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Equal Rights Advocates, founded in 1974, protects and expands economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls, using a three-pronged advocacy approach consisting of impact litigation, legislative advocacy, and direct services. Join our passionate and vibrant team of gender justice champions as we work to transform our communities into places where all of us can lead.
- Program Coordinator
- Executive Coordinator
- Law Clerks
- Post-Graduate Fellowship Sponsors
- Undergraduate Internships
Position Title: Program Coordinator
Salary: $55,000 base (negotiable with experience)
Location: San Francisco/Remote Work
FTE/Pay Class: Full-time/Exempt Salaried
About Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) and the Program Coordinator Role:
ERA is a national civil rights organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and educational access and opportunities for women, girls, and people with marginalized gender identities. Since its founding in 1974, ERA has been on the frontlines of advancing gender justice in employment and education through a combination of impact litigation, policy advocacy, public education, and direct legal services. ERA takes an intersectional approach to tackling sexual harassment and violence, pay inequity, and other forms of gender discrimination and inequality while bringing visibility to the experiences and voices of the people we represent.
Under the supervision of the Attorney overseeing and leading ERA’s direct services programs, the Program Coordinator is primarily responsible for providing program coordination and operational support for ERA’s current two direct legal services programs:
- Advice & Counseling (A&C): Provides brief legal advice and information, limited representation, and other advocacy to workers and students on matters of gender discrimination, unfair pay, sexual harassment and violence, and related civil rights issues.
- End Sexual Violence in Education (ESVE): Places student survivors of campus sexual assault for representation services provided by participating attorneys in ERA’s ENOUGH Pro Bono Network.
In addition to the above primary responsibilities, the Program Coordinator will also assist the Legal Department with facilitative and meeting support services and will oversee administrative support provided by non-Legal ERA team members. As with all of the positions at ERA, the Program Coordinator will work within a team framework providing critical support to ensure the fulfillment of ERA’s mission and vision.
- Prospective client inquiries:Customer service communications with persons who may have experienced trauma-related situations – manage resolution expectations.
- Legal assistance requests:Screen, respond to, schedule intake requests, and manage A&C and ESVE team members’ intake appointments.
- Client experience evaluation: Distribute surveys to clients, analyze responses and present to direct legal services team, recommend and make improvements to client experience.
- Case management system, phone systems, and online resources hub administration: Extract reports, trouble-shoot technical issues, handle ENOUGH Pro-Bono attorney tech related inquiries, work with developers/reps for system service issues and updates, and produce graphics for activity reports to Board, committees, and staff.
- Program administration and annual planning: Update and maintain work plans, job responsibilities/verticals, system and telecom support, phone/email scripts/templates, and training guides – and draft the annual operating program budget and manage program expenditures accordingly.
- Program assessment and strategy: Work with supervising attorney(s) to conduct assessment of program efficiency and effectiveness and alignment with current strategic plan, contribute to strategic plan revisions and new iterations, recommend solutions, and lead execution of approved program changes, make necessary updates to related policies, procedures, and protocols.
- External communications and marketing: Collaborate with ESVE Attorneys, and Development and Communications colleagues to provide information and input for donor development efforts, ERA website content, development of student-focused grassroots marketing materials for ESVE and the ENOUGH Pro-Bono Attorney Network, update ENOUGH Pro-Bono Attorney resources hub, and expand and manage On-Campus ENOUGH Student Ambassador Program including recruiting and relationship management of student ambassadors.
- Training: Maintain and update training information for direct services program operations, provide support for design, planning, and delivery of ENOUGH Pro-Bono Attorney training.
- Legal Department Employee Hires and Volunteers Onboarding: Provide input so Human Resources can coordinate the search and recruitment process, and coordinate the onboarding process using established protocols.
- Legal Department Bi-Monthly, Offsite, and Retreat Meeting Support: Pre-meeting planning and logistics including drafting agenda with colleague input, real time support during meeting with facilitation and notes/minutes taking as needed, and post-meeting follow-up with notes/minutes/action item circulation.
- Special Project Management: The development of a national, membership based clearinghouse hub for attorneys working on Title IX issues.
- College degree and minimum 3 years of relevant program/project management experience.
- Experienced in leading, motivating, and inspiring program staff, colleagues, and teams.
- Adeptness at navigating systems/applications such as MS Office apps (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint), Google Docs/Drove, Dropbox, Box – comfortable with technology and willing to try new things.
