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Immigration Attorney

Kentucky Equal Justice Center (KEJC) seeks an attorney with immigration law experience to join its vibrant immigration law program at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. The Immigration Attorney will engage in:

  • Immigration application assistance:  a variety of immigration applications including citizenship, family petitions, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and U and T visas to assist victims of trafficking, domestic violence, and other crimes

  • Outreach and education:  provision of clear, reliable information to practitioners, the public and the immigrant community about immigration and immigration law

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will:

  • Provide legal counsel and representation for clients in a variety of immigration matters

  • Prepare cases for submission to the federal agency issuing immigration benefits

  • Occasionally represent juveniles before family and probate court for matters ancillary to immigration legal work (when licensed to practice law in Kentucky)

  • Conduct public education and outreach on immigration law and forms of relief available

  • Collaborate with local community organizations and partners

  • Competently manage cases, including use of our immigration law case management system

  • Maintain accurate, complete, and confidential case files

  • Keep up-to-date records needed for reporting

  • Participate in grant compliance, reporting, and fundraising

Education and Experience

Preferred qualification:

  • Juris Doctor with bar membership in Kentucky. We will consider candidates qualified to be admitted by waiver or with potential to become licensed within six months of hire, including May 2023 law graduates for this position.

Additional Qualifications

The ideal candidate also will demonstrate:

 

  • A high level of proficiency in English and Spanish (preferred), but we will consider experience or ability to work with interpreters

  • Knowledge of, and experience in, working with people who are foreign-born representing different cultures and economic backgrounds

  • Ability to manage a client caseload for immigration legal benefits

  • Ability to work well independently and in a small team of immigration attorneys, legal assistants, students, and volunteers

 

Location

Maxwell Street Legal Clinic is located in Lexington, KY, near the University of Kentucky campus.

Salary

Salary based on experience and our salary scale. Illustrative examples: $43,200 for new law grads, $46,704 at two years, $59,820 at ten years. 

 

Benefits

Generous fringe benefits include health and retirement, dental, life, and disability coverage. Optional vision coverage at employee expense. KEJC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but we provide health and retirement benefits through participation in state employee plans.  We offer three weeks of paid annual leave to start.  

Employees accumulate three weeks of paid sick leave each year. 

Starting Date

As soon as possible.

 

Application Instructions

Please email a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and a list of three references to:   

 

Allison Hight, Interim Program Director

ahight@kyequaljustice.org

 

References should include email address and phone number. 

 

Application Deadline 

Open until filled.

For more information 

Contact Allison Hight, Interim Director, Maxwell Street Legal Clinic.  Email:  ahight@kyequaljustice.org.  Phone:  859-233-3840. 

 

Diversity Statement

KEJC welcomes your application. Employees shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to age, ancestry, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender identity, limited English proficiency, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status and all other categories provided nondiscriminatory treatment by law, statute, or ordinance.

Housing Justice Outreach Lead

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks an energetic, organized, and experienced person to lead our statewide housing outreach efforts. The Housing Outreach Lead will report to KEJC’s Housing Justice Attorney, work with community organizations and grassroots organizers around the state, and supervise other housing outreach staff at KEJC.

 

The Housing Outreach Lead will be a pivotal part of KEJC’s versatile outreach and advocacy team and will work in collaboration with our Legal Aid partners and our own immigration law program at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic. The goal: to keep Kentuckians safe and housed during the pandemic and beyond.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Housing Outreach Lead will:

  • In conjunction with the Housing Justice Attorney, supervise and direct the housing outreach work at KEJC

  • Develop deep partnerships with other organizations and individuals around the state to 1) promote greater outreach to Kentuckians facing eviction, 2) ensure Kentuckians get the rental assistance for which they are eligible, and 3) prevent unnecessary evictions

  • Develop detailed and up-to-date knowledge of rental assistance programs available, including eligibility rules and where and how to apply, in programs run both by the Kentucky Housing Corporation and Community Action for Fayette County

  • Establish connections and set up regular channels of communication with all community partners directly involved with the rental assistance programs statewide

