Founded in 1923, the ACLU SoCal has been at the forefront of many major efforts to protect civil liberties, civil rights, and equal justice in California. Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU SoCal has offices in Los Angeles, Orange County (Santa Ana), the Inland Empire (San Bernardino), and now Kern County (Bakersfield). The ACLU SoCal tackles a vast array of issues, including criminal justice, police practices, First Amendment rights, gender equity and reproductive justice, LGBTQ rights, immigrants' rights, education equity, and economic justice.
The Legal/Advocacy Assistant will provide administrative support to attorneys, policy advocates, and paralegals 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 Legal/Advocacy Assistant reports to the Director of Advocacy Support or a Senior Paralegal.
The Legal/Advocacy Assistant, like all staff within ACLU SoCal, is expected to model professional workplace behavior and standards, and clearly and enthusiastically demonstrate our core values of accountability, collaboration, diversity, excellence, honesty, integrity, humility, and open communication.
Full-Time, Non-Exempt, Term-Limited
- 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.;
- Draft simple correspondence and memos;
- Non-legal/substantive 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;
- Attend community meetings when necessary; and
- Other administrative tasks as assigned.
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; and
- Personal enthusiasm, optimism and a sense of humor.
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
Salary based on 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 and sick leave and thirteen paid holidays.
Please submit resume, cover letter and writing sample (NO Phone Calls PLEASE) to email@example.com or mail to:
HR Department—Legal/Advocacy Assistant; ACLU of Southern California 1313 W. 8th Street; Los Angeles, CA 90017
The ACLU SoCal is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law. We consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable law.