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:

 

Staff Attorney, Legal Advice & Counseling Program

Reports to: Legal Director
Classification: Full-Time; Exempt

About Equal Rights Advocates (ERA)

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 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.

Position Overview

ERA seeks a dynamic and motivated attorney with 2-6 years of relevant experience to oversee our Legal Advice & Counseling (A&C) Program, which for decades has provided direct legal services – including legal information, brief services, limited representation, and other advocacy – to workers and students across the country on matters involving gender discrimination, unfair pay, sexual harassment/violence, and related civil rights issues. With the support of a Program Coordinator and other legal team staff, the Staff Attorney will oversee day-to-day operations of the A&C Program, provide legal assistance to people experiencing sex discrimination (including sexual violence) or other unfair treatment at work or in school, and supervise legal fellows and student interns (law clerks) providing the same. The Staff Attorney will also help to develop Know-Your-Rights trainings and materials and collaborate with ERA staff and partners to conduct community outreach and education on gender justice issues. In these uncertain times, we anticipate this person will help us ensure that ERA, through the A&C program, is meeting the evolving needs of students and workers created by the COVID-19 crisis. This position offers a unique opportunity to make transformational impact in people’s lives while working to address key civil rights, economic security, and gender justice issues in a thriving organization with creative, dedicated staff and a supportive work environment.

What You Will Do

  • Coordinate and supervise day-to-day operations of ERA’s Advice & Counseling (A&C) program, including case management systems and protocols for screening and intake processes
  • Conduct intakes and provide legal information, advice, counseling, and other legal assistance to individuals on issues related to gender discrimination in employment and education
  • Train and supervise legal fellows, law clerks, and pro bono volunteers to provide legal information and assistance to individuals through the A&C program; assign and evaluate cases
  • Work with Program Coordinator to develop and update client-facing communications and tools used by A&C counselors to provide legal services; ensure coverage and coordinate scheduling, and regularly audit the A&C team’s compliance with internal protocols
  • Analyze data, generate reports, and communicate with audiences within and outside of ERA about A&C program-related trends, outcomes, and impact
  • Work with other members of ERA Legal Team and directors to evaluate A&C program structure, systems, and services to align with organizational strategic plan and goals
  • Develop and update ERA’s internal trainings relating to the A&C program as well as public-facing legal resources, self-help tools, and Know Your Rights materials
  • Partner with other members of ERA’s Legal Team to plan and execute community legal outreach, education, and trainings
  • Collaborate with ERA’s Strategic Communications team to develop videos, articles, blogs and other content to educate and empower the public on gender justice issues and to promote and magnify the impact of ERA’s work
  • Partner with the development team by sharing information on A&C program needs and strategies, communicating how the A&C program meets grant deliverables and providing data and reports, as needed
  • Help to recruit, hire, onboard, and support fellows, law clerks, interns, and pro bono volunteers who work with ERA’s Legal Team

 

About You

We seek candidates with the following knowledge, skills, and experience:

  • Active license to practice law in California
  • Minimum of two years’ experience providing direct legal services to individuals in matters related to workplace justice, economic security, education-related civil rights, and/or combating sexual or gender-based violence
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to social justice, civil rights, and gender equity
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with ability to prioritize competing deadlines, take direction from more than one manager
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and interest in significant client interaction
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, take initiative, exercise good judgment, and follow through/follow up
  • Commitment to excellence, attention to detail, and dedication to expanding access to justice for women, girls, and people of marginalized gender identities
  • 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
  • Ability to engage and share leadership with co-workers, clients, and coalition partners from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and communities
  • Ability to use and manage communications across various channels, computer programs, systems, applications, databases, and case management platforms, including Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, Slack, Basecamp, Clio, and LegalServer

Additional preferred qualifications

  • Experience advocating for, representing, and/or collaborating with low-paid workers, women and girls of color, immigrants, and/or individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+
  • Two or more years of experience practicing employment law
  • Experience working directly with victims of sexual trauma and/or gender-based violence or other basis for familiarity with the effects of trauma and understanding of trauma-informed approaches to advocacy and communication with survivors
  • Proficiency in written and spoken Spanish

 

Compensation and Benefits

Hours and Location: This is a full-time, exempt office-based position in San Francisco with some flexibility in schedule. It will require infrequent out-of-office travel and occasionally can be performed remotely. With the current health crisis, we will support this new team member in working remotely and establishing a home work-space until we can all work together in our San Francisco office again.

