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ORGANIZATION

A Better Balance:  The Work & Family Legal Center seeks a Director of Communications & Marketing, based in its New York office, to create, lead, and implement communications and marketing strategies that support the mission of the organization. A Better Balance is dedicated to promoting equality and choices for men and women at all income levels so they can care for their families without sacrificing their economic security.  To bring about lasting changes in workers lives, ABB works at the local, state and federal levels employing three overlapping strategies:

  • Policy Advocacy:  We research, draft, and testify on behalf of bills that support workers’ rights and fight discrimination, centering legislation that lies at the intersection of gender and economic justice.
  • Legal Services and Impact Litigation:  We provide legal support and advice to vulnerable workers through direct representation and through our free legal hotlines and take on cases we think will have maximum impact.
  • Enforcement and Education:  We work with government agencies and coalition partners to ensure that laws protecting workers are not only passed, but also enforced.  We provide vital information to workers about their rights, and spark and shape national conversations on work and family through media and public speaking engagements.

Founded in 2006, A Better Balance is led by co-presidents and co-founders, Dina Bakst and Sherry Leiwant, and has grown from an idea into a 20-person national organization with offices in New York and Nashville, and an annual budget of almost $2 million raised from foundations and individuals. During the last decade, ABB has fought for and won victories across the country in improved paid leave, equal pay, pregnancy and caregiver protection, breastfeeding accommodations, LGBTQ protection, and other protections that transform working women’s—and, indeed, all workers’—ability to hold down their jobs while showing up for their families.

In an environment where an emboldened opposition is taking aim at critical legal protections, ABB is uniquely positioned—locally grounded, regionally networked, with strong relationships at the national level—to work in partnerships and coalitions to defend past gains, secure new protections, and advance change in multiple arenas. The organization’s advocacy and legal efforts have gained national and international media recognition. We are dedicated to utilizing communications as an effective strategy to lift up the voices of our clients and those most directly affected by our policy work.  Learn more at www.abetterbalance.org.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Strategy, Vision, and Leadership

  • Lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of an integrated communications strategy to advance the organization’s brand identity and broaden awareness of the issues that workers experience and ABB’s public policy advocacy, litigation and education efforts in its primary areas: paid leave, paid sick days, pregnancy discrimination, equal pay, and LGBTQ rights as well as other issues that cut across program areas.
  • Increase the visibility of ABB’s accomplishments and impact at local, state, and federal levels across key audiences, including advocates, media, policymakers, and funders.
  • Reporting directly to the co-presidents and co-founders, work with the entire leadership team and staff to identify internal and external communications opportunities and challenges, and define and execute strategies to support them.
  • Serve as a communications counselor to ABB’s leadership, staff, and board to ensure consistency in the organization’s branding and messaging in all contexts.

Communications and Operations

  • Direct content development, messaging, design, publication, and distribution for all outreach initiatives, including ABB’s website and social media properties, printed publications, videos, campaigns, and other public awareness and fundraising materials.
  • Work closely as a thought- and action-partner with the Director of Development in integrating ABB’s public awareness and fundraising initiatives and in developing branding, messaging, and content for the organization’s fundraising products and events.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with key members of the broadcast, print, and online news media, manage press events, and develop robust strategies for expanding ABB’s visibility through aggressive media relations campaigns.
  • Develop and support the co-presidents, along with other members of ABB’s leadership team, staff, clients, and board members, to serve as spokespeople for the organization and its issues by conducting media trainings as needed and providing talking points and other preparatory materials and activities.
  • 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.
  • Develop and oversee all digital marketing, website enhancement and management, improved SEO, and increased social media presence to maximize impact.
  • Write and/or edit key communications materials by translating legal language into appropriate and compelling text for news releases, press statements, media advisories, op-ed pieces, e-newsletters, and blog posts in collaboration with other staff.
  • Develop annual strategic communications calendars, plans, and timelines.
  • Oversee the daily Communications and Marketing activities, including budgeting, planning, and staff development.

