Jobs and Internships
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.
Legal and Advocacy Director
The Employment Justice Center (EJC) seeks a Legal and Advocacy Director to support all aspects of the EJC’s mission to secure, protect, and promote workplace justice in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. EJC provides legal information and advice to low-income workers with employment law disputes at our free, walk-in Workers’ Rights Clinic; legal representation in contested employment law cases through staff and pro bono attorneys; and community education to workers about their rights and responsibilities on the job. EJC also leads advocacy and enforcement activities to improve the rights and conditions for District workers and coordinates advocacy campaigns designed to build low-wage worker leadership to participate in and, in some instances, lead the process.
Responsibilities of the Legal and Advocacy Director:
- Workers’ Rights Clinics
- Providing on-site supervision of Workers’ Rights Clinics, including supervision and training for EJC legal staff and our extensive volunteer network.
- Reviewing Clinic files and facilitating necessary follow-up with workers.
- Employment Law Practice
- 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 school clinics who will support workers’ rights litigation.
- Identifying and assessing litigation opportunities and relevant research, policy analysis and advocacy, and leading those efforts.
- Supervising the EJC’s Litigation Attorney and Clinic Coordinator.
- Advocacy Staff
- Providing information, technical assistance, co-advocacy, supervision, training, and strategic support to advocacy staff.
- Overseeing outreach and engagement with the community and engaging in media advocacy.
- Supervising the EJC’s advocacy staff.
- Collaborating with the Executive Director on all legal, advocacy and supervisory matters, serving as a member of the management team with a unionized staff
Qualifications of the Legal and Advocacy Director:
- Barred in Washington DC, or eligible for timely admission to practice.
- Minimum of four to seven years legal practice experience preferred, particularly in labor and/or employment law.
- Direct advocacy experience at the local, state or federal level; experience with the DC Council preferred.
- Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people, including staff, clients, board members, community groups, labor unions, and funders.
- Superior oral, written communication, editing skills.
- Excellent administrative and organizational skills.
- Management or administrative experience involving supervision of legal 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 interpersonal skills.
- Commitment to a flexible, comprehensive view of representation on behalf of low income workers 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
Salary will be commensurate with experience, up to $70,000 annually. A generous benefits package including organization-paid health insurance, 403(b) eligibility, sick leave and 6 weeksannual 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. This is a non-bargaining unit position.
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 DC or federal law.
To apply, please reference any of the above factors that are relevant to your application explicitly in your cover letter and/or resume. Send cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample to Philip Fornaci, Executive Director, and forward materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled. This is an immediate vacancy. Absolutely no phone calls.
Law Clerks Needed (Fall 2016)
The law clerk’s time will be divided among direct legal services, research, and it may include community education and outreach.
For legal work, the fellow will support the EJC attorneys and assist with the EJC’s in-house litigation by doing legal research and writing, preparing for hearings, and preparing pleadings and court filings. EJC cases run the gamut of employment law issues, including wage and hour violations, discrimination and harassment, on the job injuries, and leave and disability issues. The fellow will attend the EJC’s weekly Workers’ Rights Clinics and conduct intakes for individual workers. The intakes involve conducting detailed interviews with the worker client, followed by a consultation with one of the EJC attorneys who will provide legal advice and assistance.
The law clerk may also support the legal department by distributing flyers, attending community meetings, and conducting “Know-Your-Rights” trainings.
The law clerk will be supervised by one or more of the EJC attorneys and will receive formal orientation and training.
Characteristics and skills needed for this position:
- A commitment to working for workers’ rights and social justice
- Ability to work with diverse communities of low-wage workers
- Desire and ability to conduct intake interviews with workers and to develop relationships with them to engage them in EJC’s advocacy and volunteer opportunities
- Strong research, writing, and computer skills
- Excellent organizational skills in order to manage multiple projects
- Patience and perseverance
- Willingness to take initiative
- Good attention to detail
- Flexibility and cooperative spirit
The EJC is unable to pay any portion of the intern’s salary or provide assistance securing housing. However, we encourage students to seek out academic credit or outside funding for their work.
If you are interested in a fall Law Clerk position, please send a resume and a cover letter (by email preferably) expressing why you are interested in the work of the EJC to:
1413 K St. NW, 5th floor
Washington, DC 20005