Jobs and Internships

Job Announcement: Occupational Safety and Health Project Coordinator

July 28, 2020

 

Background:

Farmworker Justice (FJ) is a non-profit national advocacy organization based in Washington, DC dedicated to empowering farmworkers and their families. FJ is hiring a highly qualified individual for the Occupational Safety and Health Project Coordinator position to support FJ’s health promotion, occupational safety and health, and capacity-building projects.

The position provides an exciting and unique opportunity to provide technical and programmatic support to farmworker-serving organizations nationwide. It is in Washington, DC but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Occupational Safety and Health Project Coordinator will be expected to work remotely until the office reopens. When it is safe to travel, travel will be required for on-site trainings and evaluations. The Occupational Safety and Health Project Coordinator will be supervised by the Director of Health Policy and Programs and the Senior Project Director, Community Engagement.

Responsibilities:
• Support the development of training content, including curricula, illustrated brochures, and other related materials
• Coordinate projects and communicate with community partners
• Assist in monitoring and reporting of project activities
• Assist in design of educational materials
• Support general organizational activities

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree
• Experience in training development and delivery, preferably with limited English proficient adults
• Familiarity with popular education and adult learning techniques
• Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team
• Well-organized and detail-oriented
• Verbal and written Spanish fluency
• Strong commitment to the mission of Farmworker Justice

Salary is $55,000 with an excellent benefits package, including health insurance, leave, and retirement plan.

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to Merlyn Perez at meperez@farmworkerjustice.org. No phone calls, please.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Farmworker Justice is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, national origin, marital status, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, or political affiliation. Information about our organization is available at www.farmworkerjustice.org.


Job Announcement: Staff Attorney

July 16, 2020

Background

Farmworker Justice (“FJ”) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to empowering farmworkers to improve immigration policy, wages and working conditions, occupational safety, health and access to justice.  FJ engages in legislative and administrative advocacy, public education, capacity-building, and impact litigation, frequently in collaboration with farmworker organizations, labor unions, and other advocacy groups.

 

Description of Position

This Staff Attorney position will focus primarily on litigation aimed at reforming systemic abuses experienced by farmworkers in agricultural employment and addressing violations of law by federal agencies regarding immigration, labor, and occupational safety and health.  The Staff Attorney will also assist in policy advocacy.  The Staff Attorney maintains relationships with public interest legal services organizations, farmworker organizations and others collaborators; publishes analyses and reports; coordinates and conducts training; assists in media outreach; and supports the organization generally.  Litigation will usually be co-counseled collaboratively with public interest organizations or private law firms.  The Staff Attorney will collaborate with FJ’s President, the Senior Staff Attorney, the Director of Health Policy Programs and other staff.

The position is in Washington, D.C. but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Staff Attorney will be expected to work remotely and will likely have the option to continue to work remotely after staff begins to work in person at the office when it is safe to do so.  When it is safe to travel, travel will be required for organizational meetings and litigation tasks.

 

Qualifications

  • JD from an accredited law school and licensed to practice law in at least one state or the District of Columbia.
  • At least 2 years of litigation experience, including in federal court.
  • Exceptional analytical, writing, speaking and organizational skills, with strong attention to detail and ability to prioritize and meet tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in effective collaborations internally and externally.
  • Strong commitment to social justice and civil rights for farmworkers and other low-wage immigrant workers and their families.
  • Substantive knowledge of farmworker issues, labor and employment rights, immigration law, and/or occupational safety and health law is highly is desirable.
  • Proficiency in Spanish is highly desirable.

 

Additional Responsibilities

  • Manage FJ’s litigation docket.
  • Develop substantive knowledge and expertise, including on the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, federal guestworker laws, pesticide regulation and other occupational safety and health laws, and the practice areas of class actions and federal administrative agency law.
  • Develop relationships and collaborate with legal services organizations, private law firms and potential volunteer attorneys to build FJ’s litigation docket and capacity to conduct litigation.
  • Seek out, evaluate, and in conjunction with FJ President, approve proposed new litigation that materially advances the organization’s mission.
  • Ensure adherence to the highest standards of legal and professional ethics and of charitable organizations.
  • Monitor and manage use of litigation capacity and resources, including dedicated funding sources, seeking adjustments as needed to ensure effective budgeting and optimize performance.
  • Develop and ensure compliance with internal and external litigation records-keeping systems.
  • Participate in day-to-day activities of the organization, including attending staff meetings (currently remotely), contributing to publications and social media, collaborating on non-litigation activities, and complying and with administrative and financial obligations.

Salary commensurate with experience, starting at $62,000.  Excellent benefits package, including health insurance, generous leave and retirement plan.

Application period ends when position filled.

To apply:  Send cover letter, resume and writing sample to Ms. Merlyn Perez, meperez@farmworkerjustice.org.