[Applications for this position are currently closed.]
The People’s Parity Project (PPP) seeks a creative, self-motivated, and strategic State Courts Manager to join a growing team and manage the organization’s work to build state courts that serve as venues for deliberation about substantive justice, for holding the powerful accountable, and for equitable enforcement of democratic principles at the state level.
PPP is a small nonprofit committed to bold advocacy and fearlessly challenging entrenched power structures. We’re fighting hard fights, but always make time to celebrate the wins, no matter how big or small. This is an exciting opportunity to grow and shape a fast-growing movement aimed at unrigging the legal system and building a justice system that values people over profits.
About the Organization
The People’s Parity Project was founded in 2018 on the belief that a movement of law students and attorneys, organizing to democratize the legal system, empower working people, and challenge corporate influence, has the power to move us towards a world where workers have power, vulnerable communities need not fight for dignity and respect, and the levers of law and government seek to increase the well-being of all. Learn more: www.peoplesparity.org/about.
About the Position
For too long, progressive organizing efforts within the legal left have failed to match the far-right, pro-corporate forces and the efforts they have refined within the legal profession over the last forty years. It is long past time for progressives to recognize the crisis within our legal system, and to commit to the deep organizing work necessary to create state and federal courts that are accessible to real people, and where those real people have a chance at achieving substantive justice. By prioritizing state courts around the country, People’s Parity Project aims to organize progressive, pro-worker law students and attorneys to take back our courts and build a legal system that works for working people.
This is a one-year term position, with the possibility of renewal. It is a remote position: candidates can apply and work from anywhere. Once it is safe to do so, some travel will be expected. The State Courts Manager is a full-time position with flexible hours (although some work on nights and weekends is likely) and reports to the Policy & Program Director. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with a flexible start date; candidates who intend to sit for the July 2022 bar exam are welcome to apply.
The State Courts Manager portfolio includes:
- Thinking creatively and strategically to develop and execute strategies aimed at building a pipeline of progressive lawyers to become state court judges.
- Building and maintaining a centralized database of judicial vacancies by state and other resources to allow individual attorneys and community-based and national advocacy organizations to intentionally develop plans for how to ensure that the best judges possible fill these seats.
- Developing state-specific trainings for progressive attorneys who are considering a career on the bench.
- Educating and engaging students and attorneys as volunteer educators to expand our reach to communities in order to provide critical, accessible information regarding state courts and their various appointment processes.
- Supporting PPP organizers to work with progressive lawyers, professors, community groups, social justice organizations, and community leaders and representatives to build coalition tables dedicated to better understanding and engaging with their state judiciary.
- Tracking and reporting for grants relating to the advocacy portfolio.
To be considered, a candidate must have:
- Deep knowledge of the legal system and the role that the legal profession currently plays in upholding systems of corporate power and worker oppression.
- Commitment to build state courts that serve as venues for deliberation about substantive justice, for holding the powerful accountable, and for equitable enforcement of democratic principles at the state level.
- Desire to work in a small, startup environment.
The ideal candidate will possess many of the following qualifications and personal attributes:
- Law degree from an accredited law school (applications from individuals receiving a JD in the spring of 2022 are welcome); bar admission not necessary.
- Critical and creative thinking to challenge systems of oppression and the people and institutions that uphold them.
- Commitment to challenging subjugation in all forms, and to building internal structures that elevate historically marginalized groups and individuals.
- Ability to clearly communicate, both verbally and in writing, in a way that moves people to take action. The ideal candidate will be comfortable with both external or public-facing communication, and internal and 1:1 communication.
- Ability to work in a self-directed manner, solving problems and navigating obstacles as they arise, while also taking initiative to seek support when needed.
- Demonstrated experience in organizing, advocacy campaigns, and/or policy work.
We strongly encourage people with the following identities to apply: Black and Indigenous people; people of color; LGBTQIA+, women and non-binary people; people living with disabilities; and others with lived experience being part of marginalized communities.
Benefits and Perks
- $60,000 annual salary.
- 100% company paid individual medical, dental, & vision insurance coverage.
- Home office and mobile data plan stipend.
- 401(k) company match (after six months of employment).
- Three weeks paid time off and 10+ paid organizational holidays.
- Ability to work remotely and flexible hours.
Send resume, cover letter, writing sample (any length), and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.