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The Michigan Poverty Law Program (MPLP)

Office Manager / Training Coordinator

Ann Arbor


POSITION: The Michigan Poverty Law Program (MPLP) is seeking applicants for an office manager/training coordinator position.

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: The Michigan Poverty Law Program (MPLP) is a statewide legal resource program located in Ann Arbor. MPLP provides state support services to local legal services programs and other poverty law advocates. Our goals are to support the advocacy of civil legal aid programs; to coordinate advocacy for low income individuals and families in Michigan; to assure that a full range of advocacy continues on behalf of the poor; and to lead policy and systemic advocacy efforts in Michigan on behalf of low income families and vulnerable populations. We work directly with local advocates by providing open access to case consultation, co-counseling, or referrals for current clients; and trainings. MPLP is part of the Committee on Regional Training (CORT). CORT is a four state training consortium that provides substantive law and skills trainings for legal services attorneys in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia.

RESPONSIBILITIES: This is a full time position as an office manager and a training coordinator. The office manager responsibilities are various administrative functions related to the general operation of the office, such as purchasing office equipment and supplies; maintaining office equipment; managing telephone system, mail, keeping track of bills, managing petty cash, library subscriptions, and helping with other administrative tasks. The training coordinator responsibilities include scheduling, coordinating and maintaining the master schedule of the MPLP and CORT training dates; arranging space and facilities, food, material preparation, and audio/visual services for each training. The training coordinator also develops on-line registration, answers routine inquiries about the training and schedules, prepares appropriate forms, correspondence, and records of course attendance, compiles evaluations for the trainings; prepares training reports and statistical summaries; posts training on MPLP and CORT websites, and updates websites; keeps track of training expenses and budget for each training, attends each training to assist with logistics, and handles other training related tasks.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be skilled in use of Microsoft programs (namely Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher), Google Drive, and be comfortable using technology generally. Applicants must possess excellent communication, analytical and problem-solving skills and can work both independently and as a part of a team. Applicants must have excellent attention to detail, great time management skills, and an ability to be flexible while working on multiple tasks at once. Applicants must have demonstrated interest in working with individuals in poverty. A Bachelor’s Degree or commensurate educational and professional experience is required.

BENEFITS: This is a full-time position with a salary starting at $35,000 based on years of relevant experience and includes excellent health, disability, and fringe benefits.
MPLP is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We encourage minorities, women and persons with disabilities to apply.

TO APPLY: send a resume and cover letter with “MPLP Office Manager/Training Coordinator” in the subject line to aciardiello@mplp.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Posted – 2/13/2018


Justice In Aging

Communications Associate

Oakland, CA

Are you passionate about social justice? Would you like to contribute to a national effort fighting poverty among older Americans—particularly women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people with limited English proficiency? Justice in Aging is looking for a talented Communications Associate to join our team in our Oakland, CA office.

Your contributions will help ensure that the growing number of Americans aging into poverty are able to pay their rent, buy nutritious food, see their doctors, receive the help they need at home to live safely, and get the legal help they need.

Justice in Aging is a national nonprofit legal advocacy organization that fights senior poverty through law. Since 1972 we’ve worked to secure access to affordable health care and economic security for older adults with limited resources, focusing especially on populations that have traditionally lacked legal protection such as women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people with limited English proficiency. We provide trainings to thousands of direct service advocates a year, file impact litigation, and advocate at the local, state, and national level for policies to improve the lives of the more than 7.1 million older adults living in poverty.

This is a new position on the Communications Team to increase our impact and grow our profile. The successful candidate will be an integral part of implementing our communications strategy over multiple platforms, and will report to the Communications Director. This is a great opportunity for someone who enjoys an environment where there is structure and a clear direction, but room for creativity regarding how to get there. We are a collaborative team where your ideas will be heard and growth encouraged.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Communications Director to implement robust social media and earned media strategies.
  • Assist with digital communications efforts to maximize press coverage, drive media outreach, and build relationships with partners and grassroots advocates online.
  • Assist in conducting proactive, strategic media outreach that will elevate the stories of low-income older Americans and prime the environment for social change.
  • Work with the Digital Media Manager to design attorney-created publications, and create compelling visuals for use on social media and other channels.
  • Ensure digital communications strategies are data-driven by tracking and reporting out on performance metrics.
  • Maintain an up-to-date reporter database and assist the Communications Director in building relationships with individual reporters.

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

  • Strong written communication skills
  • Visual design skills
  • Experience using dominant social media channels strategically for advocacy
  • Attention to detail and commitment to the highest quality work product
  • Storytelling ability
  • Ability and desire to work collaboratively as well as independently
  • Bachelor’s degree

The position is full time, exempt with a competitive salary and benefits package including health, dental, and life insurance; flexible reimbursement plan; 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer contribution; personal days; three weeks paid vacation, plus paid holiday and sick time. Salary range is $45,000-$55,000 depending on skills and experience. We maintain a respectful, collegial work environment in which we strive to hear and elevate all voices within the organization.

