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MALDEF offers challenging and rewarding employment opportunities for qualified individuals who are ready and willing to work hard for justice.

Staff Attorney – Chicago, IL

MALDEF is the nation’s leading non-profit Latino civil rights law firm. Founded in 1968, MALDEF works to safeguard the civil rights of Latinos and to increase the community’s ability to participate fully in American society. We currently seek a Staff Attorney to serve as lead counsel or co-counsel in state and federal court litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrants’ rights and/or voting rights.

Job Responsibilities: In consultation with co-counsel inside and outside of MALDEF, devises and executes strategic plans in complex litigation through the following activities: conducts depositions and discovery, negotiates and monitors settlement agreements, and pursues attorney fee awards in civil rights litigation; conducts legal research and drafts pleadings, briefs, and administrative complaints; devises investigation plans and investigates potential legal claims; prepares memoranda on budget and legal theory for approval of litigation by MALDEF management; responds to media inquiries, makes public presentations, and prepares community education materials regarding Latino rights; participates in the development of long-term strategic goals and objectives for the assigned program areas and also for the regional office; supervises volunteer and professional support staff assigned to assist litigation programs.

Qualifications and Experience: Juris Doctor or equivalent degree required; active bar membership in one or more states required. Eligibility for active bar membership in Illinois required. Undergraduate or graduate instruction in public policy and/or social sciences is desirable. Federal and state court litigation experience, particularly in area of civil rights, immigration, or employment is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Excellent research, writing, and communication skills required. The successful candidate will have knowledge and awareness of local, regional, and national issues affecting Latino community. Fluency in written and spoken Spanish is preferred. A willingness and ability to engage in local and national travel as needed is required.

Compensation: $50,500 to $92,000+ per year. Fixed salary scale commensurate with years of legal experience. MALDEF’s generous benefits package includes: employer paid medical, dental, vision for employees and their eligible dependents; employer paid short and long term disability insurance; life insurance; and employee assistance program; A 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution; 20 days of personal time (PTO); and eleven paid holidays each year.

How to Apply: Send cover letter, résumé, and 3 to 5 page writing sample by email to: jobs@maldef.org. Please include the following in the subject line of your email: Your Name – CHI Staff Attorney. Attachments should be in .doc, .rtf, .txt or .pdf format. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Staff Attorney – Los Angeles, CA

MALDEF is the nation’s leading non-profit Latino civil rights law firm. Founded in 1968, MALDEF works to safeguard the civil rights of Latinos and to increase the community’s ability to participate fully in American society. We currently seek a Staff Attorney to serve as lead counsel or co-counsel in state and federal court litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrants’ rights and/or voting rights.

Job Responsibilities: In consultation with co-counsel inside and outside of MALDEF, devises and executes strategic plans in complex litigation through the following activities: conducts depositions and discovery, negotiates and monitors settlement agreements, and pursues attorney fee awards in civil rights litigation; conducts legal research and drafts pleadings, briefs, and administrative complaints; devises investigation plans and investigates potential legal claims; prepares memoranda on budget and legal theory for approval of litigation by MALDEF management; responds to media inquiries, makes public presentations, and prepares community education materials regarding Latino rights; participates in the development of long-term strategic goals and objectives for the assigned program areas and also for the regional office; supervises volunteer and professional support staff assigned to assist litigation programs.

Qualifications and Experience: Juris Doctor or equivalent degree required; active bar membership in one or more states required. Eligibility for active bar membership in California required. Undergraduate or graduate instruction in public policy and/or social sciences is desirable. Federal and state court litigation experience, particularly in area of civil rights, immigration, or employment is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Excellent research, writing, and communication skills required. The successful candidate will have knowledge and awareness of local, regional, and national issues affecting Latino community. Fluency in written and spoken Spanish is preferred. A willingness and ability to engage in local and national travel as needed is required.

