Advancement Project seeks a creative problem solver, strong advocate, and skilled attorney in its Washington D.C. office to serve as a Staff Attorney in our “Opportunity to Learn" Program.
Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. We tackle inequity with innovative strategies and strong community alliances. With a national office in Washington, DC and two offices in California, we combine law, communications, policy and technology to create workable solutions and achieve systemic change. We aim to inspire and strengthen movements that expand opportunity for all.
The Staff Attorney will work primarily to address the “School-to-Prison Pipeline,” namely the over-use of punitive school discipline policies and practices that push students – and especially students of color – out of school and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The Staff Attorney will be expected to work closely to support grassroots organizations around the country in their local campaigns to end the School-to-Prison Pipeline in their communities. The Staff Attorney will be expected to use a variety of tools, including legal, policy, communications, and coalition-building strategies, to assist these groups in dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline.
The staff attorney will also work on other education related projects. These may include the I Dream A School Project (a multimedia presentation of students' aspirations for their schools which highlights current inequality) and Advancement Project's efforts to advocate against the increased use of High Stakes Testing because of the negative impact of such testing on students and communities of color.
Qualifications: Candidate must have:
Fluency in Spanish, strong quantitative and data analysis skills, organizing experience, litigation experience, and coalition-building experiences are pluses.
- State bar membership (must be member of or able to waive into DC Bar);
- Three to seven years legal experience;
- Demonstrated commitment to racial justice;
- Advocacy skills such as legal, policy, communications, and campaign experience;
- Experience with or interest in working with grassroots community groups and on
- educational justice issues;
- Excellent written, verbal, analytical, interpersonal, and organizational skills;
- Willingness to travel; and
- Willingness to work in other program areas, as needed.
Salary is based on experience; benefits included.
We are equity advocates with a strong civil rights bent. The organization, with offices in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, was founded in...