The Wage Justice Center

Dedicated to Enforcing the Basic Rights of California’s Workers

Tele: (213) 273-8400 • Fax: (213) 785-1708• Web: WWW.WageJustice.org

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Legal Director

Wage Justice Center (WJC) is a non-profit legal services organization that enforces wage theft judgments for workers throughout California, with an emphasis on Southern California. WJC is combatting wage theft by using enforcement tools to hold unscrupulous employers accountable. We disrupt corporate shell games by using innovative strategies and aggressive legal advocacy.

The Legal Director (LD)’s responsibilities will include:

  • Advancing WJC’s mission by providing management and direct supervision to the legal team;
  • Supervising legal staff member case-loads;
  • Providing overall strategic direction of the litigation and judgment enforcement work;
  • Ensuring the implementation of organizational policies with the Executive Director and Office Manager;
  • Building and sustaining a legal program to serve the needs of low-wage workers; (new ideas are welcome and encouraged);
  • Collaborating with current funders on ensuring compliance with current grant requirements and acting as the team lead for prospective grant opportunities;
  • Managing and developing relationships with external stakeholders and partners.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Preferred minimum of four years of litigation experience, including wage & hour, employment or creditor/debtor experience, ideally with a background in representing low-wage workers
  • Collaborative style and demonstrated commitment to fostering team members’ professional growth in a collegial environment
  • Commitment to social justice and to WJC’s goals and mission of empowering low-wage and immigrant workers
  • Dedicated to treating clients/communities/stakeholders, with respect and dignity
  • Experience collaborating with non-attorney, professional staff to achieve shared goals
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to lead and manage licensed attorneys, law school students and attorney fellows, licensed paralegals and other professional staff
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to write and speak persuasively to diverse audiences, including the general public, lawyers, advocates, low income communities, communities of color, immigrants and immigrant groups, and community leaders;
  • Experience with fee-generating civil rights cases
  • Spanish-language capacity strongly preferred
  • D. and California State Bar membership required

BENEFITS: Salary range $70,000 – $90,000, depending on experience, employer-paid health care for the employee, Metro Tap Card, vacation and sick time, generous holiday schedule.

TO APPLY:

Submit your resume and cover letter by email with “WJC Legal Director” in the subject line to tania@wagejustice.org. After our initial screen, a list of three professional references and a legal writing sample will be required.  WJC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. No phone calls please.

Legal Director