Join Our Team

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:

 

Senior Coordinator, Development

Position: Sr. Coordinator, Development
Reports to: Director of Development
Classification: Full-Time; Exempt

About ERA

Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), 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. Learn more about ERA and our work at equalrights.org.

Position Overview

Equal Rights Advocates is seeking a creative and detail-oriented Sr. Coordinator of Development to join our growing and dynamic Development team. The Sr. Coordinator plays an extremely important role by 1) supporting overall departmental fundraising strategy and implementation, 2) creating and implementing mid-level individual and institutional donor programs, 3) managing and producing meaningful budget reports for the leadership team. This role will collaborate with the Development Director on select department projects, most notably working cross departmentally and with external stakeholders to help produce the organization’s gala annual spring luncheon.

Essential Functions

Fundraising Program Implementation

  • Assist in the execution of the annual fundraising plan in collaboration with the Director of Development and the Executive Director.
  • Develop/oversee the direct mail campaign including list segmentation, communication with mail house and coordination with ERA staff around content and messaging. Work closely with the Communications team to create a cohesive online and social media campaign.
  • Create and implement strategies for retaining and upgrading current donors at the mid-range through a well-defined moves management process, outreach and communication, and engagement. Draft written materials for renewals, donor proposals and other correspondence. Implements sustainer strategy, donor circles, and other plans for engaging donors.
  • Ensure the highest quality donor stewardship. Respond quickly and effectively to all donor/ potential donor requests; create and implement stewardship strategies and maintain yearly stewardship calendar. Participate in face-to-face meetings with institutional prospects and individual donors as needed.
  • Assist with institutional and individual donor prospect research, qualification and solicitation. Ensure that active and effective cultivation strategies are in place for all assigned prospects including a system for contact reports, next steps, etc.
  • Leads management of timelines, research and identification of new institutional funding opportunities. Includes management and tracking of all current grant agreements, new funding opportunities and corporate partnerships to ensure timely reports and proposals in coordination with other departments as needed.
  • Assists with writing on proposals and reports as needed.

Events Operations

  • Create, implement and manage ERA’s cultivation and stewardship events throughout the year in collaboration with other Development staff.
  • Actively participate in the planning of timelines, execution of logistics and solicitation of ticket sales and sponsorships of ERA’s major annual events; including ERA’s Annual Luncheon, Fall Event and Holiday Party.

Management and Administration

  • Supervise the accurate gift processing, categorization, reporting, and acknowledgment system in ERA’s donor database.
  • Serve as primary liaison with Operations staff to support working interdepartmental relationships, especially in regards to tracking revenue.
  • Oversee/report monthly status of annual fund budget to Director of Development.
  • Assists with Development Committee management and correspondence
  • Supports overall CRM database strategy, management, and creates strategies for optimization of systems, including: donor experience/integration with CRM platform, moves management tools in Neon, triggered donor communications, Communications integrations, etc.
  • Works closely with other support team colleagues, and serves as organizational backup as needed.

Qualifications

  • Exceptional administrative and organizational skills and an ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • 3+ years of cumulative experience working in a professional office setting with Development experience preferred
  • Progressively responsible experience providing office support in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent user of office technology and information systems
  • Take pleasure in working with data and ensuring data is clean, consistent, and useable
  • Experience with CRMs and/or customer/donor data management required; familiarity with nonprofit donor tracking systems, best practices, and reporting preferred
  • Previous project management experience preferred
  • Superior organizational, administrative, and time management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including grammar, spelling and editing
  • Must be comfortable with prioritization in a fast-paced environment with close attention to detail, accuracy, and timeliness
  • An excellent sense of humor and willingness to work with a team of feisty, no-nonsense civil rights badasses.

Compensation

ERA offers salaries that are competitive in the San Francisco Bay Area public interest/non-profit legal community and are based on degrees and years of experience. Salary range is $60,000 – $65,000 depending on experience. ERA offers a benefits package including medical and dental coverage, a generous vacation and sick leave policy, and paid holidays.

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in this particular position, connection to ERA’s mission, where you found the job posting, and attach your current résumé to [email protected] with “Sr. Coordinator of Development ” in the subject line. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The position will be filled as soon as a well-qualified person is identified. We look forward to hearing from you!

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]

 

 

Sr. Finance & Operations Coordinator

Position: Senior Finance & Operations Coordinator
Reports to: Director of Finance and Operations
Classification: Full-Time; Exempt

Position Overview

Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), a national civil rights organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls, is seeking a collegial & collaborative Senior Finance & Operations Coordinator to support ERA’s strong financial management and growing operations. This position’s duties primarily revolve around implementing and maintaining financial systems; developing financial and human resource policies and procedures in compliance with organizational standards; management of payroll, benefits, accounts payable, expense reimbursements, banking, credit card and revenue reconciliation; and support of some human resource functions, including onboarding and benefits administration. The person in this position also supports the annual budgeting and auditing processes.

This role also includes management of strong operations and a productive work environment, including internal communication flow; procuring office supplies; ensuring ergonomically-correct furniture and equipment; maintaining files and documentation; and ensuring effective information technology and telecommunications onsite and remotely (phones, conference calls, video conference).

