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Organization Description:

A Better Balance is a national legal advocacy organization with offices in Nashville, TN and New York, NY dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace and helping workers care for themselves and their families without sacrificing their economic security. Through nationwide policy advocacy, legal services and strategic litigation, and enforcement and education, ABB is improving workers’ lives at the local, state, and federal levels. The organization has won victories in improved paid leave, equal pay, pregnancy and caregiver protections, breastfeeding accommodations, LGBTQ rights protections, and other economic justice issues throughout the country. Our advocacy work and legal efforts have gained national recognition in dozens of outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. We are dedicated to lifting up the voices of our clients and those most directly affected by our policy work and we have a particular focus on centering gender and racial justice. Our free and confidential helpline provides legal assistance and information to low-wage workers, especially those in the South and in New York.

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, yet progressive legal protections are scarce.

Position Description:

Based in Nashville, TN, the Staff Attorney would advance the goals of A Better Balance by promoting fairness for working families in the South and raising awareness nationally of issues affecting Southern low-wage workers, especially marginalized communities. The Staff Attorney would work in the following areas: combating discrimination and unfair practices against women and caregivers, such as pregnancy and breastfeeding discrimination and Family and Medical Leave Act violations, staffing our free legal helpline to directly assist low-wage workers who inform our policy work, being part of a team working on groundbreaking impact litigation cases, drafting and disseminating public education materials, and conducting legal research to develop cutting-edge legal theories.

Qualifications:

  • Entry-level applicants and those with 1-3 years of legal experience are encouraged to apply.
  • JD and admitted to practice law (or planning to sit for a bar exam).
  • Commitment to work/family law and policy, reproductive health, women’s rights, civil rights, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, disability rights, or advocacy for low-income individuals.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, advocacy, research, and analytical skills.
  • Self-motivated with ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Great attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Occasional travel as needed.

FULL TIME EQUIVALENT

Full time (40 hours per week)

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $60,00-$70,000, depending on qualifications and experience. A Better Balance has an excellent benefits package, including health and dental insurance and paid vacation, sick, and personal time. We are committed to “walking our talk” and encourage a healthy work/life balance for all employees.

How to Apply:

Please e-mail a resume, tailored letter of interest, and writing sample to: Elizabeth Gedmark, egedmark@abetterbalance.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

ABB is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. ABB encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, family status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.

A Better Balance’s New York City and Southern Offices are both recruiting rising third-year law students, judicial clerks, and recent law school graduates interested in applying for an externally funded 1-2 year public interest fellowship starting in September 2020. The NYC fellow would be based in New York City; the Southern Office fellow would be based in Nashville, TN.

A Better Balance (ABB) is a national legal advocacy organization dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace and helping workers care for themselves and their families without sacrificing their economic security. Through nationwide policy advocacy, legal services, strategic litigation, and enforcement and education, ABB is improving workers’ lives at the local, state, and federal levels. The organization has fought for and won new paid leave policies, laws fostering equal pay, important pregnancy and caregiver protections, breastfeeding accommodations, LGBTQ protections, and victories on other economic justice issues throughout the country. Our advocacy work and legal efforts have gained national recognition in dozens of outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. We are dedicated to lifting up the voices of our clients and those most directly affected by our policy work and we have a particular focus on centering gender justice. Our free and confidential helpline provides legal assistance and information to low-wage workers.

In New York, where we are headquartered, we have been leaders in several successful campaigns, such as: the New York state paid family leave law, the fight to guarantee earned sick time to millions of workers in New York City, passage of the New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which ensures that pregnant women are not pushed out of their jobs when they need a modest accommodation to stay healthy, a landmark package of laws fighting abusive scheduling practices, as well as several equal pay laws, caregiver and lactation anti-discrimination laws, and the New York City Fair Workweek Law.  Following those campaigns, we are working on effective implementation of these laws, creating materials, doing outreach, and representing workers in our legal clinic who are being denied rights we helped secure.

ABB is based in New York City and maintains a Southern office in Nashville, TN. The Southern Office focuses on the issues affecting working families in the Southeast United States, where poverty rates for women and families are among the highest in the country and where legal protections are often scarce.

Potential projects in the NYC office could focus on education and enforcement of:
  • New York State and New York City pregnancy accommodation laws;
  • NYS and NYC lactation laws;
  • NYC Earned Safe and Sick Time Act;
  • NYC Fair Workweek Law;
  • NYS paid family leave law;
  • NYS and NYC equal pay laws; and
  • recently-passed NYS and NYC anti-sexual harassment laws.

The NYC fellow could also focus on expanding laws and policies in the following areas:

  • paid family and medical leave or paid sick time campaigns around the country;
  • LGBTQ work-family issues;
  • defending local, progressive laws from state and federal interference (preemption); and/or
  • other issues related to expanding work/family laws and policies in New York State and/or nationally.
Potential projects in the Southern Office could focus on:
  • public education and enforcement of existing legal protections, such as pregnancy discrimination, family & medical leave, and breastfeeding protections for working families in the Southeast,
  • focusing on particular industries or populations with uniquely Southern issues affecting working families.
  • developing a mobile clinic to serve a particular population, such as an immigrant/refugee population.

