Employment Justice Center (DC) – Advocacy Director opening

December 19, 2014

The Employment Justice Center (EJC) seeks an Advocacy Director as a critical component of our economic and racial justice mission to “secure, protect and promote workplace justice in the D.C. metropolitan area.” Through a combination of strategies, including legal services, education, policy advocacy and community organizing, the EJC works to protect the rights of low-wage workers, focusing on particularly vulnerable populations. The Advocacy Director will oversee and engage in the organization’s education, organizing, and advocacy campaigns designed to improve laws for low-wage workers and ensure their enforcement.

The Advocacy Director will be a part of the EJC management team and will report to the Executive Director.  The Advocacy Director will also work closely in collaboration with other legal and program staff and provide necessary advocacy program information to support the EJC’s fundraising efforts.  Limited evening and weekend hours are required.  The Advocacy Director’s primary responsibilities will include:

(1) setting annual goals for the program in consultation with the Executive Director and the advocacy team and ensuring that the goals are met;
(2) supervising the advocacy program staff and those engaged in advocacy and organizing activities;
(3) testifying before government bodies, overseeing any direct or indirect lobbying, and meeting with government and community officials on behalf of the EJC;
(4) providing technical assistance with campaign development and analysis to other service providers on workers’ rights issues;
(5) responding to media/press inquiries and drafting advocacy related EJC publications, testimony, and letters of support;
(6) representing the EJC at relevant coalition and community meetings;
(7) guiding grassroots organizing strategy in collaboration with the EJC’s organizers and workers’ committee.

The ideal candidate will possess a broad range of skills and experience needed to carry out these responsibilities. At a minimum, the Advocacy Director must be passionate and committed to workplace justice and workers’ rights. While no one candidate may have all of these, the ideal candidate will possess and/or have demonstrated aptitude and enthusiasm for the following attributes:

  • At least five years of substantive campaign and/or community organizing experience, with substantive policy or campaign work at the D.C. or federal government level a plus;
  • Experience with employment law issues either in a litigation or policy capacity;
  • Experience working with organizers and worker activists;
  • Supervisory and/or project management experience;
  • The ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • Well-developed people skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

In addition, a law degree and membership in the D.C., MD, and/or VA bar is preferred but not required. Proficiency or fluency in Spanish is also a plus.

Salary will be commensurate with experience.  A generous benefits package including health insurance, sick leave and six weeks annual paid vacation is provided.  To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and at least three references to Barbra Kavanaugh at bkavanaugh@dcejc.org by December 30, 2014.


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