Job and Internship Opportunities

Administrative Assistant (2 positions – Kingston & Rochester)

The Worker Justice Center of New York pursues justice for those denied human rights, with a focus on agricultural and other low-wage workers, through legal representation, community empowerment and advocacy for institutional change. The organization is currently seeking to hire two full-time Administrative Assistants, to be located in each of WJCNY’s offices in Rochester and Kingston.

Job Title:  Administrative Assistant (non-exempt position)

Supervisor: Director of Operations and Finance

Working Hours: 35 hours per week

Compensation: WJCNY offers a generous comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, paid sick and vacation time, and retirement savings contributions. Competitive salary is commensurate with experience and based upon a union-negotiated compensation scale.

 Job Description:

  • Ensure office operates effectively and efficiently and is well organized.
  • Provide support with routine and advanced administrative tasks, including but not limited to answering incoming calls, greet guests, processing and reporting financial data; organizing data using memos, charts and spreadsheets; maintaining office supply inventory; working with vendors and contractors, and; ensuring office and building maintenance needs are met.
  • Provide support with programmatic needs including but not limited to reception, conducting brief screening of all callers & routing to the appropriate staff member, client intake, translation proofreading and editing documents, data management and assisting with community engagement tasks.
  • Schedule, coordinate and support organizational meetings and events.
  • Organize and maintain electronic and paper filing system.
  • Support the Board of Directors and its committees; maintain board documentation, prepare board meeting agendas, and prepare and distribute necessary information to board members as directed.
  • Complete other complex assignments as directed, where independent action and a high degree of initiative are required. 

Qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree preferred, however a high school diploma plus experience will be considered.
  • Written and verbal English & Spanish fluency (required).
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office and web-based Google applications.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Attention to detail with high degree of accuracy.
  • Effective organization, planning, follow-up and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to juggle and prioritize multiple, competing tasks and demands and know when to seek supervisory assistance.
  • High level of interpersonal skills, professionalism, diplomacy, and sound judgment.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality on highly sensitive matters.
  • A conscientious self-starter and ability to work well both independently and in a team
  • Committed to the principals of equality, justice, workers’ rights and immigrant rights.
  • Experience in working with non-profits (preferred).

To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to Diana Saguilan by e-mail at dsaguilan@wjcny.org. Please include “Administrative Assistant” in the subject line of your e-mail.

WJCNY is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, disability, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. WJCNY is an affirmative action employer and encourages applicants from women, people of color, persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Human Trafficking Specialist (Kingston) 

The Worker Justice Center of New York pursues justice for those denied human rights, with a focus on agricultural and other low-wage workers, through legal representation, community empowerment and advocacy for institutional change. The organization is currently seeking to hire a full-time Human Trafficking Specialist to join its Human Trafficking Program. The position will be located in WJCNY’s Kingston, New York office, however, the position requires travel across the eastern portion of New York State from the lower Hudson Valley through the North Country.

WJCNY’s Human Trafficking Program provides education and training regarding the identification and investigation of schemes of human trafficking. While WJCNY’s specialized expertise lies in the area of labor trafficking, we serve victims and survivors of both sex and labor trafficking through comprehensive case management services and legal services to assist survivors to regain their lives.

Job Title:  Human Trafficking Specialist (exempt position)

Supervisor: Program Director

Working Hours: 35 hours per week

Compensation: WJCNY offers a generous comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, paid sick and vacation time, and retirement savings contributions. Competitive salary is commensurate with experience and based upon a union-negotiated compensation scale.

Job Requirements:

  • Conduct outreach to farmworkers, low-wage workers and other at-risk populations with a focus toward identifying potential trafficking victims/survivors and human  trafficking schemes
  • Investigate tips concerning potential trafficking activity, in collaboration with law enforcement partners when appropriate
  • Conduct trainings for governmental, human service and community agencies on identifying human trafficking victims/survivors and human trafficking schemes
  • Represent WJCNY in various human trafficking task forces to establish and maintain partnerships with law enforcement agencies and social service providers
  • Draft informational and educational materials on human trafficking and the identification of human trafficking victims and schemes
  • Keep regular, detailed reports as required; assist in grant reporting
  • Maintain knowledge of current events and developments in the area of human trafficking

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or combination of education and experience
  • Written and verbal fluency in Spanish and English (required)
  • Experience with low-wage worker and immigrant communities, including life experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and organizational skills
  • A demonstrated commitment to human rights, victim assistance and social justice.
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office and web-based Google applications

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Program Director, Andrea Callan, by email at acallan@wjcny.org.

WJCNY is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, disability, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. WJCNY is an affirmative action employer and encourages applicants from women, people of color, persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

 

Workplace Justice Summer Internships (unpaid – Rochester or Kingston office )

The Worker Justice Center of New York pursues justice for those denied human rights, with a focus on agricultural and other low-wage workers, through legal representation, community empowerment and advocacy for institutional change. The organization is currently seeking a summer intern to support its Workplace Justice Program. Internships may be based in WJCNY’s offices in either Rochester or Kingston.

Job Title:  Workplace Justice Intern

Schedule: We ask for minimum commitment of 15 hours/week for a period of at least 10 weeks. Full time interns are also welcome. Flexible scheduling is available.  

Compensation: This internship position is unpaid. However, WJCNY will work with colleges and universities for interns to receive credit and/or institutional support when possible.  

Job Summary: The Workplace Justice Intern will work directly with the Worker Justice Center staff on a variety of legal, advocacy, and community engagement matters. Assignments include assisting with outreach to farmworkers and other low-wage workers, educational workshops, community events, translating documents and materials, assisting with client communications, conducting general administrative tasks, assisting with worker advocacy efforts, and conducting related research.

Internship Requirements:

  • Spanish language proficiency (strongly preferred)
  • A commitment to social justice issues
  • Computer proficiency

To apply for an internship in our Kingston office, please email a cover letter and your resume to Emma Kreyche at ekreyche@wjcny.org. To apply for an internship in our Rochester office, please email a cover letter and your resume to Paola Macas Betchart at pbetchart@wjcny.org.

WJCNY is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, disability, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. WJCNY is an affirmative action employer and encourages applicants from women, people of color, persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

 

Summer Legal Internship (unpaid – Rochester or Kingston office)

Worker Justice Center’s Kingston and Rochester offices are currently recruiting legal interns for Summer 2018. It is our goal at Worker Justice Center to provide our legal interns with an academically enriching experience, gaining real-world experience in the practice of law, with a focus on litigation. Interns will work directly with, and under the supervision of, the Worker Justice Center attorneys on a variety of legal matters. Assignments include but are not limited to:

• Researching a variety of legal issues related to employment law and low-wage worker advocacy;
• Drafting legal documents, including discovery demands and responses, initial pleadings and court correspondence; and
• Attending all court conferences, mediations and depositions (as available) for professional development.
While not required, preference will be given to law students who demonstrate a commitment to public service through their coursework or extracurricular activities. Bilingual preferred (Spanish).

Eligibility: The WJCNY Legal Internship is open to second and third-year students only.

How to Apply: To apply to the Kingston Office, please send a cover letter, resumé (including contact information for 2-3 personal and/or professional references), original writing sample, and a school transcript (unofficial is acceptable) via email to Laura Revercomb at lrevercomb@wjcny.org. To apply to the Rochester Office, please send all of the materials listed above via email to John Marsella at jmarsella@wjcny.org. Only complete applications will be considered.Worker Justice Center legal internships are unpaid and do not guarantee a position with Worker Justice Center upon completion.