Staff Attorney - Gender, Sexuality & Reproductive Justice Program (San Francisco, Sacramento or Fresno)

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ACLU of Northern CA

The Opportunity

The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU NorCal) seeks a mid-level Staff Attorney to join the Gender, Sexuality, and Reproductive Justice (GSRJ) Program.  This is an exciting opportunity to work on a team devoted to ensuring Californians’ bodily autonomy and ending oppression based on gender and sexual orientation.  The attorney will pursue and help develop policy advocacy, impact litigation, legislative advocacy, organizing, and communications campaigns under the supervision of the GSRJ Program Director. This position can be based in ACLU NorCal’s San Francisco, Sacramento, or Fresno offices. 

The Approach

ACLU NorCal takes an Integrated Advocacy approach to the work of advancing civil rights and civil liberties in our region and across the state, meaning we deploy multi-pronged strategies that include impact litigation, policy advocacy, legislative advocacy, organizing, and communications.

ACLU NorCal’s GSRJ Program works toward a California that is free of discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation and that respects, values and supports all Californians’ bodily autonomy and right to have children, not have children and parent the children we have with dignity. We ground our work in racial justice values and an understanding of intersectionality. Current priority areas include work at the intersection of criminal justice, including the decriminalization of sex work and the criminalization of pregnancy; advancing paid sick and family leave; protecting the lives of transgender people, particularly Black trans women; addressing government programs within the family regulation system that lead to family separation and surveillance for low-income families of color; promoting measures to eliminate racial inequities in birth outcomes and reproductive health access; ensuring comprehensive, LGBTQ-inclusive sex education; and challenging discriminatory religious restrictions on health care. 

The Position

You are an advocate with experience in gender justice, advocacy for LGBTQ people or reproductive justice. You have a strong commitment to racial and social justice and have a demonstrated history of applying an intersectional lens to your work.  Working under the supervision of the GSRJ Director and with other ACLU staff, the Staff Attorney will participate in a range of legal and policy advocacy activities.

In this role as a member of the ACLU NorCal Legal-Policy department and of the ACLU NorCal and statewide GSRJ teams, you will team employs integrated litigation, policy advocacy, organizing, and communications strategies to create a California that is free of discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation and that respects, values, and supports all Californians’ decisions about intimate relationships and reproduction. The GSRJ Program has a number of active cases and multiyear integrated advocacy campaigns; it also responds to attacks on its core issues as they emerge.  ACLU NorCal prioritizes work led by impacted communities, and regularly works in coalition with grassroots and community-based organizations, as well as the ACLU NorCal Communications and Organizing Departments, to impact policies and practices at the local, state, and national levels.

About the Organization

The ACLU of Northern California is an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU NorCal) is comprised of two distinct corporations, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California (501c3) and the ACLU of Northern California (501c4). The incumbent is a joint employee of both corporations. For most of the last century, it has been at the heart of many of the most major – and sometimes controversial – struggles for civil liberties and civil rights in our state. Our mission is to ensure that Constitutional rights don’t just exist on paper but are protected in practice. As we move into a new era and face dangerous policies that threaten our civil rights and civil liberties, we remain dedicated to confronting these issues and defending the progress we have made. We must use our decades of experience in impact litigation, legislative advocacy, and fearless organizing to fight these un-American policies and protect our most cherished rights and freedoms.

Duties and Responsibilities

You are an advocate with experience in gender justice, advocacy for LGBTQ people or reproductive justice. You have a strong commitment to racial and social justice and have a demonstrated history of applying an intersectional lens to your work.  Working under the supervision of the GSRJ Director and with other ACLU staff, the Staff Attorney will participate in a range of legal and policy advocacy activities.

This will include:

  • Litigation, including all aspects of legal research and writing and case management
  • Legislative, agency & political process lawyering and advocacy, including researching and drafting letters, as well as drafting, evaluating, and working to advance key legislation and administrative policies
  • Issuing and analyzing Public Record Act requests
  • Civic engagement & public education, including public speaking, work on strategic communications, as well as supporting leadership development and capacity building opportunities for directly impacted community partners
  • Building organizational partnerships and participating in coalitions

Education/Experience:

  • 4-6 years of legal or policy experience
  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Membership in the California State Bar

Required Skills Competencies:

  • Experience with and commitment to gender justice, advocacy for LGBTQ people or reproductive justice
  • Strong commitment to racial justice and experience with intersectional advocacy
  • Excellent legal research skills
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills
  • Experience working directly or in coalition with impacted communities, and grassroots and community-based organizations
  • Understanding of advocacy in non-litigation as well as litigation context
  • A high degree of self-motivation and creative thinking, combined with the ability to work well in teams
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • People with direct personal or professional experience with impacted communities are encouraged to apply for this position.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Litigation experience, including drafting amicus briefs, conducting and defending depositions, engaging in written discovery, working with experts, motions practice, and trial practice
  • Familiarity with the Central Valley or other rural areas of California
  • Experience in family law or criminal defense

Compensation:

Competitive salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation in addition to 14 office holidays; medical, vision and dental insurance for staff members, their dependents and spouse or domestic partner; life and long-term disability insurance; and, 401(k) plan with employer match.

This position is represented by IFTPE Local 20  

The annual salary range is $86,026 to $193,558 Placement within this range will be dependent on years out of law school.

To Apply

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications must include (1) a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position and the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above, (2) resume, (3) a written sample of your work – legal or policy brief, campaign plan, etc. If your candidacy advances to the final round, you will be asked to provide a list of three references, including one direct supervisor. Applicants concurrently applying to any other position with the ACLU should state what other position they are applying for in the cover letter.

Please submit your application in PDF form here:  https://boards.greenhouse.io/aclunc/jobs/5029619002

The ACLU-NC is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail hr@aclunc.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request accommodation for the interview process

The ACLU of Northern California advances equity and inclusion in the workplace by providing equal employment opportunity to support a work environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), sexual orientation, military and veteran status, arrest or conviction record, and any other basis prohibited by law. The organization also provides reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. This equal employment opportunity policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, selection, advancement, training, problem resolution, and separation from employment. Through this policy, the ACLU-NC strives to establish and maintain an equitable and accessible work environment that is supportive and free from discrimination.

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