Location

Los Angeles, Orange County, or San Bernardino Office

Department

Advocacy

Deadline date

Open until filled

OVERVIEW

The Advocacy Assistant will provide administrative support to policy advocates, paralegals, and attorneys to support the work of the Advocacy Department. This position will require flexibility, an eagerness to learn the inner workings of impact advocacy, and exceptional multi-tasking and prioritization skills. 

The Advocacy Assistant reports to the Director of Advocacy Support or a Senior Paralegal. This is a full time, non-exempt position.

 

CLASSIFICATION:  

Fulltime; non-exempt; time limited two-year position, with a possibility for future extension contingent upon additional funding. 

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide comprehensive administrative support to the Advocacy Department;
  • Assist Paralegals with court filings (organization of exhibits, scanning and copying documents, coordination of courier services, etc.);
  • Manage and maintain various databases through data entry, generating reports, etc.;
  • Drafting simple correspondence and memos;
  • Non-legal substance research projects; 
  • Coordination and implementation of large mailing projects;
  • Assist with maintaining case files including pleadings, discovery, correspondence, etc.; 
  • Make travel arrangements;  
  • Miscellaneous copying, scanning, shredding, binding, etc.;
  • Provide logistical support for meetings, both in and out of the office, including helping to organize the ACLU’s involvement in coalitions and coordinated policy advocacy efforts, notetaking, etc.;
  • Attend community meetings when necessary; and
  • Other administrative tasks as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS:

Required qualifications include the following:

  • A strong commitment to civil liberties and civil rights;
  • Mastery of Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and other Office programs, including facility with mail merge, spreadsheets, and tables;
  • Ability to quickly pick up new software and overall technological competence; 
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to juggle multiple priorities effectively;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Applicant must be adept, able to learn quickly and integrate and utilize new knowledge;
  • Ability to work independently while also being a team player;
  • Ability to keep track of and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to take initiative and handle a fast paced work environment;
  • Ability to work with coalitions and community members;
  •  Applicants must be willing to work occasional overtime on evenings and weekends.

Desired qualifications include the following:

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience working in public interest or social justice advocacy, coalitions and/or working with impacted communities; 
  • Desire to learn how an impact advocacy organization works, one that uses a variety of advocacy tools to achieve large, long-term social change; and
  • Written and oral fluency in Spanish                                                                                                                                                            

REQUIRED RACIAL JUSTICE COMPETENCIES

Understanding and Applying Racial Equity

  • Demonstrate commitment to building or deepening understand of racial  equity:
    • Core terms and concepts such as structural racism, white privilege, and anti-Blackness.
    • The role that racial inequity has played and continues to play in our society.
    • How race impacts supervisory relationships, team dynamics, and organizational culture.
    • Personal/implicit/unconscious bias.

 

Working for Racial Equity

  • Consistently assess structural implications and racially disproportionate impacts of policies, activities, and decisions within the context of their job responsibilities; race/ethnicity, intersection of race/ethnicity, gender, and/or sexual orientation.
  • Consistently adhere to organization’s racial equity policies and procedures, including those that relate to hiring, retention, and promotion.
  • Consistently identify and disrupt ways in which bias plays out in work and/or team.

 

Leading on Racial Equity

  • Effectively encourage people to have honest conversations about racial equity, and accept feedback openly, non-defensively, and from a posture of learning.
  • Consistently address structural implications and racially disproportionate impacts of policies, activities, and decisions by identifying and implementing changes that can produce more equitable outcomes. This applies not only in terms of race/ethnicity, but also at the intersection of race/ethnicity, gender, and/or sexual orientation.
  • Consistently set racial equity outcomes, goals, and performance measures for team, department, or organization, and develop and successfully implement plans to achieve them.

 

BENEFITS

The salary for this position is $49,500 - $53,500, determined by years of relevant experience. Benefits include medical, vision, and dental insurance for staff members and their eligible dependents; life and long- term disability insurance; 401(k) plan with employer match; ample vacation, family leave, and sick leave and thirteen paid holidays.


TO APPLY

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to: Apply Here


ACLU of Southern California is committed to developing a culture of diversity, equity, respect, and inclusion and to strive to maintain a workforce that reflects the communities that we serve. The ACLU SoCal is an equal opportunity employer that does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable law. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply and value people of all races, genders (including gender identity or expression), sexual orientations, disabilities, citizenships, ages, religions, and national origins and who have different marital statuses, family caregiving responsibilities, lived experiences with the criminal justice systems, and genetic information. ACLU SoCal does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of any of these characteristics.

The ACLU SoCal is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail cpinon@aclusocal.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.