The Legal/Advocacy Assistant will provide administrative support to attorneys, organizers and policy advocates to support the work of the Bakersfield office. 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 Policy Advocate and Organizer in the Bakersfield office but will be part of the ACLU SoCal’s larger team of Administrative Support staff. This is a full time, non-exempt position.
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 Bakersfield office;
- Help manage intake including communicating with people who reach out to the office for assistance and managing data related to intakes.
- 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, organizing, and community education efforts;
- Assist Paralegals with court filings (organization of exhibits, scanning and copying documents, coordination of courier services, etc) and maintaining court files including pleadings, discovery, and correspondence;
- Manage and maintain various databases through data entry, generating reports, etc.;
- Draft simple correspondence and memos;
- Conduct non-legal substance research projects;
- Coordinate and implement large mailing projects;
- Make travel arrangements;
- Copy, scan, shred, bind, etc.;
- Attend community meetings when necessary;
- Assist in management and coordination of ACLU volunteers in Kern County;
- Coordinate with ACLU SoCal’s Director of Operations, IT department, and other administration for support needs for Bakersfield office; and
- Other 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, community members, and impacted communities;
- 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.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
The salary for this position 25.60 per hour. 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 explaining your interest in the position to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
ACLU of Southern California
1313 West 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(No phone calls, please.)
ACLU SoCal 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.
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.