Public Advocates Inc., a bold and highly-regarded civil rights law firm and advocacy organization, has an opening on its Education Equity Team for a Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney, depending on experience. Our mission is to eradicate poverty and discrimination and promote thriving communities. For forty-eight years Public Advocates has used a diverse set of legal and policy tools to achieve tangible legal victories and help low-income communities of color build their power to participate effectively in public decision-making.
Our Education Equity Team is recognized statewide for effective state and local advocacy and our ability to support our grassroots partners’ power-building efforts. Our work to ensure full and equitable funding for all students – and especially socioeconomically disadvantaged students of color – and to advance teacher quality reforms allows us to work to ensure every child has excellent educational opportunities to achieve their full potential. Visit our website to learn more about our areas of our work across school funding, diverse and prepared teachers, data and accountability, and seeding democracy through the development of meaningful student and parent voice in school communities.
Qualities expected of all Public Advocates staff include integrity, high professional standards and commitment to progressive social change and working successfully with diverse colleagues, clients and community partners. This includes active participation in promoting healthy workplace culture through our organizational diversity initiative. We value cooperation, candor, flexibility, resilience, optimism, curiosity and sense of humor.
Compensation & Work Setting
Competitive salary range from $72,000 (for an attorney with three years of experience) to $90,000+; actual salary is commensurate with relevant experience. Benefits include full health and dental insurance for employee and eligible family members; life and disability insurance; generous vacation; 403(b) retirement plan; and paid sabbaticals. Office located on the Embarcadero near the Ferry Building in San Francisco, convenient to public transportation (we offer access to tax-advantaged commuter benefits). Some travel likely, mostly within California, including to our Sacramento office.
Applications welcome immediately; position open until filled. To be considered, applications must include: 1) a cover letter that a) explains your specific interest in this role and in our advocacy model, b) addresses how your identity and background have prepared you to be an effective advocate for social justice and c) describes a project or challenge you have managed that will help us understand your qualifications; 2) a resume; 3) writing sample(s) that illustrate your reasoning and communication skills; and 4) names of three references, at least two of whom have directly supervised your work. Submit your application (and/or questions) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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