Board Directors and Committee Members

As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items. Ten Thousand Villages establishes long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans are under- or unemployed, and in which they lack other opportunities for income. A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization, Ten Thousand Villages sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade.

Ten Thousand Villages Pittsburgh is an independent nonprofit that sells Ten Thousand Villages products and shares the company name, but the Pittsburgh board operates separately of Ten Thousand Villages US leadership. In addition to governance, the board is also heavily involved in many aspects of operations, including managing bank accounts, approving expenses, creating the annual budget, devising policies, implementing advertising and marketing plans, organizing events, pursuing grant opportunities, and more.

As a nonprofit operating a retail store at an unprecedented time in history in which the Coronavirus has caused  a downturn for the industry as a whole, Ten Thousand Villages Pittsburgh is in need of talented and committed individuals to help guide our organization. The board currently has openings for board directors and committee members with experience and expertise in the following:

  • Human Resources
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Retail Operations
  • IT
  • Legal

The full Board of Directors typically meets on the third Wednesday of every month (except July and December) at 6:30PM. During normal operations, the meeting takes place at the store located at 5820 Forbes Ave in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood and regular in-person attendance is expected of directors. In an average month, board service will require 4-10 hours.  Terms are three years and directors are not required to make financial contributions though they are expected to support fundraising initiatives.

Board committees meet as needed, typically once per month and often by telephone or video conference. There is not a term duration for committee members.

If you are interested in joining the Ten Thousand Villages Pittsburgh Board of Directors, please submit your resume to board.pittsburgh@tenthousandvillages.com

Legal Director

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Supervision of the Legal Department

  • Directly supervises paralegal, staff attorneys, project staff and interns, carrying out all supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws governing attorney work product. Responsibilities include interviewing, training interns; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; monitoring grant compliance, submitting required grant reports and grant applications.

Legal Research and Writing

  • Provide analysis of case law, statutes, rules, policies, legislation and legal trends relating to their effect on victims of sexual assault. Develop concise written materials that convey essential information to target audiences as identified.
  • Assume responsibility for assuring the utility and integrity of all legal materials developed and distributed by the Training & Technical Assistance Department.
  • Engage in critical thinking and writing that contributes to the identification of emerging changes in the law or rules that may affect the needs of victims of sexual violence.

Technical Assistance

The assignments to the Legal Director will place emphasis on developing written resources and technical assistance activities. Technical Assistance activities include, but are not limited to all of the following:

  • Provide information, referral, and problem-solving assistance to the target audiences described in the Position Summary above on various civil and criminal legal issues including sexual violence protection order (SVPO), Title IX and mandated reporting.
  • Research and assist in the development of databases, papers, memos, and technical assistance packets on prioritized issues pertaining to sexual violence.
  • Build coalitions with outside partners, to include organizations and initiatives both with and without a primary focus on sexual violence.
  • Serve as a resource to all coalition staff in the development and provision of technical assistance activities.
  • Develop and deliver, as assigned, professional education for lawyers, law students, and advocates to enhance the accessibility of quality civil legal advocacy and representation for victims of sexual violence.
  • Develop and deliver, as assigned, high-quality education for judges and the minor judiciary, court personnel, prosecutors, and law enforcement to ensure that the civil and criminal justice systems’ responses to victims of sexual violence are consistent with state and federal law and properly prioritize the safety and confidentiality of victims and offender accountability.

Qualifications

  • Commitment to trauma informed, comprehensive legal service provision
  • Litigation as well as supervisory experience
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Experience in legal research, both electronic and paper-based
  • Understanding of issues of cultural and socioeconomic diversity as they apply to sexual violence prevention, intervention and services
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of planning, developing and implementing training and technical assistance specifically related to sexual violence, including the assessment of need, the development and delivery of resources, consultation and services and follow-up and evaluation.

To Apply

PCAR offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by March 31, 2021.

Litigation Director

This position is remote during COVID.

Agency Description

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) is one of the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organizations focused on serving Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs).

Founded in 1983 as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Advancing Justice-LA serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and organizational capacity building, Advancing Justice-LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of AANHPI communities while building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice.

Advancing Justice-LA is based in downtown Los Angeles, with additional offices in Orange County and Sacramento.

Position Summary

The Litigation Director leads the development, execution, and evaluation of Advancing Justice Los Angeles (AJ-LA) impact litigation practice, overseeing AJ-LAs Impact Litigation program staff. The Litigation Director collaborates and coordinates across the organization to determine litigation priorities. This position requires a thorough knowledge of the AJ-LAs services and available resources, both within and outside of the organization. The Litigation Director acts as AJ-LAs spokesperson for all litigation matters.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Lead all active and potential litigation cases, guiding litigation strategy and ensuring high quality of litigation-related work-product, and oversee case-related expenses and awards.
  • Active participation in the decision-making body that approves acceptance of impact litigation cases.
  • Oversee co-counsel relationships, including identifying, communicating, and resolving issues discovered during engagements.
  • Provide day-to-day supervision to attorneys and litigation support staff, including the administration of human resources procedures.
  • Oversee evolution of in-house document exemplar bank.
  • In coordination with CEO and Pro Bono Director, cultivate relationships with private bar for staff professional development opportunities and fundraising potential (e.g., firm monetary support, individual donations, cy pres awards).
  • Act as organization spokesperson for all litigation, including with media, community stakeholders, donors, and with Advancing Justice affiliates.
  • Design and implement litigation-related professional development plan and related in-house supporting resources for all attorneys so as to expand AJ-LAs resource pool of staff attorneys for litigation.
  • Work with all AJ-LA programs areas, providing litigation support to program staff.
  • Analyze, draft, and advocate for policy/legislation, in coordination with AJ-LAs policy staff.
  • Collaborate with Communications and Development departments, to strengthen AJ-LAs mission and litigation priorities, including grant proposal/report drafting.
  • Maintain and comply with the highest degree of professional standards in client confidentiality and personal conduct, as well as oversee compliance with those standards by staff involved in litigated cases.
  • Build a team-centered client service model, and monitor issues related to services to manage cooperation, ongoing engagements, and client expectations.
  • Supervising, mentoring, and coaching direct reports.

The omission of specific job duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Other duties as may be assigned and/or requested from other managers/executives from time to time.

Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • Juris Doctorate and must be an active member of the California State Bar.
  • Minimum eight years of impact litigation experience in both state and federal courts, ideally with background in addressing social justice issues.
  • Minimum 4 years supervising a legal team.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience with fee generation in civil rights cases and development of innovative funding sources for litigation.
  • Successful track record forging alliances and coalitions and moving people to take collective action.
  • An ability to develop and implement multi-faceted advocacy campaigns that include litigation, advocacy, communications, public education and community organizing.
  • Demonstrated experience working with Asian American, Native Hawaiian and/or Pacific Islander communities.
  • Demonstrated success in managing lawyers and staff in fast-paced litigation.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to write and speak persuasively to diverse audiences, including general public, media, lawyers, advocates, funders, donors, and opinion leaders.

Working Conditions

  • This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
  • Occasional travel may be required.

Physical Requirements

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or listen. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
  • This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.

Direct Reports

The position supervises the Impact Litigation program staff, which includes attorneys (senior and staff), paralegals, caseworkers, and legal assistants.

EOE Statement

As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage all qualified persons to apply, regardless of race, color, religion (includes religious dress and grooming practices), sex/gender (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/ or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (genetic characteristics, cancer or a record or history of cancer), military or veteran status, national origin (includes language use and possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to provide their presence in the United States is authorized under federal law), ancestry, disability (mental and physical including HIV/AIDS, cancer, and genetic characteristics), genetic information, request for family care leave, request for leave for an employee’s own serious health condition, request for pregnancy disability leave, retaliation for reporting patient abuse in tax-supported institutions, age (over 40).

Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered in a manner consistent with the requirements of the State of California and local Fair Chance ordinances.

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Legal Programs Coordinator

The Pro Bono Center of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation is seeking a fulltime Legal Programs Coordinator to support services to individuals with low incomes in need of free legal help. The Coordinator will work with the Pro Bono Center Director to engage in outreach to the legal community to increase visibility, leverage resources, develop relationships, and enhance services to clients.

The ACBF Pro Bono Center provides direct legal representation and advice to individuals with low incomes and also supports volunteer attorneys by providing education, training, and recognition.