Team Development and Representation

  • Lead and mentor ABB staff including  one half-time direct report as well as a range of consultants and vendors so that they effectively support the development and execution of a comprehensive communications strategy, with the potential for growing the department as needs and funding dictate.
  • Promote a culture of innovation, high performance, continuous improvement, and close-knit camaraderie, both within and outside the department.
  • Advocate for communications and marketing within the organization, promote the department’s advisory value, and integrate staff into the greater communications effort.
  • Ensure that the expectations of board, leadership, and staff are realistic and consistently met.

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate would have the following professional and personal characteristics:

  • Five to seven years of relevant experience, in positions of increasing responsibility in the fields of communications, marketing, and media relations, preferably at an advocacy organization, on a political campaign, and/or in a public official’s office.
  • In-depth knowledge about the public policy process and familiarity with women’s rights, economic justice, racial justice, legal advocacy, and/or other progressive public policy issues.
  • Strong commitment to A Better Balance’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Calm demeanor and ability to work well under deadline pressures and manage simultaneously a variety of different tasks and functions.
  • A proven track record of exceptional writing and editing of a variety of promotional, media, consumer and/or advocacy-related materials.
  • Solid record of developing and leading successful communications and marketing strategies in a fast-paced and mission-driven environment.
  • Experience with branding, online fundraising and outreach.
  • Experience in planning and facilitation of organizational growth and evolution, and in developing and mentoring a team of communications specialists.
  • Excellent judgment, discretion, and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Confidence and diplomatic skill in communicating with, negotiating with, and advising high-performing and passionate board, staff, and leadership team members.
  • High level of energy, initiative, and imagination—and a healthy sense of humor.

SALARY/BENEFITS

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience; A Better Balance offers a generous benefits package.

APPLICATION PROCESS

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 for this position.

Please submit letter of interest, resume (including any salary requirements), writing samples/links, and references to egedmark@abetterbalance.org (subject line: Communications/Marketing). Applications will only be accepted by email.  The position will remain open until a qualified candidate is chosen.

A Better Balance (ABB) seeks a highly motivated staff attorney to support our LGBTQ rights and paid leave work, and to help build on our efforts to ensure that laws and policies have realistic and inclusive family definitions. In addition to engaging in a dynamic blend of legal research, bill drafting, policy advocacy, public education, and litigation support, the staff attorney will help to create a cross-movement network of legal experts dedicated to expanding recognition of family diversity in the law.

In recent years, the movement for paid leave has gained significant momentum. More than 40 states and localities have passed paid sick time laws, and five 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 six local governments have passed paid sick time laws with our model family definition, ensuring that more than 10 million workers now have a legal right to care for their chosen and extended family.

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 state and local 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 ABB’s 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 leave and inclusive family definitions.
  • 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.
  • Help to launch a new cross-movement legal network (representing economic justice, LGBTQ rights, criminal justice, immigration, disability rights, and other movements) to identify new opportunities in the law—beyond just paid leave—for expanding family definitions and work with legal partners to produce new model language, recommendations, and materials.
  • Undertake work to help defend local paid leave, LGBTQ nondiscrimination, and work-family laws from being preempted—or blocked/overturned—by the state or federal government. 

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;
  • 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 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 working with colleagues and partners who work remotely or 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 jmake@abetterbalance.org, noting “Staff Attorney Opening” 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.

A Better Balance: The Work and Family Legal Center is seeking to hire a new Grants Manager 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 writing proposals and request letters, reports to donors and funders on the use of their funds, and other select fundraising support materials. The Grants Manager will also be responsible for maintaining the proposal and report calendar and supporting funder research. 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.

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 13-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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 3-5 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, dental, and life 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.

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 “Grants Manager”. Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

 

A Better Balance is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.

Current 1L and 2L law students with their own funding are invited to apply for a 2018 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 to: Marcella Kocolatos, mkocolatos@abetterbalance.org by January 15th, 2018. 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 1L and 2L law students with their own funding are invited to apply for a 2018 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 to: Marcella Kocolatos, mkocolatos@abetterbalance.org, by January 15th, 2018. 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.