Program Coordinator


Please send resume and cover letter to:

POSITION SUMMARY: National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Chapter (NLGSF) is the largest chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, with over 700 members, and seeks a full-time Program Coordinator to work with our active committees. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for working collaboratively with the Executive Director and membership to streamline programming and communications across all active committees. The Program Coordinator will report directly to the Executive Director.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Support the work of all program committees, with a regular emphasis on the Demonstrations and Immigration Committees and special emphasis on other committees as needed.

  • Support the day to day operations of program committees.

  • Liaise between the committee co-chairs and the Executive Director to ensure overall coordination, information sharing and organization across and between program committees, staff and the Executive Board.

  • Carry out agreed upon administrative, coordination and communication tasks for program committees, including moderating email lists and updating databases.

  • Co-coordinate membership engagement events with the Membership Coordinator and help recruit additional members to program committees.

  • Co-coordinate NLG movement events, regional conferences, or other activities with the Membership Coordinator and help promote.

  • Build relationships with law students to ensure active chapters at Bay Area law schools.

  • Publicize committee events via social media.

The nature of NLG-SF’s program committees is that the workload in each committee ebbs and flows. Examples of the types of work responsibilities for the Demonstrations and Immigration Committees include the following:

Demonstrations Committee

  • Attend monthly Demonstrations Committee meetings.

  • Provide back-up support for the legal hotline during daytime hours, as needed.

  • Receive, communicate and coordinate legal support requests and requests for Know Your Rights workshops with the committee.

  • Coordinate with allied organizations to further coalition work that addresses systemic issues affecting the committee.

  • Build and maintain volunteer lists for Attorneys, Legal Observers, and hotline workers.

  • Update and maintain arrestee database to track court appearances, arrests, and updates from attorneys who appear in court and make jail visits on Demonstration Committee cases.

  • Act as liaison between the Demonstrations and Anti-Repression Committees.

  • Maintain the committee’s hotline phone accounts.

  • Immigrations Committee

  • Attend monthly Immigrations Committee meetings.

  • Receive, communicate and coordinate requests for Know Your Rights workshops with the committee.

  • Attend Rapid Response Committee calls and help promote NLGSF’s involvement with the Northern California Rapid Response Network.

  • Coordinate and promote trainings for new volunteer students and legal workers for the Immigration Court Observation Project (ICOP).

  • Coordinate with allied organizations to further coalition work that addresses systemic issues affecting the committee.

  • Coordinate and track ICOP court observations.

  • Ensure ICOP observation data is entered into secure database.

  • Assist committee in analyzing and publicizing reports based on ICOP observation data.


  • Minimum three years’ experience working as a community organizer or program associate.

  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Knowledge and commitment to radical political agenda, including support for civil rights, racial justice and movement work.

  • Self-motivated and able to implement and execute projects in a timely manner.

  • Able to work some evenings and weekends and be flexible with scheduling.

  • Prior experience working in membership driven organization strongly preferred.

  • Fluency in a second language a plus.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary range: $46,000 - $50,000 (commensurate with experience)

  • Generous benefits package

  • Union membership

NLG-SF is an affirmative action employer. People of color, women, immigrants, formerly incarcerated persons, LBGTIQ+ individuals and differently-abled individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Law 4 the People

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The National Lawyers Guild Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF) seeks an enthusiastic and administratively competent intern. The individual will gain access to the Bay Area progressive legal community and knowledge of challenges and attacks on human rights throughout the country. Includes working on issues such as demonstrations law (defending protesters), human rights, immigrant rights, anti-racism and queer/transgender rights. Also involves engaging with members of the NLGSF at events in various parts of the Bay Area.

The internship can vary from a semester long up to a year, during which time the intern will assist office staff with general administrative duties and be assigned individual projects to complete during the semester. Must be computer literate, comfortable working in a hectic environment, have a good phone demeanor and a passion for social justice.

Send cover letter and resume to contact (at) with subject line Law 4 The People Internship.

PAN Administrative Intern / Law Clerk Position

We are currently looking for interns to start in January 2018.

About PAN

The Prisoner Advocacy Network is a volunteer network of California activists, family members, formerly incarcerated people, legal workers, law students, and attorneys. Our focus is narrow and specific – supporting people in California’s solitary confinement and similar conditions of isolation such as security housing units (SHUs), administrative segregation, and gender-based segregation. We prioritize advocating for jailhouse lawyers and those engaged in political activity. We provide non-litigation advocacy for incarcerated people experiencing discrimination, retaliation, and rights violations. We gather evidence documenting conditions and trends of treatment in the exceptionally repressive prison environments of solitary and other forms of segregation.

Internship / Law Clerk Commitment

We are seeking an administrative intern to volunteer at the National Lawyers Guild Office 558 Capp Street, San Francisco, from _____. The intern would be able to set your own schedule, ideally overlapping at least one day a week with the PAN Coordinator. This is an unpaid position.

Additionally, you would be required to attend two monthly meetings. One is the 2nd Wednesday of the Month 8-9pm (rotating between Oakland and SF), the other is 4th Wednesday of the Month 6:30-8pm in San Francisco.

The total obligation of hours would not exceed 20 hours per week.

Required Tasks

  • Check emails, forward to appropriate person or respond if possible
  • Sort and scan mail, notify advocate and mentor of client mail on Trello
  • Send mail to incarcerated clients
  • Maintain paper legal case files
  • Maintain electronic files
  • Assign tasks and manage project and task completion using Trello
  • Track mailing expenses
  • Support work on grant applications and other fundraising
  • Support outreach efforts for PAN advocates and volunteers
  • Prepare for monthly PAN Administrative meetings with updates, ideas, and questions
  • Prepare for monthly PAN Mentor meetings with updates on advocate and mentor activity on each case
  • Communicate weekly on PAN listserv about Admin schedule and upcoming PAN events/meetings
  • Seek input from people in prison

Optional Tasks

  • Legal research and writing
  • Developing trainings and resources
  • Retreat planning
  • Tabling for PAN at events and conferences


Strong technology skills. Experience with remote email and electronic communication. Strong organizational skills, and attention to detail. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Knowledge of issues related to a progressive political agenda, including: support for civil liberties, workers' rights, social justice; opposition to government repression, racism, homophobia and sexism. Self-motivated, able to implement and complete projects in a timely manner. Able to manage multiple priorities; flexible, comfortable in open office environment with many projects and activities. Able to adapt to a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.


Experience working with incarcerated people. Experience working with individuals in the legal profession and in legal offices. Experience working in a grassroots, membership organization. Layout and design skills. Experience with constituent relationship management tools, including databases.

Details for Applicants

Position open immediately. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please send resume and cover letter to

We are willing to work with you to obtain school credit or to apply for funding at sources you identify. This is currently an unpaid position.

NLGSF is an affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, disability or sexual orientation. Formerly incarcerated people, women, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.