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A Better Balance (ABB) seeks a highly motivated staff attorney to support our paid leave work through a dynamic blend of legal research, bill drafting, policy advocacy, and public education.

In recent years, the movement for paid leave has gained significant momentum. More than a dozen states and 30 localities have passed paid sick time laws, and six states and D.C. have passed paid family and medical leave laws. ABB worked on the majority of these laws and continues to provide legal assistance to the growing number of paid leave campaigns across the country.

ABB has also engaged in innovative work to expand legal definitions of “family,” seeking to pass protections that cover a range of family formations, including single-parent families, LGBTQ families, multi-generational families, and chosen families (close loved ones who care for each other without a legal or biological relationship). Together with our state and national partners, we are raising awareness about family diversity and helping to pass paid leave laws that define family to include all loved ones. Since 2016, three states and eight local governments have passed paid leave laws with our model family definition, ensuring that more than 15 million workers now have a legal right to care for their chosen and extended family. In addition to supporting all aspects of our paid leave legal work, the staff attorney will help to build on our efforts to ensure that paid leave laws and policies have realistic and inclusive family definitions.

About A Better Balance:

ABB is a national legal advocacy organization that is promoting equality and expanding choices for workers at all income levels so they may care for themselves and their families without sacrificing their economic security. ABB has won victories on paid leave, equal pay, pregnancy and caregiver nondiscrimination, breastfeeding accommodations, LGBTQ rights protections, and other women’s rights and economic justice issues.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal research and technical assistance on paid leave to local, state, and federal advocates and officials. This will include legal research on specific policy questions, helping to draft paid leave bills, working on post-passage regulations and implementation, and supporting occasional litigation work to protect paid leave laws challenged in court.
  • Research and write legal memoranda, fact sheets, policy papers, advocacy tools, amicus briefs, and other supporting legal and policy documents related to both paid family and medical leave and paid sick time.
  • Work with local, state, and national partners to make the case for inclusive family definitions in paid leave laws and policies. This work will include speaking about the issue at conferences, developing state-specific fact sheets and materials, conducting legal research on family recognition, and helping to craft new family definitions in the law.
  • Build on our cross-movement work around family recognition to identify new opportunities in the law—beyond just paid leave—for expanding family definitions. Work with legal partners from a range of movements (representing economic justice, LGBTQ rights, criminal justice, immigration, disability rights, domestic violence, and more) to produce new model language, recommendations, and materials.

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);
  • Superior legal research, advocacy, organizational, multi-tasking, time management, problem-solving, and teamwork skills;
  • The ability to quickly learn, explain, and draft complex legislation;
  • A track record of exceptional writing and editing, including high attention to detail and the ability to draft materials for both legal and non-legal audiences;
  • A strong familiarity with and understanding of LGBTQ rights and experience working on LGBTQ-related issues, as well as a commitment to racial and economic justice, civil rights, women’s rights, and reproductive justice;
  • A self-starter with initiative who is comfortable with some remote supervision, as well as working with colleagues and partners who work in other parts of the country;
  • A passion for fighting discrimination and ensuring that all workers and families have equal access to paid leave to care for themselves and their loved ones; and
  • Demonstrated 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 competitive within the non-profit sector and commensurate with experience. 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 “Staff Attorney 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, caregiver status, or any other factor protected by law.

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-$65,000, depending on qualifications and experience. 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:

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 (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, 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.

The Communications Associate would work with a team of legal and non-legal staff to craft effective communications targeting policy makers, partners, donors, media, and the public at large. This will include media strategy, press releases, marketing materials, social media, and website and blog strategy. The position would be based in New York, NY and is an exciting opportunity for an excellent writer and editor with facility in the use of digital media to play a key role in helping to craft and hone ABB’s external messaging.

Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with other staff members create well-written key communication materials including marketing materials, press releases, op-ed pieces, newsletters, and blog posts.
  • Identify, develop and implement strategies to expand ABB’s reach and increase the organization’s profile across all current social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked In).
  • Produce, publish, and share all daily social media content (original copy, images, and graphics) and create social media content calendar aligned with program calendar.
  • Website management: Produce, solicit, upload, manage, and distribute written and multimedia content for the website.
  • Oversee the creation and dissemination of effective storytelling vehicles to communicate the realities of the lives of our clients and workers affected by unfair and discriminatory policies and practices.
  • Collect and track analytic data to measure progress and inform future strategies.
  • Stay up to date on new digital tactics, trends, and tools, and lead the adoption of those most aligned with our brand.

Qualifications

  • This is a junior level position. College degree and 0-3 years of experience, preferably in writing, editing, journalism, marketing, digital media, or another communications role. We are open to an entry-level candidate.
  • Effective and compelling writer who can quickly create high-quality content and take initiative.
  • Ability to manage multiple demands and thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and strong organization skills.
  • Able to work independently and as a team member, with a positive attitude.
  • Demonstrated commitment and passion for work/family law and policy, reproductive justice, women’s rights, civil rights, racial justice, LGBT rights, or advocacy for low-income individuals.

 

FULL TIME EQUIVALENT

Full time (40 hours per week)

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. 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 vacation, sick, and personal time. We are committed to “walking our talk” and encourage a healthy work/life balance for all employees.

To Apply:

Applications will be considered immediately. Please direct all inquiries to Rachel Sica, rsica@abetterbalance.org. Please submit cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three professional references electronically. In the subject line of the email, please state “Communications Associate.”

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: 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; paid family and medical leave; 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 careers@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. Rolling deadline. Position will start as soon as possible, but applicants who are not available until Summer or Early Fall of 2019 are encouraged to apply.

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 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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