American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations Seeks National Community Engagement Development Coordinator – South Region

Temporary – Fund position, not to exceed three (3) years. 

Overview of Responsibilities:

The National Community Engagement Development Coordinator will develop and implement plans to build the capacity of state federations and local councils to establish and sustain effective relationships with community-based organizations around a shared vision for building power for working people in their communities.  Working with Campaigns Department staff in the field, he/she will help these organizations to build and deepen relationships with community groups, based on mutual respect and trust that lead to collaboration and collective action.    They will work with AFL-CIO field staff, State Federations, Central Labor Councils and/or Area Labor Federations to develop and execute a unified strategic community outreach plan.

The National Community Engagement Development Coordinator  will assist AFL-CIO field staff, state federations, and local and area labor councils to create labor and community based coalitions and partnerships by engaging community-based  and civil rights groups, faith-based, youth and student organizations, worker centers, and other progressive organizations and linking them with the local labor movement around issue, legislative, organizing, and political campaigns and efforts that highlight working family issues and help advance a shared agenda around good jobs, access to quality health care, quality public education, affordable housing, racial justice, immigrants’ rights, environmental stewardship and other social justice concerns.

The National Community Engagement Development Coordinator will work report to the Director of Governance, Organizational and Leadership Development and will work as part of state campaign teams in the states he/she is assigned.

Duties Description:

  • Work with field staff, state federations and labor councils leaders in long-term community engagement strategic planning; develop and implement training programs for local and state leadership and delegates.
  • Work collaboratively with field staff, state federations and labor councils in assigned states to develop community engagement programs.
  • Provide ongoing strategic support to field staff, state federations and labor councils in implementing their community engagement plans, including help with mapping their communities,   surveying their local union leaders/delegates to analyze existing community relationships, and training their community engagement committees.
  • Identify potential new relationships that would grow the capacity of the labor movement to represent the interests of all workers.
  • Work with campaigns department staff to develop detailed plans for the State Federations, targeted area and local councils for each targeted ally group, with the goal of building strategic and enduring relationships at the local level
  • Work with department staff, state federations and their community partners to develop joint campaigns.
  • Identify, train and support department staff, state federation, labor council and grassroots leaders within labor and the community to build capacity for collective action.
  • Ensure that local relationships with allied organizations are complementary to relationships that the AFL-CIO has at the national and local level.
  • Extensive travel is required.


  • At least 7 years of union, community or political organizing experience.
  • At least 7 years’ experience working with a broad array of organizations in a coalitional or alliance formation on issues of social and economic justice at the local level.
  • Demonstrated experience creating labor -community coalitions or organizations including the creation of 501c3 organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience in grant writing for the creation of labor community coalitions or other social justice organizations.
  • Demonstrated organizing experience in building unity among diverse groups and in recruiting and mobilizing others to take action.
  • Experience working with state federations and/or local labor councils.
  • Ability to assess and analyze complex political situations and respond appropriately.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and executing written campaign plans is essential.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and drive effective and creative programs, convene and facilitate meetings and balance the interests of various stakeholders.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and effective interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to manage relationships in complex political and sensitive organizational situations.
  • Demonstrated successful ability to develop community and labor strategies to implement programs by capturing the resources and capacity of a broad array of partners.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of basic principles and skills involved in community organizing, leadership development, campaign planning and implementation.
  • Demonstrated substantial experience performing as a trainer, facilitator and mentor in the principles of union organizing and coalition building.
  • Willingness to travel for extended periods of time and work long, irregular hours including weekends.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Computer proficiency is required; database/spreadsheet, social networking skills, power point, etc.
  • Ability and active license to drive a car.
  • Excellent listening, interpersonal and problem solving skills.
  • Spanish language or other language ability preferred. 

Apply here

Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance Seeks a Senior Program Officer for its Washington, DC Office

The American Association of University Professors is pleased to announce a senior program officer position in the Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure and Governance to be filled as soon as possible. This is a critical time for the AAUP and the profession as a whole, and this position will have a significant role to play in helping to shape the Association’s work.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Advancing AAUP’s mission by working with members and leaders to develop and promulgate national AAUP policies, especially those in defense of academic freedom and shared governance.
  • Implementing programs to train conference and chapter leaders and members in responding to faculty complaints and violations of AAUP standards.
  • Collaborating with staff colleagues and AAUP leaders and members in addressing pertinent policy issues in higher education.
  • Responding to faculty inquiries regarding violations of AAUP policy.
  • Representing the Association before other higher ed. organizations, college and university bodies, and other unions and professional associations.
  • Coordinating with Association leaders and staff on particular projects and long‐range planning, including working with staff from other departments within the Association and with local chapters and members to foster chapter and conference leadership development and to encourage participation in AAUP activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to analyze complicated cases, and the capacity for handling multiple projects.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills and computer proficiency skills, including familiarity with MS Office suite.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability working with professional groups and individuals and working cooperatively with staff colleagues and volunteer leaders and members, as well as experience dealing with diverse viewpoints and personalities.
  • Experience with developing trainings and workshops preferred, but not required.
  • Advanced degree, higher ed. experience, and a working familiarity with AAUP principles and standards preferred, but not required.