  • Conduct community outreach through pandemic-safe channels, including presentations, potential radio appearances, tabling at community events, and distribution of flyers in locations where volunteer organizations and individuals can be recruited to support the ongoing efforts of the rental assistance program

  • Meet with people who are being evicted or who are in danger of eviction to assess their needs and provide them with information about housing resources

  • Address barriers that interfere with clients’ ability to effectively participate in saving their housing and conduct activities to connect clients to wrap-around community services

  • Provide hands-on application assistance for a limited number of cases; help identify what works and what doesn’t; and advocate for continuous improvement in application and approval processes through the channels established with the other community partners

  • Prepare a variety of housing-oriented outreach materials in consultation with our Senior Counsel and Housing Justice Attorney, including flyers, webinars, presentations, and blogs

  • Work with our Communications Coordinator to develop and target social media messages that encourage and empower people to get rental assistance and legal help

  • Work closely with our Housing Justice Attorney and Senior Counsel to understand and improve the functionality of our online apps to connect people with rental protections, assistance, and legal help

  • Coordinate and collaborate with KEJC and all legal aid program staff through Zoom calls and meetings, including development of a language access plan, referral pathways for potential direct representation, and continuous improvement of system and support

  • Assist Kentucky Equal Justice Center’s Director, Housing Justice Attorney, and Resource Organizer in reporting on project activities and outcomes 

  • Participate in professional development in communication, organizing, or other skills related to the above job duties and responsibilities, attend Consumer & Housing Task Force meetings coordinated by Housing Justice Attorney

 

Qualifications

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Two years or more relevant education or experience (college graduation preferred)

  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral, with a focus on clear communications to public audiences

  • Comfort speaking in front of groups

  • Comfort working in a multicultural setting, with sensitivity to language, race, ethnicity and cultural issues

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to use office and computer technology, including case management, spreadsheets and word-processing software

  • Facility with social media and web-based communications tools

  • Ability to work within a team but also to be a self-starter in developing and carrying out activities

  • Knowledge of low-income issues

  • Commitment to racial justice, diversity, equity and inclusion

Proficiency in a second language, especially Spanish, is strongly preferred.

Location

KEJC has offices in Lexington and Louisville, but we seek to hire the most outstanding candidate for this position. We consider geographic diversity within Kentucky both a strength and a challenge. We will explore it with candidates invited to interview for the position.

Salary and Benefits

Salary based on experience and our salary scale.  Illustrative examples:  $40,504 at two years, $45,460 at five years. Generous fringe benefits include health and retirement, dental, life and disability coverage. KEJC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but we provide health and retirement benefits through participation in state employee plans.

Grant Funded Position with Potential Renewal

The Housing Outreach Lead position is funded through a subgrant from the Kentucky Housing Corporation from American Rescue Plan, Emergency Rental Assistance 2 (ERA2) funds. Over time, sustainability may depend on new sources of support.

Starting Date:  November 1, 2021, or as soon as possible.

Application Instructions

To apply, please email a cover letter, writing sample, resume and a list of three references to:

Stefanie Ebbens Kingsley, Housing Justice Attorney

Kentucky Equal Justice Center

stefanie@kyequaljustice.org

Please put “Housing Outreach Lead” in the subject line of your email. For each reference, include a phone number and email address. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Application Deadline:  October 21, 2021

For more information

Contact Stefanie Ebbens Kingsley, Housing Justice Attorney, Kentucky Equal Justice Center, 201 West Short Street, Suite 310, Lexington, KY 40507. Email: stefanie@kyequaljustice.org.

Diversity Statement

KEJC welcomes your application. As an organization, we are committed to anti-racism and are working to build a racial justice framework into our programming and policy initiatives. We acknowledge our history as a predominately white organization and are committed to ending white supremacy. Doing so is essential to our objective of full equality for all people.

KEJC provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, childbirth (or related medical conditions, including, but not limited to lactation), physical disability, mental and/or intellectual disability, age, military status or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression), medical condition (including, but not limited to, cancer-related or HIV/AIDS-related), genetic information, or sexual orientation in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Women, people of color, transgender individuals and members of other underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply. KEJC also supports and encourages people who were formerly convicted to be active in their community. Background checks results that indicate a conviction do not necessarily disqualify you from employment. KEJC reserves the right to request further information to fully assess an applicant’s candidacy in relation to the job duties associated with the position.

