Are you interested in using your skills and commitment to racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion to help support the largest anti-poverty social justice nonprofit law firm in the Bay Area?
Join BayLegal’s dynamic team and become an advocate for justice!
Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) is on the front lines fighting for our clients’ rights. BayLegal removes legal barriers to health, safety, and stability through representation, legal advice and information, referrals, community education, and advocacy for low-income individuals and families throughout seven Bay Area counties.
As a regional anti-poverty civil law firm that has been serving our local communities since the 1960s, we are committed to working alongside our clients and community partners to address inter-generational poverty and social inequality. We have built upon our origins as separate neighborhood legal services organizations into a regional non-profit law firm with over 150 employees. We practice in multiple legal substantive areas to help our clients protect their livelihoods, their health, and their families. BayLegal works to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault, increase economic stability, protect consumers, expand access to healthcare, and prevent homelessness. Our clients include the working poor, families with children, foster youth, seniors, immigrants, veterans, individuals impacted by the criminal justice system and persons with disabilities. By serving clients at a wide range of access points, including our six regional county offices, our mobile advocacy clinics, and our nationally recognized legal hotlines, BayLegal has a unique viewpoint to identify patterns of illegal practices and barriers to our clients’ rights in need of broader advocacy and potential impact litigation. BayLegal strives to create equitable access to resources and services to build a foundation from which our clients can thrive.
BayLegal’s Racial Justice and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) work and commitment: In 2016, in the face of heightened racist, xenophobic, homophobic, and sexist rhetoric and violence, BayLegal joined a national legal services movement to reinvigorate our collective focus on addressing racial inequity and established our Racial Justice Initiative. The same year, in response to several high-profile law enforcement murders of Black men and women that created a growing desire among staff to dismantle racism and affirmatively promote racial equity in the community and within BayLegal, BayLegal formed a Racial Justice Committee (RJC). In 2020 BayLegal engaged The Mosaic Collaborative in a yearlong evaluation to advance BayLegal’s commitment to racial justice both internally and in the communities we serve. This DEI Manager position is the result of one of the recommendations and further investment in building internal capacity to advance this critical work.
BayLegal’s DEI Committee is a cross section of BayLegal staff and includes managers, operational administration staff, staff attorneys, and social workers from throughout the firm. The current members worked with The Mosaic Collaborative in 2020. The DEI Manager will have the opportunity to work closely with, support, and carry out the hands-on work of the DEI Committee.
Position: BayLegal seeks an experienced DEI advocate with a demonstrated strong commitment to racial justice, social justice, and advancing equity across all identity markers to join BayLegal. The work involves travel throughout the Bay Area and BayLegal’s regional offices. The DEI Manager will work closely with BayLegal’s DEI Committee to develop goals, priorities, and agreed upon work product. The DEI Manager will also work directly with the Executive Director, General Counsel and Director of Program and Advocacy to adopt and implement policies and procedures to effectuate the DEI values. The DEI Manager reports to and is supported by the Executive Director. This position is part of the management team and is a non-union position. Currently, no staff reports directly to the DEI Manager. See COVID-19 Temporary Remote work below.
As a DEI Manager, you will have the opportunity to:
- Chair and work collaboratively with BayLegal’s DEI Committee to:
- Establish annual and long-term goals and objectives, and determine the necessary steps and timeline for implementing agreed upon scope of work;
- Perform the role of project manager for all goals and objectives established with the DEI Committee and be responsible for carrying out the hands-on work of the DEI Committee to effectuate those goals and objectives;
- Communicate BayLegal’s DEI goals and work with BayLegall staff; and
- Be the liaison for the broader BayLegal management team to help raise and resolve issues timely and effectively.
- Serve as a manager liaison and support for BayLegal’s Affinity Groups (ex. BIPOC, LGBTQ+), including:
- Establish a protocol for creating new and supporting existing affinity groups.
- Provide administrative and managerial support for these groups in the broader BayLegal community.
- Coordinate, support, and participate in meetings, if appropriate;
- Help to identify and coordinate participation in appropriate affinity group outreach events;
- Be the liaison for the broader management team to help raise and resolve issues timely and effectively.