- Exceptional work ethic, attention to detail and strong sense of responsibility and follow-through.
- High-level of intuitive and critical analysis skills to research issues, always seeking the best solutions.
- Commitment to quality, a one-and-done work ethic in problem-solving, and high customer service approach.
- Outstanding organizational skills in a paperless and cloud work environment.
- Ability to communicate effectively, yet with compassion and empathy, in writing and verbally, especially with prospective clients.
- Ability to work independently, is flexible with changing priorities and deadlines, exhibits resourcefulness and excellent judgment, and maintains confidentiality when required.
- Excellent people skills, exhibiting emotional intelligence with colleagues and clients, adept at engaging in a positive and constructive manner.
- Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, reliability, and courage to speak up about issues that need attention even in difficult circumstances.
- Ability to nurture and elevate the organization’s culture with joy, humor, and love.
- Skilled and effective at working remotely – and a pro at Zoom (or willingness to become!).
- Proficiency in languages other than English is not required – but is a positive additive qualification.
- Aligned with and committed to justice for women, girls, and people of marginalized gender identities.
Benefits & Other
- 12 paid holidays annually (paid time off first week in July 2020 due to COVID-19 circumstances).
- Up to 15 days earned annually in sick paid time off.
- Up to 15 days earned annually in vacation paid time off – after one year of employment: up to 20 days earned annually in vacation paid time off.
- Up to 5 days earned annually in personal paid time off.
- Minimum 2 weeks of additional paid vacation awarded at every 5-year incremental work anniversary.
- Flexible, family-friendly work schedule
- Maternity, parental bonding, and disability leave availability.
- Company-paid medical and dental insurance for employees and child dependents w/option to add spouse/partner at own cos
- Optional vision insurance at own cost.
- Company-paid chiropractic/acupuncture benefits and $50K life/AD&D and long-term disability insurance for employee
- Optional FSA health care, FSA dependent care and commuter (transit and parking) pre-tax spending employee contribution accounts.
- Option to contribute to a 403(b) plan with no waiting period – matched by company at 2% after one year.
- This is an office-based job typically performed during regular business hours, Monday thru Friday, with occasional local travel. It is not subject to strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions. Staff members with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as you are able. Please submit a cover letter using the below prompt, your current résumé, and a list of at least three professional references to [email protected] Please list “2020 Program Coordinator Position” in the subject line of your e-mail message. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. No telephone calls, please.
Cover letter prompt: The Advice & Counseling and ESVE programs serve primarily women of color, low paid workers, student survivors of color, and LGBTQIA+ survivors. In your cover letter, please dedicate ~100-300 words to describing why you feel that you are a strong fit to work with and advocate for the people this program serves, drawing from your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise. Additionally in your cover letter, it is also useful for you to describe your interest in this particular position, connection to ERA’s mission, and where you found the job posting.
ERA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that will consider all applications equally without regard to sex, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, medical condition, religion, sexual orientation, differing ability, veteran status, marital status, conviction record, or any other characteristic protected by law. Applicants with disabilities will be reasonably accommodated during the search process.
Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), a national civil rights organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and educational access and opportunities for women, girls, and people of all gender identities, is seeking an administrative professional with tons of energy, discretion, and judgment to support the programmatic, fundraising, and organizational duties of ERA’s Executive Director.
This position’s duties primarily revolve around being the control hub for key members of ERA’s Executive Team, the Executive Director and Deputy Director. The team requires a smart, detail-oriented, and communicative person to handle the quotidian things (like expenses, scheduling, and administration) and the sensitive things (like internal communications, and outside partners and donors). This primarily administrative position requires the utmost professionalism and discretion, superior communication and people skills, polished customer service, and project-management strength. The Executive Coordinator also supports ERA’s Board of Directors and Board Committees.
