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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.

Available positions:

 

Executive Coordinator

Position: Executive Coordinator (Exact title could vary depending on level of experience)
Reports to: Executive Director
Classification: Full-Time, Exempt
Compensation: Salary will depend on experience. The salary range is $53,000-$61,500. ERA offers a work environment that values work/life balance and a competitive benefits package that includes medical and dental coverage for team members and dependents; Flexible Spending Plan; generous vacation and paid sick leave; 13 paid holidays per year; and an optional a 403b retirement plan, with potential employer matching opportunity after one year of employment (based on organizational budget and discretion of the Executive Director.)

Position Overview

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 badass with tons of energy, discretion, and experience to support the programmatic, fundraising, and organizational duties of ERA’s Executive Team.

This position’s duties primarily revolve around being the control hub for key members of ERA’s Executive Team, including 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 provides some administrative support to the ERA’s Legal Team. The Executive Coordinator also supports ERA’s Board of Directors and Board Committees.

You’ll Work With

The Executive Director (80%)

She has really busy days and could use support for:

  • Daily administrative support: Must be resourceful and anticipate the Executive Director’s needs, making sure the ED can manage her day efficiently and effectively; Clearing the administrative clutter, paying attention to details, and smoothing the way so more strategic things can happen; Being on top of her inbox and helping her see the important things she needs to see; Helping the ED leverage the internal productivity tools we have so she’s in the loop and can manage her time well.
  • Board relations: Keeping track of Board meetings, preparing for them, take notes at them, and following up as necessary; Tracking and managing Board committees; Tracking and managing Board statistics and data; Maintaining professional communications with Board members who are movement leaders, professionals, and supporters of the organization.
  • Donor relations: Preparing materials for and following up appropriately after donor meetings (as well as scheduling them and executing required travel); Helping maintain a polished line of communications between the Executive Director and her high-level donors; Partnering heavily with the Development team when necessary.
  • Thought leadership: Helping members of the Executive Team prepare for presentations, as well as handling logistics and being the point of contact for event staff; Maintaining lines of communication; Acting as point of contact for the Communications team to help support the Executive Director’s speaking engagements across the country.

The Deputy Director (15%)

She also runs the Strategic Communications Team but you don’t have to worry about that.

  • She needs an administrative partner to help her focus on special internal projects. This support could be in the form of note taking, doing research, or scheduling meetings and helping her follow up after.
  • She needs someone to manage her rapidly filling calendar and manage her light travel schedule.

The Legal Team (5%)

  • They are a busy team of 6 attorneys who need occasional help coordinating travel, library maintenance, correspondence, and preparation for conferences. (They already have a couple Program Coordinators and law clerks for most of their programmatic and case-related needs.)

Required Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of relevant administrative experience; at least 2 years supporting an executive or a team of executives;
  • 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; and
  • Excellent sense of humor and ability to thrive with a small team of feisty feminist lawyers and other kickass feminists fighting for civil rights.

Other Considerations

This is an office-based job performed during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, with occasional out-of-office travel and evening work required. This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.

How to Apply

Are you ready to join our team at ERA? Please submit 3 professional references, 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]. Please include “2019 Executive Coordinator Application” in the subject line of your email. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The position is open until filled.

About ERA

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) 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].

 

Law Clerks

ERA seeks to hire law students to serve as summer 2020 law clerks!

Position: Law Clerk
Reports to: Senior Attorney
Classification/FLSA status: Full-time
Duration: May – August, 2020

About ERA

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

Qualifications

  • 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.  ERA considers full-time to mean five days a week, 7.5 work hours per day (37.5 hours per week). We are located in San Francisco: 1170 Market St.

Compensation

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

POST-GRADUATE LEGAL FELLOWSHIP SPONSORSHIP 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.

Project Goals

(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;
  • Resume;
  • 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.

Applicants for the two-year Skadden Fellowship and EJW Fellowship should also consult those programs for more details about their selection processes and requirements.


*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].

 

Ruth Chance Law Fellowship, 2020-2022

Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) seeks to hire a recent law school graduate to serve as the Ruth Chance Law Fellow for the two-year period beginning in the fall of 2020!

Position: Ruth Chance Law Fellow
Reports to: Senior Attorney
Classification/FLSA status: Full-time, exempt
Duration: Two-year term from September 2020 to September 2022

About ERA

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, equalrights.org.

What You Will Do

The Ruth Chance Law Fellow is an integral member of ERA’s Legal Team and plays a key role in fulfilling ERA’s commitment to defending civil rights and advancing gender justice in workplaces and schools across the country. The Fellowship offers a recent law school graduate the opportunity to obtain training and experience in strategic civil rights litigation as well as other aspects of public interest/social justice advocacy. At a time of urgent need and with growing capacity at ERA, the Ruth Chance Law Fellow will provide direct services through ERA’s Legal Advice and Counseling program, with a focus on helping low-wage and other workers who are facing discrimination or other injustice relating to their gender. The Fellow will also assist with litigation, community outreach, public education, and special projects relating to workplace justice, education equity, and economic security. The Fellow may also have the opportunity to participate in policy advocacy efforts.

