JOB OPPORTUNITIES

 

Legal Voice comprises a small-but-mighty team of dedicated and creative social justice advocates. We value the individuals in our workplace, and honor their commitment to social justice work as well as to their personal lives and families. We strive to make our workplace inclusive, supportive, and reflective of the social change we seek. See below for opportunities to join our team!

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Reports to: Director of Development & Communications 

Position status: Non-exempt; 40 hours/week 

  

About Legal Voice: Legal Voice pursues justice for all women and LGBTQ people in the Northwest, through groundbreaking litigation, legislative advocacy, and legal rights education. As a progressive feminist organization with an intersectional approach to gender justice, Legal Voice practices community lawyering, centering the most impacted community voices across all levels of our advocacy, and rooting all our work in our race equity values.  

 

Position summary: The Marketing & Communications Manager is a storyteller, promoting and communicating Legal Voice’s work to our community of supporters—and future supporters.  

 

To effectively tell Legal Voice’s story, the Marketing & Communications Manager will have some fluency in intersectional feminism—you might have Sister Outsider on your bedside table, or Code Switch on your podcast playlist, or be an active member of organizing efforts for racial justice. Whatever your background, you will be committed to ongoing learning – ready and willing to explore privilege and oppression as it relates to our work. 

 

The Marketing & Communications Manager must be skilled in communicating via a wide variety of mediums—from 240 characters to email appeals, short videos to the narrative arc of events, newsletters to photos—and be ever ready to learn and try new ways to connect with our audience. The Manager oversees all internal and external print and digital communication, and manages message creation/storytelling in support of Legal Voice’s mission, vision, and values. The Manager also coordinates online giving campaigns—from concept to execution—in collaboration with the Director of Development & Communications and Senior Development Manager.  

While we hope to return to an office-based workplace eventually, this position is remote for the foreseeable future, and will require someone who is comfortable working independently, but who will also enjoy and seek opportunities to engage and collaborate with team members. We acknowledge that working from home presents new challenges for all of us, and we endeavor to see and support each other as whole people.

  

Key Responsibilities: 

 

Communications 

  • Develop messaging aligned with Legal Voice’s intersectional vision and its goal of prioritizing racial justice. 

  • Craft effective and compelling email messages highlighting Legal Voice’s legal and legislative advocacy as well as our community outreach and education efforts.  

  • Manage website and social media platforms—including writing original content, posting on platforms, and troubleshooting problems. Be the voice of Legal Voice and encourage community engagement through current social networks (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).  

  • Collaborate with program staff to develop and maintain meaningful relationships with community organizations, particularly in communities we have not historically engaged with, including communities of color. 

  • Draft internal communications including talking points, messaging documents, backgrounders, bios, press releases, fact sheets, one sheets, and other materials as needed. 

  • Create, coordinate, edit, and deploy print communications including print newsletter, annual appeals, promotional materials, event invitations, and event materials. 

  • Be knowledgeable about, and facilitate the effective use of, new technologies and software that will enhance and facilitate external communications. Educate staff on the appropriate uses of these new technologies. 

  • Keep up to date with current online trends, especially in the nonprofit sector, and recommend new outreach solutions and opportunities. 

 

Marketing & Press Relations 

  • Manage online marketing and fundraising campaigns, including using the Legal Voice website, social networks, and email campaigns to meet campaign goals. 

  • Position Legal Voice as a go-to news source by developing press messaging—including releases, advisories, op-eds, statements, and bylined articles—that is aligned with Legal Voice’s intersectional vision and its goal of prioritizing racial justice. 

  • Build and nurture relationships on behalf of Legal Voice with relevant reporters, editors, news directors, bloggers, and media outlets; maintain organization’s media database. 

  • Field press inquiries and direct to the appropriate spokespeople; conduct background research, and support staff doing media interviews to ensure optimal preparedness and comfort. 

  • Manage Legal Voice’s visual brand according to our brand guidelines, with consistency, clarity, and creativity. 

  • Work collaboratively with Legal Voice’s graphic designer to create compelling, consistent branded materials for print and online. 

  • Working with the Development team, create a marketing plan and budget; manage the annual marketing budget. 

  • Work closely with the Director of Development and Communications and the Senior Development Manager to maximize marketing and communications initiatives targeted to donor cultivation including special campaigns, i.e. online giving days. 

  • Research and propose innovative ways of reaching new markets. 

  • Participate in planning, promoting, and messaging around organizational events. 

