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PARALEGAL
Public Justice Center
Baltimore, Maryland
 
March 2019

Be a critical member in a team of social justice advocates! The Public Justice Center in Baltimore is seeking a paralegal for the Workplace Justice Project.

The Public Justice Center (“PJC”) and the Workplace Justice Project
The Public Justice Center pursues systemic change to build a just society. Founded in Maryland in 1985, the PJC uses legal advocacy tools to pursue social justice, economic and racial equity, and fundamental human rights for people who are struggling to provide for their basic needs. The PJC is a civil legal aid office that provides advice and representation to low-income clients, advocates before legislatures and government agencies, and collaborates with community and advocacy organizations.  www.publicjustice.org

The Workplace Justice Project attacks structural racism and promotes the fundamental right to work with dignity. We partner with low-wage workers, community and labor organizations, and fellow advocates to promote justice and equity in the workplace. Project attorneys and paralegals litigate to enforce and expand wage laws in both federal and state courts, and they work strategically with partners to develop and advance policies to strengthen workplace rights and protections.

Primary job responsibilities include:
  • Conducting client intake on the phone and in person, often in Spanish.
  • Conducting know your rights trainings and community outreach in Spanish and English.
  • Assisting attorneys with gathering facts and documents for cases and case review.
  • Supporting litigation, including: investigating; organizing, translating, and filing legal documents; assisting with document review and management; and data entry and reporting.
  • Participating thoughtfully in team meetings, evaluations, and the development of the team workplan.
  • Providing general administrative and office support.
  • Receiving, handling or assigning, and monitoring support requests from all staff.
  • Maintaining electronic and paper case files.
  • Other duties as assigned.
The following attributes are highly valued for this position. Applicants should also identify other skills and experiences that may benefit the PJC.
 
  • Ability to speak, comprehend, and write Spanish and English fluently.
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited school or a combination of Associate’s Degree, Paralegal Certificate, and/or demonstrated skills in writing, research, analysis, and communications.
  • Passion for social justice and commitment to the mission of the Public Justice Center.
  • Understanding the principles of race equity analysis and applying them to the PJC’s organizational life and to our work.
  • Experience with low-income, oppressed, or exploited communities or people.
  • Ability to sensitively respond to people seeking services in crisis situations.
  • Experience in law office/ litigation support and case management.
  • Excellent use of MS Word and Excel; database programs a plus.
  • Ability and interest in learning new programs.
  • Strong problem-solving abilities, time management, and organizational skills: the ability to manage complex assignments and work collegially with staff.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with others both in and outside of the PJC, including clients, other advocacy organizations, coalition members, governmental officials, and attorneys.
Compensation and terms of employment: This is a full-time, non-exempt position that will require 40 hours in a workweek. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required. This position may require local travel and the paralegal must have access to reliable transportation. The salary range for a paralegal begins at $38,000 and increases with experience. A language bonus of $1,000/year is given to Spanish/English bilingual staff. An excellent cafeteria benefit package is included, offering health, dental, disability and life insurance, and retirement options.

Applications: This position is available in May and will be filled as soon as a great candidate is found. To apply, please submit – by email only – a cover letter explaining your interest, resume, two writing samples, and the names and telephone numbers of three references. Please send applications to: Sosi Lepejian, Paralegal, at lepejians@publicjustice.org with “Paralegal Application from [your name]” in the subject line.

The Public Justice Center is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that encourages all interested persons to apply regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, citizenship, creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, age, religion, genetic information, physical or mental disability, marital status, or any other legally protected status.
 
 
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Public Justice Center
Baltimore, Maryland

January 2019

Put your skills to work for social justice and be a critical member of an organization you can believe in!  The Public Justice Center (PJC) in Baltimore is seeking a Director of Development to provide skillful leadership and hands on management of fundraising and communications strategies to support and grow a dynamic and collaborative legal advocacy organization.