Salary and Benefits: $64,000 – $74,000, depending on experience, plus competitive benefits package, including employer-paid medical and dental coverage for staff and dependents; flex-spending 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 service).

This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.

 

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, your current résumé, and a list of at least three professional references to jobapplicants[AT]equalrights[DOT]org. Please list “2020 A&C Staff Attorney 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 program serves 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.

An Equal Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that is committed to cultivating and fostering a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Applicants are 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 accommodations due to a disability may contact us at [email protected].

 

 

Policy Communications Coordinator

Reports to: Deputy Director, and Senior Counsel for Public Policy
Classification: Full-Time; Salaried; Exempt

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position based in San Francisco, with a starting salary range of $53,000 – $57,000, 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.

Position Overview

Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), a national civil rights organization dedicated to defending and expanding gender rights in school and at work, is seeking a creative and dedicated Policy Communications Coordinator to provide communications support to ERA’s Strategic Communications team, Policy team, and advocacy initiatives.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Key responsibilities include organizing coalition partners, leading advocacy and awareness-raising digital campaigns, supporting the Policy Team, expanding and deepening ERA’s digital presence, supporting the Strategic Communications Team, and finding creative ways to engage audiences around our policy campaigns and initiatives.

Policy Communications

  • Develop, organize, and execute social media campaigns for ERA’s policy and legislative efforts, and participate in external social media campaigns alongside organizational partners
  • Draft and design digital content and printed materials to support policy campaigns, national days of action, partner actions, and other legislative advocacy
  • Monitor legislation and litigation on key issues
  • Coordinate policy initiative coalition activities such as weekly calls, informational materials, and promoting calls-to-action from network members
  • Coordinate meetings for Policy Team with legislators, legislative staffers, and partner organizations
  • Assist Policy Team in circulating support requests for sponsored legislation to partner organizations, and responding to outside requests
  • Coordinate and execute policy-related events, including drafting event budgets, sending invitations, working with event vendors, and other related tasks
  • Attend and report on coalition meetings, calls, and activities
  • Monitor and share key policy reports, and perform legislative research aiding the maintenance of ERA’s Women’s Agenda Digital Hub

Digital Communications

  • Draft social media and other content/materials to support national days of action, partner actions, and legislative advocacy (especially for Stronger California and Equal Pay Today campaigns)
  • Assist with ERA website maintenance and updates
  • Design and create basic digital graphics
  • Assist Communications team in drafting and executing mass emails to supporters
  • Monitor and report on email and social media analytics
  • Conduct research on social media trends and other communications projects

Marketing & Outreach

  • Help to update, design, and format outreach and education materials, including Know Your Rights guides, legal tip sheets, videos, PowerPoint presentations for the Policy team, advocacy toolkits, educational blogs, and reports
  • Assist in monitoring internal and external brand compliance
  • Update marketing materials, including tracking in-house inventory, printed materials, and other marketing pieces related to policy initiatives
  • Monitor organizational email accounts (such as [email protected]),
  • Maintain and update supporter email lists in collaboration with the Development Team

General/Administrative

  • Provide some administrative support to the Communications Team and the Policy Team
  • Work with contractors and vendors to gather proposals and ensure timely production of ERA marketing and printed materials
  • Assist in the planning and execution of other ERA events

Necessary Qualifications

  • Commitment to and passion for social justice and gender equity
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 1-3 years of work experience
  • Demonstrably excellent writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Prior experience managing social media platforms
  • Ability to take complicated ideas and communicate them effectively to various audiences
  • Initiative and ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced work environment
  • Good judgment, hustle, and resourcefulness (i.e., you are known for “getting it done.”)
  • Understanding and sensitivity to issues that ERA clients and client populations face, and an ability to work on complex, difficult issues in a compassionate and collaborative manner
  • Ability to effectively communicate with co-workers, clients, and coalition partners from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and communities
  • Willingness to learn and use internal computer systems, platforms, and databases

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working on policy, legislative, or advocacy campaigns
  • Experience communicating complex issues to a wide variety of audiences
  • Experience with basic graphic design, such as Canva
  • Strong interest in graphic design, social media, and/or other aspects of digital engagement

 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 “2020 Policy Communications 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, and 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].

 

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 (75 – 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 – 10%)

  • 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].

 

Undergraduate Internships Available

Attention Undergraduate Students
Fall 2020 Internships Now Open

Organization Description

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.

Internship Description

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.

Qualifications

  • 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

Compensation

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.

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 (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.

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