will work closely with other program staff.
Key Responsibilities (percentages are approximate and may change as needed):
Program Coordination (50%)
- Senior Advocates Project (40%): Primary responsibility for developing relationships between legal services providers for seniors and other advocates for seniors in California, including elder justice networks, adult protective services, and elder financial abuse prevention networks. This will include planning joint phone calls, scheduling in-person meetings, planning trainings and events, with the partnership of LAAC’s Senior Program Coordinator.
- Conferences (10%): Serve on a team with other LAAC staff to plan conferences for nonprofit attorneys and court self-help staff. This will include two to three larger conferences a year (75-200 attendees) and less than five smaller, regional conferences and meetings.
- Support to Executive Director: Responsible for research and memo-writing on proposals that affect California’s nonprofit legal services community. This includes the opportunities for public comment from both the State Bar of California and the Administrative Office of the Courts.
- Legislative Advocacy: Responsible for research on California bills affecting the legal services community. This will include gathering existing fact sheets, creating template letters of support or opposition, and maintaining a database of legislators and contacts.
Administrative, Program, and Communications Support (25%)
- Support the executive director in communicating with the Board of Directors and in planning Board of Directors meetings.
- Provide assistance to other program staff in program deliverables.
- Work with team of LAAC staff on social media and online communications.
- May include supervision of interns
- Project management and/or event coordination experience
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to write/edit well and produce quality publications with strong attention to detail
- Capable of working independently and as part of a team
- Expertise in Word, Excel, Google applications, online databases
- Experience working with low-income and underserved communities preferred—bonus if you’ve worked or interned for a LAAC member in the past
- Competitive salaries $39,000 - $45,000 (DOE) and generous benefits
- A 40-hour work week
- Opportunity to learn the legal services landscape in California
- Training and professional development support
- Supportive team-based environment that allows you to take an early lead on projects
- Some travel required, expenses paid by LAAC
Application: Send (1) a cover letter with a detailed explanation of your qualifications and why you are a match for this; (2) your resume; (3) three references; and (4) a writing sample of no more than 5 pages via email to the Senior Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include "Program Attorney" in your email subject header. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the start date will be asap.
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