Major duties:

  • Communicate with member organizations to identify areas of need for both clients and volunteers• Interact with members of the public seeking legal assistance, provide information, and screen for eligibility for services
  • Maintain support systems for volunteers including online legal research, forms, and CLE credits
  • Maintain client and volunteer information in databases, monitor status of cases assigned to volunteer attorneys, and prepare reports
  • Assist in planning volunteer education, recruitment, and recognition, and fundraising events
  • Develop print and electronic materials to advance the mission of the Pro Bono Center

A bachelor’s degree is preferred, however candidates with a demonstrated history of relevant work experience will also be considered. Strong oral and written communication skills, computer and database skills, and the ability to prioritize and multitask in a fast-paced environment while meeting deadlines are also required.

Employer is an equal opportunity employer. For consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter. No telephone calls please. Deadline for submission is January 31, 2021.

Legal Administrative Assistant

Position Summary

We are looking to hire an Administrative Assistant for the Legal Department with exceptional administrative skills. Legal Administrative Assistants are expected to work comfortably under pressure with tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment. The Legal Administrative Assistant is a professional who will support the paralegal and lawyers in a legal environment.

To ensure success, Legal Administrative Assistants should be detail oriented, exercise sound judgment
and must have exceptional written and verbal communication skills with a keen interest in providing
purposeful support to lawyers and the paralegal. Top candidates will be familiar with key legal
principles, give attention to details and possess incredible accuracy and excellent time management
skills.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Welcomes guests and clients by greeting them in person or on the telephone; answering
    phone calls, taking notes/messages or directing inquiries. Assisting clients in a trauma-informed
    manner.
  • Maintain and update inventories of contact details.
  • Facilitate the meeting of deadlines by keeping multiple agendas and providing timely reminders.
  • Produces information by transcribing, formatting, inputting, editing, retrieving, copying, and
    transmitting text, data, and graphics; coordinating case preparation.
  • Conserves attorneys time by reading, reviewing, verifying, and routing correspondence, reports
    and legal documents; drafting letters and documents; collecting and analyzing information;
    initiating telecommunications; organizing client conferences, and attorney meetings;
    scheduling couriers, court reporters, expert witnesses, and other special functions; coordinating
    preparation of charts, graphs, and other courtroom visuals.
  • Maintains attorney calendar by planning and scheduling conferences, teleconferences,
    dispositions, and travel; recording and monitoring court appearance dates, pleadings, and filing
    requirements; monitoring evidence-gathering; anticipating changes in litigation or transaction
    preparation requirements. Maintains office supplies by checking stocks; placing and expediting
    orders; evaluating new products.
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional
    publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.
  • Enhances department and organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing
    new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
  • Communicates with attorneys to obtain information, follow instructions, following-up on
    delegated assignments; knowing when to act and when to refer matters to the attorney.

Qualifications, Education, & Experience

  • One year of Legal Office Experience
  • Outstanding Listening and Communication Skills
  • Exceptional People/Interpersonal Skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Relevant Computer Skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of sexual violence, and understanding of related issues, and a
    commitment to ending sexual violence
  • High School Diploma
  • Secretarial Certificate or Associate’s Degree Preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of sexual violence, and understanding of related issues, and a
    commitment to ending sexual violence

Paralegal

The Allegheny County Bar Foundation Juvenile Court Project (JCP) is seeking a fulltime Paralegal to team with attorneys, social workers, parental support advocates and peer parent advocates in an interdisciplinary model of legal representation. The JCP represents parents involved in child welfare dependency and termination of parental rights cases in Allegheny County and is based in downtown Pittsburgh.

The Paralegal is an integral part of the JCP interdisciplinary model of legal representation the goal of which is to provide a holistic approach to assessing, advocating and supporting our clients as they address the issues bringing their family to the attention of the Juvenile Court and Allegheny County Children, Youth and Family Services (ACCYF).

The Paralegal provide administrative and case support to the JCP attorneys.

Core Job Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Assists with the preparation, filing, and serving of pleadings, motions and other documents with the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas, the Superior Court, the Orphans Court, the PA Supreme Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Assists with trial preparation by collecting and compiling information; reviewing and organizing documents; and summarizing trial transcripts and exhibits.
  • Acquires, prepares, and serves subpoenas.
  • Researches legal issues related to the representation of clients in child welfare cases.
  • Attends court hearings.
  • Assists with intake for applicants seeking legal representation.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Paralegal certificate from an ABA accredited program preferred, or a combination of education and/or experience
  • 2-3 years of significant and substantive litigation experience as a paralegal/legal assistant in a law firm setting preferred.
  • Experience drafting, cite-checking, and correcting legal briefs (trial and/or appellate).
  • Proficient in word processing software
  • The ability to travel within Allegheny County (via public transportation).