Housing Outreach Organizer & Intake Coordinator apply today!

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks one to two energetic Housing Outreach Workers to:

 

  • help low-income residents of Kentucky who are facing eviction apply for rental assistance, get legal help with evictions, and get referrals to other community resources

  • provide intake support to the Housing Justice Project clients

  • work with community partners across the state to prevent Kentuckians from being evicted and to stabilize housing for low-income and marginalized Kentuckians

 

The Housing Outreach Organizer & Intake Coordinator will join our versatile outreach and advocacy team in a collaborative effort with all four regional Kentucky legal aid programs and with our own immigration law program at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic. The goal: to keep Kentuckians safe and housed during the pandemic and beyond.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Housing Outreach Organizer will:

 

  • Develop detailed and current knowledge of rental assistance programs available, including eligibility rules and where and how to apply, in programs run by both the Kentucky Housing Corporation and Community Action for Fayette County

  • Establish connections and participate in communications with all community partners directly involved with the rental assistance programs statewide

  • Help staff and support community outreach through pandemic-safe channels, including presentations, tabling at community events, potential radio appearances, and distribution of flyers in locations where volunteer organizations and individuals can be recruited to support the ongoing efforts of the rental assistance program

  • Promote and make referrals to rental assistance application clinics and other resources provided by Legal Aid Program staff or KEJC Housing Justice attorneys

  • Field incoming housing-related inquiries by phone, web, and email and provide appropriate information, intake, or referral to rental assistance application clinics and other resources provided by Legal Aid program staff

  • Meet with people who are being evicted or who are in danger of eviction to assess their needs and provide them with information about housing resources

  • Address barriers that interfere with clients’ ability to effectively participate in saving their housing and conduct activities to connect clients to wrap-around community services

  • Provide hands-on application assistance for a limited number of cases; help identify what works and what doesn’t; and advocate for continuous improvement in application and approval processes through the channels established with the community partners

  • Help and support the Housing Outreach Lead to create housing-oriented outreach materials in consultation with our Senior Counsel and Housing Justice Attorney, including flyers, webinars, presentations, and blogs

  • Work with other KEJC staff to develop content and target social media messages that encourage and empower people to get rental assistance and legal help

  • Work closely with our Housing Justice Attorney and Senior Counsel to understand and improve the functionality of our online apps to connect people with rental protections, assistance, and legal help

  • Coordinate and collaborate with KEJC and legal aid program staff through Zoom calls and meetings, including development of a language access plan, referral pathways for direct representation, and continuous improvement of systems and support

  • Assist Kentucky Equal Justice Center’s Director, Housing Justice Attorney, and Resource Organizer in reporting on project activities and outcomes 

  • Participate in professional development in communication, organizing, or other skills related to the above job duties and responsibilities, attend Consumer & Housing Task Force meetings coordinated by Housing Justice Attorney

 

Qualifications

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Two years or more relevant education or experience (college graduation preferred)

  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral, with a focus on clear communications to public audiences

  • Comfort speaking in front of groups

  • Comfort working in a multicultural setting, with sensitivity to language, race, ethnicity and cultural issues

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to use office and computer technology, including case management, spreadsheets and word processing software

  • Facility with social media and web-based communications tools

  • Ability to work within a team but also to be a self-starter in developing and carrying out activities

  • Knowledge of low-income issues

  • Commitment to racial justice, diversity, equity and inclusion

Proficiency in a second language, especially Spanish, is strongly preferred.

Location

KEJC has offices in Lexington and Louisville, but we seek to hire the most outstanding candidate for this position. We consider geographic diversity within Kentucky both a strength and a challenge. We will explore it with candidates invited to interview for the positions.

Salary and Benefits

Salary based on experience and our salary scale.  Illustrative examples:  $39,304 at two years, $44,260 at five years. Generous fringe benefits include health and retirement, dental, life and disability coverage. KEJC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but we provide health and retirement benefits through participation in state employee plans.

