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


Technology & Program Assistant

December 2018

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 temporary entry-level position for someone interested in working in the area of technology within the nonprofit legal aid sector, and with a special interest in data culture and technological innovation. This position is also appropriate for someone interested in legal services nonprofits, considering law school, or who wishes to increase access to justice, the courts, and nonprofit legal aid for all Californians. This position will be critical to support the statewide network of legal nonprofits in the years to come.

The Technology & Program Assistant will work under the direction of the Program Attorney and Program Associate. Special projects may be assigned as needed by the Communications and Training Coordinator, and other staff as approved by the Executive Director.

Responsibilities:

The Technology & Program Assistant will provide basic administrative support, participate in data analysis projects, assist staff with outreach efforts, maintain accurate online information, conduct research as necessary, create Microsoft Word and Excel documents, organize files (both hard copy and online), perform basic data analytics tasks and reporting, implement back-end changes to websites, work on development/grant projects, and will complete other special projects as needed. The Technology & Program Assistant may be required to learn new skills and software on-the-job.

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

Qualifications:

The qualified applicant should, above all else, possess a strong work ethic and an understanding that competent administrative support is vital to the success of any nonprofit organization. The applicant must have exceptional skills in organizing large amounts of data, an interest in learning new tasks, possess great attention to detail, and be flexible.

Experience with data analytics (specifically Google AdWords and Google Analytics), Drupal, and WordPress preferred. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are a must. Knowledge of design or multimedia software such as Adobe is a plus. If the applicant shows a proficiency in design, they will have an opportunity to take a lead on creating educational (non-lobbying) materials for legislators.

Expertise in Word, Excel, Google applications, online databases. Comfort in learning to use basic template/back-end services to update websites. Familiarity with Drupal or WordPress a plus. Comfort in learning new technologies and in explaining them to others. Understanding of how access to user friendly  technology impacts low-income, moderate-income, and underserved communities.

We Offer:

  • Paid sick time.
  • 10-20 hours per week. $18-20/hr, or commensurate with experience
  • Supportive team-based environment that allows you to take an early lead on projects
  • Training and professional development support
  • Opportunity to learn the nonprofit legal services landscape in California including technology in nonprofit legal aid
  • A strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion policies, and practices in the work place
  • A scent conscious office environment for individuals negatively impacted by 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 January 4, 2019 (or as soon as reasonably possible). This is a temporary position.

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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 be accepting 1-2 volunteer law clerks for summer 2018 and 1-2 for fall 2018. The position is unpaid, but LAAC will help the students identify outside funding available. 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

Training         

  • Assistance preparing materials for the July Family Law and Self-Help Conference
  • Organize existing training resources for new attorneys

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

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!