Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Employment Opportunities

Communications and Training Associate

The Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) is the statewide membership organization for almost 100 legal nonprofits. 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 the delivery of legal aid in California.
This is a great entry-level position for someone interested in legal services nonprofits, nonprofit administration and communication, or hoping to gain exceptional work experience in a busy and active work environment. 
Located in Oakland, the Communication and Training Associate (CTA) will report to the Senior Program Coordinator and will work closely with other program staff.
Key Responsibilities (percentages are approximate and may change as needed):
Program Coordination (45%)
     Training – online and in person (40%): Primary responsibility for planning, outreach, implementation, and follow-up on approximately 10-12 online training sessions per year. The sessions will be led by substantive experts/trainers, but the CTA will be responsible for all logistics. The CTA will be the main staff on two in-person conferences in 2016. Staffing includes same duties as in the online series, but will include additional duties due to on-site logistics, catering, and invoicing of participants.
     Membership Benefits (5%): Serve as a membership coordinator to communicate existing benefits and discounts to LAAC’s nearly 100 members, search for additional new benefits, and will be the primary contact for membership questions. This will include data collection and document and spreadsheet design.
Communications Lead (30%)
     Social Media: Implement existing social media plan and use Facebook, Twitter, and other tools to announce events, training opportunities, and advocacy alerts.
     Website: Responsible for keeping LAAC’s websites updated and current.
     Electronic newsletter: Responsible for creating a monthly online newsletter, with input from other staff.

Administrative and Program Support (25%)
     Support the executive director
     Provide assistance to other program staff in program deliverables.
     Other admin and office support as needed.
You need:
  • B.A., B.S., or A.A. with additional relevant experience
  • Project management and/or event coordination experience
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to write/edit well and produce quality publications with strong attention to detail
  • Enthusiasm for supporting the statewide network of nonprofits
  • Capable of working independently and as part of a team
  • Expertise in Word, Excel, Google applications, online databases
  • Expertise in social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter
  • Familiarity with Photoshop, InDesign, and electronic newsletter platforms a plus
  • Experience in template-based web pages required
  • Previous experience working with low-income and underserved communities preferred
We offer:
  • DOE $18-22/hour for approximately 20-28 hours per week
  • Opportunity to learn the nonprofit legal services landscape in California
  • Training and professional development support
  • Supportive team-based environment that allows you to take an early lead on projects
  • Possibility, if budget allows, to transition to 30 hours a week with health insurance and other benefits.
  • If eligible, may participate in employer-match retirement plan
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 3 pages via email to the Senior Program Coordinator at careers@laaconline.org. Please include "Communications and Training Associate" in your email subject header. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the start date will be asap.




2015 Law Student 

LAAC will be accepting 1-2 volunteer law clerks for summer 2015 and 1-2 for fall 2015. All law clerks will participate in projects in all of LAAC’s core areas, including advocacy, training, coordination, and technology.   Although the specific projects on which the law students will work are subject to change, the overall work will contain some of the following types of projects.
  • Legal research and writing supporting LAAC’s current advocacy projects
  • Legal memos on topics relevant to legal services programs more broadly
  • Legislative analysis of pending bills affecting legal services and the courts
  • Support to LAAC’s Advocacy Committee and Executive Director, as needed
  • Support to LAAC’s Program Attorney on amicus efforts
  • Assistance preparing materials for the June “Pathways to Justice” conference
  • Assistance preparing materials for Senior Legal Services Provider meetings
  • Possibly organize existing training resources for new attorneys
Statewide Coordination
  • Support to the LAAC Executive Director and Program Attorney
Technology – LAAC’s statewide legal services website, www.CALegalAdvocates.org
  • Work with the LAAC Program Associate to update content and postings to websites
  • Perhaps draft original content intended for legal services attorneys
 If you would like to be considered for the law clerk positions, please email info@laaconline.org
For employment opportunities at LAAC member organizations, please click here.



Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

We traditionally hire one to two undergraduate work-study interns per year.  If you are interested in becoming a LAAC intern, please email info@laaconline.org to see if we will have an opening in the next academic session.

If you are interested in volunteering in the future, please contact
When we have a need for volunteers, we're happy to see if you're available!