NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER
The National Women’s Law Center fights for gender justice—in the courts, in public policy, and in our society—working across the issues that are central to the lives of women and girls.
We use the law in all its forms to change culture and drive solutions to the gender inequity that shapes our society and to break down the barriers that harm all of us—especially women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families.
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Program Associate, TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund
Hybrid or Remote: Fully remote or hybrid*
Supervisor: Senior Program Manager, TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund
The TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund is the first of its kind, nationwide effort dedicated to helping workers – especially low-paid workers – who are facing workplace sexual harassment. We help workers facing sexual harassment connect with attorneys in our Legal Network for Gender Equity, fund legal fees and media assistance for selected cases of workplace sexual harassment, and fund outreach grants for organizations that work with low wage workers on the issue of workplace sexual harassment.
The TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund is housed at and administered by the National Women’s Law Center Fund, LLC.
The TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund is seeking a Weil Legal Innovator to help increase the team’s capacity to support workers facing sex discrimination, strengthen its relationships with the attorneys in its Legal Network for Gender Equity, and improve the timeliness and effectiveness of its responses to workers seeking legal help and attorneys and public relations professionals supported by the Fund.
The Weil Legal Innovator’s responsibilities would include:
- Under the supervision of the Program Manager and after training, reviewing requests for assistance from workers facing sex discrimination and helping to connect them to attorneys in the Legal Network. The Innovator may also help with responding to e-mails and phone calls from individuals contacting the Legal Network for assistance.
- Under the supervision of the Program Manager and after training, managing the receipt, organization, and processing of bills from attorneys, public relations professionals, and contractors for payment by the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund.
- Meaningfully participating in decision-making team meetings about applications for legal funding and for media assistance through the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund.
- Supporting training for and engagement of volunteer attorneys in the Legal Network for Gender Equity. This might include writing portions of the Legal Network attorney newsletter, helping to develop and coordinate trainings for attorneys (past training topics have included cyber harassment, trauma-informed advocacy, and representing LGBTQI+ individuals), and helping with efforts to recruit more attorneys to the Legal Network.
- In partnership with the team's Senior Counsel, participating in special projects to support the missions of the Legal Network and TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund. Past examples have included developing informational videos about the Legal Network and Fund and rights and remedies for addressing workplace sex harassment, expanding connections and collaborations with community-based organizations that serve farmworker survivors of sex harassment and other sexual violence, and identifying and publicizing supportive resources for survivors seeking help from the Legal Network.
- Participating in regular meetings of NWLC's workplace justice team, including discussions of policy, litigation, and communications advocacy strategies for addressing workplace sex harassment and sex discrimination.
- The work of TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund routinely requires staff to be exposed to stories about individuals who have been sexually harassed or assaulted. This can be difficult emotionally. The ideal candidate would be someone who has experience providing direct services to individuals in need, and ideally to survivors of sexual harassment, sexual violence, or other trauma. We do provide training for our staff and excellent resources to deal with vicarious trauma.
- The ideal candidate would have strong office skills, including attention to detail, proofreading, and excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as experience managing spreadsheets and/or financial information.
*REMOTE WORK DETAILS
Most of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund team is fully remote, although we gather in person periodically (and at least once a quarter) at the NWLC offices and/or for specific events. (The costs of travel to the NWLC offices for requisite in-person events will be covered by NWLC if the Program Associate lives outside of DC.) The Program Associate may choose to work fully remotely or in a hybrid arrangement, as they prefer. NWLC is only licensed to do business and able to hire remote employees from MD, DC, VA, NJ, OR, PA, IL, IN, NY, OH, GA, CT, and TN; so employees will need to live in one of those states or be willing to relocate.