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A Better Balance is using the power of the law to advance justice for workers, so they can care for themselves and their loved ones without jeopardizing their economic security. Our expert team of lawyers, advocates, and other professionals are combatting discrimination and securing new rights for workers through policy work, strategic litigation, direct legal service, and public education. Join us!

The ABB 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 2021. 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. We remain steadfast in working to dismantle the intersectional forms of injustice that contribute to the structural inequality working families in this country face, including but not limited to, gender injustice, racial injustice, economic injustice, health injustice, and injustice against immigrants, LGTBQIA communities, and people with disabilities, and are seeking candidates that are committed to this work.

Since our founding, A Better Balance has been working to value the labor of caregiving and to shift the debate over work-family issues from those that center the concerns of white, professional workers to a focus on the needs of low-wage workers and workers of color. We approach our work around the country with these values at the helm. Ensuring families of color have access to strong work-family policies—especially BIPOC workers who are currently the least likely to have access to these policies due to centuries of institutionalized racism, systemic barriers to economic mobility, and pervasive discrimination—is a core principle of ABB’s work.

The organization has fought for and won new paid leave policies, important pregnancy and caregiver protections, breastfeeding accommodations, inclusive protections for all families, including LGBTQ families, 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, who are predominantly low-wage workers of color, and those most directly affected by our policy work. Our free and confidential helpline provides legal assistance and information to low-wage workers.

ABB is based in New York City and maintains a Southern office in Nashville, TN and offices in Denver and Washington, DC.

Our Southern Office focuses on the issues affecting working families in the Southeast United States, where poverty rates for women and families, particularly women and families of color, are among the highest in the country and where legal protections are often scarce. Pregnant workers across the South, especially in low-wage and physically demanding jobs are forced out of their jobs when they need a modest accommodation to keep working. Workers of color are the least likely to have access to paid leave and other critical workplace rights to help them to care for their families without risking their economic security. Our Southern work thus focuses on remedying these legal gaps by enforcement and education as well as working to pass pregnant workers fairness laws, paid family and medical leave, and paid sick days laws across the Southeast and pushing back against policies that harm working families in the region including attacks on progressive local policies.

In New York, where we are headquartered, we have been leaders in many successful campaigns both in the city/state and across the country, including on paid family and medical leave laws, the fight to guarantee earned sick time to millions of workers across the country, pregnant workers fairness laws, which ensure that pregnant workers are not pushed out of their jobs when they need a modest accommodation to stay healthy, caregiver and lactation anti-discrimination laws, and fair workweek laws. Following legislative campaigns, we are working on effective implementation of these laws, creating materials, doing outreach to low-income communities, and prioritizing representation of low-income workers of color who are being denied rights we helped secure.

Potential projects in the Southern Office could focus on:

  • Enforcing new pregnant workers fairness laws in the South including in Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Virginia; educating and empowering low-wage workers and communities of color about those laws;
  • Providing direct services to low-wage workers of color in 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; and/or
  • Public education and enforcement of existing federal legal protections, such as pregnancy discrimination, family & medical leave, and breastfeeding protections for working families in the South.
  • Addressing the needs of working parents who lack quality, affordable, and accessible child care

Potential projects in the NYC office could focus on education and enforcement of laws both in NY and elsewhere across the country, particularly as they impact low-wage workers and communities of color: 

  • Pregnancy accommodation laws;
  • Lactation laws;
  • Paid sick time laws;
  • NYC Fair Workweek Law;
  • Caregiver discrimination laws
  • Paid family and medical leave laws; and/or
  • Any long-lasting effects of COVID-19 and other related emergency employment laws (including national and state-level emergency paid sick leave and paid family leave laws (including leave for school closures), as well as anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation provisions);

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;
  • Pregnancy accommodation campaigns around the country
  • LGBTQ work-family issues;
  • Quality, affordable, accessible child care
  • 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.

Qualifications:

  • Law degree required by May 2021, bar admission in NY or TN by Fall 2021 strongly 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 and ending racial, gender, health, and economic injustice.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using an approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
  • 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.
  • Experience with the community you propose to serve a plus.
  • 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 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, tailored letter of interest, a short writing sample, and two references with the subject line “2021 Fellowship – [First Name Last Name]” to: careers@abetterbalance.org. 

 A Better Balance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and we value diversity, inclusion, and belonging in our workforce. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage 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 status, arrest or conviction, or any other factor protected by law.

 A Better Balance is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities or other medical needs. If you are an individual with a disability or other medical need and need assistance applying online, please e-mail careers@abetterbalance.edu.  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

About the Organization:

A Better Balance, a national nonprofit advocacy organization, uses the power of the law to advance justice for workers, so they can care for themselves and their loved ones without jeopardizing their economic security. Through legislative advocacy, direct legal services and strategic litigation, and public education, our expert legal team combats discrimination against pregnant workers and caregivers and advances supportive policies like paid sick time, paid family and medical leave, fair scheduling, and accessible, quality childcare and eldercare. When we value the work of providing care, our communities and our nation are healthier and stronger.

About the Position:

The Development Associate will help with grants management and fundraising for A Better Balance. This position will contribute to the organization’s mission by working with legal, communications, and development staff to identify funding opportunities and write proposals, request letters, and reports to funders. The Development Associate will also be responsible for organizing and maintaining a grants 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 team. This position reports to the Co-Presidents of the organization. This is a full-time position.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct regular research into grant opportunities that align with ABB’s mission and vision.
  • Identify and contribute ideas to expand ABB’s funding base and develop corporate outreach strategy.
  • Draft grant proposals, budget narratives, reports, and all required supporting documents for funders on deadline.
  • Organize and update ABB’s grants calendar, setting forth the status of all reporting deadlines and prospective applications.
  • Facilitate and communicate the grant application process for involved ABB staff members, including development of application timeline, budget requirements, check lists, etc. to ensure smooth application process.
  • Maintain communication on progress of obtained grants with Co-Presidents.

