Details: Based on Experience
GRANT FUNDED POSITION
Virginia Justice Project for Farm and Immigrant Workers
The Legal Aid Justice Center seeks an Organizer to work with immigrant farmworkers to fight exploitation and injustice and to build workers’ power through grassroots organizing. This is a grant-funded full-time position with benefits. Most of the work is done during evenings and weekends and requires extensive travel throughout the state and periodic overnight stays. We provide a cellphone and mileage reimbursement. A valid driver’s license and reliable car are absolute requirements. During summer months, the work may include extended stays on the Eastern Shore, such as continuous stays for a week or more at a time. The position is based in Charlottesville, VA.
The Virginia Justice Project for Farm and Immigrant Workers is a new project within our Immigrant Advocacy Program and is funded primarily by a sub-grant from the federal Office for Victims of Crime (VOCA) and Virginia's Department of Criminal Justice Services, to provide legal services and community legal education to farmworker and immigrant victims of crime, including workplace crimes such as sexual assault, labor trafficking, and criminal wage theft.
The Legal Aid Justice Center is a nationally recognized non-profit program providing free civil legal assistance throughout Virginia. Through legal representation, community organizing and statewide advocacy, the Legal Aid Justice Center works to eliminate the symptoms and to address the underlying causes of poverty in Virginia. We encourage diversity, value unique voices, pursue our goals with passion, and have fun while working for the public interest.
We are seeking applicants with the following qualifications:
· Some experience working as an organizer, preferably with immigrant workers
· Demonstrated commitment to social justice, workers’ rights and immigrants’ rights
· Spanish fluency (sufficient to communicate with workers without interpreter)
· Willingness to travel and to work nights and weekends as needed.
· Sufficient flexibility to meet changing needs of immigrant farmworker community and the farmworker advocacy team
· Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle
· High level of professionalism and outstanding interpersonal communication skills in
English and Spanish
· Culturally sensitive approach to diverse client community
· Ability to balance a variety of responsibilities with a healthy sense of humor
Please send cover letter, resume and three references to Margaret Hennessy at Hiring@Justice4All.org. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, as we will review applications upon receipt. Please state the earliest date you would be available to start work. We offer a competitive public interest salary Depending on Experience, and excellent fringe benefits, including health and dental insurance, retirement plan, and a pleasant work environment.
The Legal Aid Justice Center is a 501(c)(3) organization and does not receive funding from the Legal Services Corporation. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Legal Aid Justice Center is committed to strengthening the voices of our low-income clients, working in collaboration with community partners, and rooting out inequities that keep people in poverty. We strive to take on the issues that have broad impact on our client communities and to be responsive to client input. Recognizing the particular impact of racism on our clients and staff, we devote special attention to dismantling racial injustice.
All applicants must be dedicated to working in and sustaining an environment that enables staff and clients to feel empowered, valued, respected and safe. In reviewing applications, we look for evidence that applicants have experience and/or thoughtfulness in working with traditionally marginalized populations.
Benefits include health and dental insurance, retirement plan, and a pleasant work environment.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please send cover letter, resume and three references to Margaret Hennessy at Hiring@Justice4All.org.