The Right Question Institute (RQI) is looking for a hardworking Program Associate for our Legal Empowerment Program. This position offers an unusual opportunity to work on promoting innovative methods for fostering the agency and empowerment of people navigating the legal system.
The program associate will work closely with the director of the legal empowerment program along with other senior staff at RQI to help legal professionals and advocates, including lawyers, social workers, direct service providers, paralegals, outreach staff, and community volunteers, use the Right Question Strategy to build the skills of their clients to ask their own questions and participate effectively in decisions.
The work also includes fundraising and administrative support. This position provides an opportunity to gain a deep understanding of non-profit organizational challenges and opportunities. We expect the responsibilities in this role will expand and deepen over time.
The Right Question Institute (RQI) occupies a unique place in the landscape of nonprofit organizations. Over the past 30 years, RQI has created and continues to refine transformative educational methods that make it possible for all people, even those farthest from power, to learn to ask better questions and participate more effectively in decisions that affect them.
RQI’s innovative methods are delivered through educational institutions, service organizations, public agencies, community-based organizations, and health care providers all over the country and across the world. RQI’s materials, trainings, web-based resources, and consulting services provide a cost-effective way for organizations to strengthen the ability of people they work with to make their voices heard and to advocate effectively for themselves, their families, and their communities.
RQI values its intentional and thoughtful organizational culture, which is characterized by collaboration, inclusivity, openness, mutual respect, and a shared commitment to innovative, iterative thinking centered on learning and continuous improvement. RQI strives to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.
About the Legal Empowerment Program
RQI’s Legal Empowerment Program advances justice by helping legal professionals and advocates serving low-income communities act as catalysts for client agency. We teach simple, powerful methods for people to learn to ask their own questions and participate in decisions– two skills that are critically important for agency. Legal advocates use these methods to help their clients feel greater self-efficacy and independence, partner more effectively with service providers, and advocate for themselves, in the legal system and beyond.
Our vision is a world in which all people are equipped with the skills to navigate systems, advocate for themselves and their communities, and achieve more just outcomes for all—which in turn strengthens a democratic society.
As the Program Associate, you will support the director of RQI’s legal empowerment program with project management, delivery of trainings, teaching material design, marketing and outreach, building and maintaining partnerships, fundraising, and measuring and reporting effectiveness. Strong candidates should demonstrate the ability to learn quickly and multitask efficiently.
Key responsibilities include:
- Coordinating the rollout and implementation of engagements with partner organizations
- Managing the logistics and assisting with the delivery of online courses and in-person trainings
- Corresponding with potential partners and other stakeholders in the field
- Developing marketing materials and managing outreach campaigns
- Supporting the design and development of training materials and online resources
- Supporting senior staff in writing and editing thought pieces
- Supporting RQI’s fundraising efforts with law firms, foundations, and individual donors
Requirements and Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree required
- Demonstrated skills communicating with multiple stakeholders
- Strong creative, strategic, analytical, and organizational skills
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Willingness to take initiative
- Passionate commitment to the objectives of the organization
- Experience working in legal-related fields or other direct services a plus
Starting salary $45,000
Please submit a one-page cover letter and your CV/resume to email@example.com. In your cover letter, tell us why you’re the right person to do this work.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. We will start the interview process with outstanding applicants as soon as possible.
Ability to work a few days a week in-person in the Cambridge/Boston area is a plus, although fully remote applicants are also encouraged to apply.
Start date: beginning of April 2023
The Right Question Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse staff and encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.