MALDEF

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.

Legislative Staff Attorney – San Antonio, TX

Job Responsibilities:Analyzes and drafts legislation, policy issues and proposals, governmental regulations, rules, and executive orders. Researches, analyzes, and prepares recommendations, position papers, testimony and other documents. Participates in developing short- and long-term plans and strategies. Meets regularly with state and local legislators and/or their staff, and attends hearings, press conferences, and relevant legislative meetings to submit written materials, to articulate MALDEF's position on issues and legislation, and to obtain information. Develops and maintains an appropriate network of ties to other organizations, experts, and interested and knowledgeable individuals with similar interests and goals; initiates and maintains coalitions; attends community events and presents policy positions. Prepares reports of substantive legislative trends and relevant actions initiated and taken to promote advocacy of positions, and any continuing efforts in coalition building, lobbying, or legislative strategies, and maintains time sheets reflecting areas and advocacy work performed. Ensures compliance with government reporting obligations regarding lobbying. Works closely with communications staff to develop media relationships to obtain press coverage for policy positions and may participate in litigation as needed.

Qualifications and Experience: Juris Doctor or equivalent degree required. At least 3 years progressively responsible experience in civil rights and public interest fields are preferred. Evidence of ability to apply legal or other training to legislative analysis is required. Excellent research, writing, and communication skills required. Legislative experience is a plus. Background in immigration issues a plus. Knowledge and awareness of local, regional, and national issues affecting the Latino community preferred. Knowledge of civil rights policy and law, immigration policy and law, and/or education policy and law is desirable. Undergraduate and graduate majors and courses directly relevant to civil rights and advocacy concerns are also desirable. Fluency in written and spoken Spanish is preferred.

Compensation: : $47,900 – 85,000+ per year. Fixed salary scale commensurate with years of legal experience. MALDEF offers a generous benefits package including 100% employer paid medical, dental, vision for the employee and qualified dependent family members, as well as short- and long-term disability insurance, term life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution, employee assistance plan, 11 paid holidays, and 20 days of personal time off (PTO) per year. Download full job announcement. Posted 5/11/17.

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; participates in the development of long-term strategic goals and objectives for the assigned program areas 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. Undergraduate or graduate instruction in public policy and/or social sciences is desirable. Federal and state court litigation experience, particularly in the area of civil rights, immigration, or employment is desirable.

Compensation: : $50,500 to $92,000+ per year. Fixed salary scale commensurate with years of legal experience. MALDEF’s generous benefits package includes: employer paid medical, dental, vision for employees and their eligible dependents; employer paid short and long term disability insurance; life insurance; and employee assistance program; A 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution; 20 days of personal time (PTO); and eleven paid holidays each year. Download full job announcement. Posted 5/10/17.

Bilingual Receptionist - Los Angeles, CA

Job Responsibilities:The Bilingual Receptionist is responsible for staffing the front desk of a busy law office simultaneously managing incoming calls, greeting and announcing guests, accepting packages and mail, performing general clerical duties, and maintaining daily staff sign-in records. Receives visitors and provides organizational information to guests and community members. Processes and distributes incoming and outgoing mail, packages, and faxes; opens, stamps, and sorts mail. Participates in booking travel and preparing expense reports and related forms. Performs miscellaneous clerical work of a type that can be performed while balancing receptionist duties. Responsible for scheduling public meeting rooms, communicating with building services staff to ensure that rooms and required equipment are set up, and collecting room rental fees. May compose and prepare correspondence and memoranda from brief instructions. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience: Minimum high school graduation or GED and one (1) year experience in reception and clerical work required. Up to 6 months formally verifiable training in reception and secretarial work can be substituted for up to 6 months experience. Must be fully bilingual in English and Spanish and be able to seamlessly switch back and forth between both languages. Must be knowledgeable of general office practices and procedures; computer and office machine operations; data entry, electronic mail, telephone etiquette, letter and report writing; and basic bookkeeping, and filing systems. The successful candidate will be able to collect and relay information with diplomacy and must possess excellent interpersonal skills. A proven ability to interact in appropriate, professional manner with high-level business leaders, donors, administrators, volunteers, and staff both on the phone and in person is required. Proficiency in English language usage, grammar, spelling, and syntax to compose, edit, and proofread correspondence, reports, and other written materials is essential. A working knowledge of the Internet as well as Windows and Microsoft Office computer programs including Word, Excel, and Outlook is required. Must be detail oriented with the ability to work with frequent interruption by telephone, email, and visitors.The successful candidate will possess general knowledge of the geography of Los Angeles and Southern California, the Latino community, and local organizations where persons can be referred for additional information and help. The ability to write proficiently in Spanish highly preferred. Interest in learning about how a law office works and the ability to learn simple legal terminology and legal office procedures preferred.

Compensation: $27,040 – $32,000 per year paid hourly. Salary is commensurate with experience. MALDEF’s generous benefits package includes: 100% employer paid medical, dental and vision for employees and their eligible dependents, short and long term disability insurance, term life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution, employee assistance plan, 11 holidays, and 20 days personal time off (PTO) per year. Download full job announcement. Posted 3/20/17.

Staff Attorney - Los Angeles, CA

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; participates in the development of long-term strategic goals and objectives for the assigned program areas 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 California required. 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. The successful candidate will have knowledge and awareness of local, regional, and national issues affecting Latino community. Fluency in written and spoken Spanish is preferred. A willingness and ability to engage in local and national travel as needed is required.