Compensation: $52,100 to $95,000+ per year. Fixed salary scale commensurate with years of legal experience. MALDEF’s generous benefits package includes: employer paid medical, dental, vision for employees and their eligible dependents; employer paid short and long term disability insurance; life insurance; and employee assistance program; a 403(b) retirement plan with direct employer contribution and match; 20 days of personal time (PTO); and eleven paid holidays each year.

How to Apply: Send cover letter, résumé, and 3 to 5 page writing sample by email to: jobs@maldef.org. Please include the following in the subject line of your email: Your Name – LA Staff Attorney. Attachments should be in .doc, .rtf, .txt or .pdf format. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Associate Director of Communications and Media – Los Angeles, CA

MALDEF is the nation’s leading non-profit Latino civil rights law firm.  Founded in 1968, MALDEF works to safeguard the civil rights of Latinos and to increase the community’s ability to participate fully in American society. We currently seek an Associate Director of Communications and Media to help develop and execute a national media strategy and plan, playing a critical role in providing written content and developing social media.

Job Responsibilities:  Reporting to the Vice President of Communications and Media, the Associate Director of Communications and Media is responsible for proactively cultivating relationships with reporters, editors, producers, bookers, bloggers, and other media professionals working for both English and Spanish-language outlets, networking in person, over the phone and/or by email;  drafts and edits news releases, media advisories, op-eds, blog posts, letters to the editor, fact sheets, talking points and other press materials; develops and strategizes media plans and organizes press conferences, teleconferences, and other media events; provides media training for staff and clients to prepare them for interviews; supports attorneys by identifying interview opportunities, facilitating interview requests, and preparing advance materials or talking points; exercises judgement to prioritize media opportunities; assists in the development and implementation of an integrated, strategic communications plan that promotes MALDEF’s work across a broad platform of media outlets, including social media.

Qualifications and Experience:  A minimum of five to seven years of experience in communications or journalism is preferred, along with exceptional editing and writing skills; familiarity with WordPress and Meltwater as well as familiarity with Associated Press style is required. Bachelor’s degree in communications or journalism preferred.  Equivalent experience may be substituted for educational requirement.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  The successful candidate will be a deft writer with demonstrated web savvy and skill, knowledgeable of current civil rights issues, and able to respond to quickly changing events and priorities. Must be detail oriented, able to handle stressful situations professionally, and an excellent networker with the ability to establish and maintain good relationships with media professionals. The ability to read, write, and communicate exceptionally well in English is required; the ability to speak and understand Spanish is desirable.  Must be able to travel by automobile and/or airplane as required.

Compensation:  $65,000 – $85,000/year DOE. MALDEF’s generous benefits package includes: employer paid medical, dental, vision for employees and their eligible dependents; employer paid short and long term disability insurance; life insurance; an employee assistance program; a 403(b) retirement plan with direct employer contribution and match; 20 days of personal time (PTO); and eleven paid holidays each year.

How to Apply:  Send cover letter and résumé by email to:  jobs@maldef.org. For ease of processing please title your email as follows:  Your Name – LA Assc Dir Communications & Media.  Attachments should be in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt or .pdf format.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Building Engineer – Los Angeles, CA

MALDEF is the nation’s leading non-profit Latino civil rights law firm. Founded in 1968, MALDEF works to safeguard the civil rights of Latinos and to increase the community’s ability to participate fully in American society. We currently seek a Building Engineer to oversee the operations and maintenance for the Banks Huntley Building, a 14-story historical landmark high-rise building built in 1930.

Job Responsibilities: The Building Engineer responds to requests for service from staff and building tenants; performs basic repairs (electrical, carpentry, plumbing, painting, masonry); and occasional cleaning/housekeeping services; makes regular inspections of lighting, mechanical and electrical equipment, plumbing, and the interior and exterior condition of the building; provides and maintains a preventive maintenance program schedule of all electrical, plumbing, and HVAC mechanical equipment, making sure maintenance is performed per manufacturer’s recommendations and that complete, accurate records of service are kept; supervises and coordinates with vendors any alteration, modification, expansion, new construction and other special services that may be deemed necessary to keep the building in shape and equipment in proper operational condition; oversees the upgrade of the HVAC system; maintains and updates records of permits necessary to operate the building and equipment; performs housekeeping/cleaning tasks as necessary; responds to building emergencies after hours and on weekends; provides back-up support for Property Manager and Security Guards, and acts as Fire Safety Director.