The Public Justice Center
The Public Justice Center’s mission is to pursue systemic change to build a just society. Founded in Maryland in 1985, the PJC uses legal advocacy tools to pursue social justice, economic and racial equity, and fundamental human rights for people who are struggling to provide for their basic needs. The PJC is a civil legal aid office that provides advice and representation to low-income clients, advocates before legislatures and government agencies, and collaborates with community and advocacy organizations.  www.publicjustice.org.

Brief Job Description
The Director of Development leads the fundraising and communications efforts required to sustain and grow the Public Justice Center. The Director of Development will lead the planning and implementation of a variety of fundraising initiatives, including an annual campaign, foundation grants, law firm campaign, low- and major donor cultivation, and events. The Director of Development will develop and maintain a public-facing communications program, including e-news, social media, annual reports and other materials, the PJC website, and ongoing public/media relations.

The position reports to the Executive Director and supervises the Development Team. The Development Team currently raises more than $2 million per year to support this 20+ staff organization.  In addition to the Director of Development, the Development Team currently includes a full-time Development Manager, a half-time Development Associate, and about half the time of the Executive Director. The Director of Development is also the primary person directing and supporting the involvement of the Board of Directors, program staff, and support groups such as the Lawyers’ Alliance and Leadership Council in fundraising and communications.

Primary Responsibilities
A.    With the Executive Director, fundraising staff, and the Board of Directors, the Director of Development will develop, implement and analyze the comprehensive annual fundraising plan, including:

  1. Foundation and public grants,
  2. Individual donations, including small and major donors,
  3. Law firm and organizational donations,
  4. Fundraising and public relations events, and
  5. Other strategies to be developed.

B.    The Development Team also provides communications and public relations for the PJC, including:

  1. E-alerts, newsletters, and social media;  
  2. Annual reports and other materials on PJC activities;
  3. General events or presentations;  
  4. Support for program staff with case or project-specific press releases, events, and other public education activities; and
  5. Coordination of awards and award nominations.

C.    The Director of Development personally engages in all fundraising strategies, as well as supervises, works with, supports, coordinates, and trains other fundraising staff and volunteers.

D.    Supports program staff in their assigned roles related to fundraising and external communications.

E.    With the Executive Director, supports, coordinates, and trains the Board of Directors, committees, and volunteers involved in fundraising.

F.    Oversees the management of all fundraising systems in accordance with best practices, including fundraising software, the integrity of donor data reconciliation with accounting software, and production of timely donor acknowledgements and accurate reports.

Requirements
The following qualifications are valued for this position. Applicants should also identify other skills and experiences that may benefit the PJC.

  • Passion for social justice and commitment to the mission of the Public Justice Center.
  • At least 5-7 years of experience as a Director of Development or senior fundraiser.
  • Ability to manage a small shop with diverse revenue sources and fundraising strategies.
  • Demonstrated expertise in cultivating and soliciting major donors and growing the donor base.
  • Experience in communications.
  • Understanding of and ability to apply the principles of race equity analysis and the intersection of racism and poverty to the PJC’s organizational life and to our work.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to engage and inspire a wide range of people.
  • Attention to detail and quality of the work product.
  • Ability to lead, supervise, train, and empower staff and volunteers involved in fundraising and communications.
  • Excellent use of Microsoft Office and fundraising software (The PJC uses eTapestry.).
  • Strong problem-solving, time management, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with others both in and outside of the PJC.

Preferences

  • Knowledge or experience in advocacy or legal services organizations.
  • Spanish/English bilingual (or proficiency) in writing and speaking.
  • Experience with low-income and other oppressed communities and people.
  • CFRE is a plus.

Compensation
The salary range is $70,000-100,000 depending on experience, plus $1,000 Spanish language bonus if qualified. An excellent cafeteria benefit package is offered, including options for health, dental, disability and life insurance, and retirement plans.

