Immigrants’ Rights Staff Attorney or Legal Fellow
Bakersfield preferred, but Los Angeles office possible
Open until filled
The ACLU Foundation of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) seeks a Staff Attorney or Legal Fellow to build, lead, and/or support litigation, policy advocacy, and community education to protect and advance civil rights in Kern County, with a focus on immigrants’ rights. The Attorney will also provide technical assistance to community groups, support movement building, and develop advocacy campaigns to protect the rights of people impacted by the immigration system.
Founded in 1923, the ACLU SoCal has been at the forefront of many major efforts to protect civil liberties, civil rights, and equal justice in California. Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU SoCal has offices in Los Angeles, Orange County (Orange), the Inland Empire (San Bernardino), and Kern County (Bakersfield). The ACLU SoCal tackles a vast array of issues, including police practices, criminal justice, First Amendment rights, voting rights, gender equity, reproductive justice, LGBTQ rights, immigrants' rights, education equity, and economic justice.
The Attorney will help to develop and litigate state and federal cases; create, implement, and participate in innovative advocacy and campaigns; engage in public education; provide technical assistance on immigration-related issues to coalitions, community partners, government officials, and government bodies.
The Attorney will advocate on the full range of immigrants’ rights issues on which the ACLU SoCal engages in Kern County. Litigation, advocacy, and public education campaigns might include: addressing unlawful ICE and local law enforcement practices; reducing immigration detention and addressing detention conditions; improving indigent criminal defense of noncitizens; working to build a strong social safety net and protections for low-wage immigrant workers; and enhancing transparency, accountability, and responsiveness from elected officials’ offices.
The Attorney will be part of the dedicated staff of the ACLU SoCal’s Kern office and a member of the ACLU SoCal’s Immigrants’ Rights Team, as well as the California statewide immigrants’ rights teams. The attorney will also work with other attorneys, policy advocates, and organizers from other ACLU SoCal projects, and communications staff as needed and when intersectional issues arise.
The Attorney will be supervised by a senior staff attorney with the Immigrants’ Rights Team within the ACLU SoCal Advocacy Department.
Whether the Attorney’s title will be Staff Attorney or Legal Fellow will depend on the person’s level of experience. This is a full time, exempt position. The position requires a willingness to work beyond a standard7.5 hour workday, including evening and weekend meetings and events. Travel throughout California region may be required.
The Attorney, like all staff within ACLU SoCal, is expected to model professional workplace behavior and standards, and clearly and enthusiastically demonstrate our core values of accountability, collaboration, diversity, equity, inclusion, excellence, honesty, integrity, humility, and open communication.
Full-Time, Exempt. Time limited three-year position, with a possibility for future extension contingent upon additional funding.
This is a bargaining unit position in the National Organization of Legal Services Workers union.
The ACLU SoCal’s “integrated advocacy” model unites legal advocacy, policy advocacy, organizing, and base building for maximum impact. In keeping with that approach, the Attorney will work on cases, advocacy projects, public education, and campaigns. The attorney’s responsibilities will be the following:
The ACLU SoCal anticipates hiring a junior attorney for this position, ranging from law school graduation to six years of federal or state court litigation experience Whether the Attorney’s title will be Staff Attorney or Legal Fellow will depend on the person’s level of experience.
· A demonstrated commitment to the cause of civil liberties and civil rights, including civil and human rights, immigrants’ rights, and racial justice.
· Some experience with federal or state court litigation preferred
· Experience implementing successful grassroots and/or legislative advocacy campaign at the school district, city/county, state and/or federal level.
· Experience planning and facilitating workshops, trainings, meetings, and other community events.
· Experience developing and implementing organizing and/or policy campaigns to make reforms.
· Experience using social media and developing educational materials, including creating graphics.
· Experience working effectively with coalitions and building coalitions.
· Excellent communication skills: written and verbal.
· Excellent time-management and organizational skills.
· Flexible team player and comfortable working independently and taking initiative.
· Ability to participate in, create and sustain inclusive and engaging spaces for all races/ethnicities, genders, ages, classes, and geographies.
· Familiarity with Kern County, the Central Valley, or similar communities.
· Bilingual Spanish preferred.
RACIAL EQUITY COMPETENCIES
Understanding and Applying Racial Equity
· Demonstrate commitment to building or deepening understanding of racial equity.
· Core terms and concepts such as structural racism, white privilege, and anti-Blackness.
· The role that racial inequity has played and continues to play in our society.
· How race impacts supervisory relationships, team dynamics, and organizational culture.
· Personal/implicit/unconscious bias.
Working for Racial Equity
· Consistently assess structural implications and racially disproportionate impacts of policies, activities, and decisions within the context of their job responsibilities; race/ethnicity, intersection of race/ethnicity, gender, identity, and/or sexual orientation.
· Consistently adhere to organization’s racial equity policies and procedures, including those that relate to hiring, retention, and promotion.
· Consistently identify and disrupt ways in which bias plays out in work and/or team.
Leading on Racial Equity
· Effectively encourage people to have honest conversations about racial equity, and accept feedback openly, non-defensively, and from a posture of learning.
· Consistently address structural implications and racially disproportionate impacts of policies, activities, and decisions by identifying and implementing changes that can produce more equitable outcomes. This applies not only in terms of race/ethnicity, but also at the intersection of race/ethnicity, gender identity, and/or sexual orientation.
· Consistently set racial equity outcomes, goals, and performance measures for team, department, or organization, and develop and successfully implement plans to achieve them.
The salary range for this position is $62,400 - $79,250. Benefits include medical, vision, and dental insurance for staff members and their eligible dependents; life and long-term, short-term disability insurance; 401(k) plan with employer match; ample vacation and sick leave and fifteen paid holidays.
Please upload your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to our Application Portal.
COVID Vaccination and proof of being fully Vaccinated (includes booster) is a condition of employment.
The ACLU of Southern California is committed to developing a culture of diversity, equity, respect, and inclusion and to strive to maintain a workforce that reflects the communities that we serve. The ACLU SoCal is an equal opportunity employer that does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable law. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply and value people of all races, genders (including gender identity or expression), sexual orientations, disabilities, citizenships, ages, religions, and national origins and who have different marital statuses, family caregiving responsibilities, lived experiences with the criminal justice systems, and genetic information. The ACLU SoCal does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of any of these characteristics.
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