Full-Time Program Associate, Education Equity Team

For nearly 50 years, Public Advocates Inc. has been at the forefront of social justice movements in California as a nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization that challenges the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination.  Our well-funded Education Equity Team is recognized statewide for effective state and local advocacy and our ability to support our grassroots partners’ power-building efforts, particularly around issues of equitable school funding.  We are seeking a highly organized, detail-oriented colleague with an interest in community empowerment and education justice issues to join this team in a new role as a full-time Program Associate.

The Program Associate will support the members of the Education Equity Team who work closely with community partners (e.g., student and parent groups) to educate them on their rights under California’s school funding law known as Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).  You can visit our website to learn more about our areas of work across school funding, diverse and prepared teachers, data and accountability, and seeding democracy through the development of meaningful student and parent power in school communities and on college campuses.

Our ideal candidate is reliable, flexible and focused on performing their job to meet the high standards of our legal staff.  They are able and willing to quickly, effectively and responsively manage a variety of program support tasks and responsibilities with energy and poise.  The Education Equity Team consists of 3 attorneys in our San Francisco headquarters, 5 legal and policy professionals in our Sacramento office and an attorney based in Los Angeles, CA.  The Program Associate would work primarily with the legal staff in San Francisco and Los Angeles – and we are open to basing this position in either San Francisco or Los Angeles.

Responsibilities

The Program Associate’s essential duties will include:

  • Providing “local campaign” support: Public Advocates regularly works with community partners to increase their capacity in their ongoing education and organizing campaigns. The Program Associate would: support our program staff to conduct education/outreach/training and deliver technical assistance to our partners – this includes managing coordination and logistics, providing technical support (for webinars, e.g.) and developing outreach materials; support the development of relationships with community partners by organizing meetings, taking notes, distributing community education tools; conduct basic research and data analysis on school funding plans, etc.
  • Providing enforcement support: In some instances, our team will bring enforcement actions against school districts that are not abiding by their LCFF obligations. The Program Associate would: manage Public Records Act requests for information; assist attorneys with cite checking, proofreading, formatting complaints, appeals and other legal documents.
  • Providing other support: These responsibilities include: assisting with document production and distribution – designing, drafting, editing, formatting written correspondence, slide presentations, “one-pager” and infographic education tools; providing other research, analytical and writing support as needed; providing occasional administrative support.

Qualifications

  • At least 3 years of experience in a similar role or having performed similar duties
  • A genuine desire to increase the effectiveness of our Education Equity Team and advance Public Advocates’ mission by performing high-quality program support work
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to “manage up” – ask questions upon assignment, consult with supervisor when prioritizing workload, communicate proactively when potential issues or conflicts arise
  • Reliable, responsive and proactive communicator, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities – often with competing or tight deadlines – quickly, accurately and with poise
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment
  • High degree of self-motivation and a demonstrated willingness to take initiative
  • Experience working w/Microsoft Office suite, in particular Word (proficiency w/formatting skills is required), Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint; familiarity with Adobe Acrobat and Google Drive; openness to learning, troubleshooting and teaching others how to use new technology/software
  • The following are highly preferred:
    • BA/BS degree or equivalent experience
    • A demonstrated commitment to social justice
    • Ability to communicate in written and spoken Spanish

Qualities expected of all Public Advocates staff include integrity, high professional standards, commitment to progressive social change and working successfully with diverse colleagues, clients and community partners.  This includes active participation in promoting healthy workplace culture through our organizational diversity and inclusion initiative – an ongoing and intensive process of communication, trust-building and learning about our individual and organizational areas for growth.  We strive to build a culture of cooperation and mutual support and value flexibility, resilience, optimism, curiosity and a sense of humor.

Compensation & Work Setting

Non-exempt position, 37.5 hours/week at an hourly rate starting at $25.50 and commensurate with experience – and we are interested in meeting candidates who offer a range of years of relevant experience (above the minimum required 3 years).  Benefits include full health and dental insurance for employee and eligible family members; life and long-term disability insurance; generous vacation; 403(b) retirement plan; and paid sabbatical after 7 years.  Our San Francisco office is currently located on the Embarcadero near the Ferry Building in San Francisco, convenient to public transportation (we offer access to tax-advantaged commuter benefits).  We do not have a Los Angeles office but would expect this employee to meet regularly with our attorney who is based there and to travel to our San Francisco office as needed.

*At the time of this posting all our staff are working from home through March 31, 2021.  We anticipate a return to the office when it is safe to do so.

Application Instructions

Applications welcome immediately; position open until filled.  To be considered, applications must include: 1) a letter that a) explains your interest in performing this program support role at Public Advocates and b) provides descriptive examples of your qualifications for this position; 2) a resume; and 3) names of three references, at least two of whom have directly supervised your work.  Submit your application (and/or questions) by email to ProgramAssociate@publicadvocates.org.

Public Advocates 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 Black, Indigenous and 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.  Read our Diversity Vision Statement here.

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