Jobs, Internships, and Volunteer Opportunities

Founded on Labor Day 2000, the mission of the EJC is to secure, protect and promote workplace justice in the D.C. metropolitan area.  Each year, the Employment Justice Center (EJC) directly serves thousands of low-wage workers through our advocacy, education and legal services programs, and hundreds of thousands are served indirectly.  Through a combination of strategies, including legal services, education, policy advocacy and community organizing, the EJC works to protect the rights of low-wage workers, focusing on particularly vulnerable populations.  The  gateway of the EJC’s work is our Workers’ Rights Clinic, which primarily serves African American, Latino and immigrant workers in the Anacostia and Shaw communities and through community partnerships in other parts of the city.  The EJC gives legal advice and assistance to low-income workers with employment law problems at these free, walk-in Workers’ Rights Clinics, provides legal representation in employment law cases, and reaches out to workers in the community to educate them about their rights and responsibilities on the job. The EJC seeks to integrate our legal and advocacy work in a “community lawyer” model. EJC has achieved many important legislative victories for workers in the District of Columbia including raising the minimum wage, guaranteeing paid sick and safe days, establishing a living wage for city contractors, improving enforcement of wage and hour laws and reforming DC’s workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation systems. Since our founding on Labor Day 2000, the EJC has also provided free legal advice, know your rights trainings, and assistance to more than 11,000 low-income workers with employment law problems and obtained awards totaling more than $7.5 million in back pay and damages for workers. The EJC legal, advocacy and community organizing staff work together to develop strategies to address systemic issues as well as individual cases and collective actions.

The EJC is an equal employment opportunity employer and will hire without regard to applicants’ race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial responsibilities, marital status, veterans status, personal appearance, political affiliation, matriculation, receipt of public benefits, or any other characteristic that is protected under D.C. or federal law.

We are now hiring for:

Legal Director

The Employment Justice Center seeks a Legal Director to support all aspects of the EJC’s advocacy and mission “to promote, secure and protect workplace justice” in the metropolitan Washington DC.   The EJC seeks to hire a full time Legal Director to manage the EJC’s legal staff, as well as our free walk-in Workers’ Rights Clinics, as a critical component of our economic and racial justice mission.

Responsibilities of the Next Legal Director:

Leads and oversees management of the EJC’s legal initiatives:

Workers’ Rights Clinics

  • Providing supervision and training to EJC legal staff and extensive volunteer network
  • Overseeing expansion of clinic program into Maryland and other underserved communities in metropolitan DC, through use of technology and strategic community partnerships

Employment Law Litigation

  • Developing concrete, measurable objectives, comprehensive strategies and annual work plans, and assessing progress;
  • Overseeing the development of relations with private bar members, academics and law clinics that will support workers’ rights litigation;
  • Assessing litigation opportunities and relevant research, policy analysis and advocacy;
  • Supervising the EJC’s legal staff of two litigation attorneys and pro bono coordinator
  • Maintaining an individual caseload, including overseeing all aspects of discovery, motion practice, briefs, trials, appellate work and amicus briefs, and working with staff attorneys or cooperating attorneys to aide in case preparation where necessary.

Community Lawyering

  • Providing information, technical assistance, co-advocacy, supervision, training, and strategic support to organizing and legislative advocacy staff, outreach and engagement with the community, media advocacy, and emerging legal advocacy approaches.

Collaborates with the Executive Director and Deputy Director/Advocacy Manager:

  • Sharing responsibility for fundraising efforts to support legal programs and initiatives and on preparation of foundation reporting and proposals
  • Serving as a member of the management team in a unionized program.

Qualifications of the Next Legal Director:

  • Barred in Washington DC, or eligible for timely admission to practice. Admission to the Virginia Bar a plus.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years legal practice experience preferred, particularly in labor and/or employment law
  • Experience as lead counsel in complex litigation
  • Experience working with an organizing team and coordinating legal and organizing strategies
  • Superior oral, written communication, editing skills
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills
  • Management or administrative experience involving supervision of staff
  • Personal attributes including:
    • dedication to high moral and ethical standards,
    • the ability to engender confidence and trust,
    • a management style that inspires and encourages professional growth in others,
    • a strong work ethic and commitment to working as a team,
    • the ability to work effectively with diverse groups and individuals,
    • a sense of humor, sound judgment, and overall excellent “people skills.”
  • Commitment to a flexible, comprehensive view of representation on behalf of low income people that values both individual and systemic advocacy
  • Ability to identify and respond to shifting trends in legal practice and policies affecting the low-wage workers
  • Fluency in Spanish, French, Amharic or Arabic a plus

Please reference any of the above factors that are relevant to your application explicitly in your cover letter and/or resume. Salary will be commensurate with experience. A generous benefits package including health insurance, 403(b) eligibility, sick leave and 5 weeks annual paid vacation is provided. Although limited evening or weekend hours will be required for some meetings and events and participation in the EJC’s clinics, the EJC is strongly committed to overall work-life balance.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample to Barbra Kavanaugh, Executive Director, by May 15, 2014. Absolutely no phone calls please!

