Racial Justice Coordinator

Racial Justice Coordinator

This position will be critical to helping coordinate diversity, equity, and inclusion work in the California legal aid community. The Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) supports the legal safety net by working to secure funding, encouraging collaboration between organizations, and facilitating communication between advocates on the ground through the use of lists, summits, and conferences.

LAAC is the statewide membership organization for over 100 legal nonprofits. LAAC advocates for its members through lobbying in Sacramento, training in core substantive areas, analyzing best practices, and working to improve the effectiveness of legal aid in California. We recognize the urgency of racial justice work in the legal aid community. We have created this position as part of larger efforts to support a legal safety net that is accountable to our communities and legal aid community that works towards the transformative changes our society and legal system desperately need.

This is a great position for someone with experience in racial justice work who wants to encourage and support legal aid organizations to adopt more inclusive practices and support systemic change in the legal aid community and larger legal system. Though we originally envisioned this as a two-year fellowship position for a recent law graduate with experience in racial justice work, we also hope to see applicants from a variety of experiences and perspectives. This is also a great position for someone who is returning to work after taking time away from the practice of law or transitioning from other projects, and we would consider part-time work, especially for candidates seeking work-life balance during the COVID-19 crisis.

Located in Oakland (when the office reopens), the Racial Justice Fellow will report directly to the Executive Director, will work frequently with the Directing Attorney and will supervise work study students. Funding is secured for this position for one year, and LAAC is currently working to secure funding to make this a permanent position.

Key Responsibilities (percentages are approximate and may change as needed):

Program Coordination (90%)

  • Training/Meeting Facilitation: Coordinate and facilitate events, including those connecting community organizers and legal aid non-profits around racial justice. Consult with Training Associate and other members of LAAC’s DEI team to grow DEI/Anti-racism offerings for the legal aid community.
  • Set training goals through member engagement, convene members across the state, develop a training strategy and other interactive techniques that build LAAC’s capacity to support the community.
  • Coordination: Support LAAC’s efforts in the Legal Aid community to further racial justice work and systemic change
  • Work with consultants: LAAC will hire outside consultants for much of our work, and the Racial Justice Coordinator will help identify projects for consultants and will be the main point of contact with consultants (work with consultants may include advanced training, research, and creation of racial justice curriculum)
  • Other: We know our community’s needs are varied and large, and the right candidate should propose other programs that would meet the legal aid community’s needs

Advocacy (10%)

  • Support to Executive Director: Responsible for research and memo-writing on proposals that intersect racial justice work and the California nonprofit legal services community. This includes the opportunities for public comment from both the State Bar of California and the Administrative Office of the Courts.


You need:

  • Experience working with legal aid organizations, lawyers, and/or community based nonprofit organizations
  • Experience having hard conversations around race, equity, and systemic oppression
  • A demonstrated commitment to racial, gender, and/or migrant justice.
  • Project management and/or event coordination experience
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to write/edit well and produce quality publications with strong attention to detail
  • Capable of working independently and as part of a team
  • Expertise in Word, Excel, Google applications, online databases
  • Experience working with low-income and underserved communities
  • Lawyers welcome to apply, but a JD is not required for this position

Preferred Qualifications (not required):

  • Minimum years of experience in DEI and/or Racial Justice work – 3
  • Experience supervising staff or volunteers (we will provide additional support and training)

We offer:

  • Competitive salaries $44,000 – $55,000 (DOE) and generous benefits
  • A commitment to work life balance
  • Opportunity to learn the legal services landscape in California
  • Training and professional development support
  • Great benefits, including an employer-matched retirement plan; health, vision, dental insurance; paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave; Supportive team-based environment that allows you to take an early lead on projects
  • Some travel required, expenses paid by LAAC (when travel re-opens)


Application: Send (1) a cover letter with a detailed explanation of your qualifications and why you are a match for this, with a special focus on your past work in racial justice or diversity, equity, and inclusion work; (2) your resume; (3) three references; and (4) a writing sample of no more than 5 pages via email to the Executive Director at careers@laaconline.org. Please include “Racial Justice Coordinator” in your email subject header. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the start date will be no sooner than October 1, 2020.


LAAC 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 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.