Employment

Currently, there are two different opportunities to be involved with the work at the Southwest Women’s Law Center. Details are below:

THE OPPORTUNITY: POLICY ADVOCATE

The Policy Advocate will be the primary staff working on SWLC’s Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) initiative and implementing its work plan. Policy Advocate may also assist on other SWLC’s projects including the Pregnancy Worker Accommodation project and reproductive justice work. Candidate must have a commitment to the mission of the SWLC. Policy Advocate may be requested to do other duties as assigned. This position can be 30-40 hours per week. Salary commensurate with experience.

Reports to: Executive Director

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico* (see Working Conditions section)

Term: Funding is available through August 2020 (may be extended, pending on funding)

MISSION AND VALUES

The Southwest Women’s Law Center (SWLC) was founded in 2005. Our mission is to create opportunities for women to realize their full economic and personal potential by: eliminating gender bias, discrimination and harassment; lifting women and their families out of poverty; and ensuring that all women have full control over their reproductive lives through access to comprehensive reproductive health services and information. Our primary services include providing legal and policy advocacy to advance opportunities for girls and women in New Mexico in the areas of health care, reproductive justice, equal pay, ensuring economic security for survivors of domestic violence and ensuring that girls have equal access to athletics or sports programs without discrimination. Our geographic focus is the State of New Mexico.

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work in coordination with the Executive Director and the staff attorneys on strategies to implement PFML in New Mexico;
  • Organize and coordinate the SWLC’s PFML Coalition meetings, agendas, and draft notes for members;
  • Provide community education on the importance PFML and other SWLC projects and initiatives;
  • Convene stakeholder meetings to achieve policy objectives; • Gather stories, analyze data, and synthesize research (or other evidence) to inform proposed and existing policies;
  • Set up statewide listening tour for education around PFML;
  • Coordinating special projects, including local and statewide educational and advocacy events;
  • Develop working relationships with business entities, Chambers of Commerce, small businesses, legislators;
  • Develop material to promote and present at workshops for conferences statewides;
  • Work with State Agencies on developing implementation models for NM;
  • Create, revise, update communication and work plans as appropriate;
  • Carrying out grant deliverables and contributing to grant proposals and grant reports;
  • Draft reports for submission to funding agency;
  • During the NM legislative session, be able to prepare, advocate, and testify on SWLC’s legislative bills and other partners;
  • Work with national organizations or other states on implementation of PFML bills to learn best practices from their experiences.
  • Oversee social media and website management, including creating media content around SWLC’s priorities

REQUIREMENTS

  • Experience with building coalitions;
  • Experience with social media tools and platforms and other communications experience;
  • Have outstanding organizational abilities and attention to details;
  • Able to work with likely and unlikely allies to achieve goal;
  • Ability to travel around the state;
  • Problem-solving, analytical, and critical thinking skills
  • The ability to work independently, coordinate projects, and respond appropriately to multiple priorities
  • Minimum requirement of Bachelor’s Degree;
  • Highly proficient in use of Microsoft Office;
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).

PREFERRED COMPETENCIES

  • Experience with website development;
  • Experience with donor management software;
  • Fundraising and donor relationship skills

WORKING CONDITIONS

This position requires some evening and weekend hours, including statewide travel and occasional attendance to state wide conferences.

  • The position requires access to a working vehicle.
  • *During the legislative sessions, position requires travel to Santa Fe.
  • *Contractor can work from SWLC office in Albuquerque.

HOW TO APPLY

Please email resume, cover letter, writing sample, and a list of three references, by April 28, 2019 at 5 p.m, for consideration to Terrelene Massey, tmassey@swwomenslaw.org.

THE OPPORTUNITY: LAW CLERK

The Southwest Women’s Law Center is looking for applicants to fill 2 law clerk positions (paid) for the summer 2019. Deadline to apply is May 17, 2019.

The Southwest Women’s Law Center (SWLC) was founded in 2005. Our mission is to create opportunities for women to realize their full economic and personal potential by: eliminating gender bias, discrimination and harassment; lifting women and their families out of poverty; and ensuring that all women have full control over their reproductive lives through access to comprehensive reproductive health services and information. Our primary services include providing legal and policy advocacy to advance opportunities for girls and women in New Mexico in the areas of health care, reproductive justice, equal pay, ensuring economic security for survivors of domestic violence and ensuring that girls have equal access to athletics or sports programs without discrimination. Our geographic focus is the State of New Mexico.

As a law clerk, you will serve as an essential part of our team by working one on one with low-income New Mexicans experiencing legal issues, including participating in the intake process, performing research, writing projects on a wide variety of women’s rights issues, participating in coalition and community meetings, and supporting the development of new ideas to improve the lives of all New Mexicans. The work site will be at our Albuquerque office.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for either position, please send your resume and cover letter to wbasgall@swwomenslaw.org

THE OPPORTUNITY: BOARD MEMBER

The Southwest Women’s Law Center has openings for members of its Board of Directors. We are a non-profit advocacy organization whose mission is to eliminate gender bias, discrimination and harassment; lift women and their families out of poverty; and ensure that all women have full control over their reproductive lives.    The board meets from noon until 1:30 on the fourth Thursday of the month.  Board members may also serve on board committees and participate in our advocacy activities.  

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for either position, please send your resume and cover letter to tmassey@swwomenslaw.org.