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Organization Description:

ABB 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 their families without sacrificing their economic security. Through nationwide policy advocacy, legal services and strategic litigation, and enforcement and education, ABB is fighting back and improving workers’ lives at the local, state and federal levels. The organization has fought for and won victories in improved paid leave, equal pay, pregnancy and caregiver protection, 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 and 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 local 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 & breastfeeding discrimination and Family and Medical Leave Act violations, staffing our free legal helpline to assist low-wage workers, being part of a team working on impact litigation cases, drafting and disseminating public education materials, and conducting legal research.

Qualifications:

  • 3Ls, 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).
  • Demonstrated 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 analytic skills.
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated ability to thrive in fast-paced environment.
  • Great attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Experience with direct services and applying complex legal analysis.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

FULL TIME EQUIVALENT

Full time (40 hours per week)

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $55,00-$60,000, depending on qualifications and experience. A Better Balance has an excellent benefits package, including health and dental insurance; flexible spending account; 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.orgApplications 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, veteran, and caregiver status.

A Better Balance: The Work and Family Legal Center is seeking to hire a new Grant Writer to join our Development Department to help us raise funds that support the work, mission and institutional fundraising goals of A Better Balance. The primary role of this position is to help manage and expand A Better Balance’s active portfolio of institutional donors, including private, corporate, and family foundations, law firms, and other institutional supporters. This position will contribute to the organization’s mission by developing funding opportunities and writing proposals and request letters, reports to donors and funders on the use of their funds. The Grant Writer will also be responsible for maintaining the proposal and report calendar. This position requires exceptional writing and project management skills, ability to learn quickly on the job, and strong interpersonal skills for working with funders and legal staff. The candidate should possess the ability to manage projects independently, set priorities, and take initiative as well as work as part of a cohesive development team. This position reports to the Director of Development and the Co-Presidents of the organization.

A Better Balance’s mission is to promote equality and choices for men and women at all income levels so they can care for their families without sacrificing their economic security. Since its founding in 2006, A Better Balance has grown from a handful of individuals to a $2 million budget and 20-person organization with offices in New York and Nashville. During that time, the organization has fought for and won victories in improved paid leave, equal pay, pregnancy and caregiver protection, breastfeeding accommodations, LGBTQ policy protection, and other issues. (Additional information about A Better Balance’s work is available at www.abetterbalance.org.)

Main Responsibilities: 

  • Manage prospect research to support ABB’s wide array of funding needs and develop creative funder outreach strategies. Provide guidance on best ways to market and approach donors and funders.
  • Timely submission of well researched and well written grant applications, including writing, editing, proofing and preparing supporting documentation. Drafting solicitation and stewardship letters and materials for major institutional donors, law firms, organizations, etc.
  • Manage, monitor, and ensure tracking of all ABB grants and prospective grants. Responsible for ensuring compliance with all current grant requirements, including all reporting requirements, and for putting together all material needed for new grant applications such as narratives, budgets and supporting materials. Ensure completion by specified deadlines of all required reports and applications. Provide staff and Board members with sufficient time to provide needed materials for reports and applications.
  • Assist in institutional funder cultivation and stewardship, including the scheduling of meetings, preparation of compelling correspondence (briefings, presentations, etc.), and active participation in donor appreciation activities, site visits, and events.
  • Work with the Director of Development and Director of Communications on other public communications as needed including writing communications/cultivation materials for the annual fundraising event, major donor house parties, smaller events, and other diverse audiences.
  • Maintain an accurate grants calendar, tracking grant deliverables and timelines.
  • Work in conjunction with development staff to ensure that institutional gifts and activities are properly entered into our Network for Good database.
  • Participate in staff meetings and contribute to the overall growth and learning of the organization.
  • Work on other special projects as time allows and as assigned by the Director of Development.

 

Skills and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 1-3 years of grant writing and development experience
  • Successful track record in grant research, writing and reporting
  • Strong research skills, preferably with funders, using tools such as the Foundation Center Directory
  • Efficient and compelling writer who can synthesize and learn information quickly
  • Ability to manage multiple demands; results oriented, works quickly and accurately
  • Works well with people, and engenders trust and confidence from colleagues
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, including experience writing proposals, concept papers, reports, donor cultivation materials
  • Exceptional attention to detail and strong organization skills
  • Able to work independently and as a team member – “can do!” attitude
  • Enthusiastic commitment to the goals and values of the organization
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Formatting and grammar nerds preferred!

 

FULL TIME EQUIVALENT

Full time (40 hours per week)

 

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. A Better Balance has an excellent benefits package, including health, and dental insurance; flexible spending account; paid vacation, sick and personal time. We are committed to “walking our talk” and encourage a health work/life balance for all employees.

 

To Apply:

Applications will be considered immediately. Please direct all inquiries to Sohini Das, sdas@abetterbalance.org. Please submit cover letter, resume, and three professional references electronically. In the subject line of the email, please state “Grant Writer”. Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

 

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 all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

A Better Balance and The Local Solutions Support Center seek a highly motivated legal fellow to support a project that is dedicated to strengthening, protecting, and defending local democracy. In recent years, state legislatures have increasingly blocked—or “preempted”—the right of cities and counties to pass local measures that advance economic justice, racial justice, public health, women’s rights, and nondiscrimination issues. Such local measures are also facing new federal preemption threats.

