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One-Year Fellow, Workplace Justice

Posted on June 15, 2018

The National Women’s Law Center is now accepting applications from recent law school graduates for a legal fellowship position to begin immediately, for a term of one year. As a member of the Education & Workplace Justice team, the fellow will support the work of the  Legal Network for Gender Equity and the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, as well as the Center’s broader legal and policy work to promote workplace justice, specifically including its efforts to end sexual harassment in the workplace. The Center deploys a variety of strategies to break down discriminatory barriers to women’s full equality at work and to ensure that work provides real opportunities for success for women and their families. These efforts incorporate a strong focus on the workplace rights of women of color and women in low-wage jobs.

About the Center

Expanding possibilities. Eliminating barriers. We are passionate champions of national and state policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential throughout their lives- at school, at work, at home, in their families, and in their communities. We are committed advocates who take on the toughest challenges, especially for women who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and women who are low-income – and we make change happen. We are proud to have been on the front lines of virtually every major advance for women since 1972, benefiting women, their families, their communities, and the nation.

About the Legal Network for Gender Equity and the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund

The Legal Network for Gender Equity connects individuals experiencing a broad array of types of sex discrimination with attorneys willing to take on sex discrimination cases. The TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund connects those who experience sexual misconduct in the workplace or in trying to advance their careers (including assault, harassment, and related retaliation) with legal and communications assistance, using the infrastructure of the Network.  The Fund also provides financial support to defray the costs of legal representation and/or communications assistance in select cases. Both the Network and the Fund are housed at and administered by the National Women’s Law Center Fund LLC.

Fellowship Description

The Center is the leading organization in the fight to stop sexual harassment and violence in the workplace.  The fellow will support the work of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund and the Legal Network for Gender Equity in making legal representation available to individuals challenging sex discrimination, and in particular, sexual harassment at work.  In addition, the fellow will work with members of the Education and Workplace Justice team to change legal and social norms and workplace culture using legislative and administrative advocacy, public education and outreach, litigation, and cutting-edge media strategies. As needed, the fellow may also provide other program and organization-wide support.

The fellow will report to the Director of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund.  This exempt position, based in Washington, D.C., is a one year position.

Key Responsibilities

  • Review intakes from the Legal Network for Gender Equity for possible representation by the Center;
  • Interview and assess the claims of individuals seeking legal information and representation;
  • Review and assess applications for funding from the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund;
  • Develop trainings for attorneys in the Legal Network for Gender Equity;
  • Develop know-your-rights materials for individuals experiencing sexual harassment at work and otherwise engage in public outreach and education to expand awareness of available federal and state legal protections;
  • Support state and federal administrative and legislative advocacy to establish and strengthen nondiscrimination protections, including by participation in coalition work;
  • Assist with litigation aimed at enforcing and expanding the rights of individuals to be free from workplace harassment on the basis of their sex.
  • Work closely with other staff at the Center, including other members of the Workplace Justice team, the Legal Director, and External Affairs team;
  • Represent the Center at public events, conferences, and coalition meetings as needed.

Qualifications

The candidate must have:

  • A law degree;
  • Approximately 0-2 years’ legal experience;
  • Strong research, analytical, oral and written communication skills;
  • Genuine passion for the mission of the National Women’s Law Center; and
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience working on women’s rights and workplace justice issues;
  • Experience working with survivors of sexual harassment or sexual violence or otherwise providing direct assistance to individuals in crisis;
  • Experience working independently to develop and complete original projects and content;
  • Sound and strategic judgment with careful attention to detail, ability to problem solve, and nimbleness in adapting to changing circumstances
  • Fluency in a language other than English; and
  • Collaborative and collegial approach, and an ability and desire to work in a team-based environment.

Compensation and Benefits

$50,000 annual salary; excellent benefits, including four weeks of vacation.

Application

If you are interested in joining the NWLC team, please submit a cover letter describing  how your professional background is a good fit for this position, a resume, a writing sample of no more than 10 pages, and three supervisory references.  Electronic submissions are preferred.   Please send materials to fellowships@nwlc.org and include position title “Legal Fellow, TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund/Legal Network for Gender Equity” in the subject line.  Hard copies may be addressed to:  Human Resources Department, National Women’s Law Center, 11 Dupont Circle, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036, FAX: 202-588-5185.  Applications accepted until position is filled. No calls please.

The National Women’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from people with disabilities, people of all genders, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, veterans, and LGBTQI individuals.

Reasonable Accommodations

As noted above, NWLC welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email us at humanresources@nwlc.org or you may send the request by mail to:

National Women’s Law Center
ATTN: Human Resources Director
11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036

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