Qualifications and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering preferred. Equivalent experience may be substituted for educational requirement. Minimum three (3) years experience in building maintenance and the ability to operate and maintain HVAC mechanical equipment (low pressure boilers, chillers, cooling tower, pumps and air handlers, radiator units, heat exchanger, exhaust system and a standby emergency diesel generator) within safety limits. Experience with small highrise buildings preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Ability to maintain and update records of permits necessary to operate the building and equipment; understanding of emergency systems, shut-off locations, and sequence of operations; knowledge of standby generator operations; ability to interpret wiring diagrams and equipment specifications; knowledge of simple wiring, sufficient to wire service outlets and light switches from breaker controls; ability to read all aspects of blueprints in order to locate building structural members, and for mechanical, plumbing, electrical, alarm systems, etc.; ability to diagnose equipment behavior and be able to determine when it should be serviced; ability to use a variety of hand tools as well as power tools including electrical testers; knowledge of simple repair on plastered surfaces including preparation and painting; ability to carry boxes up to 60 pounds and move furniture, work in dusty cramped spaces, and climb 6 to 12 foot high ladders; ability to repair old building hardware such as door locks, closers and stoppers; ability to maintain an inventory of spare parts, keys, and janitorial supplies sufficient to ensure smooth operations; ability to obtain a current driver’s license if driving a passenger vehicle is required; ability to effectively communicate with inspectors, vendors, staff, building tenants and community members; must be able to read, write, and communicate effectively in English; ability to speak and understand Spanish is desirable.

Compensation: $65,000 – $105,000/year DOE. MALDEF offers a generous benefits package including 100% employer paid medical, dental, vision for the employee and qualified dependent family members, as short- and long-term disability insurance, term life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution and match, employee assistance plan, 11 paid holidays, and 20 days of personal time off (PTO) per year.

How to Apply: Send cover letter and résumé by email to: jobs@maldef.org. For ease of processing please title your email as follows: Your Name – LA Building Engineer. Attachments should be in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt or .pdf format. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Legislative Staff Attorney – Sacramento, CA

MALDEF is the nation’s leading non-profit Latino civil rights law firm. Founded in 1968, MALDEF works to safeguard the civil rights of Latinos and to increase the community’s ability to participate fully in American society. We currently seek a Legislative Staff Attorney to monitor status of pending legislation; to devise and analyze proposed legislation and administrative policies and regulations; and to work with state legislative and executive representatives and community organizations to advocate desired policies.

Job Responsibilities: Analyzes and drafts legislation, policy issues and proposals, governmental regulations, rules, and executive orders. Researches, analyzes, and prepares recommendations, position papers, testimony and other documents. Participates in developing short- and long-term plans and strategies for legislative advocacy, preparing memoranda on potential and pending legislation. Meets regularly with state legislators and/or their staff, and attends hearings, press conferences, and relevant legislative meetings to submit written materials, to testify to MALDEF’s position on issues and legislation, and to obtain information. Develops and maintains an appropriate network of ties to other organizations, experts, and interested and knowledgeable individuals with similar interests and goals; initiates and maintains coalitions; attends community events; and presents policy positions. Prepares reports of substantive legislative trends and relevant actions initiated and taken to promote advocacy of positions, and any continuing efforts in coalition building, lobbying, or legislative strategies, and maintains time sheets reflecting areas and advocacy work performed. Works closely with communications staff to develop media relationships to obtain press coverage for policy positions, and may participate in litigation as needed.

