Attorney

$110,000 - $125,000 yearly
  • Education Law Center
  • Remote
  • Aug 09, 2021
Full time Education Legal

Job Description

Education Law Center (ELC) seeks a full-time attorney to join the organization’s legal, research and communications team working across the country to enforce the education rights of public school students under state and federal law.

 Position Description

 With a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, ELC plans to launch a new model for providing legal assistance that enhances the efficacy of state-level school funding and resource equity advocacy. The lawyer hired for this position will lead that effort. The work will include partnering with state and local organizations to evaluate and advise state school funding campaigns on the legal implications of a variety of policy issues including, but not limited to: the need for more resources to address COVID-19 impacts; proposed state funding cuts; proposed uses of federal emergency relief funds; continuing underfunding in state education budgets; proposed reforms to school funding formulas; the need for school building improvements; the lack of services for students with disabilities and English language learners; the impact on students of color and on districts and schools segregated by race and poverty; and the proposed and actual diversion of public school funds to private schools though voucher programs.  

The work will prioritize state school funding campaigns participating in the Partnership for Equity and Education Rights network and the Resource Equity Funders Collaborative

 Job Responsibilities

 The specific duties include but are not limited to:

 Conducting legal analysis, research and investigation;

  • Providing legal advice, guidance and opinions both internally and to state campaign partners;
  • Recommending strategies and approaches for legal advocacy;
  • Drafting letters, memoranda, comments and other documents;
  • Providing assistance to local counsel and recruiting pro bono counsel;
  • Presenting analyses and findings in webinars, meetings and other forums;
  • Participating in PEER, REFC and other network meetings and convenings;
  • Providing technical legal assistance to state level school funding campaigns;
  • Coordinating attorneys at ELC and other organizations on litigation and other advocacy activities;
  • Producing news articles, policy briefs and reports; and
  • Building networks with those engaged in related work;

 Qualifications

  • A demonstrated commitment to racial justice and support for local leaders and community organizations to achieve their vision for public education.
  • Ability to prioritize the leadership and voice of those most impacted by education inequity, including Black and Brown communities and low-wealth communities.
  • Minimum of four years of legal practice experience beyond law school;
  • Experience in civil rights, education law and/or policy;
  • Excellent legal research and analytical skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including social and other media;
  • Excellent organizational, networking, and relationship-building skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in collaboration across organizational boundaries to achieve agreed-upon goals; and
  • Commitment to the mission of ELC.

 Salary and Benefits

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Paid vacation and sick leave will be provided. ELC’s benefit package includes medical, life, and dental insurance, as well as a retirement savings program. There is a possibility for the person in this position to work remotely

How to apply

To apply, send a resume, cover letter and two writing samples by email to:

Theresa Luhm at tluhm@edlawcenter.org.

Deadline

The position will be open until filled.