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Family Law Attorney

Position:  Staff Attorney – Family Law

Summary: LACLJ seeks a staff attorney with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to join our team. This Staff Attorney will represent low-income survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in a variety of family court actions, including restraining orders, dissolution, and child custody and support. In addition, this position offers the opportunity to:

  • Represent clients on other types of matters as needed, including criminal justice advocacy, guardianship, and unlawful detainer;
  • Provide presentations and trainings to community partners and client communities on family law and other legal issues;
  • Develop relationships and collaborate with a range of public and private community partners to address systemic barriers facing LACLJ’s client community; and
  • Engage in other tasks and projects that further LACLJ’s mission and operations.

About the Organization: The mission of Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ) is to secure justice for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and empower them to create their own future. Located in East Los Angeles, LACLJ is a 30-person non-profit law firm serving survivors throughout Los Angeles County. LACLJ’s primary practice areas are family law and immigration. However, LACLJ strives to provide clients with holistic legal services and has both a growing criminal justice advocacy and appellate practice. Through our integrated legal/social worker service model, LACLJ Community Care Advocates provide supportive services such as education, safety planning, accompaniment, and linkages to other service providers as part of the legal team. LACLJ is committed to a trauma-informed and culturally-responsive workplace and service provision.

Essential Job Skills and Abilities
All candidates must have:

  • J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school
  • 0-5 years of experience practicing as a member in good standing in the California Bar (or pending 2019 Bar results)
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team
  • Ability to read, write and speak fluently in Spanish

Preferred candidates will have one or more of the following:

  • Commitment to trauma-informed advocacy, empathy, responsive listening, and demonstration of authentic care and concern
  • Previous experience working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking and/or immigrant populations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income people

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

  • Work will be performed in an office setting at a work station
  • This position requires concentration on tasks while facing distractions.
  • This position requires attendance at meetings, both in and outside the LACLJ offices.
  • Use of office machines such as computers, photocopiers, and telephones.
  • Ability to work at and travel between the LACLJ main office at 5301 Whittier in East Los Angeles and other locations such as various Los Angeles Superior Court locations and DPSS offices.

Salary and Benefits:  Salary individual ranges from $54,000 to $65,000 per year depending on experience. LACLJ offers full-time staff a 35-hour work week, casual office environment, and a generous benefits package and paid vacation leave including 100% employer-paid medical (Kaiser), dental, vision, long-term disability, life insurance and the option to participate in a 403(b) retirement plan and dependent and health flex savings accounts (FSA).

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Marilyn Florentino, Office Manager, via email to marilyn@laclj.org with the position title in the subject header. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Immigration Attorney

Position:  Staff Attorney – Immigration

Summary: LACLJ seeks a staff attorney with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to join our team. This Staff Attorney will represent low-income survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in a variety of immigration matters, including humanitarian-based affirmative petitions and removal defense hearings/ICE check-ins. In addition, this position offers the opportunity to:

  • Provide presentations and trainings to community partners and client communities on family law and other legal issues;
  • Develop relationships and collaborate with a range of public and private community partners to address systemic barriers facing LACLJ’s client community; and
  • Engage in other tasks and projects that further LACLJ’s mission and operations.

About the Organization: The mission of Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ) is to secure justice for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and empower them to create their own future. Located in East Los Angeles, LACLJ is a 30-person non-profit law firm serving survivors throughout Los Angeles County. LACLJ’s primary practice areas are family law and immigration. However, LACLJ strives to provide clients with holistic legal services and has both a growing criminal justice advocacy and appellate practice. Through our integrated legal/social worker service model, LACLJ Community Care Advocates provide supportive services such as education, safety planning, accompaniment, and linkages to other service providers as part of the legal team. LACLJ is committed to a trauma-informed and culturally-responsive workplace and service provision.

Essential Job Skills and Abilities
All candidates must have:

  • J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school
  • 0-5 years of experience practicing as a member in good standing in the California Bar (or pending 2019 Bar results)
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team
  • Ability to read, write and speak fluently in Spanish
  • Commitment to trauma-informed advocacy, empathy, responsive listening, and demonstration of authentic care and concern
  • Previous experience working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking and/or immigrant populations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income people

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

  • Work will be performed in an office setting at a work station
  • This position requires concentration on tasks while facing distractions.
  • This position requires attendance at meetings, both in and outside the LACLJ offices.
  • Use of office machines such as computers, photocopiers, and telephones.
  • Ability to work at and travel between the LACLJ main office at 5301 Whittier in East Los Angeles and other locations such as various Los Angeles Superior Court locations and DPSS offices.

Salary and Benefits:  Salary individual ranges from $56,000 to $65,000 per year depending on experience. LACLJ offers full-time staff a 35-hour work week, casual office environment, and a generous benefits package and paid vacation leave including 100% employer-paid medical (Kaiser), dental, vision, long-term disability, life insurance and the option to participate in a 403(b) retirement plan and dependent and health flex savings accounts (FSA)..

