Job Openings

Program Coordinator

Organization Description

Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. We take a systems-based approach to complex issues – such as child welfare, immigration policy, affordable health care, and poverty – and we take our work wherever we believe we can do the most good, whether that’s in the courthouse, at the Capitol, or in the community. The position is based in Lincoln and works statewide.

Position Description

The Program Coordinator serves as the project leader for significant projects within the Child Welfare Program. The Program Coordinator provides support in the areas of program development, grant development, and program implementation. The position reports to the Program Director and serves on the organization’s Child Welfare Program Team.

Position Responsibilities

  • Ensure work is aligned to the goals of the Program Team and the strategic objectives of the organization
  • Research and develop policy recommendations, identified and informed by community members, in target areas and provide support for and recommendations related to items such as concept development and/or bill review
  • Develop, maintain, and strengthen relationships with grassroots leaders, and key community and government partners to advance program goals to promote positive change and build leadership capacity with an intentional focus on race equity
  • Work with diverse community members and partners to establish and maintain authentic relationships, and identify opportunities and issues raised within the community
  • Manage Youth Ambassadors/Fellows, Nebraska Appleseed Interns, and Nebraska Appleseed Fellows as assigned to projects
  • Research, investigate, gather data, and draft reports and fact sheets on substantive program priorities, and support the team in disseminating findings and resources.
  • In tandem with the Grant Administrator, support the grant system lifecycle to include development, management, execution, and fund reporting

What you Bring to the Position

The ideal candidate will have the following background or a combination of the following qualifications:

  • Experience working with communities and leaders from diverse backgrounds (immigrant, multicultural, rural/urban)
  • Strong interpersonal skills (to include effective listening, and the ability to contextualize messages of community members)
  • Strong verbal, written, nonverbal, and visual communication skills including facilitation & presentation skills
  • A self-starter with initiative who can manage multiple projects, next steps, and deadlines
  • A strategic thinker who always keeps the big picture in mind
  • A team player who is proactive, curious, creative, energetic, flexible, and collaborative

Salary and Benefits

Salary of $39,000 to $45,000 and benefits including health, vision, dental, 401(k), and vacation.

To Apply

The application deadline is May 14, 2021, and the target start date is July of 2021.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references via email to careers@neappleseed.org or via mail to Nebraska Appleseed, Attn: Human Resources, PO Box 83613, Lincoln, NE 68501-3613

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, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability.


Staff Attorney

Organization Description

Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. We take a systems-based approach to complex issues – such as child welfare, immigration policy, affordable health care, and poverty – and we take our work wherever we believe we can do the most good, whether that’s in the courthouse, at the Capitol, or in the community. The position is based in Lincoln and works statewide.

Position Description

The Staff Attorney is responsible for researching, analyzing, and developing and implementing legal and policy solutions together with Nebraska Appleseed’s core constituencies. The Staff Attorney may assist in federal, state, and municipal-level legislative advocacy, litigation support and community engagement. The position works closely with Immigrants & Communities Program team members, local community leaders and partners, other staff attorneys and community organizers, as well as the Policy Directors and Legal Director. The position serves on the Legal team, Policy team, and the Immigrants & Communities Program team.

Position Responsibilities

  • Ensure work is aligned with the goals of the Immigrants & Communities Program, Policy Team, and Legal Team, and the strategic objectives of the organization
  • Conduct legal research, writing, and analysis 
  • Identify, analyze, and help implement best-practice policy solutions 
  • Work with community members and community partners to identify issues, and potential systemic litigation and policy solutions to issues raised by the community
  • Work with the Program Director, Legal Director, Policy Directors, and other staff attorneys and partners to research and develop solutions to systemic problems
  • Develop educational materials (e.g., fact sheets, presentations, policy briefs, reports) for key stakeholders
  • Supervise law clerks, and advise intake coordinator and community organizers on intakes relating to workers rights issues
  • Participate, as needed, in administrative tasks and program teams

What you Bring to the Position

The ideal candidate will have the following background or a combination of the following qualifications:

  • Knowledge and awareness of local, regional, and national issues facing Appleseed’s various constituencies
  • Exceptional recent graduates will be considered as well as more experienced attorneys
  • Legal experience in litigation and the areas of local government law, administrative law, civil rights, and/or appellate practice
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented, community-focused, and collaborative environment
  • Experience with legislative and administrative advocacy
  • Experience in or demonstrated commitment to public interest law and advocacy together with affected Nebraskans
  • Preferred Spanish language fluency (speaking, reading, and writing)
  • Licensed to practice law in Nebraska or taking necessary steps to be licensed.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is based on legal experience; starts at $51,000 for recent law school graduates and ranges up to $59,000 for applicants with extensive legal experience. Benefits include health, vision, dental, 401(k), and vacation.

To Apply

The application deadline is May 14, 2021, and the target start date is July of 2021.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references via email to careers@neappleseed.org or via mail to Nebraska Appleseed, Attn: Human Resources, PO Box 83613, Lincoln, NE 68501-3613

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, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability.


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, paid positions averaging 10 hours per week paying $15 per hour. Interns may work 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 program and/or support manager.

We are not currently accepting applications for our internship program. The internship application period has closed and we are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2021.

If you have any questions, please email our Program Assistant, Erin, at epixley@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

Economic Justice Program Law Clerk

Immigrants & Communities Program Law Clerk

Health Care Program Law Clerk

Child Welfare Program Law Clerk

Clerkship Application 
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