For consideration, please submit resume and cover letter by December 15, 2020. Employer is an equal opportunity employer. No telephone calls please.

Volunteer Attorney

North Hills Community Outreach, a non-profit organization servicing clients in Northern Allegheny outside of the City of Pittsburgh who are experiencing crisis, hardship and poverty, is seeking volunteer attorneys for our Ask the Attorney program. The program offers free, 30 minute legal consultations in all areas of law other than criminal. We are accepting volunteers from all legal backgrounds and are especially in need of attorneys who specialize in landlord/tenant concerns and family law. Due to Covid-19, all consultations will be done via telephone, email or online video conferencing for the foreseeable future. Our program is not eligible for CLE’s at this time but we do offer documentation of your volunteer hours. Check out our website for more info on the program: https://www.nhco.org/ask-the-attorney

Board Member

IAW seeking Board Members

The Industrial Arts Workshop (IAW), is a newly formed Pittsburgh-based educational 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to creating equity and opportunity for everyone through education, skill-building, and the arts. We create positive impacts and foster positive community connections through our youth programs and workforce development initiatives.

This is an important stage in the development of our organization, as we are building a new and for the first time, permanent facility in Hazelwood to support area youth through arts practices.

About the Position:

IAW is seeking enthusiastic Board Members to join our team at this critical juncture t in our organizational growth.

IAW is looking for dynamic professionals, with a priority on candidates having strong cultural competence and specific expertise in legal, accounting/finance, education, trade relations, and development. As an educational organization in the early stages of establishing year-round programming, we are a true working Board that understands the importance of work-life balance while remaining committed to  our volunteer tasks to further the mission of the organization. Our board is passionate and determined to make a difference in our community and welcome individuals with a similar commitment and excitement in achieving our goals and dreams.

Apply by emailing your letter of interest to Industrial Arts Workshop Executive Director, Tim Kaulen at tim.kaulen@iawpgh.org. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until key positions are filled.

About IAW:

The Industrial Arts Workshop (IAW),originally formed in 2000 as the Industrial Arts Collective; a group of artists dedicated to the creation and exhibition of sculpture and metalwork, has since become a fixture in the Pittsburgh area for its public art and community collaboration.  At the heart of IAW is a commitment to serve the creative needs of our neighbors through outreach and collaboration. IAW’s mission is to advance, inspire, and educate people through the creation of art. This is accomplished by promoting artistic literacy through the creation of original works of sculpture, inspiring and supporting sculpture artists and their work, and creating accessible education programs, projects, and community outreach.

Over the past five years, we have achieved this  through our unique programming, including the Mobile Sculpture Workshop (MSW) – a portable classroom directed and led by working artists and professional metalworkers.  Aimed at training and employing Pittsburgh urban teens in the field of welding and metal fabrication, MSW readies youth for future trade opportunities, education, and employment.

In addition to the educational skill-building aspects of the program, MSW has provided  youth with the opportunity to engage in creative design thinking, team building and collaboration, and the fabrications of  large-scale public art for community partners. Owing to MSW’s success over the last five years in engaging teens and communities throughout the city and region, the Industrial Arts Workshop was born and is allowing MSW to expand its reach and increase its engagement.

The Opportunity:

This is a pivotal moment for the Industrial Arts Workshop. After years of successful program delivery through our mobile unit, we invested in a brick and mortar space in the Hazelwood community and now have a home-base for our operations and programs. As such, we are excited to launch two core programs that will enable more participants to engage with our artist team and new facility. More information can be found here: www.iawpgh.org.

Duties:

Board Member duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Represent the organization in a professional positive manner
  • Participate in a committee
  • Attend monthly board and committee meetings
  • Make a philanthropic contribution to IAW in any amount.

Skills  and Abilities Needed:

  • Must be able to thrive in a dynamic, growing start-up organization and possess creative problem-­solving skills.
  • Interest in, and appreciation for Pittsburgh’s arts community, makers, and crafters is a plus.
  • Interest in nonprofit management and communication
  • Interest in, and knowledge of, Maker Education and STEAM Education
  • Curiosity and inventive spirit to collaborate with team members

Non­Discrimination Policy:

Industrial Arts Workshop provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. IAW expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of IAW’s employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

Supervising Attorney

Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit law firm designed to incubate legal services start-ups in the area of environmental law for underserved, modest means clients. The purposes of the organization include the education of attorneys in serving modest means clients, increasing equal access to justice, and community empowerment in the Appalachian Basin (New York to North Carolina). Fair Shake advances local, community decision-making about community health, environmental protection and cleanup, and development by providing access to justice for individuals and groups that are currently underserved.