Compensation: $52,100 to $95,000+ per year. Fixed salary scale commensurate with years of legal experience. MALDEF's generous benefits package includes: employer paid medical, dental, vision for employees and their eligible dependents; short and long term disability insurance; 403(b) retirement plan; 20 days of personal time (PTO) and eleven paid holidays each year. Download full job announcement. Posted 3/10/17.

Administrative Assistant - Sacramento, CA

Job Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Staff Attorneys, the Administrative Assistant provides the secretarial, clerical, and office administrative functions required in a small office, using initiative and judgment as necessary in the absence of the attorneys. S/he answers telephones taking and relaying messages and information; completes business telephone calls to confirm appointments and court/hearing appearances; schedules appointments and meetings; prepares and processes incoming and outgoing mail and correspondence; maintains an office calendar and tickler system for important court/hearing dates, deadlines, and other appointments; maintains the office filing system. The Administrative Assistant also drafts simple correspondence and memoranda; types testimony, fact sheets and talking points as well as legal documents for filing with state of federal court and for service on opposing counsel/parties; proofreads documents for accuracy; collates, numbers, sorts, and files documents and other materials produced by or for opposing party in discovery; puts together reports and exhibits; fills in forms precisely and without error; prepares expense forms and check requests; processes and maintains petty cash and cash disbursements; and serves as a receptionist.

Qualifications and Experience: The successful candidate will have two (2) years experience performing secretarial or clerical tasks in professional office environment. Law and/or legislative office experience highly preferred. Basic knowledge of legal terminology and basic understanding of legal/legislative systems and documents; knowledge of general organization of pleading/brief dockets and legal correspondence files; excellent computer skills, especially word processing, spreadsheets, and Internet. Knowledge of WordPerfect, MSWord, Adobe Acrobat and the Internet; knowledge of proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling sufficient to proofread legal work and to compose simple correspondence; ability to read and understand rules and procedures sufficient to prepare and format documents; skill in typing and word processing at a minimum of 50 wpm; knowledge of both legal and general office procedures and routines. Candidates must be able to communicate fluently in both English and Spanish, including the ability to speak, read, write, understand, and translate from one language to the other.

Compensation: $28,100 - $34,000 per year. Salary is commensurate with experience. MALDEF offers a generous benefits package including 100% employer paid medical, dental, vision for the employee and qualified dependent family members, as short- and long-term disability insurance, term life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with employer match, employee assistance plan, 11 paid holidays, and 20 days of personal time off (PTO) per year. Download full job announcement. Posted 3/8/17.

Regional Counsel - Chicago, IL

Job Responsibilities: The Regional Counsel is responsible for the daily operations and overall management of the regional office. Within MALDEF's designated program areas, works with the President and General Counsel, Director of Litigation, staff attorneys, and other Regional Counsels to determine the litigation and public policy advocacy priorities for the Midwest regional office. Initiates and conducts litigation and provides regular guidance on legal issues, strategies, and points of law to regional office staff. Maintains docket of active litigation and directly participates in complex civil rights cases in multiple program areas. Provides general supervision, guidance and training to the regional office staff to ensure that appropriate investigations are initiated and conducted; that litigation is warranted, well thought-out, and effectively conducted; that advocacy positions and papers are well researched and effectively written and/or delivered; and that community education programs are successfully implemented. Supervises and manages the performance of the regional office staff including: attorneys, paralegals, and clerical staff. Acts as a MALDEF spokesperson for the region to the media and at special events or forums; develops and maintains a network of ties to other organizations and coalitions in order to further ongoing litigation and public policy advocacy. The Regional Counsel assists Development staff and the President and General Counsel in coordinating fundraising activities for the Chicago office.

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 five years of progressively responsible experience in civil rights and public interest law is required. Of this, at least three years should have involved litigation of complex or class action cases in federal and/or state courts and one year must have involved supervision of legal, paralegal and clerical personnel.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Excellent research, writing, and communication skills required. The successful candidate will have knowledge and awareness of local, regional, and national issues affecting the Latino community and will be able to supervise legal, non-legal and administrative staff in a way that creates an effective team effort. Fluency in written and spoken Spanish is preferred. A willingness and ability to engage in local and national travel as needed is required.

Compensation: $72,600 - $114,600+ per year. Fixed salary scale commensurate with years of legal experience. MALDEF offers a generous benefits package including 100% employer paid medical, dental, vision for the employee and qualified dependent family members, as short- and long-term disability insurance, term life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with employer match, employee assistance plan, 11 paid holidays, and 20 days of personal time off (PTO) per year. Download full job announcement. Posted 4/6/15.

Internships

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.

NEW! Communications Intern - Los Angeles, CA

Job Responsibilities: Communications interns perform research; assist in the building of media data bank; draft press releases, social media posts, and news stories; attend meetings; provide clerical support to the communications department senior staff.

Qualifications and Experience: An interest in civil rights and current events. Multi-media experience and bilingual capabilities are helpful. Must be computer and social media savvy, enjoy writing, and be willing to work as a part of a team under tight deadlines and quickly shifting priorities.

Duration: Summer: 10 weeks, 20 hours per week (Can vary depending on fellowship or work-study guidelines) Fall/Winter/Spring: 1 semester/quarter, 15 hours per week.

Compensation: Unpaid. Interested applicants should apply for fellowships or work study funds through their school. Download full job announcement. Posted 5/11/17.

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.

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MALDEF
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Los Angeles, CA 90014

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