Grant Funded Position with Potential Renewal

The Housing Outreach Organizer and Intake Coordinator position is funded through a subgrant from the Kentucky Housing Corporation from American Rescue Plan, Emergency Rental Assistance 2 (ERA2) funds. Over time, sustainability may depend on new sources of support.

Starting Date:  November 1, 2021, or as soon as possible.

Application Instructions

To apply, please email a cover letter, writing sample, resume and a list of three references to:

Stefanie Ebbens Kingsley, Housing Justice Attorney

Kentucky Equal Justice Center

stefanie@kyequaljustice.org

Please put “Housing Outreach Organizer” in the subject line of your email. For each reference, include a phone number and email address. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Application Deadline:  October 21, 2021

For more information

Contact Stefanie Ebbens Kingsley, Housing Justice Attorney, Kentucky Equal Justice Center, 201 West Short Street, Suite 310, Lexington, KY 40507. Email: stefanie@kyequaljustice.org.

Diversity Statement

KEJC welcomes your application. As an organization, we are committed to anti-racism and are working to build a racial justice framework into our programming and policy initiatives. We acknowledge our history as a predominately white organization and are committed to ending white supremacy. Doing so is essential to our objective of full equality for all people.

KEJC provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, childbirth (or related medical conditions, including, but not limited to lactation), physical disability, mental and/or intellectual disability, age, military status or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression), medical condition (including, but not limited to, cancer-related or HIV/AIDS-related), genetic information, or sexual orientation in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Women, people of color, transgender individuals and members of other underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply. KEJC also supports and encourages people who were formerly convicted to be active in their community. Background checks results that indicate a conviction do not necessarily disqualify you from employment. KEJC reserves the right to request further information to fully assess an applicant’s candidacy in relation to the job duties associated with the position.

Health Justice Attorney deadline passed!

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks an attorney with experience in health care law and policy as our new Health Justice Attorney.  KEJC is a mid-sized poverty law advocacy nonprofit with a staff of 16 and a budget of $1.6 million. We believe every Kentuckian has the right to health care, housing, fair pay, food, education, and safety. KEJC works in Kentucky’s capital and in courtrooms and communities across Kentucky. Our program at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington provides immigration law services.

 

About the Position

The Attorney will work as a multi-forum advocate on a policy agenda for low-income and working families through:

 

  • Policy research and advocacy: researching policy opportunities and best practices for health care coverage, access, and quality; analyzing and commenting on state and federal proposals; preparing briefing papers on promising options and current issues.

  • Administrative advocacy and impact litigation: representing individuals in administrative appeals; filing or assisting with selected litigation with a focus on public benefits eligibility and access to care.

  • Communications and coalition building:  participating in state and national networks focused on health; providing policy support to Kentucky public interest partners; communicating with decision-makers and the public on new developments and proposals.

  • Outreach, enrollment, and consumer assistance: participating in outreach to Kentuckians facing barriers to care; providing consumer coaching to enroll and resolve problems with public benefits.

 

The Health Justice Attorney will join a multi-function advocacy team that includes our Outreach Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, Director and Senior Counsel. The primary deliverable: access to affordable, high quality coverage and care for low-income and working Kentucky families.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Health Justice Attorney will:

 

  • Develop detailed knowledge of policy options and best practices for coverage, access, affordability, accountability, and quality under both public programs and private sector approaches

  • Monitor proposed changes in state and federal law, regulations, manuals, and guidance, including changes to interlinked public benefits such as SNAP

  • Develop state, regional, and national peer and expert networks for advice, counsel, and development and evaluation of proposals and initiatives

  • Prepare a variety of written materials including briefing papers on promising options, best practices, and current issues; comments on state and federal proposals; and blog posts and op-ed pieces on health care issues affecting low-income consumers

  • Participate in meetings, conferences calls and activities of state and national public interest partners, including Kentucky Voices for Health, with a focus on identifying policy priorities, analyzing proposals, and providing policy support to Kentucky advocates

  • Help plan and conduct meetings of the statewide legal services Welfare and Health Task Force

  • Help develop and implement a communications plan designed to provide useful and timely information through multiple media to support health advocacy

