Director (Legal Workers' Rights and Protection Project)
AGENCY DESCRIPTION: Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) is a statewide, not-for profit organization that provides free legal services to eligible clients in civil cases through 8 branch offices. ILS has approximately 85 funding sources, including the Legal Services Corporation, Indiana Civil Legal Aid Fund, United Ways, and Area Agencies on Aging.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER: ILS is committed to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any category protected by law.
LOCATION: This position can be located in any ILS office. Not all the hours worked require being in the office; some of the work can be completed remotely.
JOB SUMMARY: The WRAPP Project Director for Indiana Legal Services leads the WRAPP Project. The Director will supervise the project staff and the work of the project so that the project provides high-quality legal representation and services to eligible clients regarding the legal issues being targeted. The Director will also maintain a caseload providing representation to eligible clients. The Director will collaborate with other ILS offices and projects by sharing expertise, research, and pleadings, and by consulting, training, and co-counseling cases as appropriate.
- Supervise a diverse team of advocates committed to helping low-wage workers and migrant farmworkers understand and exercise their legal rights.
- Recruit and train summer interns and Pro Bono counsel.
- Provide comprehensive legal services to clients with employment law related matters, including unemployment, wage theft, discrimination, unlawful working and housing conditions, human trafficking, unsafe working conditions, pesticide exposure, and immigration law matters including lab-based U visas and T visas for survivors of human trafficking.
- Represent agricultural workers in administrative complaints and state or federal litigtation.
- Run and review compliance reports.
- Draft grant applications and reports for funders.
- Oversee know-your-rights outreach to migrant farm workers and communities vulnerable to human trafficking.
- Represent ILS at community meetings and engage with statewide coalition partners.
- Manage relationships with and provide legal trainings to community partners.
- Train stakeholders on identifying the legal needs of agricultural worker clients.
- Collaborate with partners in strategic planning and impact litigation.
- Respond to media inquiries and direct WRAPP’s social media messaging.
- Make appropriate referrals to outside agencies.
- Help organize state and regional legal training events.
- Attend trainings and maintain up-to-date knowledge of current farmworker law issues.
- Assure the project reaches all relevant areas of the state.
- Conduct community outreach throughout Indian to migrant agricultural workers.
- Ensure the project operates in compliance with all relevant statutes, regulations, rules and grant requirements.
- Comply with all ILS policies and all procedures for legal work management.
COMPENSATION: Starting salary is $61,991, with a range up to a maximum of $92,136.50 depending on experience. ILS offers an excellent fringe benefit package including health insurance (medical, dental, vision, Rx), disability insurance, life insurance, a 401(k) plan, and a flex benefit plan.
- A demonstrated commitment to the mission of Indiana Legal Services, which is to use the law to fight poverty and racism, empower clients, and improve access to justice.
- Juris doctorate degree and licensed to practice law in Indiana, or able to become barred soon after acceptance.
- Fluency in Spanish and English is required.
- Experience working with migrant farmworkers, low wage workers, and/or survivors of human trafficking and experience with employment and/or immigration law preferred, but not required.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to travel as needed to perform job responsibilities throughout Indiana.
- Ability to establish and maintain excellent relationships with diverse populations.
- Unless exempt under federal or state law, the person who is hired for this position must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 within 60 days of starting the position. Reasonable accommodations will be provided in accordance with state and federal law
TO APPLY: Please apply via email to email@example.com by submitting a letter explaining your interest and experience, your resume, and a list of at least 3 professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers.
The position will remain open until filled. Preference may be given to early applicants.