- Identify, create, and coordinate DEI trainings for all staff and DEI trainings for managers and supervisors;
- Finalize BayLegal DEI mission and values statements;
- Participate in and help facilitate annual planning and alignment across all of BayLegal’s programs, units, and practice areas in accordance with BayLegal’s mission and DEI values;
- Participate in the onboarding of new staff members regarding BayLegal’s DEI values and commitment;
- Work with BayLegal’s development, grants and contracts, and communications team to promote BayLegal’s mission and resource development that align with BayLegal’s mission and DEI values;
- Engage in other tasks and projects that further BayLegal’s mission and operations as a non-profit;
- Learn about the diverse legal needs of low-income communities in the broader Bay Area and BayLegal’s work and mission to reduce homelessness, enhance stability, break systemic cycles of poverty, and address social injustice;
Requirements/Qualifications/About the Successful Candidate:
- 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, age, and/or limited English proficiency.
- Social Work degree preferred.
- Deep knowledge, understanding, and demonstrated learning of critical race theory.
- Experience and strong understanding of DEI principles, including intersectionality and the 4 I’s of Oppression, and experience with implementing principles and values in practice.
- Strong project management skills and experience, ability to be detail oriented while maintaining and cultivating big picture vision and consistency.
- Excellent writing, editing, and proof-reading
- Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with dynamic teams and diverse constituencies.
- Curious and self-directed with an ability to anticipate what needs to be
- Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects while maintaining a firm grasp of individual project
Temporary COVID-19 remote work: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all BayLegal employees are primarily working remotely. While BayLegal has implemented detailed health and safety protocols to minimize risk of exposure and has an evolving plan for reopening our local offices, we anticipate remaining primarily remote throughout much of 2021. All employees are expected to be available to travel to BayLegal offices and services locations as needed and in compliance with public health advisories. Employees are expected to reside in California and must be able to commute to the physical BayLegal base location or service delivery location within the San Francisco Bay Area.
While BayLegal remains primarily remote, all employees are issued BayLegal computers and provided appropriate supplies. 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 reimburse for work-related use of personal IT equipment, including internet and home. BayLegal is open to providing flexibility regarding work schedules and part-time or full-time employment to the extent feasible for the position.
Compensation and Benefits: We offer a diverse, family friendly environment, and compensation based on competitive public interest salaries along with a generous benefits package. BayLegal’s benefits package includes 100% employer-covered medical, dental, and life insurance for employees and up to 40-50% for dependents; long-term disability insurance; stipends for bilingual employees whose language skills are used in the provision of work tasks; student debt repayment program; dependent childcare employer contribution program, and 401k retirement plan following first year. Paid leave policy includes: sick leave; parental leave; 14 holidays each year and vacation (starting at 13 days and increasing with additional years of employment).
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, LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) and QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, individuals who have been impacted by the criminal justice system 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, and (3) at least 3 references.
In addition, if you have any writings or materials that demonstrate your experience in this area and are willing to share, please include. Please reference DEI Manager position in the subject of your email.
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 LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) and QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) individuals, the working poor, seniors, people who are limited English proficient, veterans, persons with disabilities, survivors of abuse and exploitation, individuals impacted by the criminal justice system, people who are experiencing or at risk of homeless, and persons from other underrepresented groups. To ensure our organization is best serving these populations, BayLegal strives to promote an evolving set of behaviors and attitudes amongst our staff, as well as policies that enable us to work effectively in all cross-cultural situations, with clients, with our coworkers, and with the community. We see this as a commitment to enhance the provision of our services to all clients; to raise the level of positive client outcomes; and to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.
How do you think your experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to serve our client base effectively and to contribute to our commitment to humility, inclusion, and diversity? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.
This position will assist BayLegal in our goal to continuously move towards a fully integrated culturally humble organization while interweaving our racial justice and DEI goals into all aspects of the organization. Please describe how you’ve applied cultural humility and/or critical race theory in your work, for example through workshops and materials.