Applications
To apply, please submit, by email only, a cover letter explaining your interest, resume, and three writing samples (preferably of a foundation proposal, a fundraising appeal, and a public communications piece of which you were the author). Please email applications to John Nethercut, Executive Director, at nethercutj@publicjustice.org with “Director of Development Applicant – your name” in the subject line. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

The Public Justice Center is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that encourages all interested persons to apply regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, citizenship, creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, age, religion, genetic information, physical or mental disability, marital status, or any other legally protected status.

 

EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS ATTORNEY
Public Justice Center
Baltimore, MD

February 2019 - New job description

Be a critical member in a team of social justice advocates! The Public Justice Center seeks an attorney to join its Workplace Justice Project.

The Public Justice Center (“PJC”) and the Workplace Justice Project
The Public Justice Center pursues systemic change to build a just society. Founded in Maryland in 1985, the PJC uses legal advocacy tools to pursue social justice, economic and racial equity, and fundamental human rights for people who are struggling to provide for their basic needs. The PJC is a civil legal aid office that provides advice and representation to low-income clients, advocates before legislatures and government agencies, and collaborates with community and advocacy organizations.  www.publicjustice.org

The Workplace Justice Project attacks structural racism and promotes the fundamental right to work with dignity. We partner with low-wage workers, community and labor organizations, and fellow advocates to promote justice and equity in the workplace. Project attorneys litigate to enforce and expand wage laws in both federal and state courts, and they work strategically with partners to develop and advance policies to strengthen workplace rights and protections.

Position Description  
We are looking for an attorney with the desire and ability to litigate impact cases; work in partnership with client communities and coalitions; and develop and advocate for policies to promote and expand the rights of Maryland’s most vulnerable workers. The ideal candidate has experience with or understanding of the structural underpinnings of wage theft, its relationship to racism and immigration status, and a passion for using the law to promote lasting social change. An ability to communicate clearly in both Spanish and English is strongly preferred. The attorney will report to the lead attorney of the Workplace Justice Project.

Primary Job Responsibilities Include

  • Analyzing intakes for team review and case selection;
  • Handling all aspects of litigation as lead or co-counsel (including private counsel);
  • Thorough and timely case and file management;
  • Providing legal expertise, research, drafting legislation, and/or developing other strategies on campaigns as selected by partner coalitions or client communities;
  • Being an active and thoughtful participant in coalitions;
  • Conducting know-your-rights presentations;
  • Lobbying and testifying in the Maryland General Assembly and other legislative bodies;
  • Participating thoughtfully in team evaluations and the development of the team workplan.

The following attributes are highly valued for this position. Applicants should also identify other skills and experiences that may benefit the PJC:

  • Maryland bar admission or admission to another state bar and willingness to take the Maryland bar.
  • At least three years of legal experience.
  • Ability to speak, comprehend, and write Spanish and English.  
  • Passion for social justice and commitment to the mission of the Public Justice Center.
  • Understanding the principles of race equity analysis and the intersection of racism and poverty and applying them to the PJC’s organizational life and to our work.
  • Experience with low-income and other oppressed communities and people.

Compensation and terms of employment: This is a full-time, exempt, professional position. The attorney may be called upon to work hours in excess of 40 hours in a workweek, including the potential for evening and weekend work. This position requires local travel on at least a weekly basis, and the attorney must have access to reliable transportation. The salary range for an attorney with 3-7 years of experience is $65,000 to $75,000. An excellent cafeteria benefit package is included, offering health, dental, disability and life insurance, and retirement options.

Applications: This position is available immediately, but start date is flexible.
 
To apply, please submit – by email only – a cover letter explaining your interest, resume, two writing samples, and the names and telephone numbers of three references. Please send applications to:  Sosi Lepejian, Paralegal, at lepejians@publicjustice.org with “Staff Attorney Application from [your name]” in the subject line.

Physical/Mental Demands and Office Environment
The physical/mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The Public Justice Center is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that encourages all interested persons to apply regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, citizenship, creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, age, religion, genetic information, physical or mental disability, marital status, or any other legally protected status.