Qualifications and Experience: Juris Doctor or equivalent degree required. At least 2 years progressively responsible experience in civil rights and public interest fields are preferred. Evidence of ability to apply legal or other training to legislative analysis is required. Excellent research, writing, and communication skills required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Legislative experience is a plus. Background in immigration issues a plus. Knowledge and awareness of local, regional, and national issues affecting the Latino community preferred. Knowledge of civil rights policy and law, immigration policy and law, and/or education policy and law is desirable. Undergraduate and graduate majors and courses directly relevant to civil rights and advocacy concerns are also desirable. Fluency in written and spoken Spanish is preferred.

Compensation: $50,500 to $92,000+ per year. Fixed salary scale commensurate with years of legal experience. MALDEF’s generous benefits package includes: employer paid medical, dental, vision for employees and their eligible dependents; employer paid short and long term disability insurance; life insurance; and employee assistance program; a 403(b) retirement plan with direct employer contribution and match; 20 days of personal time (PTO); and eleven paid holidays each year.

How to Apply: Send cover letter, résumé, and 3 to 5 page writing sample by email to: jobs@maldef.org. For ease of processing please title your email as follows: Your Name – SAC Legislative Staff Attorney. Attachments should be in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt or .pdf format. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Staff Attorney – San Antonio, TX

MALDEF is the nation’s leading non-profit Latino civil rights law firm. Founded in 1968, MALDEF works to safeguard the civil rights of Latinos and to increase the community’s ability to participate fully in American society. We currently seek a Staff Attorney to serve as lead counsel or co-counsel in state and federal court litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrants’ rights and/or voting rights.

Job Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Regional Counsel and in consultation with co-counsel inside and outside of MALDEF, devises and executes strategic plans in complex litigation through the following activities: conducts depositions and discovery, negotiates and monitors settlement agreements, and pursues attorney fee awards in civil rights litigation; conducts legal research and drafts pleadings, briefs, and administrative complaints; devises investigation plans and investigates potential legal claims; prepares memoranda on budget and legal theory for approval of litigation by MALDEF management; responds to media inquiries, makes public presentations, and prepares community education materials regarding Latino rights; participates in the development of long-term strategic goals and objectives for the assigned program areas and also for the regional office; supervises volunteer and professional support staff assigned to assist litigation programs.

Qualifications and Experience: Juris Doctor or equivalent degree required; active bar membership in one or more states required. Eligibility for active bar membership in Texas required. Undergraduate or graduate instruction in public policy and/or social sciences is desirable. Federal and state court litigation experience, particularly in the area of civil rights, immigration, or employment is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Excellent research, writing, and communication skills required. The successful candidate will have knowledge and awareness of local, regional, and national issues affecting Latino community. Fluency in written and spoken Spanish is preferred. A willingness and ability to engage in local and national travel as needed is required.

Compensation: $47,900 to $87,000+ per year. Fixed salary scale commensurate with years of legal experience. MALDEF’s generous benefits package includes: employer paid medical, dental, vision for employees and their eligible dependents; employer paid short and long term disability insurance; life insurance; and employee assistance program; a 403(b) retirement plan with direct employer contribution and match; 20 days of personal time (PTO); and eleven paid holidays each year.

How to Apply: Send cover letter, résumé, and 3 to 5 page writing sample by email to: jobs@maldef.org. Please include the following in the subject line of your email: Your Name – SA Staff Attorney. Attachments should be in .doc, .rtf, .txt or .pdf format. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Legislative Staff Attorney – Washington, D.C.

MALDEF is the nation’s leading non-profit Latino civil rights law firm. Founded in 1968, MALDEF works to safeguard the civil rights of Latinos and to increase the community’s ability to participate fully in American society. We currently seek a Legislative Staff Attorney to monitor status of pending legislation; to analyze existing and pending legislation and administrative policies and regulations for their impact on Latino concerns; and to work with congressional and executive representatives and community organizations to advocate desired policies.

