About the Partnership for Working Families


Staff Attorney

The Partnership seeks a dynamic, resourceful, highly effective Staff Attorney. 

The essential functions of this position are:

  • Provide legal support and policy and strategy guidance to the campaigns of the Partnership and our affiliates and allies, working with local counsel where appropriate.  This includes helping organizations: understand the legal landscape and utilize their leverage; develop lawful and effective policy proposals and demands; negotiate and memorialize law, policy and contract language; and protect and enforce what was won, including through litigation.
  • Develop strategy, models, accessible guidance for the field, and communications tools for the broader public on issues core to the Center’s work, including community benefits and state interference.
  • Supervise law students and fellows and help build and maintain a network of attorneys and law students that engage with our work.
  • Represent the Center and the Partnership on panels, webinars and in other settings.
  • Support and participate in Partnership campaigns, initiatives and events, including staff meetings, conferences, publications and fundraising.

The Staff Attorney reports to the Legal Director. The position will ideally be located in Oakland, CA, but we will consider exceptional candidates who wish to work in another city in which a Partnership affiliate organization is located. For a full list of affiliates and their locations, visit /about/affiliates. The Partnership’s staff members are located in several different cities, and the Center is located in Oakland. We are open to candidates seeking either a full time or part time position.


Minimum required qualifications:

  • A J.D. and at least 5 years of experience as an attorney working on issues relevant to the Partnership’s work.
  • A license to practice law in at least one jurisdiction in which a Partnership affiliate is located.
  • Excellent legal research, analysis and writing skills, including in the preparation of formal advice memos, legal briefs and legislative and contract drafting.
  • Experience with advising campaigns, coalitions and other organizational clients and a track record of successful work with organizers.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social, racial, economic and environmental justice.
  • Alignment with the Partnership’s organizational values.
  • Experience with policy advocacy in a variety of settings (local, regional, state, federal).
  • Ability to work effectively, including in negotiation, with government attorneys and local officials.
  • Demonstrated sound judgment in advising clients, managing work, and handling ethical issues.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences, including attorneys, foundations, policy advocates, organizers and the general public.
  • Strong relational skills and an ability to contribute positively to a healthy team culture.
  • Ability to prioritize, plan and execute work on time and at a high level.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with land use, housing, labor and employment and municipal law and federal and state preemption doctrine.
  • Experience representing low-wage workers in administrative hearings and litigation.

To read more about this position and to apply please see our position announcement.

Oakland, California