Karamah is hiring a Virginia barred attorney in our Washington D.C. office to represent domestic violence survivors in family law matters. Karamah also maintains an additional office in Rockville, MD. Karamah is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting human rights globally, especially gender equity, religious freedom and civil rights in the United States. It pursues its mission through education, legal outreach and advocacy. Karamah’s family law division provides case management to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as direct representation for victims for cases in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Karamah’ Staff Attorney will represent survivors in family law cases, including civil protective order hearings and other matters – such as child custody, support, or divorce – arising out of an abusive situation. The attorney’s duties will also involve coordinating and overseeing Karamah’s case manager, networking with the domestic violence services community, including local agencies and shelters, and representing Karamah at speaking engagement and events.
Virginia Bar membership in good standing required; D.C. bar membership is preferred, but not required; Strong communication, and organizational skills; Strong legal research and legal document drafting skills; Family law, legal aid, firm, or other non-profit experience preferred; Experience working with domestic violence survivors also strongly preferred; Familiarity with courts in Northern Virginia is preferred, but not required; 1-2 years prior of litigation experience preferred. Competitive nonprofit salary depends upon experience. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, and references to firstname.lastname@example.org. All application materials should be sent under the subject line: Application Staff Attorney Position, and all documents should be sent as a single attachment. Karamah is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and candidates of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. For hire immediately. Applications received before December 22, 2014 will be given priority. Open until filled.
Associate Director of Programs and Civil Rights Law
Position Title: Associate Director of Programs and Civil Rights Law
Date of Posting:
Reports To: Executive Director
Karamah kindly welcomes highly motivated applicants to apply for the position of Associate Director of Programs and Civil Rights Law. The position will primarily involve coordinating our annual programs and leading the organization’s Civil Rights Law Department. Karamah is a team-oriented office environment, and this position involves working closely with and supporting all of our departments and the Executive Director. Karamah addresses human rights particularly those concerning Muslim women, both domestically and internationally, and the Civil Rights Law department coordinates programs targeting issues within both spheres.
Review and plan curriculums, budgets, and monitoring methods for current and pending programs;
Supervise and implement major international and domestic programming such anti-domestic violence informational programs, civil rights town halls, and educational lectures;
Coordinate international and domestic program logistics, including venue procurement, agenda creation, audience recruitment, and speaker relations;
Engage local and national communities and build coalitions throughout the Islamic world with outreach for relevant legal and/or educational programs and events;
Civil/Human Rights Advocacy:
Maintain current knowledge of new and/or pending relevant committee hearings, legislation, and litigation;
Speak on Islamic law as it relates to women’s rights, international human rights, and U.S. civil rights law;
Organize and develop publication editorials such as policy position papers on Karamah’s behalf, promoting the human rights and U.S. civil rights of Muslims;
Communicate Karamah’s message through talking points, web content, and press releases;
Represent Karamah at meetings with community leaders, advocates, and high-ranking government officials;
Maintain and cultivate Karamah networks and contacts;
Help determine Karamah’s priorities on present and future policy focus;
Maintain professional and technical familiarity by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies;
Work closely with other team members in support of Karamah’s overall priorities;
Assist in organizational administrative responsibilities as necessary.
The ideal candidate will possess all of the following qualifications:
Graduate degree – JD highly preferred, but candidates with other graduate degree(s) will be considered;
Minimum 1 year removed from law/graduate school
Demonstrated knowledge of major U.S. civil rights laws and trends, particularly as they relate to profiling, immigration, and school bullying;
Demonstrated knowledge of international human rights laws and trends, especially as they relate to women’s rights in Europe and Muslim majority nations;
Capacity to assert Karamah’s priorities and personal insight in high-pressure meetings;
Skilled in creating and carrying out successful programs and campaigns;
Demonstrated ability to successfully continue an established program/campaign while incorporating personal knowledge and experience;
Ability to coordinate campaign outreach that results in coalition partners and event attendees;
Exceptional ability to work on individual tasks as well as on collaborative goals as a member of our team;
Experience integrating community organizing with policy-oriented advocacy efforts;
Experience with message development and communicating organizational priorities;
Excellent writing and editing skills as well as verbal and presentation skills
Experienced in coordinating and managing event logistics;
Professional knowledge of Microsoft Publisher, WordPress, Constant Contact, and Adobe Photoshop;
Ability to design promotional materials for events and programs;
Local ties to the D.C., VA, and MD area;
Language Skills: English is required, and Arabic (reading and writing) is highly desired.
The successful candidate will be self-motivated, detail-oriented and professional. S/he will have the ability to work as a team member in a collegial workplace where thoughtfully crafted opinions are expected and encouraged. Applicants must be able to work in a fast-paced office while maintaining a high level of quality and detail. Karamah seeks candidates who have enthusiasm and passion for human rights advocacy affecting the Muslim diaspora. The position is full-time, with a weekly commitment of at least 40 hours/week.
HOW TO APPLY:
1. Please submit a resume, cover letter, list of three references, a 1-page press release, a 2-3 page unedited writing sample.
2. Please submit each document as a PDF file in one single email to email@example.com with “Associate Director of Programs and Civil Rights Law” in the subject line.
3. Incomplete packets will be disregarded.
Applications will be accepted and interviews conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled