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Staff Attorney – Immigrants & Communities Program

Nebraska Appleseed is hiring a Staff Attorney to join our Immigrants & Communities Program. We encourage you to share this job announcement or our jobs page with anyone you feel may make a strong candidate to join our team!

Position Summary

The Staff Attorney will work with the Immigrants & Communities team, Appleseed legal team, community members, and a wide variety of local and national community partners to carry out the objectives of the program. Key program areas include: federal immigration policy reform, meatpacking worker health and safety, state and local integration policy, civic engagement, quality jobs policies, human rights and immigrant detention, equal opportunity/race equity, and community building/Welcoming initiatives. This is a full-time position based in our office in Lincoln, Nebraska, and we work with community partners across the state. Work with us to create positive social change together with Nebraska community members of all backgrounds.

Organization Profile

Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. Appleseed takes a systemic approach to complex issues – such as children’s welfare, immigration policy, affordable health care, and poverty – by advocating at the courthouse, at the Capitol, and with the community. Nebraska Appleseed’s Immigrants & Communities Program seeks to build strong, vibrant, inclusive, and engaged communities. For more information: neappleseed.org.

Nebraska Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer; people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Nebraska Appleseed does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Working with community members and partners to identify areas of needed law and policy reform, and together, developing and implementing strategies to accomplish positive community change. Strategies can include litigation, administrative advocacy, and public policy advocacy to bring about policy change at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Legislative research and advocacy to develop and promote policies that facilitate community inclusion, civic participation by immigrant community members and people of color, worker health and safety, and quality jobs in Nebraska communities, including drafting and providing testimony to federal, state and local legislative bodies and administrative agencies.
  • Working with regional and national partners on state and federal level advocacy efforts.
  • Conducting legal research, analysis, and impact litigation together with the Legal Director, other staff attorneys, and community members.
  • Identifying best-practice policy solutions adopted in other states and cities, and research their applicability in Nebraska.
  • Developing educational materials (e.g., reports, fact sheets, presentations, policy briefs) for key stakeholders.
  • Supervising law clerks, and advising intake coordinator and community organizers on intakes relating to immigrant and workers’ rights issues.
  • Participating, as needed, in administrative tasks, fundraising/grant writing, and program team meetings.

Qualifications

  • Licensed to practice law in Nebraska or willing to take necessary steps to be licensed for the position.
  • Legal experience in the areas of civil rights law, employment, and/or immigration law preferred.
  • Experience with legislative and administrative advocacy preferred.
  • Excellent legal research, analytic, and writing skills.
  • Knowledge and awareness of local, regional, and national issues facing immigrant communities.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively build and maintain community relationships.
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented and collaborative environment, including numerous coalition efforts.
  • Ability to take initiative in developing creative legal and policy strategy together with community stakeholders.
  • Experience in or demonstrated commitment to public interest law, worker safety and health, and immigrant community issues.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation, appropriate car insurance, and a valid driver’s license.

Salary and Benefits

Competitive nonprofit salary based on experience plus benefits including health, vision, dental, 401(k), paid sick days and paid vacation.

To Apply

The application deadline is June 11, 2018 and the target start date is July 10, 2018. Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, your bar number or explanation of your current status of licensure, and list of three references via email to Nicholette Seigfreid at nseigfreid@neappleseed.org or via mail to Nebraska Appleseed, Attn: Nicholette Seigfreid, 941 O Street, Suite 920, Lincoln, NE 68508. If you have any questions, please contact Nicholette at 402-438-8853 x122.


Community Organizer – Economic Justice & Immigrants and Communities Programs

Position Summary

Nebraska Appleseed is seeking a full-time Community Organizer to coordinate leadership development and grassroots, community-driven advocacy around issues of poverty, workers’ rights, and quality jobs and wages in Lincoln, Nebraska. Broad areas of work include:

  • Long-term relationship building and leadership development among Lincolnites experiencing poverty and low-wage employment.
  • Developing strategies with and engaging community members, partner organizations, and grassroots allies in advocacy campaigns to advance anti-poverty, workers’ rights, and quality jobs and wages, at the municipal and state level.
  • Increasing awareness and understanding of workers’ rights and poverty issues in Lincoln and Nebraska.

The Community Organizer will report to the Immigrants & Communities Program Organizer and Economic Justice Director, and will work closely with affected community members, stakeholders, and community organizations in Lincoln serving low-income communities and communities of color. The Community Organizer will collaborate with staff in the Economic Justice Program and Immigrants & Communities Programs, the Organizing Director, and other staff community organizers. The position will also work in close partnership with other community partners, including Civic Nebraska and the South of Downtown Community Development Organization.

