Communications – Storytelling Project Assistant
Communications – Storytelling Project Assistant
(project based temporary position, flexible and remote schedule)
Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) is committed to ensuring fairness in the civil justice system for the most vulnerable members of our community and addressing systemic inequities that foster intergenerational poverty. As a regional social justice law firm practicing in seven Bay Area counties, BayLegal is the largest provider of free civil legal services in the Bay Area. We help clients protect their livelihoods, their health, and their families. Our clients include the working poor, families with children, foster youth, seniors, immigrants, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Through our regional county offices, our mobile advocacy clinics, and our Legal Advice Line and Health Consumer Center hotlines, BayLegal’s mission is to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault, increase economic stability, protect consumers, expand access to healthcare, and prevent homelessness. For our clients, BayLegal makes the difference between staying in poverty and thriving toward a brighter future.
BayLegal’s 20th Anniversary Storytelling Project: 2020 is BayLegal’s 20th Anniversary as the only regional civil legal services law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. To commemorate this anniversary, we are collecting and documenting our history that traces our roots to the War on Poverty and Civil Rights Era and the neighborhood legal services organizations that formed and then merged to form BayLegal. BayLegal recognizes that our history informs our present and our future. This collective Storytelling Project pulls together interviews from prior and current advocates and advocacy, archival photographs and documents, and contextualizes the advocacy. It is an opportunity to connect history to the present and ensure that important stories of struggle and victory are not lost along with what important advocacy and change remains to be done.
Position: BayLegal seeks an individual with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice who is interested in helping to document and tell the story of our history over the past 20 years, connecting that story back to our roots in the civil rights movement, and forward to the present opportunities and challenges facing our clients and their communities. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic and self-motivated as a writer, oral historian, and advocate for justice.
As Communications Project Assistant you will have the opportunity to work with the Director of Development & Communications and other BayLegal staff to:
- Research and write copy for print and electronic communications focused on our 20th Anniversary Storytelling Project, including:
- interviews with clients and former clients, staff and former staff, board members, and community partners,
- research historical and current events;
- draft articles and feature stories;
- Manage project timeline and workflow for the monthly email and website newsletter and associated social media, for the 20th Anniversary project.
- Assist in development of clear, compelling approaches to print design, “look and feel”, and online user interface.
- Identify compelling avenues for the Storytelling Project to be elevated.
- Support media outreach, including monitoring of media trends, cultivation of media contacts, and shared maintenance of our media database.
- Engage in other tasks and projects in the interest of furthering BayLegal’s mission and operations as a non-profit.
Requirements / Qualifications / About the successful candidate:
- Commitment to social justice and to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Humility in working with colleagues and clients across the spectrum of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, immigrant status, religious identity, physical and mental disabilities, and/or limited English proficiency.
- Strong personal work ethic and ability to manage multiple projects with minimal supervision
- Strong conceptual grasp of design, data management, and editorial processes, with technical proficiency in one or more of these areas highly valued (e.g., experience with Salesforce, project management software, Adobe Creative Suite, and/or website management in WordPress and other platforms)
- Excellent writing skills appropriate for crafting public-facing messages for diverse professional and layperson audiences
- Demonstrated ability to safeguard sensitive information and work with professionalism and integrity
- Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team
- Sense of humor
Compensation and Benefits: As an employee, you will be eligible to receive certain benefits, including:
- Holiday Pay – Any holidays that apply during your tenure.
- Sick Time – You will accrue 3.46 hours of sick time per pay period based on working full time, 75 hours. These hours will be pro-rated if working less than full time. These hours will not be paid out at the end of the temporary assignment. Any unused sick time will be forfeited.
COVID-19 Remote Work: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all BayLegal employees are currently working remotely from home. While BayLegal has implemented detailed health and safety protocols to minimize risk of exposure and have an evolving plan for reopening our local offices, we anticipate remaining primarily remote at least throughout the rest of 2020. All employees are expected to be able to primarily work remotely from home until BayLegal determines it is safe to reopen offices. All employees are issued BayLegal computers, provided with appropriate supplies and BayLegal covers reasonable work-related expenses. BayLegal has implemented and continues to explore additional technologies to make working remotely as efficient and connected as possible. All employees receive a flat-rate monthly amount to cover the use of personal IT equipment, including internet.
Applications: BayLegal thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please email the following to our Human Resources Department firstname.lastname@example.org (1) cover letter including response to question below (no page limit), (2) resume, (3) references, and (4) writing sample. Please reference Communications Project Assistant in the subject of your email. Applicants are encouraged to apply by July 6, 2020.
As part of your cover letter, please address the following:
BayLegal’s clients are low- and very low-income members of our communities. They include people of color, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, seniors, people with lived experiences of homelessness, veterans, people with disabilities, and people from other underrepresented groups. BayLegal is committed to enhancing the provision of our services to all clients, increasing positive client outcomes, and creating an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. BayLegal promotes and supports policies that enable us to work effectively in cross-cultural situations with our clients, coworkers, and the community.
How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to: (1) serve our diverse client base effectively, (2) work effectively with colleagues from different backgrounds than your own, (3) acknowledge the systemic barriers that our clients face, and (4) contribute to our efforts to fight for racial justice? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, provide examples, and apply various aspects of your life and personal experiences.