Salary range commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package.

This position requires a willingness and ability to travel throughout the United States and to work irregular hours and weekends as needed.

To apply, email a resume with cover letter via email. Please include “DAFTG Senior Program Officer – YOUR NAME” in the subject line of the email. You may also mail your resume and cover letter to AAUP, 1133   Nineteenth Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC  20036, ATTN: DAFTG Senior Program Officer Search.

No phone calls please.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Click here for the website.


Fellowship – For Lawyers from English-Speaking Countries of the Caribbean

Venue of Fellowship: Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS).  Address:  1889 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20006

Deadline to present applications:  May 2, 2014

Start and End Dates:  July 1, 2014 – May 31, 2015

Length of the Fellowship:  11 months

Objective: To provide an opportunity for young lawyers from OAS English-speaking Caribbean Member States to become familiar with and apply the mechanisms of protection of the inter-American system of human rights.

Program: To support the work of the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR, under the supervision of its human rights specialists during the period of the fellowship and, at the end of the fellowship, present to the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR a detailed report on activities carried out by the fellow.

Expected Results may include:

  • Collaboration with the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR in the processing of petitions, cases, and requests for precautionary measures.
  • Generating draft reports on petitions and cases.
  • Organization of research to analyze the human rights situation in specific countries and the preparation of the respective resulting reports.
  • Collaboration in thematic studies.
  • Preparation of summaries and other documents for hearings, working meetings, and visits of the IACHR.
  • Promotion and dissemination of the inter-American system of human rights.


  • Be a citizen of an OAS English-speaking Caribbean Member State;
  • Have graduated in law from an officially recognized university (attach copy of the law degree and grades obtained);
  • Knowledge of Caribbean legal systems;
  • Proficiency in English and Spanish (attach certificate accrediting); knowledge of other official OAS languages is desirable;
  • Must have received law degree within the past 7 years;
  • Have a demonstrable professional interest in the legal field of human rights, with prior experience in promotional activities in the Caribbean desirable; and
  • Present a paper of up to five pages, not edited by another person, on a human rights issue of interest to the candidate.

For additional details and information, please visit Symplicity or the website.

NOTICE : This fellowship is offered thanks to the financial support of the United States Government.


Miami-Dade FAWL Invites You to Attend the Second Annual Law Day Presentation with the Honorable Milton Hirsch

Miami-Dade FAWL invites you to attend the Second Annual Law Day Presentation with the Honorable Milton Hirsch.  

As we approach the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 2014 Law Day theme, American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters, calls on every American to reflect on the importance of a citizen’s right to vote and the challenges we still face in ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to participate in our democracy. The Honorable Milton Hirsch will deliver this second annual Miami-Dade FAWL Law Day presentation.

The details are as follows:

Thursday, May 1, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Miami
400 SE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33131 

*1 hour CLE Credit Approved* 

Send inquiries to Deborah Baker. Click here to register.

Only One Week Left! 2014-2015 Reproductive Justice – HIV Fellowship Application Deadline May 7, 2014

LSRJ is now accepting applications for two RJ-HIV Fellow positions for the 2014-15 fellowship year at two leading organizations working at the intersection of HIV and reproductive justice: SisterLove in Atlanta, GA or Positive Women’s Network- USA in Oakland, CA.

LSRJ seeks applications from current 3Ls and recent law school graduates to work as a Reproductive Justice – HIV Fellow at a placement organization in either Atlanta, GA or Oakland, CA starting in late August 2014 through August 2015. 

Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) is a national network of law students, professors, and lawyers. They train and mobilize law students and new lawyers across the country to foster legal expertise and support for the realization of reproductive justice.

The Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program (RJFP) was created in 2010 to enhance the legal capacity of organizations working to influence law and policy as it relates to reproductive justice and to build a pipeline for future reproductive justice lawyers. The RJFP-HIV Fellowship is a pilot program launched in 2014. LSRJ will select and place two (2) RJ HIV Fellows for a one-year fellowship at two (2) nonprofits working on HIV policy.

Each RJ HIV Fellow will receive a $51,000 stipend and be placed at either Sister Love, in Atlanta, GA, or at the Positive Women’s Network USA, in Oakland, CA, from the end of August 2014 through August 2015. As a law school graduate with an understanding of the reproductive justice framework and HIV issues, the RJ HIV Fellow will assist in research, interpretation, and application of law to aid the placement organization’s education, organizing, publication, and policy pursuits. Thus, the RJ HIV Fellow will play an integral role in helping to influence public opinion, shape laws, and advance policy, aiming to ensure the future of reproductive justice for all people – irrespective of ability, age, ethnicity, status, gender, gender identity, income, nationality, religion, or sexual orientation. In addition, the RJFP provides rich opportunities for professional development, training, networking, and education in a supportive atmosphere. The RJ HIV Fellow will be mentored by the LSRJ Director of Academic & Professional Programs and participate in trainings and events with their Fellow cohort.

For more information about the Fellowship and how to apply, click here.

The Michigan State University College of Law Seeks Assistant Dean for Career Development

The Michigan State University College of Law invites nominations of and applications from exceptional candidates for the position of Assistant Dean for Career Development.

We seek creative, dynamic, and engaging candidates who can provide vision and leadership toward our ultimate goal of increasing student professional success, both regionally and nationally.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Assistant Dean leads a team of six dedicated professionals in providing proactive, comprehensive career planning and advising services. The successful candidate will develop and implement a vision and strategic plan that expands employment opportunities for students in a changing and challenging legal marketplace. The Assistant Dean focuses on building students’ career search skills; markets the talents of MSU Law students to a wide range of private, government and public interest employers; engages faculty and alumni in support of the mission; and develops an ambitious program directed at expanding internships, judicial clerkships, and job opportunities through on- and off-campus recruitment programs and other initiatives.

The Assistant Dean is a vital member of the LawCollege’s senior management team and works collaboratively with the Dean, Admissions, Student Engagement, Alumni Relations, and faculty and administrative colleagues. The Assistant Dean establishes short and long-range department goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures; oversees collection, analysis, and reporting of employment data; monitors and evaluates program effectiveness; identifies and implements changes required for improvement; counsels students and alumni on career strategies; develops programming to promote law practice skills and related matters; and works closely with the Externship Program Director.

Other duties of the Assistant Dean include strategic allocation of resources based on data analysis and mission; the effective use of technology for communications, marketing, and tracking purposes, including social media and specialized database systems; and development and evaluation of a post-graduate fellowship program.

The Assistant Dean for Career Development reports directly to the Dean of the Law College.


Candidates must have a record of success in law practice, legal academia, law school career services or within the legal recruiting industry, or the equivalent in a related industry. The successful candidate will have the skills and ambition to extend a strong network of contacts in the legal community, both inside and outside of Michigan; a track record of delivering outstanding results through professional positions in career services, and/or legal, corporate, government or public sector management, with demonstrated leadership and supervisory experience; a commitment and ambition to provide students with a comprehensive array of services to enable them to launch meaningful and successful careers; the ability and energy to develop and implement innovative initiatives that anticipate and adapt quickly and creatively to shifting dynamics in the marketplace; and the ability to foster engagement with students, faculty and alumni. Other requirements include a strong marketing and management background, and superior organizational, analytical, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills.

An advanced degree is required and a JD is strongly preferred.

About Michigan  State University College of Law:

MSU Law is a dynamic, student-centered academic community. Michigan State College of Law offers a legal education that challenges students’ intellect, broadens their experiences, and prepares them for successful and rewarding careers. Cutting-edge faculty research and new initiatives focused on vital issues such as ethics, food and agriculture, human rights, indigenous rights, intellectual property, law and technology, and entrepreneurial lawyering provide rich learning opportunities for our students and fuel the LawCollege’s expanding national and international reputation and reach.

The Law College is perfectly situated in the heart of a Big Ten university, just minutes from the state capitol and within close proximity to Detroit, Grand Rapids and Chicago.

The student body is made up of approximately 900 J.D. students and 70 students enrolled in various Master of Laws and Master of Jurisprudence programs. Approximately 50 percent of the students in the J.D. program are from Michigan, 45 percent are from states outside of Michigan, and 5 percent are international students.

Additional information regarding MSU Law can be found here.

For application process, please visit Symplicity. Applications should be submitted by May 1, 2014.


Assistant Dean Position at University of Florida Levin College of Law

The University of Florida Levin College of Law is seeking an Assistant Dean for Admissions. This senior-level position is responsible for supervising and managing the Office of Admissions at the College of Law. This position reports directly to the Dean of the College of Law. 