 

Qualifications: 

  • Minimum two years of professional experience in communications, marketing, or public relations (or combined equivalent of employment, education, and volunteer experience) 

  • Strong digital communication experience, ideally on issue, advocacy, or electoral campaigns 

  • Experience with WYSIWYG website editors (e.g. Wix) 

  • Ability to juggle multiple responsibilities and meet deadlines 

  • Ability to stay on top of current research in our issue areas, appropriate language, and messaging best practices 

  • Basic graphic design and layout knowledge desired 

  • Ability to communicate complex issues clearly (i.e. translate legalese) conveying “why it matters" 

  • Ability to write and edit in a clear, compelling, and quick manner. Demonstrable capacity to write in a variety of formats, styles, and voices including short form web and social communications, press releases, long-form features, opinion pieces, and speeches 

  • Be a motivated self-starter 

  • Ability to organize volunteers and staff to deliver content and meet deadlines 

  • Commitment to Legal Voice’s mission and vision of intersectional gender justice.  

  • Experience working on social justice issues affecting women of color, immigrant, or non-English speaking women, and/or transgender people preferred. 

  • Ability to work flexible hours when necessary, including some evenings and weekends for special events 

  • A demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships in marginalized communities, including communities of color 

 

Note on Race Equity: Legal Voice is in the process of developing internal and external structures that support our efforts to responsibly and meaningfully center race equity in our work. Our organization is early in its journey to repair past harm and nurture and support leadership of color. The ideal candidate for this position will have a well-developed equity lens that includes an understanding of systemic racism and oppression, and will be self-reflective and willing to grow and learn around these topics. The person in this position will also join the rest of staff in working closely with Legal Voice’s Race Equity Team as the organization develops a broader roadmap to ensure that our policies, practices, and culture promote principles of racial equity. 

  

Salary & Benefits: This full-time position has a salary range of $55,000-$65,000, depending on experience. Benefits include health insurance (including dental and vision); three weeks of vacation to start in a culture that supports and encourages people to use their vacation time; ten paid holidays per year; 401K eligibility after six months of employment with a possible employer contribution; paid sick and safe leave; flexible and generous family leave; and professional development opportunities. 

 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; those submitted by September 10, 2020 will receive first consideration. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to info@legalvoice.org

  

Non-discrimination: As an organization committed to prioritizing reproductive justice, economic justice, and racial justice, Legal Voice believes in fostering the leadership of all women and LGBTQ persons, particularly those from underrepresented and marginalized communities. Legal Voice follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, or marital status. 

 
INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

For more than 40 years Legal Voice (formerly known as the Northwest Women’s Law Center) has put into practice our commitment to ensuring women and LGBTQ people are able to live their lives with dignity, safety, and autonomy. Using an intersectional approach to gender justice, we strive to center marginalized community voices in our litigation and legislative strategies and are working toward prioritizing racial justice in our advocacy and among our staff, board, and volunteers. Through a community lawyering model, Legal Voice aims to achieve social justice and systemic change by supporting community groups, coalitions, and movements led by and for Black, Indigenous, and people of color and marginalized communities.

Race Equity Commitment

We strive to build and deepen partnerships with communities to co-create and enforce strong, equitable laws in the Northwest’s courtrooms and legislatures that will build community power. In addition to how we operate as an organization, we ground our work in race equity:

1. We are guided by anti-racist values
2. We honor and support the self-determination of communities of color and other marginalized communities, and aim to build the power of these communities
3. We value building authentic relationships with and being accountable to communities of color and other marginalized communities

Legal Voice is committed to operationalizing these values across our organization and our programmatic work. We seek an Interim Executive Director who will play a key role in supporting Legal Voice’s Race Equity Team, the staff, and the Board as we continue to grow and learn, implement a race equity vision, and advance anti- racist policies, practices, and organizational culture.

Reporting

The Interim Executive Director will report to the 14-member Board of Directors and will oversee a staff of 16. The term is anticipated for six to twelve months, with flexibility to amend the term, if needed. The board anticipates the director will work between 25 and 30 hours per week, depending on the needs of the organization.

Scope of Work

The Board of Directors of Legal Voice is looking for an Interim Executive Director to lead
the organization as we prepare for and conduct a search for a permanent Executive Director. Legal Voice is a financially stable, well-managed organization with a dedicated and highly skilled staff. The current Executive Director is retiring after 25 years of valued leadership. We seek a collaborative and energetic leader who can work hand-in-hand with the Board of Directors and the staff Senior Leadership Team to:

  • Support the staff and board as the organization implements its race equity vision and values

  • Conduct an organizational needs assessment to identify areas to develop going forward

  • Maintain Legal Voice’s position within the community

  • Nurture and build relationships with funders and donors

  • Continue relationships with stakeholders, foundations, community members, decision

    makers, thought leaders, and other organizations in the region and nationally

  • Maintain full transparency and accountability to the board and staff

  • Provide regular updates on emerging opportunities, strategic progress, and risk

    management

  • Provide board support by staffing board committees and creating and distributing

    materials for board and committee meetings

  • Maintain and contribute to a supportive, innovative, and healthy work environment

    with a culture of collaboration and open communication

  • Collaborate with and support staff during a time of significant transition

  • Serve as a resource and onboarding consultant to ensure the smooth transition to the

    next Executive Director of Legal Voice, once hired

  • Other duties as determined at the discretion of the Board of Directors

Desired Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of experience as leader and/or consultant in the nonprofit field