Justice in Aging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to maintaining a diverse staff and we particularly encourage applications from members of racial and ethnic minority groups, women, the LGBTQ community, and others whose background may contribute to more effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities.

To apply: Send cover letter, resume, a PDF of a short document you have designed, preferably using InDesign or comparable program, two examples of social media work product, and three professional references to Katrina Cohens at kcohens@justiceinaging.org In your cover letter, please address the following in order for your application to be considered:

To promote social justice and best achieve our mission, Justice in Aging is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and creating an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.

How do you think your personal or professional experience or background has prepared you to contribute to a work environment with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion?

Position will remain open until filled. We will consider applications on a rolling basis.



Poverty & Race Research Action Council

Communications Manager

The Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) is a non-profit civil rights law and policy organization based in Washington, D.C. PRRAC’s primary mission is to develop innovative approaches to structural inequality issues, and to connect advocates with social scientists working on race and poverty issues. In particular, we seek to address the causes and impacts of racial and economic segregation. In addition to national-level law and policy research and advocacy, we engage in local technical assistance and advocacy support in a number of areas throughout the country. At the present time, PRRAC’s work is focused in the areas of housing, education, and environmental health. PRRAC also staffs the National Coalition on School Diversity (NCSD).

We are currently seeking an innovative, enthusiastic, and committed  communications Manager. The successful candidate will provide vision and leadership to PRRAC in developing and implementing the strategies, messages, and materials that promote PRRAC and NCSD as valuable systemic change agents and leading experts on issues related to housing and school integration policy and environmental justice. The Communications Manager will be responsible for a wide range of longterm and day-to-day traditional and digital media, narrative change, and outreach work.

This position is geared toward mid-level communications professionals, though dynamic junior candidates may also be considered. Applicants should be comfortable working independently and across teams, and providing initiative on communications strategies. The successful candidate will persuasively communicate the work of civil rights lawyers and researchers to a wide range of
audiences. He or she will also engage in strategic partnerships and collaborative campaigns with a range of advocacy partners and local, state, and federal policymakers and leaders.

This position is based in Washington, D.C. The Communications Manager will work closely with PRRAC’s staff and partner organizations. We are especially interested in candidates who are passionate about civil rights, who are strong writers and detail-oriented, and who think creatively and
work collaboratively.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
• Translate policy, legal, and research documents into written resources for a broad variety of audiences.
• Draft and/or support staff in writing and placing articles, opinion pieces, presentations, blog posts, public statements, and multimedia materials that highlight our work.
• Manage and update website.
• Plan conferences and other events, in collaboration with PRRAC staff and partners.
• Develop and implement a comprehensive communications plan that promotes both organizations and their work across various media outlets, including television, radio, print, and the entire online realm (websites, blogs, and social media, etc.).
• Working across teams to manage rapid response and strategic communications during key advocacy moments and working collaboratively on long-term communications plans to strengthen our advocacy and coalition work. This will include overseeing the implementation of the communications plan in NCSD’s 2018 strategic plan.
• Develop and implement communications to a wide range of stakeholders and audiences, including national, state, and local media; funders; government officials; activists; advocates;
scholars; funders; and the general public.
• Provide messaging, media relations, outreach, and support for programs, publication releases, events, and other projects.
• Media work, including: respond to press inquiries; cultivate and maintain relationships with key media contacts covering targeted issue areas, to include broadcast and cable television producers; monitor the media landscape, news cycle, and editorial calendars to identify opportunities for promoting each organization and its network’s experts, research, and materials; and develop, manage, and grow media and publication distribution lists.
• Organize and conduct regular communications meetings with senior staff and other staff as needed.
• Ensure websites, newsletters, and social media accounts are a dynamic source of information that explain the work in an effective and compelling way (including prrac.org, school-diversity.org, and housingmobility.org).
• Manage and/or support the design, production, publication, and dissemination of print and online materials, including annual reports, newsletters, other institutional publications.
• Document PRRAC’s technical assistance work in selected communities, using narrative and multimedia approaches.
• Supervision of communications intern(s).

We are seeking candidates with the following characteristics and skills:
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
• Detail-oriented yet efficient, with high standards for work products. You set ambitious goals, and bring rigor and resourcefulness to your work and management.
• Experience with and commitment to working in partnership with low income
communities of color.
• Proficiency in website content development and management (ideally including
WordPress). Experience in video editing also preferred, but not required.
• Demonstrated ability to quickly gain fluency in new policy areas.
• Ability and desire to manage workflow across education and housing teams. You possess strong time management, organizational, and prioritization skills. You are motivated to develop and maintain organizational systems and infrastructure. You recognize, anticipate, and proactively respond to organizational needs.