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Marilyn Florentino, Office Manager, via email to marilyn@laclj.org with the position title in the subject header. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

To view a PDF of this job post, please click here.

Senior Legal Advocate

Position:  Senior Legal Advocate

Summary: LACLJ seeks a Senior Legal Advocate with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to join our team. The Senior Legal Advocate will manage a case load to provide legal services, primarily in family law and restraining orders cases, to low-income survivors of domestic violence who also have a substance use disorder. Legal services may also be provided in immigration and public benefits advocacy depending on capacity. In addition, this position offers the opportunity to:

  • Provide presentations and trainings to community partners and client communities on family law and other legal issues;
  • Develop relationships and collaborate with a range of public and private community partners to address systemic barriers facing LACLJ’s client community; and
  • Engage in other tasks and projects that further LACLJ’s mission and operations.

About the Organization: The mission of Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ) is to secure justice for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and empower them to create their own future. Located in East Los Angeles, LACLJ is a 30-person non-profit law firm serving survivors throughout Los Angeles County. LACLJ’s primary practice areas are family law and immigration. However, LACLJ strives to provide clients with holistic legal services and has both a growing criminal justice advocacy and appellate practice. Through our integrated legal/social worker service model, LACLJ Community Care Advocates provide supportive services such as education, safety planning, accompaniment, and linkages to other service providers as part of the legal team. LACLJ is committed to a trauma-informed and culturally-responsive workplace and service provision.

Essential Job Skills and Abilities
All candidates must have:

  • J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school preferred
  • 4-5 years of experience providing direct legal services
  • Ability to work independently and manage a caseload
  • Strong written and oral communication skills 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team
  • Ability to read, write and speak fluently in Spanish
  • Commitment to trauma-informed advocacy, empathy, responsive listening, and demonstration of authentic care and concern
  • Previous experience working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking and/or immigrant populations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income people

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

  • Work will be performed in an office setting at a work station
  • This position requires concentration on tasks while facing distractions.
  • This position requires attendance at meetings, both in and outside the LACLJ offices.
  • Use of office machines such as computers, photocopiers, and telephones.
  • Ability to work at and travel between the LACLJ main office at 5301 Whittier Blvd. in East Los Angeles and other locations such as various Los Angeles Superior Court locations and DPSS offices.

Salary and Benefits:  Salary individual ranges from $45,000 to $55,000 per year depending on experience. LACLJ offers full-time staff a 35-hour work week, casual office environment, and a generous benefits package and paid vacation leave including 100% employer-paid medical (Kaiser), dental, vision, long-term disability, life insurance and the option to participate in a 403(b) retirement plan and dependent and health flex savings accounts (FSA).

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Marilyn Florentino, Office Manager, via email to marilyn@laclj.org with the position title in the subject header. Applications will be accepted until August 23rd, 2019.

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Administrative Assistant

Job Title: Administrative Assistant

Position Summary: Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Development, the Administrative Assistant will primarily provide support in meeting LACLJ’s development goals including assisting with the agency’s annual fundraising gala and peer to peer fundraising campaign. This position will also provide support to LACLJ’s Grants Management team with grant proposals, reporting, and compliance.

About the Organization: Located in East Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ) is an emerging leader in the provision of legal services to immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The 32-person nonprofit law firm assists clients in obtaining restraining and custody orders, immigration relief and other legal remedies available to them as a result of surviving domestic or sexual violence. LACLJ also provides clients with wraparound supportive services, which include education, referrals, safety planning, and accompaniment through its Community Care Advocacy Program.

Essential Functions:

Development

  • Process donations and maintain accurate donor files, including giving histories and contact information. Build mailing lists and create donor reports as needed.
  • Support logistics for annual fundraiser and other events, such as coordinating vendors, managing timelines and checklists, tracking RSVPs and ticket requests, and overseeing event registration.
  • Support the planning and implementation of annual peer-to-peer fundraising campaign and the development of a new major gifts program
  • Assist in preparing development-related communications, such as invitations, save-the-dates, appeals letters, stewardship communications, holiday cards, and acknowledgments.
  • Assist in preparing LACLJ’s e-newsletter, posting content to website and social media, and other tasks related to online fundraising and communications efforts.
  • Create content through recording client testimonials, interviewing program managers, and developing simple graphics.
  • Provide administrative support such as scheduling appointments, monitoring development-related voicemail and email, managing mail, and coordinating meetings with volunteers and donors.
  • Assist with coordinating board and board committee meetings, preparing materials, and taking minutes

Grants Management

  • Maintain databases and systems of recording grant related proposals, reporting, and monitoring.
  • Coordinate the planning and preparation of grant proposals and ensure proposals are formatted, packaged, and submitted in accordance with grant requirements.
  • Assist in preparation of routine correspondence, reporting, audits, and site visits.

