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Food Justice Fellow  position filled

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks an advocate with experience in food and nutrition policy as our new Food Justice Fellow.  The Fellow will work as a multi-forum advocate on an anti-hunger policy agenda for low-income and working families through:
 

Policy research and advocacy:  researching policy opportunities and best practices for public program; analyzing and commenting on state and federal plans and proposals; preparing briefing papers on promising options and current issues.

 

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

 

Outreach, enrollment and consumer assistance:  participating in outreach to at risk populations; providing consumer coaching to enroll and resolve problems with public benefits; filing or assisting with selected cases with a focus on benefits access and eligibility.

 

The Food Justice Fellow will join a multi-function advocacy team that includes our Outreach Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, Director and Senior Counsel. 

 

The primary deliverable:  within three years, together with community partners, the Fellow will have launched a new cross-sector statewide coalition with a core mission of ending hunger in Kentucky.  Along the way, we will place a high priority on defending and improving state and federal anti-hunger programs.  

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

The Food Justice Fellow will:

  • Develop detailed knowledge of policy options and best practices for eligibility and access under both public programs and private sector nonprofit approaches to hunger

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

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

  • Prepare written materials including briefing papers on promising options, best practices and current issues; comments on state and federal proposals; and op-ed pieces on food and hunger issues affecting low income and working Kentuckians

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

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

  • Develop and implement a communications plan designed to provide useful and timely information through multiple media to support food justice 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 food and hunger issues, representing interests of low income consumers

  • Assist Kentucky Equal Justice Center Senior Counsel in conducting impact litigation on key issues as needed

  • Become a Certified Application Counselor capable of handling a small consumer-assistance case load of individual matters related to SNAP, Medicaid and other benefit available through Kentucky’s multi-benefits website, benefind

  • Assist Kentucky Equal Justice Center Director in fundraising for sustainability

 

Qualifications

 

The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

 

  • Post-graduate studies in law, public administration, communications or a related field, especially with focus on food nutrition and hunger

  • A minimum of two years’ experience as an advocate, including outreach, organizing, messaging and campaign coordination on issue 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, sensitivity to language and cultural issues

  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving and skills

  • Strong computer skills and excellent attention to detail

  • Knowledge of internet 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 and a commitment to social justice

 

Candidates who are attorneys should demonstrate active membership in a state bar and willingness to seek admission to the Kentucky bar if not a member.  Proficiency in a second language, especially Spanish, is a plus.

 

Location

 

Kentucky Equal Justice Center has offices in Lexington and Louisville.  Preferred location for the position is Lexington.

Salary and Benefits 

 

Salary of $31,340 to $43,500, depending on education and experience.  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.

Three-Year Position with Potential Renewal and Sustainability

 

The Food Justice Fellow is funded through a three-year initiative by the MAZON Foundation.  Sustainability of the position after three years will depend on new sources of support and successful fundraising strategies.     

Application Instructions

 

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

 

Richard Seckel, Director

Kentucky Equal Justice Center

richseckel@kyequaljustice.org

 

Please use the subject line:  “Food Justice Fellow.” References should include mailing and email address and phone number.   

 

Application Deadline:  July 8, 2019.  

 

For more information

 

Contact Richard Seckel, Director, Kentucky Equal Justice Center, 201 West Short Street, Suite 310, Lexington, KY, 40507.  Email:  richseckel@kyequaljustice.  Phone:  859-233-3057.  Fax:  859-233-0007.    

 

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.

VISTA Equal Justice Outreach Specialist

 

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks a VISTA member to serve as an Equal Justice Outreach Specialist. The member will join our creative outreach and communications teams. With the help of staff and volunteers, the member will build, create and recruit volunteers for:
 

  • Community education and prevention programs and partnerships addressing workers’ rights and family financial stability, with a focus on the Latino community, homeless and re-entry populations

  • Monthly self-help wage claim clinics for workers faced with wage theft

  • Enhanced communications that engage and empower essential audiences


Audiences for communications include anti-poverty community partners, the media, donors and, most important, low-income working families themselves. The member will receive training in tax preparation and during tax season will help manage an area site for free low-income tax assistance.

Duties and Responsibilities
 

The Equal Justice Outreach Specialist will:

  • Contact and meet with community-based partners to offer presentations for individuals and families (through libraries, schools, churches, job re-entry programs, homeless programs)

  • Update and improve presentations and materials on workers’ rights and selected poverty law issues in consultation with our Outreach Coordinator on health, Employment Law Attorney on workers’ rights and Immigration Attorney on immigrant rights

  • Reinforce existing partnerships and extend our outreach to new settings by delivering presentations in English and Spanish

  • Manage, refine and improve marketing, case flow, reporting systems and volunteer engagement in clinics and workshops for wage claims, tax prep and English as a Second Language tutoring

  • Build and operate infrastructure for communications, including enhanced constituent and list management protocols, email newsletter designs and website improvements

  • Provide ongoing news content for essential audiences, including donors, advocacy partners, community service agencies and low income families

  • Engage in planning, marketing and logistics for equal justice-themed fundraising events

 

Qualifications
 

The ideal Equal Justice Outreach Specialist will:

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

  • Be proficient speaking and writing in Spanish and English

  • Be comfortable speaking in front of groups

  • Have excellent interpersonal skills

  • Be comfortable working in a multi-cultural setting, sensitive to language and cultural issues

  • Have excellent organizational and problem-solving skills

  • Have strong computer skills and excellent attention to detail

  • Be well-versed in social media communications and broadcast email tools

  • Be a self-starter in developing and carrying out activities

  • Be able to take initiative and work independently, as well as in a team

  • Have some knowledge of low income issues and a commitment to social justice

  • Have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

Proficiency in Spanish and English a must. Education, training or experience in journalism, communications, marketing, or community organizing a plus.

Stipend and Benefits
 

VISTA stipend of $12,278 a year ($472.22 every two weeks) plus individual health coverage and, if needed, child care. Members who successfully complete their year of service are eligible for an education bonus of $6,095 or for a cash bonus of approximately $1,800. See more at VISTA Campus.

One Year Position

 

Our VISTA member year will begin with Pre-Service Orientation in mid to late August 2019. The position is full time, 35-40 hours a week.

Application Instructions

 

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

Richard Seckel, Director
Kentucky Equal Justice Center
richseckel@kyequaljustice.org

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

Application Deadline: Monday, June 10, 2019. 
deadline extended

Diversity Statement
 

KEJC welcomes your application. VISTA members 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.
 

 

Health Law Fellow position filled

 

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks an attorney with experience in health care law and policy as our new Health Law Fellow.  The Fellow 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.

  • 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 at risk populations; providing consumer coaching to enroll and resolve problems with public benefits.

  • 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. 

The Health Law Fellow 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 Law Fellow will:

  • Develop detailed knowledge of policy options and best practices for coverage, access, cost, 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, Benefind

  • Assist Kentucky Equal Justice Center’s Director in fundraising for sustainability

Qualifications

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

  • Strong computer skills and excellent attention to detail

  • 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 and a commitment to social justice

 

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

Location

Kentucky Equal Justice Center has offices in Lexington and Louisville.  Preferred location for the position is Lexington.

Salary and Benefits 

Salary of $42,600 to $49,800, depending on experience.  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 Fellowship 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:  April 1, 2019 or as soon as possible.

 

Application Instructions

See printable pdf of this posting. 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 Law Fellow” in the subject line of your email.  For each reference, include a mailing address, phone number and email address.  Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Application Deadline:  March 25, 2019

 

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.

 

Equal Justice Communications Coordinator position filled 

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.

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