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Current 2L law students with their own funding are invited to apply for a 2020 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 the subject line “[FIRST NAME] [LAST NAME] 2020 Summer Internship Application – NYC Office” to Marcella Kocolatos at mkocolatos@abetterbalance.org by January 15th, 2020. If you also wish to apply to the Southern Office, please indicate so in your cover letter. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

A Better Balance is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Current 2L law students with their own funding are invited to apply for a 2020 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 the subject line “[FIRST NAME] [LAST NAME] 2020 Summer Internship Application – Southern Office” to Kameron Dawson at kdawson@abetterbalance.org by January 15th, 2020. If you also wish to apply to the NYC Office, please indicate so in your cover letter. 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.

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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