Employment Justice Campaign Coordinator

The Employment Justice Center (EJC) seeks a full-time Campaign Coordinator to launch the next phase of our advocacy campaigns and further EJC’s economic and racial justice mission.

The Employment Justice Campaign Coordinator will be primarily responsible for leading a worker justice coalition and building relationships with allied organizations to participate in worker justice issue campaigns. The Campaign Coordinator will work in collaboration with other program staff on related advocacy activities and will report to EJC’s Deputy Director. The Campaign Coordinator will develop and lead campaigns to fund and monitor implementation and stronger enforcement of workplace protection laws such as the District’s Minimum Wage, Wage Payment Act, Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act, and Wage Theft Prevention Act.

To accomplish these goals, the Campaign Coordinator will:

  • Build relationships with community allies such as unions, immigrants’ rights and community groups, other legal aid organizations, and other allied organizations to strengthen and expand our coalition
  • Facilitate coalition meetings and activities to ensure accountability of members and steady progress toward coalition goals
  • Work with Employment Justice Organizers and EJC clients and other low-income workers to ensure genuine worker leadership and full participation in campaigns
  • Develop educational resources and presentations about our campaigns for workers, allies, and decision-makers
  • Build relationships with members of the traditional media, write press advisories, sections of EJC and campaign websites, social media posts, and mobilization emails to keep public messaging accurate and timely
  • Meet regularly with the Deputy Director to report results, track effectiveness of activities, plan, and recommend changes to strategy and practice
  • Assist with EJC events and operations as needed, including EJC’s Workers’ Rights Clinic, a free walk-in legal clinic designed to assist low-income workers with employment law problems

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Minimum 2-5 years of community, labor, issue campaign, or electoral organizing experience, ideally working with campaigns and coalitions on issues affecting low-income populations
  • Strong relational and people skills, including ability to engage and mobilize coalition members and other organizations
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate well with others and work both as part of a team and independently with modest supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, make and follow through on a work plan, and complete tasks in a timely fashion
  • High level of accountability, initiative, and eagerness to do team work to support the organization as a whole
  • Highly energetic and organized
  • A passion for justice, including commitment to empowering low-income workers and families

The best candidates will also have:

  • Relationships with potential local organizational allies for our campaigns such as union locals, immigrant organizations, and other community groups
  • Relations, experience working with, and/or membership in DC communities affected by our campaigns, or similar low-income and/or immigrant worker communities in other localities
  • Substantive policy advocacy experience in DC or with similar jurisdictions
  • Language proficiency in Spanish, French or Amharic
  • Formal education in public policy, law, or related fields
  • Skills related to research, policy analysis, and social and traditional media
  • Experience with traditional and social media
  • Experience working with Salesforce, Salsa, or WordPress or demonstrated aptitude at learning similar database or web platforms

Please reference any of the above factors that are relevant to your application explicitly in your cover letter and/or resume. Salary will be commensurate with experience. A generous benefits package including health insurance, 403(b) eligibility, sick leave, and 5 weeks annual paid vacation is provided. Although limited evening or weekend hours will be required for some events and participation in EJC’s clinic, EJC is strongly committed to overall work-life balance.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample to Ari Weisbard at Please no phone calls. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Social Media and Communications Volunteer

The EJC is looking for a committed volunteer to help us maintain a strong social media presence and assist, as needed, with blogging for our website. The volunteer will be responsible for posting relevant articles, updates, pictures and videos to the EJC facebook page and the EJC’s campaign Facebook page, Paid Sick Days for All, in an eye-grabbing way. The volunteer will also be responsible for tweeting on a regular basis on behalf of EJC and expanding our Twitter presence by growing our number of followers. The volunteer should be interested in EJC’s work and committed to advancing our mission through expanding and strengthening our social media and communications program.

The Social Media and Communications Volunteer should expect to volunteer a total of 5-6 hours per week for the EJC.

Volunteer should have:

  • training or experience working with facebook and twitter for campaigns or non-profits;
  • strong writing skills;
  • experience writing blogs for advocacy purposes;
  • a general interest and commitment to the mission of the EJC;
  • ability to create memes a plus; and
  • proficiency in video editing a plus.

Interested applicants please contact Naomi Iser at