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DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS JOB DESCRIPTION

The Amara Legal Center is a nonprofit legal services organization dedicated to providing free
legal services to individuals whose rights have been violated while involved in commercial sex.
To learn more about the Amara Legal Center’s mission and work, please visit www.amaralegal.org.

ROLES OVERVIEW

The successful candidate will lead the execution of day-to-day tasks at the Amara Legal Center.
This will include daily financial management, management of Amara’s existing grants and
contracts, management of operational partnerships and timelines, and serve as the human
resources point person. This position will report directly to the executive director and will be
based in Washington, DC.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong interest in domestic sex trafficking, sex workers’ rights, and/or sexual assault
  • Strong commitment to social justice and public interest
  • Bachelor’s degree or three years of professional managerial experience
  • Interest in building systems and processes to help maximize organizational efficiency
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to details
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple deadlines
  • Minimum of two years of professional experience
  • Demonstrated success in taking initiative and being flexible
  • Self-driven with the motivation to provide an excellent work ethic

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Human resources certificate or experience
  • Accounting/finance certificate or experience

DUTIES:

Office Management

  • Basic human resources, including: assisting new staff with onboarding, enrolling new employees in payroll and benefits programs such as health insurance and retirement plans
  • Maintain electronic personnel files
  • Management of office resources, vendors, technology, and supplies
  • Monitor organization’s cyber security strength
  • Research new methods to run organization more efficiently
  • Organize staff appreciation events, team activities, and opportunities to practice self-care
  • Provide support to the executive director
  • Compliance with legal and financial reports, certifications, and registration

Programmatic

  • Generate reports in case management system and add client services data to grant reporting databases
  • Request information from partner organizations
  • Assist clients: conduct phone intake calls/interviews, research referral organizations, discuss potential cases with lawyers, and connect clients to resources
  • Attend trainings

Financial

  • Oversee all financial operations in collaboration with bookkeeper and accountant
  • Prepare for and coordinate annual audit and provide requested financial documents
  • Create and manage grant and organizational budgets
  • Review financial statements created by bookkeeper
  • Correspond with grant managers regarding grant performance
  • Prepare reports and invoices for grants and contracts
  • Process and approve invoices and reimbursements

Strategic Development

  • Supervision of communications consultant
  • Support communications consultant in grant application submissions
  • Regularly meet with Amara stakeholders to increase individual giving
  • Provide presentations on Amara’s services and mission to potential donors

ANNUAL SALARY AND BENEFITS

The starting salary for the position is $50,000, and the benefits package includes: 15 days of paid vacation leave, 5 days of paid sick leave, DC holidays, employer provided health and dental insurance, simple IRA retirement plan with up to a 3% employer match, flexible schedule, and an annual professional development budget

TO APPLY:

Submit a cover letter, three references, and your resume to recruiting@amaralegal.org. We will review resumes and schedule interviews on a rolling basis. References will not be contacted until the final phase of the hiring process.

The Amara Legal Center is an equal opportunity employer and each applicant’s qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

STAFF ATTORNEY JOB DESCRIPTION

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • J.D. from an accredited law school
  • Candidate will be licensed to practice law in Washington, DC, or licensed in another jurisdiction and eligible to waive into DC
  • At least two years of litigation experience
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Demonstrated experience, knowledge, or interest regarding domestic sex trafficking, sex workers’ rights, sexual assault, and/or survivors of trauma within the legal system
  • Demonstrated experience working with underserved communities
  • Strong commitment to social justice and public interest
  • Ability to develop and implement projects
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and appropriate use of diplomacy and tact.
  • Must be eligible to work for any employer in the United States

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Candidate is licensed to practice in DC federal court
  • Experience with and interest in pursuing policy or legislative advocacy on behalf of clients

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Train and supervise legal staff handling DC Legal Matters, DC pro bono attorneys, and legal interns as necessary
  • Independently provide legal advice, advocacy, and representation on civil and criminal cases in DC Superior Court, including, but not limited to, criminal record expungement, child custody and other family law issues, civil protection orders, name changes, crime victims advocacy, and representation of low-level criminal charges
  • Train local service providers on the identification of domestic survivors of sex trafficking, and provide information sessions for clients about various areas of the law
  • Establish and foster supportive relationships with staff, partners, clients, pro-bono attorneys, and volunteers.
  • Participate in stakeholder meetings with other community-based organizations and legal services serving Amara’s target client population.
  • Inform Amara DC attorneys of current legal developments, research, best practices
  • Develop, implement, and oversee ongoing trainings in those practice areas for pro bono attorneys/law students as needed
  • Monitor and comply with grant metrics, restrictions, and goals.
  • This position will report directly to the executive director and will be based in Washington, DC.

ANNUAL SALARY AND BENEFITS

  • The position is full-time with flexible telework schedule.
  • Starting salary for the position is $60,000

Benefits package includes: 15 days of paid vacation leave, 5 days of paid sick leave, DC observed holidays, employer provided health and dental insurance, simple IRA retirement plan with up to a 3% employer match, flexible telework schedule, and an annual professional development budget

TO APPLY:

Submit a persuasive cover letter, resume, and three references to recruiting@amaralegal.org. Applications that do not include all three of these documents will not be considered. We will be reviewing resumes on a rolling basis and scheduling interviews accordingly.

Your privacy will be respected and preserved until the final phase of the hiring process. For example, we will only check references during the process of interviewing finalists and will only do so with your knowledge.

The Amara Legal Center is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind.

Amara is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Amara are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, work-related injury, covered veteran status, political ideology, genetic information, marital status, family responsibilities, parental status, or any other statute protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Amara will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. Amara encourages applicants of all ages, sexes, genders, colors, and religions. Amara encourages applicants with personal familiarity or experience of the commercial sex industry to apply.

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