  • Circulate analyses and comments through a variety of networks to share arguments and information that may help consumers and other advocates make their views known

  • Meet with Kentucky executive branch officials and legislators on key health care and coverage issues, representing interests of low-income consumers

  • Assist Kentucky Equal Justice Center Senior Counsel in identifying and pursuing impact litigation on key issues and handle a small caseload of individual matters

  • Become a Certified Application Counselor capable of handling a small consumer-assistance caseload on benefits available through Kentucky’s multi-benefits website, kynect

  • Assist Kentucky Equal Justice Center’s Director and Resource Organizer in fundraising for sustainability of the position

Qualifications

KEJC works internally and externally in teams and coalitions and therefore seeks a Health Justice Attorney who will help establish and maintain a healthy culture of collaboration.  The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Active membership in a state bar and willingness to seek admission to the Kentucky bar if not a member

  • A minimum of two years’ experience as an attorney, including health care litigation and advocacy on health issues in policy-making forums

  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, including demonstrated public policy communications

  • Comfort speaking in front of groups

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Comfort working in a multi-cultural setting, with sensitivity to language and cultural issues

  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving and skills

  • Facility with social media and web-based communications tools

  • Ability to be a self-starter in developing and carrying out activities, to take initiative and work independently, as well as in a team

  • Knowledge of low-income issues

  • Commitment to racial justice, diversity, equity and inclusion

Proficiency in a second language, especially Spanish, is a plus.

Location

KEJC has offices in Lexington and Louisville, but we seek to hire the most outstanding candidate for this position. We consider geographic diversity within Kentucky both a strength and a challenge. We will explore it with candidates invited to interview for the positions.

 

Salary and Benefits

Salary based on experience and our salary scale.  Illustrative examples:  $48,504 at two years, $61,620 at 10 years. Generous fringe benefits include health and retirement, dental, life and disability coverage. KEJC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but we provide health and retirement benefits through participation in state employee plans.

 

Grant Funded Position with Potential Renewal

This position is funded by matching grants from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Cincinnati-based Interact for Health. Over time, sustainability may depend on new sources of support.

 

Starting Date October 1, 2022, or as soon as possible.

Application Instructions

To apply, please email a cover letter, writing sample, resume and a list of three references to:

Richard Seckel, Director

Kentucky Equal Justice Center

richseckel@kyequaljustice.org

Please put “Health Justice Attorney” in the subject line of your email. For each reference, include a phone number and email address. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Application Deadline September 26, 2022 deadline extended

 

Diversity Statement

KEJC welcomes your application. Employees shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to age, ancestry, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender identity, limited English proficiency, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status and all other categories provided nondiscriminatory treatment by law, statute, or ordinance.

Housing Justice Attorney position filled

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks an attorney with experience in housing law and policy as our new Housing Justice Attorney. KEJC is a mid-sized poverty law advocacy nonprofit with a staff of 16 and a budget of $1.6 million. We believe every Kentuckian has the right to health care, housing, fair pay, food, education, and safety. KEJC’s staff of 16 works in Kentucky’s capital and in courtrooms and communities across Kentucky. Our program at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington provides immigration law services.

 

Working at KEJC is challenging and exciting because there is always a lot to do and many ways we could help directly impacted Kentuckians, engage with coalition partners, and work towards a Kentucky in which everyone has enough. KEJC works internally and externally in teams and coalitions and therefore seeks a Housing Justice Attorney who will help establish and maintain a healthy culture of collaboration.

 

About the Position

The Housing Justice Attorney will be responsible for leading KEJC’s response to the current eviction crisis and working across organizations, coalitions, and geographies to ensure that all Kentuckians facing eviction have access to rental assistance, legal assistance, and justice.

 

The Housing Justice Attorney will join a multi-function advocacy team that includes our Outreach Coordinator, multiple Housing Outreach workers, Senior Counsel, Communications Coordinator, Grant Manager, and Director to build a housing justice program. The attorney will supervise the housing outreach work at KEJC and will work with KEJC’s communications, development, and legal staff.

 

The immediate goal: deliver rental assistance and housing security to all Kentuckians. The long term goal: every Kentuckian experiences housing as a human right. 

 

Duties and Responsibilities

The primary work of the Housing Justice Attorney will be to:

  • Deliver direct services to Kentuckians facing eviction

  • Support attorneys, legal aid organizations, and other community service providers who are also delivering those services

  • Build systems (internal to KEJC and with our organizational partners) to allow Kentuckians to access legal assistance and rental assistance more easily and reliably

To achieve these broad goals, the Housing Justice Attorney will:

  • Develop detailed knowledge of policy options and best practices for preventing evictions and delivering rental assistance to Kentuckians

  • Monitor proposed changes in local, state, and federal law, regulations, and practices related to eviction and rental assistance programs

  • Develop state, regional, and national peer and expert networks for advice, counsel, and development and evaluation of proposals and initiatives

  • Prepare a variety of written materials including briefing papers on promising options, best practices, and current issues; and compelling public-facing communications on housing, evictions, and rental assistance

  • Participate in meetings, conferences calls, and activities of local, state, and national public interest partners, including Kentucky Housing Corporation, National Low Income Housing Coalition, ThriveKY, and coalitions of organizers and directly impacted Kentuckians with a focus on ensuring every Kentuckian who needs rental assistance gets it and every Kentuckian facing eviction experiences zero days of homelessness 

  • Help plan and conduct meetings of the statewide legal services Consumer and Housing Task Force

  • Help develop and implement a communications plan designed to provide useful and timely information through multiple media to support delivery of rental assistance

  • Assist Kentuckians in accessing rental assistance

  • Defend Kentuckians facing eviction in court that legal aid organizations cannot represent

  • Identify and pursue impact litigation opportunities on key issues and handle a small caseload of individual matters

  • Work with KEJC staff to identify additional funding opportunities to ensure the sustainability of KEJC’s housing justice work

Qualifications

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Active membership in the Kentucky bar

  • A minimum of two years’ experience as an attorney with preference for candidates with 5+ years of experience including housing litigation and experience working across organizations to deliver housing stability services to Kentuckians

  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, including demonstrated public policy communications

  • Comfort speaking in front of groups

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Comfort working in a multicultural setting, with sensitivity to language and cultural issues

  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving and skills

  • Facility with social media and web-based communications tools

  • Ability to be a self-starter in developing and carrying out activities, to take initiative and work independently, as well as in a team

  • Knowledge of low-income issues

  • Commitment to racial justice, diversity, equity and inclusion

Proficiency in a second language, especially Spanish, is a plus.

Location

KEJC has offices in Lexington and Louisville, but we seek to hire the most outstanding candidate for this position. We consider geographic diversity within Kentucky both a strength and a challenge. We will explore it with candidates invited to interview for the positions.

 

Salary and Benefits

Salary based on experience and our salary scale.  Illustrative examples:  $48,504 at two years, $68,823 at 15 years. Generous fringe benefits include health and retirement, dental, life and disability coverage. KEJC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but we provide health and retirement benefits through participation in state employee plans.

 

Grant Funded Position with Potential Renewal

This position is funded by a grant of federal funds through the Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) to provide KEJC and our legal services partners with additional capacity to provide housing stability services. We expect KHC funding to last until the middle of 2025. Over time, sustainability will depend on identifying and securing new sources of support.

 

Starting Date:  September 15, 2022, or as soon as possible.

Application Instructions

To apply, please email the following materials as .pdf attachments to KEJC’s Senior Counsel, Ben Carter (ben@kyequaljustice.org) with the subject line “Housing Justice Attorney Application:”

  • cover letter

  • writing sample

  • resume

  • three references (include both a phone number and an email address)

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Application Deadline:  August 30, 2022.  Open until filled.

 

Diversity Statement

KEJC welcomes your application. Employees shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to age, ancestry, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender identity, limited English proficiency, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, and all other categories provided nondiscriminatory treatment by law, statute, or ordinance.

