Staff Attorney/ Policy Analyst

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) seeks a dynamic, experienced, and skilled Staff Attorney or Policy Analyst to join our Work Structures team to advance NELP’s long-term vision that all workers have opportunity and security and access to the gains made in our economy, no matter what the work structure imposed on them. Whether through temp and staffing agencies, subcontracting arrangements, or labeling workers as franchisees or independent workers, businesses are commonly using these structures to maximize their profits and minimize their obligations to employees.

Who We Are

NELP is a national non-profit with offices in New York, Washington D.C., Seattle, and Berkeley, promoting federal, state, and local policies designed to create good jobs.  These include policies to boost access to and the quality of jobs, strengthen workers’ upward mobility, enforce worker rights, and improve benefits and services for injured and unemployed workers.  In collaboration with national and grassroots partners, NELP advances its work through research, advocacy, litigation support and technical assistance designed to raise wages, end wage theft and workplace violations, ensure safe and healthy workplaces, strengthen unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation, secure employer accountability, encourage fair chance employment, and promote a comprehensive policy framework to build a good jobs economy. For more information, see stage.nelp.org.

As advocates for workers’ rights, including the right to organize and bargain over working conditions, non-management staff at NELP are members of Local 2320, UAW.

What You Will Do

At NELP, you will work in conjunction with NELP’s staff of lawyers, policy experts and strategic communications experts in the Work Structures team. Your team partners with grassroots organizing groups and reformers to test new models in the states and cities that will respond to the key problems of the U.S. labor market in the twenty-first century.  Your work includes:

  • Developing policies and providing campaign support to raise labor standards and provide work-related benefits for subcontracted workers at the federal, state and local levels, with a particular focus on supporting worker campaigns that both improve labor standards and build worker power in both public and private employment and along the supply chain;
  • Developing new strategies to improve enforcement of basic workplace rights in order to combat the growing practice by employers, particularly in heavily low-wage and immigrant workforce sectors, of using complex employment structures and misleading titles like “gig workers” to push the costs of doing business or business uncertainty onto workers;
  • Increasing the public’s understanding of who and what is driving the trend towards fissuring of work, and what the impact is, particularly on workers of color;
  • Fighting back against rollbacks of core labor and employment rights at the federal, state and local level; and eliminating loopholes that exclude immigrants, people of color, and contingent and temporary workers from core protections like minimum wage.

You will be based in NELP’s New York City or Washington D.C. office and will be responsible for the following:

  • Leading local and state advocacy in key policy priority areas, as described above in the Work Structures portfolio, by engaging key constituencies, allied organizations, and policymakers.
  • Providing legal, policy and strategic support for campaigns across the country, including drafting model legislation, policy briefs, and legal analyses.
  • Representing NELP in public forums, legislative and agency hearings, and in the media.
  • Drafting reports, op-eds, blogs, and educational materials, and engaging in strategic communications.
  • Supporting a workplace culture where all team members grow and develop professionally.
  • Actively contributing to NELP’s work in becoming an anti-racist organization that reflects and embodies internally the values of social justice, diversity, and inclusion.

Who You Are

  • You have substantial advocacy and research experience promoting labor and employment rights, civil rights and racial justice, or other economic justice issues. Your experience in labor law, employment law and/or organizing is especially welcome, as is experience working on policy and organizing in contracted employment, the “on-demand” economy, or with workers in supply chains.
  • You have a J.D. Degree or master’s degree in a relevant field, with five to seven years of related experience preferred. If you are hired as a Staff Attorney, you must be eligible for admission to the bar.
  • You have excellent written and oral communication skills (Spanish-language fluency a plus).
  • You have demonstrated commitment to economic justice and low-income issues.
  • You are strategic and a clear-headed thinker and doer who is comfortable managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • You are comfortable with ambiguity and change.

Start Date, Location, Compensation & Benefits:  This position will be based in New York City or Washington D.C. Start date will be as soon as possible. Salary is competitive within the non-profit sector and commensurate with experience and education based on NELP’s collective bargaining scale. Excellent benefits package. This position is in NELP’s bargaining unit, represented by National Organization of Legal Service Workers, UAW Local 2320.

To apply:  Email cover letter, resume, and three references to jobs@stage.nelp.org, noting “ Staff Attorney/Policy Analyst: Work Structures” in the subject line. If you have questions regarding this announcement, please forward those to jobs@stage.nelp.org, noting “Staff Attorney/Policy Analyst:  Work Structures” in the subject line. No phone calls or other email inquiries please. We will consider applications on a rolling basis. Applications due by February 22, 2018.

NELP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status. 

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