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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!

Organization Description:

A Better Balance (ABB) is a national legal advocacy organization that 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. 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. A Better Balance’s mission and approach are structured around the recognition that when we value the work of providing care, which has long been marginalized due to sexism and racism, our communities and our nation are healthier and stronger.

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 working women 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 regional Southern Office with headquarters in Nashville, TN and has offices in Denver, CO 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.

Position Description:

Based in Alabama, the Staff Attorney would work with our team to advance the goals of A Better Balance by promoting fairness for working families in the South and raising awareness nationally of issues affecting Southern low-wage workers, especially marginalized communities and those in rural areas. The Staff Attorney will primarily focus on policy and legislative advocacy, partnership management, coalition-building, and Know Your Rights public education.

Qualifications:

  • 1-4 years of legal experience preferred, but there is some flexibility on this qualification.
  • JD and admitted to practice law (or planning to sit for a bar exam).
  • Commitment to work/family issues, reproductive health, women’s rights, civil rights, labor rights, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, disability rights, or advocacy for low-income individuals.
  • Ability to build partnerships, coalitions, and relationships with diverse groups.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, advocacy, research, and analytic skills.
  • Self-motivated with ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Great attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Occasional travel as needed.
  • Connection to/roots in Alabama or the Deep South strongly preferred.

FULL TIME EQUIVALENT

Full time

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $69,000-$80,000, 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: Elizabeth Gedmark, egedmark@abetterbalance.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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 2022 Summer Internship

Job Description:

The A Better Balance New York City, Southern, and Washington, D.C, and Denver, CO offices are recruiting current 2L law students for a 2022 summer internship. An NYC intern would be based in New York City; a Southern Office intern would be based in Nashville, TN; a DC intern would be based in Washington, D.C., and a Colorado intern would be based in Denver. Interns who do not have public interest funding available from their law school will be compensated by ABB.

Organization Description:

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 policy work, strategic litigation and direct legal services, and public education, our expert legal team combats discrimination against pregnant workers and caregivers, and advances fair and supportive workplace policies like paid sick time, paid family and medical leave, predictable and flexible scheduling, and more. When we value the work of providing care, which has long been marginalized due to sexism and racism, our communities and our nation are healthier and stronger. 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. 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 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 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. The call volume to our helpline has spiked dramatically since the beginning of the COVID-19 public health crisis. We have provided thousands of workers with information about their rights related to sick leave, family leave, and workplace accommodations in the midst of this crisis.

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

Areas of work may include (depending on A Better Balance’s needs at the time of the internship):

  • Conducting legal research and writing to support A Better Balance’s policy advocacy, direct services, and/or litigation work
  • Conducting intakes with callers to A Better Balance’s free and confidential legal helpline 
  • Assisting with drafting legislation and supporting materials
  • Drafting know-your-rights materials to support A Better Balance’s community education efforts and assisting with know-your-rights trainings for workers and/or advocates
  • Participating in legislator education efforts, campaign rallies, and/or public hearings to advance public policies benefiting working families
  • Other tasks as needed to support A Better Balance’s various advocacy efforts  

Compensation:

Interns who do not have public interest funding available from their law school will be compensated by ABB at a rate of $15/hour for up to 10 weeks (full time).

How to Apply:

Please e-mail a resume and cover letter with a subject line as follows “[FIRST NAME] [LAST NAME] 2022 Summer Internship Application” to: Meghan Racklin, mracklin@abetterbalance.org (New York); Kameron Dawson, kdawson@abetterbalance.org (Nashville); Sarah Brafman, sbrafman@abetterbalance.org (D.C.); Natalie Petrucci, npetrucci@abetterbalance.org (Colorado). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please be sure to specify in your email and cover letter which ABB office or offices you are applying to (New York City, Nashville, Washington, D.C. and/or Denver, CO).

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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