You’ll Work With:
She has really busy days and could use support for:
- Daily administrative support
- Board relations
- Donor relations
- External relations (including supporting the ED’s thought leadership & social media)
The Deputy Director (15%)
She also runs the Strategic Communications Team
- Administrative Support (including calendar management)
- Support for special projects
- 3-5 years of relevant administrative experience; at least 2 years supporting an executive or a team of executives;
- Experience in Board management is a plus;
- Demonstrated experience handling confidential information;
- Demonstrated customer-service and teamwork orientation, with the ability to work in a compassionate and collaborative manner, and effectively communicate with coworkers, clients, and others from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and communities;
- Excellent judgment: You know when to do things independently and when not to;
- Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills;
- A commitment to and passion for social justice and gender equity;
- When people describe you, they say “We don’t know where we’d be without [you]”;
- Mastery of Microsoft Office programs (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
- Facility with other technology platforms for project management and communications, such as Google
- Docs/Drive, Dropbox, Basecamp, Box, and Slack, Zoom, Boardable; and
- Excellent sense of humor and ability to thrive with a feisty feminist team fighting for civil rights.
Currently, the ERA team is working remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions in the San Francisco Bay Area. This will be a role performed during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, and occasional evening work required. Out of office work may be required when health guidelines permit.
How to Apply
Are you ready to join our team at ERA? Submit your current résumé , and a cover letter describing your interest in this particular position, connection to ERA’s mission, and where you found the job posting to [email protected]. Successful 2nd round candidates will be required to submit 2-3 professional references. Please include “2020 Executive Coordinator Application” in the subject line of your email. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The position is open until filled.
We are a small and dedicated team of advocates, legal and otherwise. We are intersectional in our feminist practice, and we lead with our values: Inclusion, Integrity, Shared Leadership. We have a highly entrepreneurial environment and encourage our team members to be problem-solvers. You can check us out on Instagram (@EqualRightsAdv) and Twitter (@EqualRightsAdv).
An Equal Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity
Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) advances equity and inclusion in the workplace by providing equal employment opportunity to support a work environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), sexual orientation, military and veteran status, arrest or conviction record, and any other basis prohibited by law. The organization also provides reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. This equal employment opportunity policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, selection, advancement, training, problem resolution, and separation from employment. Through this policy, ERA strives to establish and maintain an equitable and accessible work environment that is supportive and free from discrimination.
Position: Law Clerk
Reports to: Senior Attorney
Classification/FLSA status: Full-time
Duration: May – August, 2020
Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) is a national civil rights organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls. Since its founding in 1974, ERA has dedicated itself to advancing gender justice in employment and education through a combination of impact litigation, policy advocacy, public education, and direct legal services. ERA takes an intersectional approach to tackling sexual harassment and violence, pay inequity, and other forms of gender discrimination and inequality, with a focus on centering the experiences and voices of women and girls of color. Learn more about ERA on our website, www.equalrights.org.
What You Will Do
Law clerks assist with current litigation and legislative advocacy by conducting research and writing assignments, participating in coalition meetings and internal legal strategy sessions, and, whenever possible, attending depositions, mediations, hearings, and other litigation-related events. Under the supervision of ERA attorneys, law clerks also staff our advice and counseling helpline. Through this helpline, clerks interview callers and provide legal advice regarding sex discrimination, sexual harassment, Title IX enforcement, family & medical leave, and other employment issues. Law clerks may also have the opportunity to present educational workshops to community groups regarding sex discrimination in the workplace and/or in schools.
Who Should Apply
2Ls, 3Ls, and 4th year students participating in a four-year graduation schedule.
Students with bilingual ability, especially Spanish, are strongly encouraged to apply
- Demonstrated interest in and commitment to civil rights, gender equity, and social justice
- A record of strong academic performance and excellent legal research and writing skills
- Connection to and familiarity with issues affecting women and girls of color, low-paid and immigrant workers, LGBTQ people, and others who routinely face discrimination and other systematic deprivation of their civil rights
- Coursework and/or experience in employment and/or Title IX, education civil rights law and policy
- Strong organizational, project and time management skills, including demonstrated capacity to manage and prioritize competing projects and deadlines
Hours and Location
This position is full-time, and law clerks are asked to commit at least 10 weeks.
These positions are unpaid. Many of our academic-year clerks earn academic credit. ERA will submit support letters and other documentation to help students obtain external funding.
How To Apply
To apply, please send the following materials via e-mail with the subject line “Summer Law Clerk” to [email protected]: (1) a cover letter describing your interest in ERA as an organization and any areas or issues on which you would like to focus; (2) a résumé; (3) 2-3 references and (4) a legal writing sample of up to 10 double-spaced pages (maximum) in length. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until filled. Apply immediately.
Questions regarding these positions may be submitted to [email protected].