Fair Shake is looking for a bright, motivated, and entrepreneurial attorney who enjoys a busy docket in a collegial and supportive environment. We are hiring a supervising attorney to work with our Staff Attorneys, Executive Director and Community Democracy Program Manager who is interested in implementing our mission to increase access to justice in environmental matters for modest means clients. We work throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia and are transitioning to a remote work environment.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF A SUPERVISING ATTORNEY

The Supervising Attorney will lead our client work by building client relationships, supervising Staff Attorneys and Resident Attorneys, deliberately building our docket, and developing educational materials and presentations for the local community. The Supervising Attorney will work closely with the Executive Director and Community Democracy Program Manager to integrate the organization’s educational, environmental justice, and legal services objectives into everyday operations.

DESIRED SKILLS & QUALITIES

  • Effective and efficient manager of diverse staff and legal matters, including the full spectrum of environmental legal issues in the contexts of client counseling, litigation, and legislative drafting;
  • Experience mentoring attorneys in lawyering skills, case management, drafting, research, and effective communication;
  • Proven effectiveness in fostering a culture of respect among staff and with clients through internal and external communication policies, collaborative case development processes, the use of client-centered counseling processes, active listening, and developing the decision-making ability of others;
  • Maintain effective professional relationships with staff, experts, clients, and colleagues;
  • Strong management, mentoring, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated initiative and creative problem-solving experience in client interactions and case management;
  • Knowledge of prominent environmental issues affecting individuals and communities in Pennsylvania;
  • Proven ability to manage budgets;

A commitment to:

  • Promoting fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race, color, national origin, or income in the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies;
  • Providing legal representation to allow equal access to the environmental decision-making process and to foster equal protection under the law for the health, preservation, and restoration of natural, scenic, historic, and esthetic values of the environment;
  • Educating young attorneys in legal services entrepreneurship and incubating start-up legal services organizations to serve the environmental legal needs of underserved low- and middle-income clients; and
  • Empowering communities and stimulating economies in the Appalachian Basin region by providing environmental legal services and counseling to allow the underserved to make decisions about practical and innovative solutions to complex environmental challenges across the region.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Candidates should possess:

  • A minimum of 6 years of experience in civil or administrative litigation, preferably with a focus in environmental or energy law
  • Current bar membership in at least one of the jurisdictions that we practice within (Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia).

The Supervising Attorney must be willing to travel within our practice region as needed.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

Fair Shake offers a competitive non-profit salary commensurate with skills and experience as well as a comprehensive benefits package that includes 20 days paid vacation; medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance; and a retirement savings plan.

TO APPLY

To apply, please submit via e-mail a letter of interest, your CV or résumé to Emily A. Collins, Esq., by December 15, 2020 as follows:

Emily A. Collins
Executive Director and Managing Attorney
647 E. Market Street
Akron, OH 44304
ecollins@fairshake-els.org

Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to inclusivity and diversity in our workforce.

Staff Attorney

Southwestern PA Legal Aid, a non-profit organization in the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN), seeks client-centered and mission-focused applicants for a Washington County Staff Attorney position, which requires a dedication to individual advocacy, litigation, and equal justice.  Responsibilities will include:

  • Primarily advising and/or representing parents and other custodians in family and juvenile matters related to child custody and support, and juvenile dependency;
  • Secondarily advising and/or representing our clients in housing, economic, and domestic abuse matters if needed from time to time;
  • Traveling infrequently to cover matters in Fayette or Greene County;
  • Maintaining client files through closure in compliance with our federal and state regulations; and
  • Collaborating with other legal and social services advocates for holistic client advocacy and assistance.

The position will be full-time with benefits but with a prohibition against the outside practice of law.  Remote work will be permitted where possible, particularly during the pandemic, though court appearances will be required as determined by the Washington County Court of Common Pleas.

A license to practice in Pennsylvania is required, as is a commitment to serve the low-income community and social justice.

Minority applicants are encouraged.

Send resume and at least two references to:

Brian V. Gorman
Executive Director
brian.gorman@splas.org