Job Responsibilities: Analyzes and drafts legislation, policy descriptions and proposals, governmental regulations, rules, and executive orders. Researches, analyzes, and prepares recommendations, position papers, testimony and other documents. Participates in developing short- and long-term plans and strategies for legislative analysis and advocacy, and preparing memoranda on potential and pending legislation. Meets regularly with legislators and/or their staff, and attends hearings, press conferences, and relevant legislative meetings to submit written materials, to articulate MALDEF’s position on issues and legislation, and to obtain information. Develops and maintains an appropriate network of ties to other organizations, experts, and interested and knowledgeable individuals with similar interests and goals; initiates and maintains coalitions; attends community events; and presents policy positions. Prepares reports of substantive legislative trends and relevant actions initiated and taken to promote advocacy of positions, and any continuing efforts in coalition building, lobbying, or legislative strategies, and maintains time sheets reflecting areas and advocacy work performed. Works closely with communications staff to develop media relationships to obtain press coverage for policy position. May participate in litigation as needed.

Qualifications and Experience: Juris Doctor or equivalent degree required. At least 3 years progressively responsible experience in civil rights and public interest fields are preferred. Evidence of ability to apply legal or other training to legislative analysis is required. Excellent research, writing, and communication skills required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Legislative experience is a plus. Background in employment and/or immigration issues a plus. Knowledge and awareness of local, regional, and national issues affecting the Latino community preferred. Knowledge of civil rights policy and law, immigration policy and law, and/or education policy and law is desirable. Undergraduate and graduate majors and courses directly relevant to civil rights and advocacy concerns are also desirable. Fluency in written and spoken Spanish is strongly preferred.

Compensation: $52,100 to $85,000+ per year. Fixed salary scale commensurate with years of legal experience. MALDEF offers a generous benefits package including 100% employer paid medical, dental, vision for the employee and qualified dependent family members, as short- and long-term disability insurance, term life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with employer match and employer-direct contribution, employee assistance plan, 11 paid holidays, and 20 days of personal time off (PTO) per year.

How to Apply: Send cover letter, résumé, and 3 to 5 page writing sample by email to: jobs@maldef.org. For ease of processing please title your email as follows: Your Name – DC Legislative Staff Attorney. Attachments should be in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt or .pdf format. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Staff Accountant – Los Angeles, CA

MALDEF is the nation’s leading non-profit Latino civil rights law firm. Founded in 1968, MALDEF works to safeguard the civil rights of Latinos and to increase the community’s ability to participate fully in American society. We currently seek a Staff Accountant to perform all accounts payable work and cash payment duties, as well as payroll, and related recording and reporting functions.

Job Responsibilities: Ensures proper recording of Accounts Payable requests into financial software for both MALDEF and for MALDEF Property Management Company (MPMC), including all invoices and reimbursement requests, ensuring that all transactions are correctly allocated within cost centers and locations, and makes all General Ledger adjusting entries. Compares procurement vouchers, utility bills, contractor requests for payments with original contracts and agreements prior to payment to ensure accuracy and pays promptly to avoid penalties. Ensures that transactions requiring approval are submitted for and receive approval prior to processing; Handles printing and obtaining signatures for all A/P checks and is responsible for the timely mailing of all payments. Processes monthly retirement plan payments and employee garnishments and posts correct distribution to General Ledger. Collects W-9 forms from vendors as necessary and is responsible for handling the annual processing and distribution of 1099 Forms. Processes and prepares biweekly payroll: processes payroll changes, reviews time sheets, and calculates overtime in accordance with current wage and hour law. Runs and reconciles reports detailing retirement plan contributions and loan payments. Prepares and processes weekly cash receipts deposits for MALDEF and MPMC.

