FARMWORKER OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Nevada Legal Services (“NLS”) is a nonprofit law firm that provides free legal representation to low-income individuals throughout the state of Nevada.  NLS’ Farmworker Law Project (“FLP”) provides free legal assistance and education to farmworkers statewide.   FLP typically represents farmworkers in relation to employment litigation in federal court, with claims under the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 1981 and 1983, and the federal H-2A guest worker program, as well as state contract, wage-and-hour and tort claims. FLP also represents clients in relation to housing, consumer law, and public benefits, and assists victims of trafficking and severe crimes with obtaining immigration relief.  In addition to providing direct representation, FLP conducts extensive outreach and community education presentations to farmworkers and service providers throughout Nevada.

The primary focus of the Farmworker Outreach Coordinator position is to organize and conduct specialized outreach to farmworkers (migrant farmworkers, seasonal farmworkers, and H-2A guest workers) throughout the state of Nevada.  The Farmworker Outreach Coordinator can be based out of any of NLS’ five offices (Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City, Yerington or Elko), but will be responsible for frequent travel throughout the state.  Under the supervision of an NLS attorney, the Farmworker Outreach Coordinator will conduct outreach and provide community legal education to farmworkers throughout Nevada.   Duties include (but are not limited to): conducting outreach in rural areas during evening and weekends, performing client intakes, preparing community legal education materials, investigating cases, assisting attorneys in litigation, communicating with community organizations and other service providers, referring individuals to other agencies and attorneys and any other duties as necessary.   This position requires flexible hours (evenings and weekends), a valid Nevada driver’s license, car insurance, and reliable transportation.  Applicants must be willing and able to travel extensively, overnight, especially during the spring and summer months.  FLUENCY IN WRITTEN AND SPOKEN ENGLISH AND SPANISH IS A MANDATORY REQUIREMENT FOR THIS POSITION. Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated commitment to social justice, especially in the areas of workers and immigrants’ rights.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop a monthly outreach plan
  • Conduct weekly outreach activities throughout Nevada
  • Conduct community education workshops and know-your-rights trainings
  • Interview farmworkers to ascertain the services/assistance they may require
  • Facilitate referrals of farmworkers to appropriate legal or social services providers as needed
  • Conduct intakes to determine eligibility for legal assistance
  • Develop and distribute bilingual outreach material (e.g. fliers, pamphlets)
  • Participate in community outreach events
  • Serve as a visible and proactive liaison between NLS and our allies, including service providers, advocates, community-based partners, and grassroots organizations
  • Regularly attend inter-agency and/or community meetings to become familiar with available services and to coordinate with local organizations, service providers and advocates
  • Properly maintain outreach reports, timesheets, mileage reports, and reimbursement requests

Requirements: 

  • High school education, G.E.D., and/or equivalent training and/or experience.
  • FLUENCY IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH (WRITTEN AND SPOKEN)
  • Excellent oral and writing skills
  • Excellent presentation skills and public speaking, ability to communicate both verbally and written
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
  • Familiarity with MS Office, especially for word processing; creating spreadsheets; and drafting community education materials
  • Demonstrated skills in basic computer and software operation (MS Windows, MS Office, Internet navigation, etc.)
  • The ability to work productively and efficiently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines
  • Must have access to personal vehicle, own insurance, a valid Nevada driver’s license, and willingness to regularly travel throughout the state of Nevada
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends and accommodate an irregular work schedule
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and cordial working relationships with state and local agencies, growers, other employees, and clients
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated past commitment to advocacy work is preferred.
  • Dedication to and experience in serving low-income and immigrant populations
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and ability to work with diverse cultures

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary DOE:  28,480 – 46,480
  • Paid sick and vacation time
  • Paid medical, dental, vision and life insurance
  • Full-time (34 hours per week)

To Apply:

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis but no later than August 31, 2019. Please send a cover letter and resume to: Roberta O’Hara, e-mail to rohara@nlslaw.net. Please reference “Outreach Coordinator” in your email.

Nevada Legal Services (NLS) is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and fosters an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices. NLS actively promotes mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork and productivity. NLS is committed to maintaining an organization whose staff, Board and clients are diverse in background, experience, race, color, national origin, gender, age, religious reference, marital status, sexual orientation, sensory, mental or physical abilities, veteran status, and other qualities that strengthen the program while reinforcing its commitment to basic fairness. People of color, people who identify as transgender, lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals needing a reasonable accommodation for the application, interview process or for more information about the program may send a request to the email address provided.