Administrative Support Professional

Kentucky Equal Justice Center (KEJC) seeks an experienced professional to aid us part-time with a range of essential back office financial and administrative tasks.  We are a mid-sized poverty law advocacy nonprofit with a staff of 16 and a budget of $1.27 million.  The position includes an opportunity to develop, implement, and refine systems and protocols that support staff time for advocacy.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

The ideal candidate will be able with a high degree of independence to manage:

 

Bookkeeping, payroll, and reporting tasks

  • Manage bill payment and prepare documentation for timely review, payment, and filing 

  • Create invoices for grantors and other funders, including preparation of bills based on staff time

  • Prepare deposits

  • Gather, organize, and file staff timesheets; keep track of leave hours

  • Prepare full-time and part-time payroll for review and submission

  • Ensure accurate and timely payment of payroll liabilities

  • Track central office inventory and order office supplies when needed

  • Maintain and update our inventory of depreciable equipment

  • Assist with payroll compliance, including preparation of 1099s and W-2s

  • Help compile materials for our annual audit

  • Implement, monitor and improve internal controls

  • Help produce budgets, budget reports and outcomes data for grant reports

  • Maintain files for insurance policies and contracts

  • Assist with procurement of new equipment and office systems

  • Reconcile bank statements under the authority of the board Treasurer

 

Office Administration and Systems

  • Help document, implement, and improve financial and administrative procedures, including implementation of “paperless office” approaches

  • Communicate with staff about administrative processes

  • Assist the director with scheduling of board and staff meetings

  • Help our Resource Organizer maintain and update donor and contact lists

  • Assist with special projects

  • When in the office, help answer the phone, relay messages, and transfer calls as needed

 

Qualifications, Skills and Competencies

The ideal candidate will bring to the job:

  • A degree in accounting, business, public administration or similar field

  • At least one year’s experience in nonprofit administration or bookkeeping

  • Experience with grants management, allocation, and reporting

  • Experience and facility with Microsoft Office, QuickBooks desktop and G-Suite

  • Experience with timekeeping software

  • Interest in and ability to develop administrative systems and protocols

  • A collaborative spirit, focused on freeing up advocates’ time for advocacy

  • Support for our mission, including racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion

 

Location

KEJC’s central office is in downtown Lexington. Work from home is permitted but some tasks will require presence at the office several hours a week.  Flexible hours.

Supervision

The Administrative Support Professional will meet with the director at least once a week to plan and review tasks and projects and coordinate implementation.

Part-Time Salary and Benefits

Hourly salary $18.75 to $33.70 an hour DOE, 12 to 20 hours a week.  Annual leave and sick leave accumulate hourly.  Other fringe benefits not included.  Note that we will consider proposals from firms and professionals who qualify as independent contractors. 

 

Starting Date

August 16, 2022, or as soon as possible. 

Application Deadline

August 8, 2022.  Open until filled.   We will interview promising candidates on a rolling basis.

How to Apply

Email a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to:

Richard J. Seckel, Director

Kentucky Equal Justice Center

richseckel@kyequaljustice.org

References should include email address and phone number.

For more information 

Contact Richard Seckel, Director, Kentucky Equal Justice Center, 201 West Short Street, Suite 310, Lexington, KY, 40507.  Email:  richseckel@kyequaljustice.org.  Phone:  859-233-3057. 

Diversity Statement

KEJC encourages your application. Employees shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to age, ancestry, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender identity, limited English proficiency, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status and all other categories provided nondiscriminatory treatment by law.

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About Us

Kentucky Equal Justice Center was formed in 1976 to work with all of Kentucky’s civil legal services programs on statewide issues and projects. Today we are a flexible and responsive public interest advocacy organization with a wide variety of community partners. We convene periodic statewide task forces in four areas of poverty law—Consumer and Housing, Family, Welfare and Health and Workers’ Rights—and provide immigration law services through Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. Our work includes policy advocacy in all these areas.

Maxwell Street Legal Clinic became a program of Kentucky Equal Justice Center in January, 2008. Launched in 1999 by community volunteers, the Clinic offers free or low cost advice and assistance with immigration law to low-income people and their families. The program helps people fleeing persecution in their home countries; immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and other crimes; youth who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status; Lawful Permanent Residents and U.S. citizens seeking reunification with family members; and Lawful Permanent Residents seeking citizenship.