About You

Qualified candidates will possess the following knowledge, skills, and experience:

  • A J.D. from an accredited U.S. law school by the summer of 2020
  • Membership in the California Bar or plans to sit for the July 2020 California Bar exam
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to civil rights, gender equity, and social justice
  • 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
  • Demonstrated success in building and maintaining relationships with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to problem-solve, exercise sound judgment, take initiative, work independently, and follow through/follow-up
  • A collaborative, flexible mindset, with a demonstrated capacity to work on teams, take on different roles, and juggle multiple priorities with a positive, solution-oriented attitude
  • Commitment to excellence, attention to detail, and dedication to providing the highest level of service to clients
  • Strong organizational, project and time management skills, including demonstrated capacity to manage and prioritize competing projects and deadlines
  • A record of strong academic performance and excellent legal research and writing skills

We will be even more excited about candidates who:

  • Are proficient in a language other than English (particularly Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese)
  • Are adept at using computer programs such as the Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, Slack, and Basecamp, can manage communications across various channels and are comfortable navigating cloud-based platforms
  • Are interested in writing and/or using other forms of communication to educate and engage workers, students, and other non-legal audiences on civil rights and gender justice issues
  • Have some substantive knowledge of employment and/or education civil rights law and policy
  • Have a healthy sense of outrage and humor, coupled with a strong desire to change the world
  • Are unafraid to challenge the status quo, think outside the box, and take on powerful adversaries
  • Willing to travel and to work occasionally on evenings or weekends

Hours and Location: The Fellow will work full-time out of ERA’s San Francisco office.

Salary and Benefits: $55,000 (with J.D., no bar admission) plus excellent benefits, including three weeks paid vacation and employer-paid health and dental.

How To Apply

To apply, please send the following materials via e-mail with the subject line “2020 Ruth Chance Law Fellowship” 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) your law school transcript; (4) contact information for at least three references; and (5) a legal writing sample of up to 10 double-spaced pages (maximum) in length. Please attach the first four items as a single .pdf file and attach your writing sample as a separate .pdf file. The deadline to apply is October 28, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Questions regarding this position may be submitted to [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

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 people, 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].

 

Undergraduate Internships Available

Attention Undergraduate Students
Fall, Spring, and/or Summer Internships Available

Organization Description

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.

Internship Description

Intern staff are key in helping Equal Rights Advocates fulfill its mission by working collaboratively on research, writing, and administrative projects across several of our departments: our Non Profit Operations and Administration, Strategic Communications, Development (fundraising), and Legal departments. Interns receive training on ERA’s historic wins for women and girls, as well as our current impact litigation, legislative advocacy, and communications and donor strategies to get an upfront view in our fight for gender justice. This internship is a fantastic opportunity for undergraduate students interested in social justice and looking for holistic non-profit experiences to help identify what sides of the non-profit world they would like to pursue a career in.

Interns during the 2019-2020 Academic Calendar will have several projects across departments, which will likely include the following, depending on experience:

  • data integrity and financial reporting projects
  • supporting ERA’s fundraising drives
  • creating social media content and becoming an on-campus ambassador to market the launch of ERA’s helpline for survivors of campus sexual assault
  • supporting improvements to ERA’s public-facing materials, such as Know Your Rights fact sheets and presentations
  • drafting written content for blogs, email campaigns, and other materials to support ERA’s programs
  • supporting media cultivation
  • conducting legal research to support current cases and policy advocacy
  • improving and maintaining document archiving for our legal and finance teams
  • auditing office technology

Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Interns will have projects of a similar scope as the above, but will also work with us on our 2019 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.

Qualifications

  • Excellent writing & research skills
  • Commitment to public interest law, women’s issues, and/or economic justice
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in working with marginalized communities, people of color, low-income individuals, immigrants, at-risk youth
  • Coursework in women’s or gender studies, economics, community development, 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 work with a team of feisty, no-nonsense civil rights badasses

Compensation

These positions are unpaid. 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.

Hours

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 (3-6 pgs), 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. (Example: “Spring Internship Application” or “Summer Internship Application”).

Application deadlines:  Positions will remain open until filled. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and those interested are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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Learn what your rights are so you can navigate your situation and make the best decision for you.

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Due to our current caseload, we are unfortunately not able to offer appointments for employment-related issues right now. Please see our Know Your Rights guides for information about your rights at work.

For issues at school, temporarily we can only help with:
- Sexual harassment or sexual assault in higher education
- Gender-based harassment or discrimination (including sexual harassment or assault) of LGBTQI+ individuals at all grade levels

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We have trained legal advocates and lawyers on staff to guide you through your legal issue.

Note: Due to limited capacity, our staff can currently only assist new clients with select issues at school or related to education. We hope to re-open our employment-related intakes soon.

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Para problemas a su escuela, temporalmente, solo podemos ayudar con:
- Acoso sexual o agresión sexual en la universidad
- Acoso o discriminación basado en el género (incluyendo acoso sexual o agresión sexual) de personas que son LGBTQI+ de cualquier nivel de grado

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