Qualifications:

  • Law degree required by May 2020, bar examination or admission by Fall 2020 preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, work/family law and policy, gender and women’s rights, civil rights, and/or advocacy for low-income populations.
  • Superior written and oral communication, advocacy, legal research, and analytic skills. Experience writing for legal and non-legal audiences a plus.
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated problem solving, prioritizing, time management, team-building, and organizational skills.
  • Comfort and familiarity with small non-profit environment, ability to use limited resources efficiently and effectively, ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience working with diverse communities, particularly communities of color.
  • Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Bengali, Haitian Creole, French, and/or Korean fluency are a plus.

Funding and Benefits

This position requires external funding. Flexible and supportive work environment, with generous vacation, sick, and family leave policies. A Better Balance has an excellent benefits package, including health and dental insurance; paid family and medical leave; paid vacation, sick, and personal time. We are committed to “walking our talk” and encourage a healthy work/life balance for all employees.

How to Apply

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

To apply, please e-mail a resume, brief cover letter, a short writing sample, and two references with the subject line “2020 Fellowship – [First Name Last Name]” to: careers@abetterbalance.org. Please also indicate in your cover letter whether you are interested in a fellowship based in Nashville, New York City, or both.

A Better Balance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, family status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or any other factor protected by law. People of color, people with disabilities, and those who identify as LGBTQ are strongly encouraged to apply. If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email us at careers@abetterbalance.org or you may send the request by mail to: A Better Balance, 40 Worth St., 10th Floor, New York, NY 10013

 

Position

A Better Balance (ABB) is recruiting a leader with substantial development and communications experience to serve in the newly created role of Chief Development and Strategy Officer to lead the fundraising, marketing, and communications functions of the organization. This position is a full-time position based in ABB’s New York office.

A Better Balance is a national legal advocacy organization dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace and helping workers care for themselves and their families without sacrificing their economic security. Through nationwide policy advocacy, legal services, strategic litigation, and enforcement and education, ABB is improving workers’ lives at the local, state, and federal levels. The organization has fought for and won new paid leave policies, laws fostering equal pay, pregnancy and caregiver protections, breastfeeding accommodations, LGBTQ protections, and victories on other women’s rights and economic justice issues throughout the country. Our advocacy work and legal efforts have gained national recognition in dozens of outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. We are dedicated to lifting up the voices of our clients and those most directly affected by our policy work and we have a particular focus on centering gender justice. Our free and confidential helpline provides legal assistance and information to low-wage workers. Additional information about A Better Balance’s work is available at www.abetterbalance.org.

A Better Balance has grown significantly in the past 10 years. The organization has a new strategic plan to guide its work. The Chief Development and Strategy Officer has a unique opportunity to work closely with the Co-Presidents, Board, and Staff to build the development and communications functions to raise awareness of ABB’s critical work, and secure additional funding to tackle unfair and discriminatory policies and practices. He/she will report to the Co-Presidents and work closely with them to expand and strengthen the organization.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive development plan and goals to attract increased support from foundations, major donors and family foundations, law firms and business.
  • Build a comprehensive, integrated and strategic communication plan to strengthen ABB’s brand identity and engage a diverse set of stakeholders (including the media and key influencers) to support and serve the ABB mission.
  • Strengthen ABB’s annual fundraising event to build increased awareness about ABB’s work, and raise funds to support its mission.
  • Partner with the Co-Presidents to engage the Board in development and create a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization.
  • Motivate, engage, and support the Staff and Board in their efforts to raise visibility and funding for A Better Balance.
  • Build and lead a results-driven, integrated development and communications team with a commitment to excellence. Current direct reports: Grant Writer and Communications Associate.
  • Ensure the infrastructure and systems are in place to support ABB’s work, including expanded communications, marketing and donor engagement.

Qualifications and Experience

  • The candidate must possess superior leadership and creative problem-solving skills, and an entrepreneurial and strategic approach to resource development and communications.
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least eight years of experience, preferably in a nonprofit or purpose driven organization.
  • Proven track record of raising funds from foundations and high net worth individuals.
  • Experience working effectively with boards of directors, and a wide cross section of other public, private and philanthropic leaders.
  • Ability to effectively lead a team with a commitment to quality and productivity, focusing on goals, measurement, results and accountability.
  • Comfort with ambiguity, graceful under pressure, and able to alter plans to meet priorities.
  • High energy level, flexible, self-motivated, and self-confident, and the ability to thrive in an ever-changing complex environment and juggle multiple demands simultaneously.

 

Compensation

A Better Balance has an excellent benefits package, including health and dental insurance; paid family and medical leave; paid vacation, sick, and personal time; and access to transit benefits. We are committed to “walking our talk” and encourage a healthy work/life balance for all employees. Competitive salary.

A Better Balance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, family status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, caregiver status, or any other factor protected by law. People of color, people with disabilities, and those who identify as LGBTQ are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

How to Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to Rachel Sica, Director of Operations, at rsica@abetterbalance.org.

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