Equity Attorney or Policy Advocate
Location: Washington DC, Oakland CA, Los Angeles CA, or Remote
Justice in Aging seeks an attorney or policy advocate with at least 3 years of experience with a strong commitment to advancing equity for low-income older adults. This individual will join our Equity Team to pursue systemic change in law and policy to improve the lives of low-income older adults who experience inequities rooted in historical, persistent, and structural racism, ageism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, and xenophobia.
Justice in Aging uses the power of law and our expertise in health care, long-term services and supports, economic security, and elder justice to fight senior poverty. Our work addresses the systemic and intersectional inequities faced by older adults of color, older women, LGBTQ+ older adults, older adults with disabilities, and older adults who are immigrants or have limited English proficiency. Founded in 1972, we have a rich tradition of successful, high-impact, and strategic advocacy on behalf of the more than 7 million seniors living in poverty nationally. We also run the National Center on Law & Elder Rights through a federal contract with the Administration for Community Living.
In 2021, Justice in Aging launched our Advancing Equity in Aging Initiative for older adults of color, older women, LGBTQ+ older adults, older adults with disabilities, and older adults who are immigrants or have limited English proficiency, with a primary emphasis on advancing racial equity. This new position will work in close collaboration with Justice in Aging’s Directing Attorney for Equity Advocacy and the Equity Team to implement the initiative. In addition to the Advancing Equity in Aging Initiative focused on our external advocacy, for the past five years, Justice in Aging has had an active and engaged Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, which leads our internal DEI work, including trainings, caucusing, and organizational processes.
This position can be based in any of our three offices (Washington, DC, Oakland CA, and Los Angeles CA), or work fully remotely. Most of Justice in Aging’s staff are currently working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Justice in Aging requires COVID-19 vaccination for all staff, with exemptions available in accordance with federal law.
Applications should be submitted by May 2, 2022, for first consideration, although applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Questions about the positions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Work with the Director of Equity Advocacy to implement the Advancing Equity in Aging Initiative with a specific focus on affirmative advocacy strategies for immigrant, Black, and/or LGBTQ+ older adults.
- Serve on our Equity Team, which is comprised of staff who are also part of one or more of our existing programmatic teams.
- Develop strategies to advance research and analysis on issues pertaining to equity and aging, working collaboratively with the Director of Equity Advocacy and the Equity Team.
- Implement new strategies of partnering with advocates serving older adults and people with disabilities to center Justice in Aging’s advocacy in community lawyering principles.
- Work with Justice in Aging’s Health, Economic Security, Elder Rights, and Litigation teams to create and expand equity-based projects and initiatives, including engaging in research and analysis and producing written materials centered on equity and older adults.
- Build and maintain relationships and engage in collaborative efforts with partners and coalitions, including national and local legal groups, aging and disability network members, state-based advocates, and others involved in protecting the legal rights of older adults and advancing racial justice.
- Develop trainings for the legal services, aging and disability networks, and respond to questions and inquiries from professionals in those networks.
- Limited travel for state and national meetings and conferences when public health conditions permit.
- Any combination of applicable educational/professional credentials and experience that will enable you to perform the above duties successfully, including but not limited to a JD, Master’s degree, or Bachelor’s degree.
- At least 3 years relevant experience, particularly experience with racial justice, civil rights and/or equity issues.
- Passion for social justice, including interest in working on behalf of older adults of color, older women, LGBTQ older adults, older adults with disabilities, and older adults who are immigrants or have limited English proficiency.
- Strong communications skills, including ability to write clearly and communicate effectively about racial equity.
- Ability to think strategically and to work collaboratively with others, including building internal and external relationships, and working with and leading coalition partners.
- Experience delivering presentations or trainings.
- Diversity of personal and professional experience, including lived experience with advancing racial equity and with communities of color.
- Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects, activities, and actions.
Salary for this position will be based on a fixed salary scale based on experience level. For example, the salary for this position with 3 years of experience would be $75,500, and the salary for this position with 8 years of experience would be $92,000. Justice in Aging offers a competitive benefits package, including fully paid health, dental, and life insurance; flexible reimbursement plan; 403(b) retirement savings plan with 8% automatic employer contribution; paid parental leave, sabbatical leave, and compensatory time; federal holidays, sick time, and generous vacation policy.
Please submit the following to email@example.com, with your name and position(s) that you are seeking in the email subject line. Applications received by April 27, 2022 will receive first consideration.
(1) Cover letter that describes your interest in this particular position. In your cover letter, you must answer the following question:
To promote social justice and best achieve our mission, Justice in Aging is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and creating an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How do you think your personal or professional experience or background has prepared you to contribute to a work environment with a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences to your response.
(3) One writing sample; and
(4) Three professional references.
Justice in Aging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to maintaining a diverse staff and we particularly encourage applications from people of color, women, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community, and others whose background may contribute to more effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities.
If you need an accommodation for the application process or any aspect of this position, please contact Deputy Director Jennifer Goldberg at firstname.lastname@example.org. The application and all other questions should be directed to email@example.com.