Details: This is a one-year contract position, with the possibility of extension or renewal, depending on funding. Compensation will be $2,500/month.
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Position: Pro Bono Coordinator (Part-time/Remote Work Possible) for the Initiative to End Sexual Violence in Education (ESVE)
Reports to: Legal Director
Classification: Part-time; remote work possible; temporary; exempt
About the ESVE Initiative and the Pro Bono Coordinator Role:
Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) launched the End Sexual Violence in Education (ESVE) initiative in 2017 to narrow the justice gap for survivors of sexual violence in school and enhance enforcement of the civil rights laws meant to protect equal access to education for people of all genders. The Pro Bono Coordinator (PBC) will play a key role in growing and sustaining this initiative by managing the recruitment, training, and provision of ongoing support to a network of pro bono attorneys who will provide pro bono legal support and representation to student survivors of sexual harassment and violence, including those who have experienced violence and discrimination at the intersection of sex and other characteristics, such as race, gender identity or expression, immigration status, and disability. The PBC will strengthen our systems and processes, and set the stage for sustainable growth of the ESVE pro bono attorney network. This is a fantastic opportunity for a legal advocate who believes deeply in ERA’s inclusive vision of feminism and is passionate about ending sexual violence in education.
What You'll Do:
Coordinate the recruitment, training, and provision of ongoing support to volunteer attorneys providing pro bono legal advice, counseling and other legal services to victims of sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence in college and university settings:
- Oversee and conduct recruitment of attorneys to become ESVE pro bono attorneys and pro bono mentors in the first year and work with ERA staff to map out a 3-year strategic growth plan for the pro bono network;
- Organize, develop, maintain, and update attorney training and orientation and manage CLE accreditation;
- Track pro bono attorneys’ completion of training and orientation requirements;
- Coordinate the assignment and referral of prospective clients to pro bono attorneys
- Assist and support pro bono attorneys with legal and procedural questions about Title IX issues;
- Connect pro bono attorneys with legal resources and mentor attorneys;
- Act as liaison between pro bono attorneys and ERA legal team to issue-spot and identify fact patterns that present the need or opportunity for strategic advocacy;
- Continually monitor the network’s provision of services in accordance with all applicable standards of ethics and rules of professional conduct
Work with ERA’s team to analyze our existing pro bono systems, processes, and protocols, make plans for improvements, and set the stage for strategic growth of the pro bono network moving forward:
- Continually analyze and assess intake systems, monitor and report caller volume, and take the lead to improve capacities;
- Develop and improve the organizational infrastructure needed by a sustainable pro bono attorney network, such as volunteer commitment agreements and retainer agreements;
- Work with ERA Program Coordinator to develop work and staffing plans;
- Support ESVE fundraising efforts;
- Track and report on pro bono network activities, achievements, benchmarks, and deliverables of the pro bono network.
Help ERA to develop and evolve our advocacy priorities, approaches, and strategies with respect to combatting sexual violence and advancing gender equity in education:
- Track and share relevant information about emerging trends, issues, and fact patterns with ERA staff to share strategies and targets;
- Collaborate with ERA’s Strategic Communications team to identify and uplift the voices and stories of survivors in order to promote gender equity and equal access in education.
In addition, the Pro Bono Coordinator will communicate regularly with ERA organizational leadership and perform other functions necessary to ensure the success of the ESVE pro bono network and initiative.
You’ll be a qualified candidate for this role if...
- You have a J.D. from an accredited law school
- You are a member of the bar in good standing in any state and/or the District of Columbia
- You have demonstrated commitment to and passion for gender and racial equality and the elimination of violence against women
- You have a minimum of 3 years’ experience practicing as an attorney, with at least 1 year of accumulated experience providing direct legal services to individuals from under-served and marginalized communities
- You have some experience recruiting, training, coordinating, and/or supervising volunteers
- You have some substantive knowledge of Title IX and other education civil rights law and policy issues
- You have a passionate, entrepreneurial spirit, with a desire to build on current success and rally a team to continue innovating
- You are a systems thinker and are comfortable with e-mail management, navigating cloud-based platforms, and the tech involved with managing a remote network of volunteers
We’ll be even more excited about you if…
- You have training and experience in working with, counseling, and/or representing victims of sexual abuse, harassment, violence, or other trauma
- You have relevant experience with civil rights litigation or other enforcement of anti-discrimination, anti-violence, and/or educational access and equity laws
- You have experience working with pro bono attorneys and/or in coordinating a pro bono network or project
- You have strong people management skills and can work effectively and collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds and personalities
- You are scrappy, flexible, work with a sense of humor, and are known for getting the job done
Hours & Location: Remote work is possible, although the Pro Bono Coordinator should be able to come into the office in San Francisco at least one day a week and must be available to join meetings with staff in the SF office remotely. This role will not exceed 0.5 FTE (18.75 hours of work per week), though we anticipate some fluctuation in the number of hours worked week to week.
Compensation: This is a one-year contract position, with the possibility of extension or renewal, depending on funding. Compensation will be $2,500/month plus benefits including medical and dental coverage, vacation and sick leave, and paid holidays.
Other considerations: This position may have outside employment and/or pursue an education, as long as it does not interfere with role responsibilities and is approved by the Legal Director.
A Equal Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity:
Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that is dedicated to the diversity of our staff. We will consider applicants equally without regard to sex, gender, race, age, ethnicity, national origin, disability, marital or veteran status, medical condition, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. We reasonably accommodate staff members and applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job. Individuals who need assistance or accommodation due to a disability may contact us at email@example.com.
ERA offers a work environment that values work/life balance and a competitive benefits package that includes medical and dental coverage generous vacation and paid sick leave; and 13 paid holidays per year.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
How to Apply:
Please do not apply via Idealist. Please submit a cover letter & resume, to Becca Holt at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Pro Bono Network Coordinator Position. Please also include how you heard about this opportunity. The position is open until filled, but we encourage applicants to apply by September 16. ERA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and we strongly encourage women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals to apply. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications submitted by other means than what is detailed here will not be considered.