Qualifications and Experience: High School graduation and business school or community college training in basic accounting and accounting clerical functions are required. An undergraduate degree in accounting and business administration is desirable. One year experience maintaining a full set of business fiscal ledgers including annual opening and closing of the general ledger, preparation of reports, and use of computer data processing software such as Excel, Financial Edge, etc. Not-for-profit, payroll experience, and the ability to speak Spanish are desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: In-depth knowledge of accounts payable and their relation to a general ledger and cash accounting system and ability to perform the daily, monthly, and annual entry, balancing and closing tasks; Knowledge of, or ability to learn, not-for-profit accounting and reporting requirements; Knowledge of and empathy for organizational goals and understanding of how a law firm functions; General knowledge of financial reports, including balance sheets, statement of revenue and expense, budget statements, tax reports and account analysis; Knowledge of control procedures for expenditures and revenues to ensure fiscal accuracy and prevent error and fraud; Knowledge of payroll processing, tax withholding requirements, wage and hour laws governing overtime calculations, and retirement plan contribution rules.

Compensation: $40,000 to 48,000 /year. MALDEF offers a generous benefits package including 100% employer paid medical, dental, vision for the employee and qualified dependent family members, as short- and long-term disability insurance, term life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution and match, employee assistance plan, 11 paid holidays, and 20 days of personal time off (PTO) per year.

How to Apply: Send cover letter and résumé by email to: jobs@maldef.org. For ease of processing please title your email as follows: Your Name – LA Staff Accountant. Attachments should be in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt or .pdf format. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Bilingual Administrative Assistant – Los Angeles, CA

MALDEF is the nation’s leading non-profit Latino civil rights law firm. Founded in 1968, MALDEF works to safeguard the civil rights of Latinos and to increase the community’s ability to participate fully in American society. We currently seek a Bilingual Administrative Assistant to answer telephones, greet guests, and perform administrative tasks for our Los Angeles office.

Job Responsibilities: The Bilingual Administrative Assistant is responsible for staffing the front desk of a busy law office simultaneously managing incoming calls, greeting and announcing guests, accepting packages and mail, performing general clerical duties, and maintaining daily staff sign-in records. Receives visitors and provides organizational information to guests and community members. Processes and distributes incoming and outgoing mail, packages, and faxes; opens, stamps, and sorts mail. Participates in booking travel and preparing expense reports and related forms. Performs miscellaneous clerical work of a type that can be performed while balancing receptionist duties. Responsible for scheduling public meeting rooms, communicating with building services staff to ensure that rooms and required equipment are set up, and collecting room rental fees. May compose and prepare correspondence and memoranda from brief instructions. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience: Minimum high school graduation or GED and one (1) year experience in reception and clerical work is required. Up to 6 months formally verifiable training in reception and secretarial work can be substituted for up to 6 months experience. Must be fully bilingual in English and Spanish and be able to seamlessly switch back and forth between both languages. Must be knowledgeable of general office practices and procedures; computer and office machine operations; data entry, electronic mail, telephone etiquette, letter and report writing; and basic bookkeeping, and filing systems. The successful candidate will be able to collect and relay information with diplomacy and must possess excellent interpersonal skills. A proven ability to interact in appropriate, professional manner with high-level business leaders, donors, administrators, volunteers, and staff both on the phone and in person is required. Proficiency in English language usage, grammar, spelling, and syntax to compose, edit, and proofread correspondence, reports, and other written materials is essential. A working knowledge of the Internet as well as Windows and Microsoft Office computer programs including Word, Excel, and Outlook is required. Must be detail oriented with the ability to work with frequent interruption by telephone, email, and visitors.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: The successful candidate will possess general knowledge of the geography of Los Angeles and Southern California, the Latino community, and local organizations where persons can be referred for additional information and help. The ability to write proficiently in Spanish highly preferred. Interest in learning about how a law office works and the ability to learn simple legal terminology and legal office procedures preferred.

Compensation: $27,040 – $32,000 per year paid hourly. Salary is commensurate with experience. MALDEF’s generous benefits package includes: 100% employer paid medical, dental and vision for employees and their eligible dependents, short and long term disability insurance, term life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with employer match and employer-direct contribution , employee assistance plan, 11 holidays, and 20 days personal time off (PTO) per year.

How to Apply: Send cover letter and résumé by email to jobs@maldef.org. For ease of processing please title your email as follows: Your Name – LA Bilingual Administrative Assistant. Attachments should be in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt or .pdf format. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund