Associate General Counsel

Coalition of Immokalee Workers
District of Columbia

CIW's Mission

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a non-profit human rights organization, based in Immokalee, Florida. The CIW legal team is strategically located in Washington, DC. Internationally recognized for its achievements in the field of corporate accountability — with a particular focus on the fight against human trafficking and gender-based violence at work — the CIW is built on a foundation of farmworker community organizing reinforced by a national consumer network. The CIW’s work encompasses three broad and overlapping spheres: 1) the Fair Food Program; 2) the Anti-Slavery Campaign; and 3) the Campaign for Fair Food. For more information about the CIW, see http://ciw-online.org/about/.

Job Description

The Associate General Counsel is a full-time position. The location of the successful candidate is negotiable, but would ideally be based in Washington, DC; New York City; or Florida.

The Associate General Counsel will work on all legal matters relevant to the CIW’s programs, campaigns, policy advocacy, and daily operations. The success of the Fair Food Program is based in part on legally-binding Fair Food Agreements with large multi-national food retailers, and the Associate General Counsel will assist with legal work related to contract negotiation and enforcement. The Associate General Counsel will also provide legal counsel in support of CIW’s nationwide campaigns, ranging from marches and demonstrations, to campaign communications, to strategy development as the CIW expands its operations throughout the country and beyond.

Additionally, the Associate General Counsel will assist with CIW’s policy advocacy efforts and provide legal advice on the full range of general practice issues, such as human resources and intellectual property, necessary to ensure the smooth operation and success of the organization. In the event the CIW is involved in litigation, the Associate General Counsel will play a key role. Though difficult to summarize, the legal work needed to support the CIW is exciting, wideranging, and complex, requiring creativity and comfort with exploring entirely new terrain— mirroring the CIW’s dynamic, ground-breaking thinking, organizing and programs.

Responsibilities

The Associate General Counsel’s responsibilities include:

  • Strategizing with staff in the CIW's major program areas and campaigns, with a particular focus on expansion efforts and a central role in any related contract negotiations
  • Providing counsel on the wide range of internal legal matters involved in operating the organization
  • Policy advocacy and collaborative issue-based work with allied organizations, especially the Worker-driven Social Responsibility Network (WSRN) and its members
  • Serving as counsel, along with any retained outside legal counsel, in the litigation or arbitration of any legal disputes involving the CIW

Required:

  • Juris Doctor (JD) from an accredited law school and active membership in a state bar
  • Experience with litigation in state or federal court
  • An understanding of the intersection of law and organizing
  • Appreciation of and ability to support the expansion of CIW’s Worker-driven Social Responsibility strategy and model
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Exceptional critical, analytical, and strategic thinking skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Commitment to using human rights principles to support movements that protect and promote the rights of poor and working people
  • Comfort communicating with authority (e.g., law enforcement) in tense settings
  • A good sense of humor

Desired:

  • Knowledge of and experience related to contract enforcement, human rights, and/or labor and employment law
  • Knowledge of and experience related to representing activists and/or social movements, including in relation to protests or demonstrations
  • 5+ years of practice, with at least some experience in the field of low-wage worker or immigrant community organizing and/or representation
  • Ability to speak Spanish
  • Availability to travel

This position is open immediately and will be filled as soon as possible. For more information or to begin your application, please send a resume and a detailed cover letter to Matthew Stark Blumin, Deputy General Counsel of CIW, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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