An Equal Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) is an equal opportunity employer that is dedicated to the diversity of our staff. Applicants invited regardless of sex, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, race, age, ethnicity, national origin, disability, marital or veteran status, medical condition, or religion. People of color, LGBTQ candidates, people with disabilities, and people who have had contact with the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply. Individuals who need assistance or accommodation due to a disability may contact us at [email protected]
Post-Graduate Legal Fellowships: Now accepting initial applications
2019-2021 Fellowship Cycle
ERA seeks to sponsor a Skadden and/or Equal Justice Works (EJW) candidate to execute a project in one of ERA’s priority initiatives: Expanding Title IX Enforcement and Awareness.*
ERA was founded in 1974 as a public interest law firm dedicated to ending discrimination against women and girls. ERA’s mission is to protect and secure equal rights and economic opportunities for women and girls through litigation, policy advocacy, and direct services.
ERA has been a pioneer in advancing gender equity in work and schools for women and girls across the country since its founding. Through our campaign approach—which incorporates public education, direct services, legislative advocacy, and litigation—ERA seeks to assist women and girls throughout a life-long continuum: from ensuring access and equity in educational institutions, to combating sex discrimination in employment, to advocating for policies that make the workplace more hospitable to working families. From assisting in the passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act to arguing seminal gender equality cases before the United States Supreme Court, ERA is known for being the home of visionary leaders, unflinching advocates, and hard-nosed litigators for justice. Individuals interested in becoming fellowship candidates are encouraged to visit our website at www.equalrights.org/our-work/ to learn more about ERA’s current cases, campaigns, and projects.
About ERA’s Proposed Project
ERA believes that every child deserves a safe and equitable educational environment. The project will support young student victims of sexual violence by:
(1) Enforcing Title IX through direct representation of victims;
(2) Empowering students to advocate for themselves and training pro bono advocates to do the same;
(3) Educating social workers and youth advocates about Title IX.
(1) Provide Direct Legal Assistance to Victims of Sexual Violence at School.
Students and their families often have limited access to legal resources. Additionally, few private attorneys specialize in Title IX, and their services remain inaccessible to low-income students, whose families lack the means to retain private counsel. Through direct representation of these students—whether in court or through the administrative complaint process—my project will fill a gap that will only continue to grow as federal enforcement efforts continue to diminish.
(2) Transform Students and Pro Bono Attorneys into Advocates.
Through strategic partnerships with community-based organizations (CBOs) and school districts, the fellow will conduct Know Your Rights (KYR) trainings that will enable students to advocate for themselves. Additionally, the fellow will train pro bono attorneys on Title IX and connect them to schools in need of KYR presentations, thereby reaching and empowering even more students. This training will also allow the fellow to create a network of pro bono attorneys who can provide additional representation to students in need.
(3) Bridge the Gap Between Social Services and Legal Services.
Many professionals who assist students, including social workers, lack the training and expertise with Title IX to make the necessary links between social services and legal rights. By collaborating with social work associations, the fellow will train these advocates to spot Title IX issues and more effectively assist students.
The fellow is expected to educate these advocates on students’ rights and schools’ responsibilities under Title IX. Additionally, the fellow will collaborate with the Resources Committee of the Education Civil Rights Alliance to create one central online space for the law and resources relevant to these groups’ efforts to broaden the scope of claims they can bring on behalf of their clients.
Criteria for selection include
- Juris Doctor from a U.S. law school awarded, or to be awarded, in 2018 or 2019;
- Knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to gender equality, women’s rights and legal issues affecting women and/or girls, people of color, and other populations that are deprived of civil and/or human rights;
- Dedication to being a team player, commitment to collaboration and to providing the highest level of client service;
- Record of strong academic performance and excellent legal research and writing skills;
- Demonstrated ability to problem-solve, exercise sound judgment, take initiative, and work independently;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills; fluency in Spanish or other commonly-spoken language other than English strongly preferred;
- Ability to interact professionally and effectively with co-workers, board members, volunteers, clients, outside counsel, court personnel, organization donors and allies; and
- Admission to California Bar or plans to sit for July 2019 bar exam.
All candidates for Skadden and/or Equal Justice Works Fellowship Sponsorships must submit the following materials by July 23, 2018
- Cover letter;
- Law school transcript;
- Brief legal writing sample of 5-10 pages; and
- Three references.
