MALDEF

Career Opportunities & Internships

MALDEF offers challenging and rewarding employment opportunities for qualified individuals who are ready and willing to work hard. The following is a list of our current openings. All positions are available immediately and will remain open until filled. Download the job announcement for full description.

Staff Accountant - Los Angeles, CA

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.

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. Download full job announcement. Posted 12/4/18.

Legislative Staff Attorney - Sacramento, CA

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. 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. Download full job announcement. Posted 10/15/18.

Staff Attorney – Los Angeles, CA

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.

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. Download full job announcement. Posted 9/10/18.

Staff Attorney – San Antonio, TX

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.

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. Download full job announcement. Posted 9/10/18.

Staff Attorney – Chicago, IL

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 the area of civil rights, immigration, or employment is desirable.

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. Download full job announcement. Posted 5/11/18.

Legislative Staff Attorney – Washington, D.C.

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. 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.Download full job announcement. Posted 3/22/18.

Bilingual Administrative Assistant - Los Angeles, CA

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.

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.Download full job announcement. Posted 3/22/18.

Internships

MALDEF offers valuable internship opportunities for dedicated individuals who want to get involved in MALDEF's litigation, public policy, and community advocacy work. Law students are encouraged to apply for the competitive Law Clerk Summer Internship program. There are also internship opportunities available with the Parent School Partnership (PSP) program.

Communications Intern - Los Angeles, CA

Job Responsibilities: Communications interns perform research; assist in the building of media data bank; draft press releases, social media posts, and news stories; attend meetings; provide clerical support to the communications department senior staff.

Qualifications and Experience: An interest in civil rights and current events. Multi-media experience and bilingual capabilities are helpful. Must be computer and social media savvy, enjoy writing, and be willing to work as a part of a team under tight deadlines and quickly shifting priorities.

Duration: Summer: 10 weeks, 20 hours per week (Can vary depending on fellowship or work-study guidelines) Fall/Winter/Spring: 1 semester/quarter, 15 hours per week.

Compensation: Unpaid. Interested applicants should apply for fellowships or work study funds through their school. Download full job announcement. Posted 1/25/18.

Legal Intern - Los Angeles, CA, Sacramento, CA, Chicago, IL, San Antonio, TX, Washington, D.C.


Policy Intern - Los Angeles, CA , Sacramento, CA, Chicago, IL, San Antonio, TX, Washington, D.C.

Application Materials & Procedure

Please submit your cover letter, resume and 3 to 5 page writing sample by email or U.S. Mail. Electronic documents should be in .doc, .rtf, .txt, or .pdf format. Emails should include Your Full Name - Job Location, Job Title in the subject line. A separate application package is required for each position for which you wish to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

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MALDEF
Attn: Human Resources
634 S. Spring Street, 11th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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