Career Opportunities & Internships

MALDEF offers challenging and rewarding employment opportunities for qualified individuals who are ready and willing to work hard. The following is a list of our current openings. All positions are available immediately and will remain open until filled. Download the job announcement for full description.

Parent School Partnership Director - Los Angeles, CA

Job Responsibilities: The Parent School Partnership Director develops, coordinates, and implements new plans for parent leadership training using the existing MALDEF curriculum and adapts program to the specific needs of the Latino parent population in school districts throughout the Los Angeles region; provides guidance and support to parents on projects to improve education in their community, and fosters and maintains effective professional relationships with a broad base of educators, community leaders, policy-makers, and parent groups engaged in educational policy issues; works with PSP staff and other partners in planning and coordinating enrichment opportunities for parents, including university field trips and nutrition workshops; collaborates with policy, community education, and legal staff on school improvement and school reform efforts to ensure access and equity for the education of Latino children. The PSP Director collaborates with other PSP staff to coordinate, tailor, and facilitate training of trainers for local, state, and regional partners interested in implementing the MALDEF curriculum nationwide; works with the National Parent School Partnership Director on policy activities impacting students, such as accountability, curriculum, financing, and other school reform issues; develops with communications staff, informational materials including brochures, fact sheets, public service announcements, and training videos; and conducts interviews in Spanish and English with radio, television, and print media as necessary.

Qualifications and Experience: Bachelor's Degree required. A Master's degree is desirable. A high level of fluency in written and spoken Spanish and English is required. The candidate must be knowledgeable about access and equity issues in the educational system, particularly regarding Latino students.

Compensation: $38,000 - $45,000 per year, depending on experience, plus generous benefits package. Download full job announcement. Posted 8/19/2014.

Staff Attorney - Chicago, IL

Job Responsibilities: In consultation with co-counsel inside and outside of MALDEF, devises and executes strategic plans in complex litigation through the following activities: conducts depositions and discovery, negotiates and monitors settlement agreements, and pursues attorney fee awards in civil rights litigation; conducts legal research and drafts pleadings, briefs, and administrative complaints; devises investigation plans and investigates potential legal claims; prepares memoranda on budget and legal theory for approval of litigation by MALDEF management; responds to media inquiries, makes public presentations, and prepares community education materials regarding Latino rights; analyzes proposed legislation for impact on Latino interests and drafting and delivering testimony before legislative bodies; participates in the development of long-term strategic goals and objectives for the assigned program area and also for the regional office; supervises volunteer and professional support staff assigned to assist litigation programs.

Qualifications and Experience: Juris Doctor or equivalent degree required; active bar membership in one or more states required. Eligibility for active bar membership in Illinois required. Bar membership in another Midwestern state is desirable. At least 3 years progressively responsible experience in civil rights and public interest fields are preferred. Undergraduate or graduate instruction in public policy and/or social sciences is desirable. Federal and state court litigation experience, particularly in area of civil rights, immigration, or employment is desirable. Excellent research, writing, and communication skills required.

Compensation: $47,000 to $85,000+ per year plus generous benefits package. Download full job announcement. Posted 8/4/2014.


MALDEF offers valuable internship opportunities for dedicated individuals who want to get involved in MALDEF's litigation, public policy, and community advocacy work. Law students are encouraged to apply for the competitive Law Clerk Summer Internship program. There are also internship opportunities available with the Parent School Partnership (PSP) program.

Legal Intern - Los Angeles, CA , Chicago, IL, San Antonio, TX, Washington, D.C.

Policy Intern - Los Angeles, CA , Sacramento, CA, Chicago, IL, San Antonio, TX, Washington, D.C.

Application Materials & Procedure

Please submit your cover letter, resume and 3 to 5 page writing sample by email or U.S. Mail. Electronic documents should be in .doc, .rtf, .txt, or .pdf format. Emails should include Your Full Name - Job Location, Job Title in the subject line. A separate application package is required for each position for which you wish to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Attn: Human Resources
634 S. Spring Street, 11th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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