Cover letters should not exceed 2 pages and must describe the applicant’s interest in ERA as an organization, and their relevant skills and experience.
How to apply
Please send completed applications as ONE PDF file to: [email protected] with the subject line “Completed Initial Fellowship Application 2018.” Please also include how you heard about this opportunity. ERA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and we strongly encourage women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ people to apply.
*If you have a project proposal unrelated to Title IX, but related to employment issues centering women of color and low-wage workers, please reach out to [email protected] to discuss your project with us before submitting your application.*
An Equal Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity
Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that is dedicated to the diversity of our staff. We will consider applicants equally without regard to sex, gender, race, age, ethnicity, national origin, disability, marital or veteran status, medical condition, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. We reasonably accommodate staff members and applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job. Individuals who need assistance or accommodation due to a disability may contact us at [email protected].
Undergraduate Internships Available
Equal Rights Advocates, founded in 1974, protects and expands economic and educational access and opportunities for women, girls, and people with marginalized gender identities using a three-pronged advocacy approach consisting of impact litigation, legislative advocacy, and direct services.
Equal Rights Advocates provides learning opportunities that contribute to our mission of achieving gender justice with collaborative projects that equip undergrads with research, writing, and nonprofit administrative skills across several of our departments: our Non Profit Operations and Administration, Strategic Communications, Development (fundraising), and Legal departments.
Interns will learn about ERA’s historic wins for gender justice; our current impact litigation and legislative advocacy efforts; about basic communications tactics and strategies; as well as fundamental fundraising strategies for an inside look of a gender justice nonprofit. They will also build skills in a professional environment that will contribute to their future job-seeking.
This internship is a fantastic opportunity for undergraduate students interested in social justice work, the legal profession, or nonprofit careers. Our goal is for undergraduate interns to leave this placement with a holistic non-profit experience to help identify which part of the non-profit world they would like to pursue a career in.
Interns during the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar will have learning opportunities across departments, which will likely include the following, depending on experience and the timing of their internship:
- Learning about data integrity and financial reporting projects
- Learning about common software that support key nonprofit functions like donor management and supporter communications
- Learn what it takes to support fundraising drives and/or events
- Learning about the creation of social media content
- Learning how to become an on-campus ambassador to market the launch of ERA’s program to support student survivors of sexual violence at their school
- Learning how to improve and market public-facing materials, such as ERA’s Know Your Rights fact sheets and presentations
- Learning how to draft content for blogs, email campaigns, and other materials to reach diverse audiences
- Learning how to create media pitches and cultivate media
- Learning the basics of legal + policy research
- Learning how to improve and maintain document archiving in a nonprofit setting
Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Interns will have projects of a similar scope as the above, but will also work with us on our 2021 Annual Luncheon event, one of the largest women’s rights events of the summer.
Who Should Apply: Students of any year level participating in a four-year undergraduate program.
- Excellent writing & research skills
- Commitment to public interest law, women’s issues, and/or social or economic justice
- Coursework, work experience with, or demonstrated interest in marginalized communities, people of color, low-income individuals, immigrants, at-risk youth
- Coursework in women’s or gender studies, economics, community organizing, sociology, employment or discrimination law, or related fields preferred
- Students with bilingual ability, especially Spanish, are strongly encouraged to apply
- Students with proficiency in Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog or Vietnamese also a plus
- Good judgment, hustle, and resourcefulness (i.e., you are known for ‘getting it done.’)
- An excellent sense of humor and willingness to be part of a team of feisty, no-nonsense civil rights badasses
These positions are generally unpaid. ERA will provide a travel reimbursement for transit to and from the office or internship events to all interns. Many of our academic-year interns earn academic credit. If requested by our awesome interns, ERA is happy to submit support letters and other documentation to help students obtain credit or external funding.
Interns during the school year who receive academic credit are expected to work a minimum of 12 hours per week. If a student does not receive credit, or holds a part-time or full-time paying job, her/his time commitment is more flexible. Summer interns are expected to work a set schedule with a minimum of 18 hours to a maximum of 37 hours for at least 10 weeks.
How to apply
Submit a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample (2-3 pages), contact information, and 2-3 references via email to Delia Coleman at [email protected] with the subject line “Internship Application,” and also indicate which semester you are applying for in your subject line. (Examples: “Spring Internship Application” or “Summer Internship Application”).
Application deadlines: Internships will remain open until filled. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and those interested are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.