Organization Profile

Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. Appleseed takes a systemic approach to complex issues – such as children’s welfare, immigration policy, affordable health care, and poverty – by advocating in the courthouse, at the Capitol, and with the community. For more information visit neappleseed.org.

Nebraska Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer; people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Nebraska Appleseed does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

Responsibilities

  • Work with community members and community partners to identify issues that should be addressed that are raised by the community by going door-to-door in target neighborhoods, tracking issues in reports, and various other tactics.
  • Involve community members in the development of policy and legal solutions, and create organizing strategies to solve for problems raised by the community.
  • Identify, build, and mobilize diverse community members and allies in support of anti-poverty, workers rights, and quality jobs and wages issues.
  • Coordinate and support grassroots engagement in advocacy campaigns on issues important to Lincolnites affected by poverty and low-wage employment.
  • Set and meet goals for grassroots engagement, volunteer recruitment, and leadership development.
  • Ensure short-term grassroots campaigns are connected with a long-term vision for capacity building among partner organizations and leadership development among affected populations.
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration on issue-based organizing, civic engagement, and leadership development among leaders, organizations, and individuals in other Lincoln-based and statewide organizing efforts.
  • Connect Lincoln organizing efforts with relevant national and statewide networks and campaigns.
  • Work with the Organizing Director and the Director of Information Technology to create effective systems for tracking data, contacts, and community engagement.
  • Participate, as needed, in administrative tasks and program teams.

Qualifications

  • Multilingual skills are a plus, but not required.
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or two years experience in the nonprofit field or community outreach required.
  • A valid driver’s license and a flexible schedule with the ability to work some evenings and weekends.
  • A deep understanding of and comfort with interacting with different cultures, and experience working with communities from diverse backgrounds (e.g., immigrant, refugee, multicultural, rural/urban).
  • Strong interpersonal and facilitation skills and an ability to work with a range of personalities and skill levels to build consensus from diverse groups and produce high-quality results.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Self-direction and self-motivation, creative in problem solving, and the ability to work collaboratively and independently;
  • Ability to develop leadership in others and manage on strategic and tactical levels.
  • At least one year experience with grassroots organizing preferred.
  • Experience training and managing volunteers and interns is a plus.

Salary and Benefits

Competitive nonprofit salary based on experience plus benefits including health, vision, dental, 401(k), paid sick days and paid vacation.

To Apply

The application deadline is May 28, 2018 and the target start date is July 9, 2018. Please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references via email to Nicholette Seigfreid at nseigfreid@neappleseed.org or via mail to Nebraska Appleseed, Attn: Nicholette Seigfreid, 941 O Street, Suite 920, Lincoln, NE 68508. If you have any questions, please contact Nicholette at 402-438-8853 x122.


Get Involved With Nebraska Appleseed

There are many ways to get involved with Appleseed, and we welcome all passionate individuals who are interested in learning more about and becoming engaged in our work.

Fill out our volunteer form below or apply for an internship or clerkship and a staff member will be in touch with you about next steps towards joining us in the fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans.

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Internships & Clerkships

Nebraska Appleseed routinely has positions for interns and law clerks to help support our work. If you are interested in being a law clerk or intern please complete our electronic application form and attach a cover letter and resume. Apply below for Law Clerk and Intern positions.

Internships

The Nebraska Appleseed Internship Program is a hands on way to learn about nonprofit and advocacy work in Nebraska.

Our internships are part time, unpaid positions (8-12 hours per week). Interns work within our programs to conduct research projects, assist with advocacy and public policy work, help with community outreach and education, and provide general office support.

Interns work directly under the supervision of a Nebraska Appleseed staff member in one of our four program areas (Immigrants and Communities, Economic Justice, Health Care Access, and Child Welfare).

We are not currently accepting applications for our internship program. We will accept applications for Fall 2018 positions starting June 25th until August 3rd, so please check back at that time if you are interested in applying.

If you have any questions in the meantime, you can email our Field Director, Rachel, at rachelgw@neappleseed.org.


Law Clerks

Nebraska Appleseed clerkships are full or part time positions open to current law students that provide opportunities to experience a wide variety of public interest law. Law clerks will do research, legal writing, litigation support, assist with administrative appeals and advocacy and conduct public policy research and analysis. Law clerks work directly under the supervision of Nebraska Appleseed Staff Attorneys allowing them to get one on one attention and direction.

Available Positions

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