The Sustainable Economies Law Center is looking to add a new member to our team!

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Legal Cafe Director (Application Period CLOSED)

We are looking for someone who is interested in a full-time position (which we define as 30 hours per week). This person should be someone who is located in the Bay Area because this position requires hosting events several times per month in Oakland, Berkeley, and surrounding communities. The position we are hiring for also requires this person to be willing to work at least four evenings per month.

Legal CafeWe are excited to welcome someone to our team who is energized by interacting with people, building relationships, and organizing community events. This person should be a good communicator and excited to help us expand and improve our flagship direct services program, the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe, which now includes Transformative Policymakers Policy Cafes. Additionally, we want this new team member to have relevant skills and interest to support either our organization's public communications OR grassroots fundraising teams (depending on background, experience, and/or interest in one of these areas).

The roles in this position will break down approximately as follows:

  • 60%  coordinating the Legal Cafe Program (which includes Policy Cafes)
  • 20%  supporting either work in the Abundance (grassroots fundraising) Circle OR Communications Circle
  • 20%  contributing to the overall governance and functioning of the organization.


Who we are looking for

We are looking for someone who has a strong commitment to social and economic justice and is excited about joining a democratically governed organization. More specifically, we’re looking for someone who believes that our Legal Cafes and Policy Cafes are two essential means for using the law to create more just, equitable, and resilient communities. We are looking for someone who possesses and highly values curiosity, kindness, diligence, patience, and integrity.

Legal work experience is not required, but your interest in the law is!

Required Skills and Experience

  • Volunteer coordination
  • Event coordination
  • Ability to cultivate and steward relationships
  • Project management
  • Strong communication skills
  • Good organization skills
  • Time and task management
  • Experience and competency working with communities of color, low-income communities, immigrant communities, and other marginalized groups
  • Comfort with regularly working independently and/or remotely

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Fluency in one or more languages other than English (Spanish preferred)
  • Community organizing experience
  • Legal work experience (including apprenticeship, paralegal, or lawyer)
  • Experience with democratic decision-making
  • Experience developing and coordinating educational workshops
  • Familiarity with specific software/platforms, including: Nationbuilder, Wordpress, Asana, Slack, Google Suite
  • A valid driver’s license, access to a car, and safe driving skills to transport supplies and staff to Legal Cafes and Policy Cafes

Employment and Benefit Details

Compensation: All full-time staff are paid the same salary, currently $60,137.

Hours: We consider a full-time work week to be 30 hours.

Location: Our office is located in downtown Oakland. Staff are required to work in the office, on average, 2 days per week. Remaining days can be in the office or remote.

Time Off: We have a “free time off policy,” which means that there is no universal limit to paid time off during a calendar year. Each core staff member has the opportunity and responsibility to take as much paid time off as they see fit, so long as they can fulfill their roles and responsibilities to the organization.

Health Insurance: We offer health insurance for staff and children dependents (with partial coverage for spouses) and flexible spending accounts.

Child Care: We contribute $5,000 to a flexible spending account for dependent care per staff member with children under the age of 10.

Family Leave: We provide 12 weeks of paid parental and/or caregiving leave.

Sabbatical: We have a sabbatical policy that permits a 4-month sabbatical after working at the organization for 5 years.

People of color, transgender and gender nonconforming people, people from poor and working class backgrounds, people with disabilities, and women are encouraged to apply.

Our Timeline

We are accepting applications through March 7, 2018. We expect to conduct interviews from March 19th through April 2nd, and make an offer during the week of April 9th. The start date will depend on the needs and schedules of the Law Center and new hire, although we have a preference for on-boarding by May.

How to Apply


For Potential Equal Justice Works and Skadden Fellowship Applicants:

Hey there 3L law students, recent graduates, and experienced attorneys! Are you inspired to use the law to support more resilient communities? Do you have a specific project idea that advances SELC's mission to provide legal education, research, advice, and advocacy for just and resilient economies? If so, consider applying for a funded fellowship through Equal Justice Works, Skadden Fellowship Foundation, or other similar organization to work with SELC. We are particularly interested in proposals that achieve the following goals:

  • Envisioning more just and resilient economic and legal systems;
  • Identifying and advocating for public policies that remove legal barriers to resilient communities while maintaining and strengthening worker, consumer and environmental protections;
  • Empowering community-based entrepreneurs and innovators to create replicable legal structures that will form the blueprints of the new economy;
  • Educating communities and law-makers about the potential of new economic strategies; and
  • Training the next generation of community-based lawyers to meet the burgeoning legal needs of resilient communities everywhere.

Submit a brief proposal to with "Fellowship Proposal" in the subject line and we'll get back to you in a timely manner to let you know if we'd like to further explore the opportunity.


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