The responsibilities of the Assistant Dean for Admissions will include: working closely with the Admissions Committee and professional admissions staff to evaluate the candidate pool and ensure that decisions are made on a timely basis; managing the admissions process for entering JD, transfer and visiting students; monitoring the applicant and admitted pools to meet enrollment goals; developing and supervising all admissions recruitment and outreach programs; interpreting and administering existing admissions policies and developing new policies as needed;  supervising, leading and building a strong, team-oriented staff for the Office of Admissions; collecting, analyzing, and reporting recruitment and enrollment data; analyzing demographic trends and other data to create short and long range recruitment plans and new policies; serving as the Office of Admissions liaison to various University offices, constituencies and the law school faculty and staff; developing and monitoring the departmental budget; and updating and overseeing all publications, including the UF Law Prospectus and application forms.

Minimum qualifications:

A master’s degree or a J.D. degree and 4 years’ experience in higher education working directly with students; or a bachelor’s degree and 6 years’ experience. Experience in admissions, recruitment, and enrollment management.

Preferred qualifications:

Ability to work with various constituencies including prospective students, current students, alumni, faculty and staff; ability to think strategically in the delivery of programs and services; ability to create a marketing plan based on program data and industry information; strong familiarity with ACES2 and PeopleSoft programs; the candidate should have strong leadership and management skills as well as strong interpersonal abilities and should be a team player who can bring a positive and enthusiastic presence to a collegial environment. A J.D. degree is strongly preferred.

Salary is $90,000 – $110,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Interested parties should apply online, requisition number: 0905454. Applications will be accepted until May 15 and the anticipated start date is August 1, 2014.

NELP Immigrant Employment Rights Staff Attorney Opening – SPLC Atlanta Office

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) seeks an attorney to join its Immigrant Justice Project office in Atlanta, Georgia. The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. The Immigrant Justice Project works on cases involving the rights of immigrants in nine southern states. Representative cases include large scale litigation on behalf of victims of trafficking, class actions on behalf of guest workers based on violations of their federal employment rights, and civil rights litigation related to anti-immigrant laws, policies, and practices.

Primary Job Functions: 

  • Litigate cases under the supervision of the Deputy Legal Director and/or Senior Staff Attorneys;
  • Develop new cases in consultation with other Immigrant Justice Project staff;
  • Respond to requests for legal assistance;
  • Represent SPLC in various forums, including before community groups, legislators, and federal and state agencies;
  • Extensive travel may be required.

Qualifications – Education and Related Work Experience:

  • Juris Doctor degree;
  • Georgia Bar membership or willingness to sit for the next exam;
  • Strong academic background;
  • 3-5 years relevant legal experience;
  • Excellent research and writing skills;
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law;
  • Bilingual, Strong Proficiency in Spanish and English.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Creativity and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing strategies;
  • Initiative, vision, and a strong commitment to the struggle for social justice;
  • Familiarity with advocating on behalf of low-income poultry processing workers a plus, but not required;
  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities and have fun in a high-energy, fast paced work environment.

To Apply: 

The Southern Poverty Law Center provides a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. Interested candidates should submit the following documents as one attachment to the link provided: a cover letter, resume, writing sample (excerpt from brief), and three references.

From the CDO: Summer Funding Available for Public Interest, Government or Judicial Positions

The CDO wants you to know about a source of funding for law student summer service:  the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program.  Through this program, students who have secured their own placements at nonprofit organizations, courts or local, county or state governments can earn an education award of $1,175 that can be applied to tuition or student loans.

To qualify, students must:

  • complete a brief application (available here);
  • serve in qualifying organizations (nonprofit      organizations, courts, government agencies);
  • serve at least 300 hours; and
  • submit a short report of their activities

Students may not earn academic credit for the same service but can receive outside funding up to $4,300 and still be eligible for the education award.  The deadline to apply is Friday, May 2, 2014.  More information is available at the Equal Justice Works website.


Attend the University of Miami School of Law LL.M. Open House on Tuesday, May 13, 2014!

We look forward to you joining us on Tuesday, May 13th for an Open House where you will learn about University of Miami School of Law LL.M. programs.

  • Visit with directors, faculty and alumni to talk about latest program developments
  • Find out about full-time and part-time options
  • Hear about hybrid on campus and online options for select programs
  • Learn how select program size enables directors to develop a personalized course schedule and provide guidance on career options

This event takes place on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Morton’s Steakhouse, 1200   Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131.

For more info and free registration, please click here.