  • Management/organizational leadership skills, with the ability to influence and drive

    organizational evolution in keeping with mission, strategic goals, and capacity

  • Alignment with Legal Voice’s race equity values

  • Experience in collaborating with a nonprofit board of directors and engaging in

    successful fund development, board development, planning, and organizational

    development

  • Experience in fundraising, including donor stewardship and solicitation

  • Experience in developing and leading high-performance teams

  • Demonstrated experience in working with and supporting economically, racially, and

    socially diverse communities

  • The ability to work effectively and collaborate with staff, board, and community partners

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Experience working with an annual budget of $2,000,000+

  • Familiarity with community lawyering and social and racial justice movements and

    principles

  • Legal training or experience is a plus, but not required

Compensation Package

This part-time, temporary position (anticipated 28 hours per week/0.7FTE; 6-12 months’ duration) has an annual salary range of $105,000-$120,000, depending on experience. Excellent benefits, including health insurance (medical, dental and vision) and paid leave. Start date of September 14th preferred.

 

To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to info@legalvoice.org. Priority given to applications received by August 14th.

Non-discrimination: As an organization committed to prioritizing reproductive justice, economic justice,

and racial justice, Legal Voice believes in fostering the leadership of all women and LGBTQ persons, particularly those from underrepresented and marginalized communities. Legal Voice follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.

CONTRACT LOBBYIST

Reports to: Advocacy Director 

Position status: Part-time, Consultant

About Legal Voice: Legal Voice pursues justice for all women and LGBTQ people in the Northwest, through groundbreaking litigation, legislative advocacy, and legal rights education. As a progressive feminist organization with an intersectional approach to gender justice, Legal Voice practices community lawyering, centering the most impacted community voices across all levels of our advocacy, and rooting all our work in our race equity values.

Position summary: In partnership with the program team, Legal Voice’s contract lobbyist will serve as the primary representative in Olympia tasked with advancing our legislative and administrative agenda, maintaining and cultivating relationships with elected officials and agency staff, and developing strategies in collaboration with BIPOC communities and other impacted groups to understand and elevate community priorities and advance legislative goals.

Legal Voice is in the process of developing internal and external structures that support our efforts to responsibly and meaningfully center race equity in our work and become an anti- racist organization. Our organization is early in its journey to repair past harm and nurture and support leadership of color. The ideal candidate for this position will have a well- developed equity lens that includes an understanding of systemic racism and oppression, and will be self-reflective and willing to grow and learn around these topics.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop legislative priorities and advocacy strategies in partnership with the program team to advance in Olympia. Identify, analyze, and monitor legislative proposals and policies of interest to Legal Voice at the state and local levels, and coordinate legal analysis and drafting of legislative proposals with the team.

  • Work in partnership across the organization to develop strategies for working directly with impacted stakeholders, communities, and other groups to achieve legislative goals. Participate in coalition, partner, community, and government-related meetings, as necessary.

  • Represent Legal Voice before lawmakers, executive agencies, and other stakeholders. Testify before legislative committees and help coordinate the development of educational materials, as necessary.

  • Build trusting relationships between Legal Voice and legislators, agency officials, and other executive staff.

  • Ensure a coordinated approach to lobbying through consistent communication and strategic conversations with staff.

  

Qualifications:

  • Minimum three years of local, state, or federal legislative experience and/or policy advocacy.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment

    with tight timeframes, adjust to changing strategies and demands, and prioritize and manage

    multiple projects.

  • A demonstrated ability to foster relationships with diverse groups, including lawmakers from

    across the political spectrum. Ability to develop trust and relationships with individuals from marginalized and BIPOC communities.

  • Excellent leadership skills to facilitate communication and collaboration. High level of judgment and ability to manage sensitive political topics and situations.

  • An understanding of racial justice issues and experience with developing advocacy strategies that center the voices and lived experiences of directly impacted communities. Commitment to community lawyering and Legal Voice’s race equity values.

Compensation & Benefits: This part-time and short-term contract position will run from approximately mid-October through the end of the 2021 legislative session (end of April), with the possibility of extension. The compensation range is $2,000 - $3,000 per month, depending on experience.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; those submitted by September 30, 2020 will receive first consideration. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to info@legalvoice.org.

Non-discrimination: As an organization committed to prioritizing reproductive justice, economic justice, and racial justice, Legal Voice believes in fostering the leadership of all women and LGBTQ persons, particularly those from underrepresented and marginalized communities. Legal Voice follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, or marital status.

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