Qualifications

  • B.A. or B.S. degree
  • 1-3 years of administrative experience
  • Excellent Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with the public and with volunteers
  • High level of attention to detail required
  • Skill in working independently and following through on assignments with accuracy and minimal direction
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as required by events and deadlines
  • Prior experience handling confidential information including information involving cash and credit card transactions.
  • Passion for working with survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault
  • Prior experience working with databases (Network for Good or Efforts to Outcomes experience a plus)
  • Education and/or experience that demonstrates an understanding of the needs of low-income persons, immigrants and/or other under-served, under-represented populations

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish preferred
  • Working knowledge and experience with Adobe Creative Suite (including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)
  • Prior experience working with website content management systems (WordPress experience a plus)

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • Work will be performed in an office setting at a work station
  • Incumbent will be required to concentrate on tasks while facing distractions and will be required to attend meetings
  • Use of office machines such as computers, photocopiers and telephones

Salary and Benefits: The Administrative Assistant position is a non-exempt position with an annual salary range of $38,000 to $45,000 per year depending on experience. LACLJ offers a generous benefits package, a 35-hour workweek, paid vacation leave and sick leave and 100% employer-paid medical (Kaiser), dental, vision, long-term disability, life insurance. Staff also has the option to participate in a 403(b) retirement plan and dependent and health flex savings accounts (FSA). LACLJ is an eligible nonprofit employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to marilyn@laclj.org with the position title in the subject header. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Executive Director

ABOUT LOS ANGELES CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE

Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ) secures justice for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and empowers them to create their own future. Our vision is a strong community where families are safe, stable and free from injustice.

With a vision for continuing on its excellent reputation, LACLJ is seeking a strategic, relationship-focused Executive Director to lead the organization into the next stage of growth. The ideal candidate is a proactive leader, with demonstrated experience in bringing in diverse sources of revenue, including increased fundraising, foundation and corporate giving, greater community engagement and the creation of a successful moves management plan.  With a visionary leader, LACLJ is uniquely positioned to create long-lasting change and provide greater leadership in the community. 

POSITION OVERVIEW

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the overall management, fundraising, financials and strategy of LACLJ, taking a lead role in implementing the Strategic Plan. The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker, communicative and focused on achievement and results.  This person must be an expert in creating and implementing strategic plans, building a culture of philanthropy, and strong in staff leadership and governance.  The ideal candidate is fiscally accountable, skilled in building community relationships and committed to support and further LACLJ’s mission, with a passion for serving our community.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Fundraising and Community Engagement

  • Oversee and partner with the Board and staff in creating and implementing a robust and diverse fundraising strategy, inclusive of major donors, corporations, foundations and events.
  • Develop strategic alliances with local officials and potential client populations to increase the visibility of LACLJ.
  • Serve as the main spokesperson for the organization, seeking out opportunities to engage with the community through public events and relevant conferences.
  • Build a culture of philanthropy with Board and staff aligned in initiatives to fundraise for programming.

Staff Leadership and Board

  • Partner with the Board and staff to implement the current strategic plan including measurable outcomes and milestones to ensure effective operations that achieve the overall mission and vision of the agency.
  • Support operations and overall administration by serving as a liaison between the Board and staff and supporting the Board to fulfill their governance function.
  • Lead the senior leadership team to deliver quality and efficient services, supporting the organization’s mission and principles. 
  • Foster an agency culture that attracts, motivates and retains a dynamic staff of top-quality employees.
  • Provide the opportunity and manage a plan for staff development as a part of their growth within LACLJ.

Financial Management

  • Oversee all financial matters of LACLJ, including budgeting, forecasting and developing financial plans and procedures to ensure alignment with vision and strategy.
  • Work with the Finance Committee to provide the Board with appropriate financial reports.
  • Ensure compliance on contractual obligations and agreements.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree required, and experience practicing law, preferred.
  • A minimum of 7-years experience in a senior leadership role at a nonprofit agency.
  • Directly managed a budget of more than $3 million.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising, including individual giving, major gifts, foundations, grants, corporate, and events.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and lead staff and work harmoniously and openly with a Board of Directors.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience overseeing financial matters, including audits, reporting, and budgeting.
  • A passion for the mission of LACLJ with a desire to further support and empower survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience and a generous benefits package, including medical, dental, vacation, PTO, and 403(b).

Envision Consulting was retained by Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice to conduct the search for their incoming Executive Director.

To apply for this job, please click here.

Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, disability, or sexual orientation.

Please click here to view other ways you can get involved at LACLJ.

Last updated: August 2019

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