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Legal Curriculum Developer 

Position Description: Legal Curriculum Developer 

Position reports to: Legal Director 

Position based in: Remote

Position Type: Temporary Contract

 

Overview of role: As part of the Equality Ohio Legal Clinic’s efforts to make quality, culturally-humble legal representation available to every LGBTQ Ohioan, this project will improve justice system access for an historically marginalized population—lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Ohioans—by establishing a digital training library and resources for Ohio attorneys. The Legal Curriculum Developer will establish a digital training library for the Equality Ohio Legal Clinic, which will: 1) provide an easily accessible way for attorneys to improve their representation skills, cultural humility, and substantive knowledge related to representing LGBTQ clients; and 2) provide an incentive for pro bono representation of LGBTQ Ohioans that the clinic cannot represent (because of case type, income requirements, geographic location, or a conflict). 

The LGBTQ Legal Curriculum Contract Position (“Legal Curriculum Developer”) will work closely with the Legal Clinic Director to develop, refine, create, and produce Equality Ohio’s initial virtual legal and quasi-legal adult learning curriculum that will be available to attorneys, law firms, businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government entities. The following goals and outcomes for this project will include: 

  • Identifying a user-friendly and cost effective platform to integrate with the Equality Ohio website to host the digital training library (See, e.g., a similar concept here https://www.americanbar.org/cle-marketplace/) 
  • Identifying key areas of law that require LGBTQ-specific legal knowledge and/or cultural-humility;
  • Creating a curriculum for and producing six Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses based upon the areas of law identified that focus specifically on the legal skills and cultural knowledge needed to represent LGBTQ Ohioans well;
  • Producing digital versions of the six courses and accompanying legal guides or resources needed; 
  • Applying for online CLE provider status with the Supreme Court; 
  • In coordination with the communications department, designing a marketing plan and marketing the six courses to Ohio’s legal community; 
  • Continuing recruitment of attorneys to the Attorney Referral Network as part of marketing the digital training platform;
  • Recruiting 100 attorneys to be trained in LGBTQ cultural humility by the end of 2021.

 

Background:

November 2, 2004, was a turning point for Ohio’s LGBTQ+ community. In spite of the efforts of thousands of community members and allies, ⅔ of Ohio’s voters passed a measure limiting our legal rights in the state we call home. We were devastated.

Across the state, political insiders, grassroots activists, and everyday Ohioans who had never before been politically engaged, all reached the same conclusion: something new, something strategic, had to be done to protect our communities and one another. In 2005, sixty-five people, diverse in gender, race, religion, and region of Ohio, answered the call and gathered in the basement of a church in Columbus. After two long days, one vision emerged: an Ohio that everyone can call home. Equality Ohio (a 501c4 organization) and Equality Ohio Education Fund (a 501c3 organization) were born.

In the years since, Equality Ohio has changed hearts, minds and laws in service of creating an Ohio where people are welcome, affirmed and flourishing. 

 

Our Mission: Equality Ohio identifies and transforms systems and institutions so LGBTQ+ Ohioans can fully access legal and lived equality.

Our Vision: An Ohio where people are welcome, affirmed, and flourishing.

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Juris Doctorate degree and licensed to practice law in Ohio
  • Commitment to LGBTQ+ equality and particular competency around transgender and non-binary issues is important
  • Astute and inspiring learning facilitator and trainer with 2+ years experience as a teacher/trainer, facilitator or adult learning designer
  • Comfort with being malleable and responsive to emerging needs in an often ambiguous, fast paced, and changing environment
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent active listening skills and ability to be open, objective, and understand issues from different perspectives
  • Demonstrated cultural humility and understanding of systems of oppression, equity and inclusion, especially around issues of race and gender
  • Knowledge and familiarity with program evaluation and assessment 
  • High emotional intelligence and change management skills
  • Strong skills with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), Google Apps (Gmail, Drive), and social media
  • Flexibility with work schedule as this position requires some evening and weekend work
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time
  • Ability to interact effectively and work collaboratively with people from diverse cultural and identity groups and from diverse job positions 
  • Valid driver’s license and dependable access to a vehicle with insurance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an educational field, with a focus on experiential learning design and facilitation/social change (racial and gender equity)
  • Experience designing learning materials and tools that address equity, inclusion, and diversity in organizational settings
  • Written and verbal communication skills in a language other than English (Spanish, Somali)
  • Comfort with learning, designing and applying various technologies and graphic design to enhance learning experiences
  • Demonstrable experience evaluating and assessing programs

Application Submission Guidelines

Please submit to [email protected]:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • 2 writing examples / Prior Curriculum Development Examples
  • Anything else that may help us get to know you and your experience

 

Compensation: Immediate start. Total compensation for the project is $12,000. 

 

People of color, LGBTQ people, and those with gender-expansive identities are strongly encouraged to apply.