LAAC seeks to fill all positions with people who share our values, including our organizational commitment to diversity.  We encourage all interested individuals to apply — especially people of color; women; people from low-income backgrounds; people with disabilities; people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender or anyone belonging to any other federal or state protected category.


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Employment Opportunities


Training Associate

February 2019

 

About LAAC:

LAAC is the statewide membership organization for almost 100 legal nonprofits. LAAC advocates for its members through budget lobbying in Sacramento, trains in core substantive areas, analyzes best practices, and works to improve the effectiveness of legal aid in California. As civil liberties are threatened, Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) supports the legal safety net by working to secure funding, encourages collaboration between organizations, and facilitates communication through lists and conferences.

Position Description:

This is a great entry-level position for someone someone interested in legal services nonprofits, nonprofit administration and communication, or hoping to gain exceptional work experience in a busy and active work environment. This position will be critical to support the statewide network of legal nonprofits in the years to come.

The Training Associate will report to the Program Attorney, but will work with all staff in the small nonprofit office located in Oakland.

Responsibilities:

The Training Associate will have primary responsibility for planning, outreach, implementation, and follow-up on approximately 10-15 online training sessions per year. The sessions will be led by substantive experts/trainers, but the staff will be responsible for all logistics. The Training Associate will be the main staff on two large in-person conferences in 2019 and smaller one-day meetings and summits. Staffing includes the same duties as in the online series, but will include additional duties due to on-site logistics, catering, and invoicing of participants. The Training Associate may be required to learn new skills and software on-the-job.

Additionally, the Training Associate will serve as a member of the administrative team at LAAC, helping with office administrative duties, minor bookkeeping, and other office tasks.

Please go to www.laaconline.org for more information about our nonprofit.

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 $18-21/hour for full-time work
  • 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
  • An employer-match retirement plan
  • Other benefits include health, vision, dental, long-term disability, life, paid sick, vacation, and holiday leave
  • Some travel required, expenses paid by LAAC
  • A strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion policies and practices in the work place
  • A scent-conscious office environment for individuals sensitive to  chemical scents

 

How to Apply:

Please Send: (1) a cover letter (i) explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position as well as (ii) describing relevant work and volunteer background, and (iii) how your personal and professional experience would specifically contribute to LAAC’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, (2) your resume, (3) three references and their contact information via email to careers@laaconline.org.

The position is located in Oakland, between the 19th and 12th street BART stations. The start date is February 25, 2019 (or as soon as reasonably possible).

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LAAC seeks to fill this position with someone who shares our values, including our organizational commitment to diversity.  We encourage all interested individuals to apply — especially people of color; women; people from low-income backgrounds; people with disabilities; people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender or anyone belonging to any other federal or state protected category.

Law Student Clerks

LAAC generally accepts 1-2 volunteer law clerks for each season: summer, fall and spring. If you would like to be considered for the law clerk positions, please email info@laaconline.org

Current Needs
LAAC will not be accepting volunteer (unpaid) law clerks for the summer 2019. Please check back for potential updates for fall 2019. LAAC will help students identify available outside funding. 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.

Nature of Work
All law clerks will participate in projects in all of LAAC’s core areas, including (1) trainings; (2) statewide coordination; and (3) using technology to share resources. 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.

Advocacy

  • 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 Directing Attorney on amicus efforts
  • Support to LAAC’s Research Attorney on research projects

Training         

  • Assistance preparing materials for the July Family Law and Self-Help Conference
  • Organize existing training resources for new attorneys
  • Support to LAAC’s Program Attorney on continuing legal education and trainings

Statewide Coordination

  • Support to the LAAC Executive Director and Directing Attorney

Technology

  • Work with the LAAC Program Associate to update content and postings to websites
  • Draft original content intended for legal services attorneys
  • Support to LAAC’s Program Attorney on technology in the law projects 

Volunteer Opportunities

The work of Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) cannot be complete without the contribution of our volunteers. LAAC is currently looking for volunteers who can help us with our Legal Access and Language Access Project. For more information about volunteer opportunities, please email llofton@laaconline.org, or call (510) 893-3000 x 101.

Legal Access Corps 

The Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) is looking for Legal Access Corps volunteers, who will use LawHelpCA.org ( California’s official statewide resource for self-help legal referrals and information) to provide direct, person-to-person help for low-income clients in a stressful and alienating legal situation. Volunteers will assist people with finding information on housing, immigration, disability, family law and more.

Volunteers gain valuable hours of public interest experience, practice sorting through complex legal subjects in plain language for an everyday person, and see the impact immediately.

After a few training sessions at our Oakland office, you can participate from any computer with internet access, making this a flexible opportunity for busy law students! Volunteers do not need to have any prior legal knowledge and will receive training, supervision, and support from LAAC staff. Volunteers do not provide legal advice.

Want to become a Legal Access Corps Volunteer? Click here to apply.

Language Access Project 

The Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) is looking for language volunteers who can translate Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietanemse on LawHelpCA.org, California’s official statewide resource for free legal referral and self-help. Volunteers will translate information regarding housing, immigration, disability, family law and more.

Volunteers will help break language barriers and increase legal access for thousands of low-income Californians. Volunteer will also gain valuable hours of public interest experience, practice sorting through legal aid resources and will able to see the impact immediately.

After an orientation and training at our Oakland office, you can volunteer from any computer with internet access, making this an opportunity flexible for your schedule! Volunteers do not need to have any prior legal knowledge and will receive training, supervision, and support from LAAC staff.

Want to become a Language Access Project Volunteer? Click here to apply.


Work Study Program

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

If you are a University of California Berkeley student and you receive financial aid with a Federal Work-Study Program award as a part of your financial aid package, you can log in with your CalNet ID to search job listings. You may read more about the work study program here. You may search job postings by logging in here.

If you attend a different university with a Federal Work-Study Program and are interested in becoming a LAAC work study employee, 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 info@laaconline.org. When we have a need for volunteers, we’re happy to see if you’re available!