LAC is a non-profit law and policy organization that specializes in fighting discrimination against and protecting the rights of people with substance use disorders, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records.

New York

Legal Action Center seeks a full-time Grants Manager. Working closely with a small team of policy experts, attorneys and development staff, the Grants Manager will participate in all aspects of institutional fundraising, including researching prospective funders, developing proposals and tracking and reporting on deliverables.  This position will report to the Director of Program Support.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: LAC is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of substance use, HIV/AIDS, and criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas. For over 45 years, LAC has championed public health approaches to substance use disorder and HIV/AIDS, fought mass incarceration, and challenged the myriad collateral consequences of a criminal record. LAC uses a multi-faceted approach to create change, including direct legal services, impact litigation, education, and policy advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels.

Legal Action Center is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and/or those with lived experience in our work areas are strongly encouraged to apply.

Grants Manager Responsibilities:

  • Fundraising
    • Conduct background research on proposal topics and potential donors.
    • Manage prospect tracking.
    • Interact with board of directors about new prospects.
    • Write short proposals and assist Director of Program Support to write and submit larger and/or more complex funding requests.
  • Deliverables Management and Reporting
    • Help to pilot and maintain a project management system (using SalesForce) to track progress, provide regular feedback and ensure timely completion of grant-funded project deliverables.
    • Produce internal deliverables and data summaries and reports for organizational departments, e.g. legal, policy, finance, development and communications.
    • Write or help to create reports and updates for institutional donors.
  • Institutional donor relations
    • Write and send donor acknowledgements and other routine correspondence.
    • Assist with site-visit preparation.
    • Help plan and execute fundraising and stewardship events.

Qualifications

  • Commitment to helping individuals with criminal records, substance use disorders and/or HIV overcome stigma and discrimination and lead lives of dignity;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • At least 2 years of non-profit experience;
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or equivalent experience;
  • Excellent research, analytical, organizational, and project management skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; knowledge of SalesForce preferred;
  • Inclination and ability to work independently;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and follow-up with short and long-term objectives;
  • Ability to work well with a diverse set of colleagues and find humor in life.

Compensation and Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits, including medical insurance, 403(b) plan with employer contribution, and pre-tax flexible benefits.

To apply
Please send cover letter, resume and 1-3 page writing sample to [email protected].  Please put “Your Name – Grants Manager” in the subject line of the e-mail. Applications that are missing a cover letter or writing sample will NOT be reviewed.  Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and qualified candidates will be contacted by phone to schedule an interview.

Legal Internships

The Legal Action Center (LAC) hires law student interns for the summer and Spring/Fall semester in our New York City office. LAC offers an hourly salary to interns who do not receive course credit or outside funding for their work.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: LAC is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, and criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas. For over 40 years, LAC has championed public health approaches to substance use disorder and HIV/AIDS, fought mass incarceration, and challenged the myriad collateral consequences of a criminal record. LAC uses a multi-faceted approach to effect change, including direct legal services, impact litigation, education, and policy advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels.

JOB DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES: Working in the New York City office, legal interns work directly with our attorneys and policy staff to further LAC’s work as needed, which may include:

  • Providing direct legal services to individuals with criminal justice involvement, including conducting intakes, drafting client advocacy documents, and preparing motions to seal eligible criminal records under New York’s new sealing law, CPL 160.59.
  • Conducting legal research for LAC’s cutting-edge impact litigation in privacy rights and anti-discrimination protections for individuals with criminal records, substance use disorder, and/or living with HIV/AIDS;
  • Conducting legal research for LAC’s policy advocacy at the federal, state, and local level; and
  • Drafting position papers, model legislation, and other policy documents in support of LAC’s core mission.

LAC encourages our legal interns to join our meetings with partner organizations, conferences, public hearings, and trainings with LAC attorneys and policy staff, depending on programming and interns’ interests.

Legal interns may also develop a substantial writing sample or law review-style article about novel legal issues that arise in our work. We encourage legal interns to develop projects and apply for post-graduate fellowships at LAC.

For more information about LAC’s current litigation and policy work, see our recent Highlights.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be students who have completed their first or second year of law school. Strong analytic and communication skills required. Experience with and/or demonstrated commitment to the issues facing the communities served by LAC preferred. Proficiency in a second language welcomed. The Legal Action Center is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

TIME COMMITMENT: Summer interns are expected to work at least 35-40 hours per week, for at least 10 weeks. Semester interns are expected to work at least 10 hours per week, for at least 10 weeks.

COMPENSATION: LAC pays an hourly rate to legal interns if they do not receive external funding or course credit for the internship.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please read carefully. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to the Legal Action Center at [email protected], with the subject line “Legal Internship.” Cover letters should include a statement of interest in LAC’s work and clearly indicate whether the applicant is applying for a Spring, Summer, or Fall internship.

We will review applications on a rolling basis. The application deadline is August 15 for the fall term, December 1 for the spring term, and February 15 for the summer. First-year law student applications for the summer internship will not be accepted before December 1, in accordance with the NALP Principles and Standards. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Washington, D.C.

Legal Internship – Spring 2020

The Legal Action Center (LAC) is hiring a law student for the spring 2020 semester in our Washington, D.C. office.  The internship would be for the full semester.  Applicants may elect to receive a salary ($15.00/hour) or academic credit for their work.

LAC’s D.C. office advocates with Congress, federal administrative agencies and state policy-makers to end discrimination against people with histories of addiction; to expand funding and coverage for substance use disorder treatment, prevention, and research through all forms of health care financing; and to eliminate barriers to re-entry for people with criminal records.  LAC’s DC office collaborates with organizations around the country and national coalitions to achieve its goals.

JOB DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES:  The legal intern will research, track, and analyze federal and state legislation, laws, regulations, and policies related to private and public health insurance and criminal justice initiatives affecting persons with addiction histories; attend Congressional hearings and briefings; conduct legal research on health care coverage and insurance discrimination; and assist in other ongoing projects related to both state and federal advocacy work.  Excellent research and writing skills are required.  Past interns have included law students interested in policy development and advocacy and the substantive issues at the core of LAC’s work.

The Legal Action Center is an equal opportunity employer. Members of LAC’s stakeholder populations are strongly urged to apply.

More information about LAC and our National HIRE Network, which focuses on expanding employment opportunities for people with criminal records, can be found on our websites, https://www.lac.org and www.hirenetwork.org, or by contacting  [email protected].

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in LAC’s work and relevant experience to  [email protected].

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