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Campaign Organizer (Linking the LGBTQ and Work-Family Movements)

Location: Flexible, with a preference for New York, NY or Washington, D.C.

Posted: February 12, 2015

A Better Balance and Family Values @ Work seek a highly motivated campaign organizer to work on a new project regarding the intersection of LGBTQ and work-family rights. The campaign organizer will work to deepen collaboration among national leaders working on LGBTQ rights and work-family issues, and provide support to state and local workplace leave campaigns around LGBTQ organizing and outreach. This work will help to advance the rights of LGBTQ workers—especially low-wage workers and workers of color—when they need time off from work to address health needs, bond with a new child, or care for an ill loved one. This is a one-year position with the hope of securing funds for a possible extension.

About A Better Balance and Family Values @ Work:

A Better Balance (ABB) is a national legal advocacy organization that is a leader in the movement to reshape laws and policy to fit the needs of today’s workforce. ABB’s mission is to promote equality and expand choices for workers at all income levels so they may care for themselves and their families without sacrificing their economic security. ABB works on the national and local level employing a wide range of strategies—legislative advocacy, litigation, grassroots organizing, research and public education—to guarantee workplace leave, promote flexible workplace policies, end discrimination against pregnant workers and family caregivers, and guarantee fair pay. 

Family Values @ Work (FV@W) is a national network of 21 state and local coalitions helping spur the growing movement for family-friendly workplace policies such as paid sick days and family leave insurance. Our coalitions represent a diverse, nonpartisan group of more than 2,000 grassroots organizations, ranging from restaurant owners to restaurant workers, faith leaders to public health professionals, labor unions to LGBTQ activists, and advocates for children, seniors, gender and racial justice and people with disabilities. Formed in 2003, FV@W coalitions are fighting—and we’re winning. With the help of many local and national partners we’ve helped secure paid sick days and family leave victories in nearly 20 cities and states. These wins are improving the lives of nearly 27 million people, inspiring millions more, and building national momentum for policies that value families at work. 

ABB and FV@W are committed to ensuring that LGBTQ workers are treated equally and that our country’s workplace laws and policies fully protect LGBTQ workers and recognize 

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a campaign overview with organizing goals and calendar for the project and help to develop overall project strategy. Monitor progress and prepare regular updates to ABB and FV@W.
  • State campaign organizing support: Provide LGBTQ organizing support to state and local campaigns working to pass paid sick time, paid family leave, and/or unpaid family leave laws. Monitor and report on the status of LGBTQ outreach in these states or localities, and help to identify new LGBTQ partners to engage in this work. Share resources and messaging with state and local workplace leave campaigns and LGBTQ leaders regarding the importance of these issues to LGBTQ workers and their loved ones. Provide sample framing and messaging support and organize calls with coalitions as needed. Track progress of LGBTQ outreach in state campaigns and capture success stories and best practices.
  • National organizing and coordination: Conduct outreach to existing and potential LGBTQ allies. Plan, schedule, and lead calls with national allies on this intersectional work. Track and update lists of partners. Share resources and new documents with national partners. Help to organize a conference on LGBTQ Rights and Workplace Leave for the fall of 2015.
  • Communications: Provide support in the development, writing, and distribution of resources and tools on workplace leave and the LGBTQ community. Strategize with partners regarding the use and distribution of these materials, including through social media.

Qualifications:

The candidate must demonstrate an ability to coordinate a dynamic new organizing project and work with diverse coalitions and partner organizations. Specific qualifications include:

  • Either an MA in public policy or a related field or a BA with experience in public policy, workers’ rights, or social justice.
  • At least 1-2 years of background working on LGBTQ rights issues, an LGBTQ rights organizing campaign, and/or work experience with an LGBTQ policy or organizing group.
  • A passion for ensuring that workers and families have equal access to workplace leave to care for themselves and their loved ones without sacrificing their jobs or economic security.
  • A high level of independence, initiative, creativity, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to draft materials for varying audiences.
  • Excellent organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to multi-task and work in teams.
  • Strong networking skills and experience, including an ability to develop and maintain relationships with diverse groups of individuals and organizations (including LGBTQ rights organizations, unions, labor rights groups, faith communities, elder care advocates, and reproductive rights organizations).
  • Willingness to travel periodically to meet in person with key workplace leave campaigns and to attend conferences on LGBTQ rights and work-family issues.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and social media.

Location:

Flexible location. We prefer to fill this position in either New York City or Washington, D.C., but will consider qualified candidates who would work in other areas of the country. The position will start as soon as possible.

Compensation:

Salary and benefits are competitive within the non-profit sector and commensurate with experience. Flexible and supportive work environment.

To Apply:

Please email, by March 16, 2015, a cover letter, resume, and three references to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. noting “LGBTQ Rights” in the subject line. No calls please.

A Better Balance and Family Values @ Work are both 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and equal opportunity employers. Women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

A Better Balance Summer Internship 2015—Southern Office 

Current 1L and 2L law students with their own funding are invited to apply for a 2015 summer internship at A Better Balance: The Work and Family Legal Center (“ABB”) in our Southern office, based in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Organization Description:

ABB is a national legal advocacy organization that is a leader in the movement to reshape laws and policies to fit the needs of today’s workforce.  ABB’s mission is to promote equality and expand choices for men and women at all income levels so they may care for their families without sacrificing their economic security.  ABB works on the national and local level employing a wide range of strategies — legislative advocacy, litigation, direct services, grassroots organizing, research and public education — to promote flexible workplace policies, end discrimination against caregivers, and support family caregiving.

Since its founding in 2005, ABB has been at the forefront of a movement to fight for family-friendly laws and policies.  We focus on a variety of issues, such as: family leave insurance, paid sick leave, and fairness for working families. We support paid sick leave campaigns at the state and local level around the country, and are at the center of efforts for family leave insurance in New York State.  Our program to end discrimination against pregnant women and those with caregiving responsibilities focuses on national and local advocacy as well as individual representation.  We run a free legal hotline for low-income workers who face employment law issues because of their caregiving responsibilities.  ABB also conducts trainings for low-income workers and their advocates.  Finally, ABB pushes for public policy reform on a range of issues, such as parity for part-time workers, predictable scheduling, workplace flexibility for employees across the economic spectrum, and valuing the work of all family caregivers, whether they care for a newborn, a sick child, an aging relative, or a family member with a disability.

The ABB Southern Office opened in 2014 and focuses on the plight of working families in the Southeastern United States, where poverty rates are some of the highest in the country and progressive legal protections are scarce. The Southern Office has a particular focus on fairness for pregnant workers and breastfeeding mothers, as well as other uniquely Southern issues affecting families in the workplace.

Intern Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to work/family law and policy, reproductive justice, women’s rights, civil rights, or advocacy for low-income individuals.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, advocacy, research, and analytic skills.
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated problem solving, prioritizing, time management, team-building and organizational skills.

How to Apply:

Please e-mail a resume and cover letter to: Elizabeth Gedmark, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

ABB is an equal opportunity employer.

 

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