|JOB TITLE||Directing Attorney|
|DEPARTMENT||Immigrants’ Rights Project|
|REPORTING TO||Vice President & Chief of Programs|
|ABOUT PUBLIC COUNSEL
Public Counsel is the nation’s largest provider of pro bono legal services. Founded in 1970, it is dedicated to advancing equal justice under law and addressing economic, racial, social, and other inequities by delivering free legal and social services to the most vulnerable members of our community. Public Counsel operates eight legal projects: Children’s Rights, Community Development, Consumer Rights & Economic Justice, Homelessness Prevention, Immigrants’ Rights, Veterans’ Rights, the Audrey Irmas Project for Women & Girls’ Rights, and our impact litigation project, Opportunity Under Law.
Public Counsel has a full-time staff of over 130. We are committed to building a diverse staff and encourage applications from people of color, people with disabilities, and people of all gender identities, gender expressions, and sexualities.
Reporting to the Vice President & Chief of Programs, the Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP) Directing Attorney provides direction and leadership for Public Counsel’s 25 immigrants’ rights advocates, including attorneys, social workers, paralegals, and administrative staff. Public Counsel’s IRP envisions a world where all (im)migrants live with dignity, power, and opportunity. Its team of advocates collaborates with clients and communities to fight fearlessly for legal protections and a just immigration system.
The Directing Attorney provides the management and strategic direction to carry out IRP’s mission and vision, and is accountable for setting and meeting the established short- and long-term goals of the Project. This includes oversight of all IRP programs, legal services, litigation, policy advocacy, and fund development efforts. Public Counsel strives to provide holistic services to our clients, integrating social work into our service delivery. The Directing Attorney must support Public Counsel’s values of equity, inclusion, and client- and community-centered advocacy. A passionate and effective leader, the next Directing Attorney will expand the impact of Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project for the greater benefit of immigrants across Los Angeles County and beyond.
|ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Strategy & Organizational Leadership
Community Relations, Team-Building & Programming
Financial Management & Fund Development
|JOB TYPE AND BENEFITS
|HOW TO APPLY
We value lived experiences and experiences working with clients across a range of settings. Please consider discussing such experiences in your cover letter, especially if they are not reflected in your resume.
Resume, cover letter, three references (including one person you have supervised), and writing sample (no longer than 25 pages) requested.
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|PUBLIC COUNSEL VACCINATION POLICY AND COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
Public Counsel requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees, including new hires. Pursuant to federal and state laws, Public Counsel will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs, unless doing so would pose an undue hardship.
Public Counsel follows all emergency state and local orders arising from the current COVID-19 crisis. Though generally this position is office-based, currently all staff must work remotely from their homes. Public Counsel will assess when the physical office will reopen in a manner consistent with public health and local and state emergency orders.
|PUBLIC COUNSEL EEO POLICY
Public Counsel is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate against employees or prospective employees on the basis of union membership or activity, race, religious creed, religious observance, ethnicity, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or predisposition, military service, military and veteran status, pregnancy, child birth and related medical conditions, marital and family status, national origin, ancestry, age, medical conditions as defined by state or federal law, or disability, or any other basis prohibited by law.
All qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.
Our leadership team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities discipline, discharge and general treatment during employment.