Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta is proud to announce its inaugural Advancing Justice Legal Fellowship. The fellowship is geared toward a 2017 law school graduate or an outgoing judicial law clerk who wants to work in the public interest arena. The fellow will be hosted at Advancing Justice – Atlanta and funded by the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA).
About the Fellowship
The fellow, hosted by Advancing Justice – Atlanta, will work with Advancing Justice – Atlanta and the broader Advancing Justice affiliation to provide direct services to the community and look for impact litigation opportunities.
Applicants are expected to design a new project focusing on the needs of Georgia’s Asian American community, in the context of immigration, voting rights, and/or employment law.
• Must commit to one full year starting August 2017.
• Must be a 2017 law school graduate, a recent graduate with no more than 2 years of experience, or an outgoing judicial law clerk.
• Proficiency in an Asian language (Vietnamese, Korean, Urdu/Hindi, Mandarin, Arabic, Farsi) is preferred but not required.
• Selection will be based on a variety of factors, including the applicant’s academic and professional qualifications, a demonstrated commitment to the public interest, especially issues relevant to AAPI communities and the New South, and past experience in one of Advancing Justice - Atlanta’s core program areas.
• A one-page cover letter addressing the reason you are applying to the fellowship and how your past activities, volunteer work, personal life, and/or internships demonstrate your interest in public interest law, specifically as it relates to the AAPI community or to the project proposal you are submitting;
• Resume, not to exceed one page;
• A legal writing sample not to exceed 5 pages;
• A list of three professional or academic references; and
• A project proposal, not to exceed three 8.5X11 pages.
o Please follow the following format for the proposal: 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced, standard margins (1 inch all around). Please make sure that your name and the page number appear in the footer of each page at the lower right hand corner, except the first page.
o There is no other template for the proposal. Be creative!
• Please submit all application materials as one pdf file to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
The Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications on April 1 and will select a final pool of finalists by April 30, 2017. The Committee will schedule interviews for the month of May and make a final decision by June 1st, 2017.
The Legal Fellow will start in August 2017 and work one full year to July 2018. The fellow will receive a stipend of $40,000 and a generous benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is looking for a dynamic, talented nonprofit leader to join the organization as the full-time Deputy Director.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is the first legal and policy advocacy center dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in Georgia and the Southeast. Founded in 2010 to create a powerful voice for AANHPIs in the South, we provide in-language direct legal services to low-income clients, coordinates civic engagement and voter mobilization work in Georgia, leads and shapes public policy for AANHPI immigrants and refugees, and develops new leaders to create a better Georgia.
Advancing Justice - Atlanta is part of a national affiliation of five leading organizations. The Advancing Justice affiliates are Advancing Justice - Chicago, Advancing Justice - AAJC (Washington, D.C.), Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, and Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco). Together, the affiliation brings more than 100 years of collective experience in addressing the civil rights issues faced by AANHPIs and other vulnerable and underserved communities.
The Deputy Director will work closely with the Executive Director (and, as necessary, the Board of Directors) to implement the organization’s strategic plan and execute job responsibilities. The Deputy Director will be responsible for the management of all aspects of the organization’s infrastructure, including operations, development, human resources, communications, and administration. Travel within Georgia and nationally is expected.
• Lead organizational development efforts within the organization and with affiliates; develop and implement overall program strategy.
• Support Executive Director in personnel and other matters; work with staff on matters of funding, program operation, communications, and governance.
• Ensure that infrastructure, activities, and personnel practices are effective and consistent with organizational priorities.
• Supervise select program staff. Ensure ongoing professional and leadership development.
• In conjunction with the Executive Director, manage the organization’s budget, fundraising priorities, and coordinate the smooth integration of infrastructure with program functions.
• Manage and grow current foundation support, identifying new funding opportunities and coordinating major fundraising events.
• Cultivate and manage key relationships and constituencies that are essential to the organization’s work. Present a strong, positive image of Advancing Justice - Atlanta to stakeholders and the general public.
• Work in coalition with the Advancing Justice affiliates and be a key contributor to the national affiliation’s goals and objectives.
• At least 5-7 years of experience in the nonprofit community
• Excellent written and verbal communication
• Appreciation for diversity
• Demonstrated ability to think creatively and strategically
• Ability to work with and supervise others
• Ability to set priorities and to meet deadlines
• Accountability for time and work product
• The maturity and interpersonal skills needed to develop strong relationships with the Executive Director and staff
• Ability to enjoy working in a very small, grassroots environment with limited infrastructure is a must.
• Ability to work and thrive in a small collaborative teamwork environment is required.
• Candidates holding an MA or JD degree are preferred.
Salary range for this position is commensurate with experience and is based on principles of internal equity. A full benefits package is included.
Application Deadline: December 1st, 2016
Women, People of Color, People with Disabilities and LGBTQ people are strongly urged to apply. Applications will only be accepted electronically.
Applicants should send
1) a resume, 2) a cover letter (maximum of 2 pages) describing their qualifications and interest in this specific position along with compensation requirements, and 3) two writing samples to email@example.com. by December 1, 2016 to be considered. Start date is January 3, 2017.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.