Rights Behind Bars is a civil rights organization founded in 2019 to represent incarcerated individuals challenging their conditions of confinement in court. We work to address a systematic resource imbalance that leads to the development of bad law on conditions in prisons, jails, and immigration detention centers. RBB tracks conditions litigation and offers representation or other aid to incarcerated pro se plaintiffs or small firm lawyers on appeal and in the trial courts.
We now seek to hire a legal administrator and office manager. Responsibilities will include drafting, editing, and filing legal documents; research relating to cases and policy issues; tracking court deadlines and projects; investigative work for potential or ongoing matters; maintaining and updating our website; developing newsletters and other mailings; handling communications with our incarcerated clients; and general administrative tasks. We’re looking for someone who is bright and energetic and who cares about the work we do. It is essential that the applicant has very strong organizational, interpersonal, and communications skills. Applicants must be effective writers and be interested in learning how to perform new tasks. We will train the right person to handle the legal side of the job.
RBB currently has three staff members, all of whom are lawyers litigating civil rights cases. We are therefore hiring for a position that does not currently exist—it is thus absolutely essential that this person have the ability to think independently and operate quickly and autonomously. RBB also has and values a culture in which its employees are kind to one another and, most importantly, their clients, even in stressful situations. RBB is a democratically run workplace where major strategic decisions are determined by the staff collectively. Starting this fall, RBB will pay all of its employees the same compensation, which for this position will be very competitive. We have some flexibility in work hours.
Disproportionately, our clients are Black, Latino, and Native American; are from low-income backgrounds; and have disabilities. Applicants who share one or more of these traits with our clients are particularly encouraged to apply, as are people who have had experience with incarceration, either personally or through their family.
This full-time position is located in Washington, DC. Candidates are able to work remotely some or most of the time as the job allows but in-person work in DC will often be required once in-person work can safely resume. We plan to fill this position as soon as our selected candidate is available.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
Rights Behind Bars is a civil rights organization founded in 2019 to represent incarcerated individuals challenging their conditions of confinement in court. We work to address a systematic resource imbalance that leads to the…