Opportunities


We're a small bunch of dedicated managers-of-one. But we we're not too self important that we can't laugh at ourselves. We're generalists with enough range and creativity to solve problems, even if the solution is a bit jenky and held together by duct tape. We're like immigrants, we get the job done. :D


We have a deep commitment to building the bench for social justice and therefore work hard to come up with projects that work for the right person and idea, whether than exposing you to the social justice world as a high schooler, giving you a quasi-legal experience as an undergrad, or working on a project of your own as law student.


If you love helping people, like actually helping them, and your idea of a good time is coming up with different ways you can mess with the man for the benefit of the poor or vulnerable, we love to hear from you.


We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, people with past involvement in the justice system or who have loved ones currently or formerly in the justice system, and people with personal or familial experience with poverty or homelessness to apply. This is more than a generic policy statement, as 83% of the board and staff have multiple such identities and all of us have at least one.

Director of Operations

The Director of Operations will serve on the executive leadership team of the organization and work closely with the Board of Directors.


RESPONSIBILITIES

People:

  • Provide HR services, onboarding of new employees and interns, benefits, etc...

  • Provide leadership coaching and performance management with managing attorney

  • Lead organizational and departmental communications, including board and staff communications


Operations:

  • Oversee reporting requirements for all programs, working in tandem with project staff

  • Oversee financial accountability and controls

  • Provide assistance and support to all programs, program participants, and staff when situations arise


Internal Leadership:

  • Oversee departmental and organizational growth, ie goal setting, new grants/funding streams, etc...

  • Contribute to strategic planning and program development with managing attorney and project leads


External Leadership:

  • Cultivate and maintain collaborative relationships with key stakeholders, funders

  • Represent SD to further program and fund development success and promote best practices and system change



REQUIREMENTS

Credentials:

  • Bachelors in business, finance, management, or other related field; an advanced degree in management or accounting preferred

  • Escalating experience in financial, management, and operations

  • Non-profit experience, including fundraising experience


Functional Competencies:

  • Enjoys organizing, to help counter chaos of our work

  • Can easily navigate between in legal, financial, and nonprofit/foundation worlds

  • Can solve problems with rigorous analysis or creative shortcut

  • Willingness to communicate Street Democracy values via outreach to partners and funders • Comfortable with spirited debate about how our values manifest in our actions



Street Democracy welcomes applications from law school graduates whose schools provide post-graduate funded fellowships. If you are interested in participating in a fellowship program where you help low income veterans, please send a letter of inquiry to jobs@streetdemocracy.org.

Internship

Interns will have the opportunity to meaningfully work on Street Democracy initiatives. School-year internships are part-time, with a minimum 5 hours per week commitment. We need prompt email responses, even if its a "Hey, I got a test coming up, cool if I get this to you next week?" response. Summer internships are full time, with an expected 35 hours per week commitment.

POSITION SUMMARY

Interns will gain valuable experience by working alongside our staff on the following:

  • Conducting legal and policy research

  • Drafting memoranda, affidavits and briefs

  • Researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims

  • Researching and drafting materials for public education

  • Perform special projects and other duties as assigned


APPLYING

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and at least two references in one PDF to jobs@streetdemocracy.org with the subject: “Internship". Please mention in your cover letter where you learned of this opportunity, why you want to work in this space, and why with us. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications are now being accepted and will be considered on a rolling basis.

Volunteer

There are a variety of ways that both legal and non-legal volunteers can help us better serve our clients and mission.


POSITION REQUIREMENTS

Because our office structure is lean, we require volunteers to be willing to:

  • Commit to a steady schedule of availability for a specific duration

  • Learn the law and legal process (orientation) as a prerequisite to beginning service

  • Be flexible with assignments and tasks


BECOMING A VOLUNTEER

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and at least two references in one PDF to jobs@streetdemocracy.org with the subject: “Volunteer". Please mention in your cover letter where you learned of this opportunity, why you want to work in this space, and why with us. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications are now being accepted and will be considered on a rolling basis.

Fellowship

Street Democracy welcomes applications from law school graduates whose schools provide post-graduate funded fellowships. If you are interested in participating in a fellowship program where you help low income veterans, please send a letter of inquiry to jobs@streetdemocracy.org.