Qualifications:

  • This is an entry-level position. Bachelor’s degree required,
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple deadlines concurrently with attention to detail.
  • Organized and able to self-manage workload and deadlines.
  • Able to work independently and as a team member, with a positive attitude.
  • Commitment to and passion for ending racial, gender, health, and economic injustice.
  • Position is based in New York City.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is consistent 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 healthy work/life balance for all employees.

To Apply:

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

Organization Description:

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 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, protections for diverse families, including LGBTQ families, and other economic justice issues throughout the country. We are also leaders in tackling the COVID-19 health crisis for workers by advancing stronger emergency and permanent policy measures as well as providing critical direct services and Know Your Rights public education. Our advocacy work and legal efforts have gained national recognition in dozens of outlets including The New York TimesWashington 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 in our work. Our free and confidential legal helpline provides legal assistance and information to low-wage workers and is a critical component to advancing our mission. At the peak of the COVID-19 public health crisis, the call volume to our helpline quadrupled, and continues to greatly exceed the number of requests for assistance we received prior to the pandemic, so we are increasing our capacity to meet the tremendous demand for our services.

Position Description:

Based in New York City, NY (but with the possibility of initially working remotely due to the COVID-19 public health crisis), the Law Fellow will support A Better Balance’s mission of advancing justice for women, families, and caregivers through the provision of direct legal services. The Law Fellow will staff our free and confidential legal helpline to directly assist low-wage workers nationwide facing challenges at work related to sick leave, family and medical leave, pregnancy discrimination, breastfeeding, and other issues impacting their ability to care for themselves or their loved ones without jeopardizing their financial security. The Law Fellow will primarily conduct intakes with and provide know-your rights information and self-advocacy coaching to workers. The Legal Fellow will also help assess cases for representation and may have the opportunity to represent low-wage workers in settlement negations and/or litigation. This is a one-year fellowship position we are looking to fill as soon as possible.

Qualifications:
  • Applicants with 0-2 years of legal experience are encouraged to apply.
  • JD and admitted to practice law, or bar admission pending, or planning to sit for the next bar exam.
  • Spanish fluency strongly preferred.
  • Experience providing direct legal services preferred.
  • Experience or background in employment law preferred.
  • 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.
FULL TIME EQUIVALENT

Full time (40 hours per week)

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $66,000-$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: Marcella Kocolatos, mkocolatos@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, veteran status, or other status protected by law.

Application Deadline: 4/16/21 (applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and students are encouraged to apply as early as possible)

 

The Local Solutions Support Center (LSSC) and A Better Balance (ABB) seek dynamic law students for a Summer 2021 legal fellowship program to work on supporting local policymaking that promotes economic, social, and health equity. Fellows will work remotely

About LSSC and ABB: 

LSSC works across the country to reframe and respond to the misuse of state interference in local policymaking to promote economic, social, and health equity. LSSC deploys nonpartisan strategies and tactics to educate the public and policymakers about local policymaking authority and the abuse of the state’s preemption authority to limit local regulations. LSSC also works to repeal existing preemptive laws that stifle local innovation and prevent communities from addressing systemic inequities, support local officials and governments against attacks from state legislatures, and, where appropriate, proactively affirm and strengthen home rule. Recently, LSSC has increasingly helped advocates and local decisionmakers understand the contours of local power in this COVID-19 era. LSSC is proud to support ABB’s Defending Local Democracy Project, this Local Democracy Summer Fellowship, and other legal partners working to address the abuse of state preemption.

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 workers at all income levels so they may care for their families without sacrificing their economic security. ABB works on the national, state, and local levels and employs 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, affirm the rights of LGBTQ workers, and support family caregiving. A Better Balance also works 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 Fellowship:  The LSSC Local Democracy Summer Fellows, who will be housed at ABB, will assist LSSC and ABB in all aspects of the organizations’ efforts to defend local democracy from the misuse of state preemption. Areas of work will include:

  • Researching and drafting legal memos on questions related to home rule and local government, including analysis of local authority to enact policies in response to the coronavirus pandemic;
  • Assisting with drafting state and local legislation and supporting materials;
  • Drafting fact sheets, talking points, and other materials to support advocates around the country organizing to defeat preemption and protect home rule;
  • Tracking preemptive legislation; and
  • Participating in regular strategy and operations communications.

Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in a J.D. program.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to local democracy, local government, work/family law, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, economic justice, and racial equality.
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated problem solving, prioritizing, time management, team-building, and organizational skills.
Work Dates and Compensation: Start and end dates are flexible, and the Fellowship will last 4-10 weeks over the summer of 2021. Fellows will work 10-15 hours per week during that time period. Compensation for the LSSC Local Democracy Summer Fellowship is $15 an hour. Applications will also be accepted from law students with external funding for a summer fellowship.
 
Application Instructions: Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (in one combined PDF) with the subject line “[FIRST NAME] [LAST NAME] Summer 2021 Fellowship Application” to Dilini Lankachandra at dlankachandra@abetterbalance.org by April 16, 2021.
We will consider applications on a rolling basis, and students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

 

A Better Balance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is an equal opportunity employer and does 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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