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The Los Angeles Chapter of the National Lawyers is looking for a new Program Coordinator. The job posting and job description is below. Please review and if you feel you would be qualified for the position, and would like to work for one of this nation’s premier human rights bar associations, email Jim Lafferty at with a cover letter, resume, and three references.

National Lawyers Guild Los Angeles
Program  Coordinator – Job Description

Position: Full Time

Start date: June 1, 2021

Period: Two-year contract, with potential to become permanent

Location: Office based in MacArthur Park area of Los Angeles, with flexibility for at-home work

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) was founded in 1937 as the country’s first racially-integrated bar association of progressive lawyers and jurists who believed that they had a major role to play in the reconstruction of legal values to emphasize human rights over property rights. The Guild is the oldest and most extensive network of public interest and human rights activists working within the legal system.


Working with the Executive Director, the Program Coordinator will:

  • Coordinate NLG-LA’s Legal Observer Committee:
    • Fielding incoming Legal Observer requests via phone/email
    • Recruiting Legal Observers for actions
    • Organizing committee meetings and delegating tasks to committee members
    • Motivating, retaining, and training corps of legal observers and committee members
    • Maintaining and developing program and training materials
    • Following up on incident reports and maintaining records
  • Act as Liaison to Court Watch LA Coalition:
    • Convening coalition conference calls
    • Recruiting, training, and motivating court watch volunteers
  • Organize Trainings & Meetings:
    • Securing venues for upcoming events
    • Tracking RSVPs and other event logistics
    • Promoting events to our members and ally groups
    • Sending follow-up information to attendees
    • Preparing MCLE paperwork & maintaining MCLE provider status
    • Managing calendar of events (e.g. MCLE’s, meetings, lectures, trainings, etc.)
  • Assist NLG-LA’s Communications Team with:
    • Updating website
    • Preparing mass snail-mail mailings to members
    • Compiling content & sending mass emails
    • Promoting upcoming events via social media
  • Assist with Membership Development:
    • Assisting with membership renewals via email & phone, as needed
    • Recruiting and engaging members in volunteer projects throughout the year
  • Assist with General Administration as Needed:
    • Helping to answer phones, respond to incoming correspondence, and pay bills
    • Filing, organizing and retrieving records, documents
    • Using various software, including word processing, google groups, google spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software
    • Adding new members to committee listservs
    • Other office duties, including ordering supplies and managing a records database

What We’re Looking For:

  • Commitment to NLG’s human rights mission and principles
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish *strongly* preferred
  • Work experience as an organizer, office manager, or other relevant position
  • Detail-oriented and well-organized
  • Proactive approach to problem-solving with strong decision-making skills
  • Professional level verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Flexible to work nights and weekends (to attend community meetings, etc.)
  • Works well independently and on teams
  • Ability to organize and prioritize daily workload
  • Understanding of MS Office suite, PowerPoint, Google docs, Google forms, Google groups (experience working with CiviCRM of similar database is preferred)
  • Able to meet deadlines in a fast-paced quickly changing environment
  • Helpful to have a car, cell phone, and laptop (not required)

Pay & Benefits:

Staff of the NLG LA Chapter Office (with the current exception of the E.D.) are NLG Union members (NOLSW 2023) member of the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW Local 2320.  The salary for this 35-hour/week position is commensurate with experience — approximately $50,000. The employer pays full medical benefits. Starting benefits include twenty days vacation and 100% employer-covered health and dental insurance plans.

To apply, please email Jim Lafferty at with a cover letter, resume, and three references.

The NLG LA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, People of Color, people who identify as LGBTQI, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.