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

General responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Accounting (65%)

  • In partnership with the Finance Director, manage certain components of daily financial management and the monthly close to ensure strong internal controls and audit readiness, including:
    • Bi-weekly payroll – ensure accuracy of staff timekeeping, deductions and payroll  and retirement savings remittance
    • Bi-weekly accounts payable – ensure accuracy of coding, adequate backup and timely payments of vendors, consultants and staff reimbursements
    • Monthly reconciliations of bank accounts, credit cards and revenue to ensure accurate coding, adequate backup and release of restricted assets, as appropriate
    • Prepare necessary journal entries for Director of Finance approval
    • Prepare and make bank deposits into appropriate accounts
    • Support preparation of monthly financial statements for Finance Committee and Board meetings
  • Maintain inventory of furniture and equipment and track all assets and depreciation schedules
  • Manage filing and maintaining documents in compliance with ERA’s Document Retention Policy
  • Complete [calendar] year-end documents and assist in the completion of retirement plan reports (5500), W-2s, 1099s
  • Assist with annual audits and tax form 990 preparation
  • Provide basic finance information/documents to support grant applications

Office Operations (25%)

  • Support strong internal controls in handling mail, checks and confidential documents; route appropriately and maintain files
  • In partnership with the Deputy Director, serve as a liaison between IT consultants, vendors and staff
  • In partnership with the Deputy Director, maintain inventory of office supplies and place procurement orders; ensure strong cost controls
  • Oversee equipment leases and ensure regular maintenance; troubleshoot as needed

Human Resources (10%)

  • In partnership with insurance brokers, manage annual insurance renewals and open enrollment
  • Support recruitment and hiring, including maintaining a current list of job posting sites and processing background checks, as appropriate
  • Support strong on-boarding by meeting with new hires to complete HR paperwork (benefit enrollment, direct deposit, etc.) and complete mandatory reporter training
  • Serve as primary liaison between the benefits broker and staff
  • Maintain complete and confidential personnel files for current and former employees
  • Maintain updates to personnel policies in the employee handbook

Qualifications

  • Commitment to, and passion for, social justice and gender equity
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience in Finance and Operations
  • Accounting degree strongly preferred
  • Impeccable ethics to maintain confidential information and use good judgment
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced work environment with frequent interruptions
  • Exemplary organizational skills, follow-through, and flexibility around changing priorities and deadlines
  • Strong time management and prioritization skills to manage multiple and simultaneous deadlines
  • Demonstrated customer-service and teamwork orientation with the ability to work in a compassionate and collaborative manner and effectively communicate with co-workers, clients, and coalition partners from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and communities
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with accounting software; Financial Edge preferred
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office programs (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Facility with other technology platforms for project management and communications such as such as Google Docs/Drive, Dropbox, Basecamp, Asana, Box, and Slack
  • Excellent sense of humor and ability to thrive with a small team of feisty feminist lawyers and other professionals fighting for civil rights

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position based in San Francisco, with a starting salary range of $58-65K, depending on experience. ERA offers a work environment that values work/life balance and a competitive benefits package that includes medical and dental coverage for staff and dependents; FSA plan; generous vacation and paid sick leave; 13 paid holidays per year; and an optional a 403b retirement plan, with employer matching after one year of employment.

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 resume, 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 list “2019 Senior Finance & Operations Coordinator Application” in the subject line of your e-mail message. 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 law clerks for the full-year period beginning in the fall of 2019!

Position: Law Clerk
Reports to: Senior Attorney
Classification/FLSA status: Part-time
Duration: Fall Semester or Spring Semester; Full Year Preferred

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 hotline. Through this hotline, 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, LGBTQI individuals, 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

Law clerks who work during the school year and receive academic credit are expected to work a minimum of 12 hours per week. If a student does not receive credit, her/his time commitment is more flexible. Priority given to applicants that can work for both fall and spring semesters.

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 “Fall/Spring 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+ individuals 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, LGBTQI individuals, 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, LGBTQI 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].

 
 

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 (3-10 pgs), contact information, and 2-3 references via email to Becca Holt at [email protected] with the subject line “Internship Application” and also indicate which semester you are applying for in your subject line. (Example: “Fall 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.

Legal Advice & Resources / Consejos y Recursos legales

Know Your Rights

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

Your Rights at Work
Your Rights at School

Contact Us

If our Know Your Rights guides do not answer your legal questions, contact a legal advocate by filling out our online Intake Form. We may be able to offer free help. Please note that we can only help with the following issues:
- gender pay discrimination
- sexual harassment or sexual assault at work or school
- parental leave issues, and
- gender-based harassment or discrimination at work or school.

Tell us about your situation

Learn More

We have trained legal advocates and lawyers on staff to guide you through your legal issue. Learn more about what this process looks like, and how long it will take.

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Aprende sus derechos para que puedas navegar su situación y tomar la mejor decisión para ti.

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- La discriminación basado en el sexo o el genero
- El acoso sexual o asalto sexual
- La discriminación salarial (del pago)
- La ausencia del trabajo para cuidar a familiares o un nuevo bebe

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