• Systems thinker with a demonstrated commitment to racial justice. You possess the habits of an effective systems thinker, e.g. flexibility; appreciation of new, emerging insights; consideration of multiple perspectives. You are skilled at making meaningful connections between different issues and constituencies. Your commitment to racial justice is apparent.
• Strong interest in, and understanding of, the changing media landscape. You are
motivated to employ social media and digital strategies to inspire engagement and action.
• Excellent interpersonal skills. You are confident in your ability to build a strong set of relationships with relevant national, state, and local policy, advocacy, and organizing groups and professionals in the racial or social justice movement.
• Issue fluency in our core issues. You can demonstrate a commitment to and experience with civil rights. Experience with PRRAC’s core issues (housing and school integration policy and environmental justice) is preferred, but not required.
• Highly collegial. You value a respectful, collaborative small team environment.
Salary and Benefits: The salary for this position is competitive, with a range that depends on experience. We offer a generous benefits package, including individual health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, and a 403b plan.

How to Apply: Please send a resume, two writing samples, and cover letter expressing your interest in the position to Philip Tegeler (ptegeler@prrac.org) using the subject line of “Communications Manager.” Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.



Project Director, Civil Justice Innovation Project

Location US-DC-Washington



The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.

We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.

Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the public interests.

With offices in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Australia, Brussels and London, and with additional staff in other regions of the United States and around the globe, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.

Project Description:
The civil justice innovation project launches in 2018 as an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. The project works to make the nation’s civil legal system more accessible and affordable to the public by implementing the most promising technologies and tools to assist self-represented litigants and improve state court efficiency.  The project provides technical assistance to courts to encourage the broad-scale adoption of these technologies and conducts evaluations to determine best practices.

Specifically the project will:
Promote the adoption of online dispute resolution as an official judicial procedure in five states, through deployment statewide or in a major municipal subdivision of the state court system.
Support the successful implementation of statewide legal-assistance portals in two states that provide access via the internet to diagnostics of civil legal problems and referral to a variety of information and services to assist self-represented litigants.
Identify the next set of states to target for the adoption of statewide legal-assistance portals.
Produce evaluations of four online dispute-resolution systems and two legal-assistance portals that estimate the expected return on investment for and examine changes in affordability, access, and time to case resolution for these technologies compared to traditional processing.
Convene a prominent civil justice working group to produce recommendations regarding additional technologies and reforms that would improve access to justice.
Position Overview:
The project director position, based in Pew’s Washington, DC, office, will report to the senior director, state campaigns.  The project director will have primary responsibility over all facets of the project, developing opportunities, delivering technical assistance and conducting evaluations, to achieve the goals of the project. This person will manage the initiative, supervise project staff and collaborate closely with other Pew colleagues, including communications, government relations, philanthropic partnerships and operations. The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.


Leadership and success of all aspects of the initiative, ensuring all aspects of the project, ensuring they are well coordinated and strategically focused.
Manage and mentor project staff.  Contribute to professional development, providing constructive feedback on performance.
Design and monitor state technical assistance efforts, ensuring they are well-conceived and effectively implemented.
Oversee the development of a diverse coalition of stakeholders to support the project’s goals.
Oversee an evaluation effort that will determine the impact on cost efficiency, timeliness and accessibility, user satisfaction, and return on investment of online dispute-resolution systems.
Oversee a research agenda that will fill important knowledge gaps in the field and be relied upon to guide continued reform.
In conjunction with Pew's communications team, develop a communications strategy to support the project’s goals.
Manage the initiative’s budget, ensuring compliance with all internal procedures, including those for entering into and managing contracts.
Collaborate with Philanthropic Partnerships to engage external funders.


Bachelor’s degree required; law degree preferred.
At least ten years of experience in public policy that demonstrates a high level of understanding of issues including: the civil justice system; the use of technology to help address fundamental government services; experience working with senior state policy makers, researchers, advocates and other stakeholders strongly preferred.  Excellent understanding of current trends, leading thinkers and climate for change in states and court systems.
Minimum of three years of previous direct supervisory experience required including experience overseeing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
Experience convening groups of policymakers, researchers, and other professionals, and supporting their efforts to reach consensus and move toward a desired outcome.
Proven success in overseeing complex projects and achieving measurable results.  Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.  Must be flexible, creative, and consistent and assume high accountability for all areas of responsibility.
Strong and diplomatic interpersonal skills, demonstrating strong collaborative spirit and ability to make decisions.
Seasoned judgment. Ability to creatively solve problems, justify recommendations, and be responsive to colleagues and partners.
Superb oral and written communications skills.  Ability to articulate complex ideas, thoughts and concepts clearly and effectively.
Ability to thrive in a creative, fast-paced and highly professional corporate culture that emphasizes excellence, collegiality and teamwork.
Acute political awareness and non-partisan perspective and approach.

Domestic travel will be required for this position.

Compensation and Benefits
We offer a competitive salary and complete benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.            

The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.