May 12, 2021

Fresno Site Director & Staff Attorney

Root & Rebound seeks a compassionate, experienced, versatile, and social-justice minded leader to oversee our growing Central Valley office and practice.

About Root & Rebound (R&R):

Root & Rebound’s mission is to restore power and resources to the families and communities most harmed by mass incarceration through legal advocacy, public education, policy reform and litigation— a model rooted in the needs and expertise of people who are directly impacted. The Fresno Site Director & Staff Attorney will manage R&R’s Central Valley office and lead the Fresno Reentry Women & Employment Initiative (FRWEI), a program launched in 2018 that provides system-impacted women residing in the Central Valley holistic reentry legal services, including employment, financial, legal, and social services, as well as helping them engage in the policy reform process. 

Employment Status: This is a full-time, exempt role, reporting into the Deputy Director of California Programs

Location: This position is temporarily remote, with plans to be at least 50% in the office by July 2021 and 100% in the office by Fall 2021, depending on the progression of the pandemic and the health and safety of our staff and clients. R&R has strong covid precautions and procedures to prioritize the health and safety of our staff, clients and community members.

About FRWEI and the Fresno Site Director & Staff Attorney position:

R&R is currently hiring a Fresno Site Director & Staff Attorney to lead its Central Valley office and support Central Valley clients in their reentry needs. The Fresno Site Director & Staff Attorney will support the needs of system-impacted individuals in the Central Valley as they navigate reentry. 

The Fresno Site Director’s practice will focus on women of color in Fresno County who have been involved in the justice system and/or are formerly incarcerated, using R&R’s holistic practice of reentry law. In addition to carrying their own caseload, the Fresno Site Director & Staff Attorney will supervise two non-attorney advocates as they provide non-legal reentry services, including social and economic services, and manage all applicable grant deliverables.  

Our ideal candidate is someone who has the ability to be a compassionate, personable, and team-oriented leader, who is excited about advancing the rights of women of color with criminal records and expanding R&R’s services, partnerships, and impact across the Central Valley. The ideal candidate will not only be able to create realistic goals, but also hold their team accountable in reaching those goals. A successful candidate in this role will be able to communicate effectively, have organizational strategies, and be open to regular check-ins via video conference calls with various members of the R&R team.

Primary Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Leadership
    • Lead the Central Valley office’s day-to-day operations and serve as a team leader, which includes modeling leadership, leading the development and implementation of strategic and operational plans, tracking and implementing programmatic goals, and implementing team-wide policies and procedures;
    • Work with R&R’s leadership team to continuously develop and refine the vision and strategic direction for ongoing operations; 
    • Supervise staff by providing mentoring, coaching and professional development opportunities; 
    • Oversee selection and supervision of volunteers and interns; and
    • Develop and retain a high-performing staff.
  • Advocacy
    • Carry and independently manage a client caseload, with autonomy to determine case scope and level of service, seeking assistance as needed;
    • Conduct holistic legal intakes to assess for a client’s reentry legal needs and develop an appropriate legal services plan, in the areas of: family and children, employment, housing, parole and probation, court debt, immigration, state identification, and any other issue area relevant to their successful reentry;
    • In collaboration with the R&R policy team, and as capacity allows, push for local and state policy reform on issues affecting justice-impacted women, including speaking with media or congressional representatives, or participating in communications campaigns; and
    • Coordinate, or lead, where appropriate, regional know-your-rights trainings and legal clinics on key reentry topics.
  • FRWEI Program Management
  • Community Outreach and Partnership:
    • Elevate the barriers faced by our clients in reentry to create structural and policy change that advance second chance opportunities and social justice;
    • Build partnerships and relationships with Central Valley stakeholders who may be aligned with Root & Rebound’s work and mission, including, but not limited to, social and legal services providers, government organizations, foundations and directly-impacted organizations;
    • Recruit and create a panel of pro bono attorneys and/or volunteers to assist with legal clinics and take on direct representation; 
    • Expand and maintain strong relationships with local law firms, law school clinics, volunteer attorneys, and legal service organizations; and
    • Represent and promote R&R at community events, public forums, conferences, and other professional networking events to elevate the organization’s community profile and serve as an ambassador for reentry issues more broadly.
  • Fundraising and Resource Development
    • Assist in efforts to secure and maintain funding for the organization;
    • Work with R&R team members to write and submit grant proposals;
    • Maintain necessary records for grant reporting and audits;
    • Seek and elevate potential new funding opportunities to sustain and grow R&R’s broader Central Valley work; 
    • Support public relations, development, communications, and storytelling projects as needed; and
    • Other duties as requested based on department and/or organizational need.

 

Qualifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in the state of CA, in good standing;
  • Experience working directly with clients, with direct experience working with system-impacted individuals preferred;
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system and collateral consequences of a criminal record;
  • Experience supervising team members and overseeing programs preferred;
  • Proficiency in Spanish;
  • Strong work ethic, resilience, and determination;
  • Flexible and able to prioritize work effectively with excellent time-management;
  • Willingness to travel periodically throughout California and R&R’s Oakland office, when it is safe to do so; and
  • Possession of a driver’s license, or ability to acquire one. 

 

Compensation & Benefits:

The Fresno Site Director & Staff Attorney role is a full-time, exempt position, with a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Employment benefits at R&R include:

  • Medical, vision and dental care;
  • Employer-sponsored 403(b) retirement plan;
  • Internal and external professional development opportunities;
  • Three (3) weeks of paid time off per year, plus holiday closures, which includes additional office closure around the December holidays;
  • Office closures for seven (7) federal holidays, in addition to Juneteenth and Indigenous Peoples’ Day;
  • Four (4) hours of Activism Time each month for employees to engage in social justice activities of their choosing, pending supervisor approval; and
  • Sabbatical Program for eligible employees after five (5) years of service.

 

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please send a resume, cover letter, two short writing samples, and at least three references with contact information in an email with “Fresno Site Director & Staff Attorney” in the email subject line to Veena Gursahani at [email protected]. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls, please. 

 

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Root & Rebound is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals including formerly incarcerated and/or system-involved individuals, people of color, persons with disabilities, ethnic and religious minorities, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender variant individuals. 

 

Individuals with lived experience with the criminal justice system and with deep connection to Fresno County are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

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