The legal fellow will provide legal assistance to city attorneys, policymakers, and advocates on both defensive and proactive strategies. The fellow will engage in technical assistance, policy work, and litigation to prevent state and federal preemption of local policies—ranging from immigration to gun safety to economic justice.

This is a one-year position.

About the Local Solutions Support Center and A Better Balance:

The Local Solutions Support Center (LSSC) is a coordinating hub that provides local governments, elected officials, and advocates with the strategies, tools, and assistance needed to defend local democracy. LSSC discourages the use of preemption that limits the ability of cities to protect people’s civil rights, solve problems, achieve equity, and improve lives.

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 paid leave, advance LGBTQ rights, promote flexible workplace policies, end discrimination against pregnant workers and family caregivers, and guarantee fair pay.

Responsibilities of the Local Solutions Support Center Legal Fellow:

Working under the supervision of A Better Balance and in partnership with the Local Solutions Support Center and other national allies, the legal fellow will:

  • Receive and manage requests for legal support and technical assistance from city attorneys, advocates, and other partners who face preemption of local, progressive laws. For some requests, determine and coordinate appropriate referrals.
  • Engage in direct legal support and assistance for advocates and policymakers fighting preemption;
  • Research and write legal memoranda, amicus briefs, fact sheets, policy papers, advocacy tools, and other supporting legal and policy documents related to preemption of local, progressive laws;
  • Analyze, track, and report on preemption activity in core areas of the law;
  • Coordinate the legal work and project involvement of law school professors, partner organizations, and pro bono law firms;
  • Advise state and local partners on strategies for avoiding preemption of local paid leave, nondiscrimination, and work-family laws; and
  • Conduct outreach and develop new resources and referrals related to preemption, including for
legal advocacy organizations, pro bono firm networks, and city attorneys with preemption experience.

Qualifications: We are open to varying levels of experience for this position. Recent law school graduates, clerks, and attorneys with 1-5 years of experience are invited to apply. Specific qualifications include:

  • A law degree, with a preference that the individual be licensed to practice law in New York (or plan to sit for the NY bar exam);
  • Strong legal research, advocacy, and analytic skills;
  • A demonstrated commitment to—or background working on—racial and economic justice, LGBTQ rights, civil rights, immigration, women’s rights, reproductive justice, or other work-family law and policy;
  • A passion for fighting against discrimination and ensuring that workers and families have equal access to paid leave to care for themselves and their loved ones without sacrificing their jobs or economic security;
  • A high level of self-motivation, initiative, creativity, time management, and problem-solving skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to draft materials for both legal and non-legal audiences;
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and an 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.

Deadline and Location: New York City. The position will start as soon as possible.

Compensation: Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and competitive within the non-profit sector. Flexible and supportive work environment, with generous vacation, sick, and family leave policies.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to careers@abetterbalance.org, noting “LSSC Legal Fellow Position” in the subject line. Applications will only be accepted by email.

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.

Current 1L and 2L law students with their own funding are invited to apply for a 2019 summer internship at A Better Balance (ABB) in our Southern office, based in Nashville TN.

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 to implement paid family leave in New York State.  Our program to end discrimination against pregnant women, LGBTQ families, 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.  ABB pushes for public policy reform on a range of issues, such as ending abusive absence-control policies, supporting predictable scheduling, expanding recognition of diverse families, promoting 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. A Better Balance is also working on the front lines with advocates and elected officials across the country, using the power of the law to defend progressive local policies against state and federal preemption.

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, LGBTQ rights and/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 with a subject line as follows “[FIRST NAME] [LAST NAME] 2019 Summer Internship Application” to: Marcella Kocolatos, mkocolatos@abetterbalance.org by January 15th, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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 all backgrounds are encouraged to apply

Current 1L and 2L law students with their own funding are invited to apply for a 2019 summer internship at A Better Balance (ABB) in our New York City office.

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 implementing paid family leave in New York State.  Our program to end discrimination against pregnant women, LGBTQ families, and those with caregiving responsibilities focuses on national and local advocacy as well as individual representation.  We run a free legal advice and counseling hotline for low-income New Yorkers who face employment law issues because of their caregiving responsibilities or because of a violation of New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act.

ABB pushes for public policy reform on a range of issues, such as ending abusive absence-control policies, supporting predictable scheduling, expanding recognition of diverse families, promoting 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. A Better Balance is also working on the front lines with advocates and elected officials across the country, using the power of the law to defend progressive local policies against state and federal preemption.

Intern Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to work/family law and policy, reproductive justice, women’s rights, civil rights, LGBTQ rights and/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 with a subject line as follows “[FIRST NAME] [LAST NAME] 2019 Summer Internship Application” to: Marcella Kocolatos, mkocolatos@abetterbalance.org by January 15th, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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 all backgrounds are encouraged to apply

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