Dear WHO/O Community & Supporters,
In the last few years you have seen Women Have Options - Ohio adapt to the changing landscape of abortion access and even expand our capacity to provide funding, all while clarifying our values and coming into deeper alignment with racial and reproductive justice. As an organization, we believe firmly that we must be flexible and open to growth in order to meet the needs of our community and our staff. We also believe that you, our community and donors, deserve transparency during our transition moments so that you can trust in our values and our services, especially in turbulent times.
It is with a dedication to you all, then, that we want to share about the work we have been doing to address internal harm.
The WHO/O board was made aware of harm done by executive level staff within the organization and the larger Ohio reproductive access coalition community. Among other issues we became aware of a deep disconnect between our stated values and the environment in which our staff were expected to work, as well as our collective failure to address racialized harm and support our practical support staff. As board members, we are all in our individual processes of pain, anger, shock, and dismay. We are also all firmly committed to implementing a just and transformative process to move WHO/O and the Ohio repro community forward towards authentic anti-racist values based in the tenets of Reproductive Justice.
We know whole communities are responsible for creating a culture of permissible harm, and so as a board we take accountability for our collective missteps that allowed this situation to develop internally and are committed to working toward a better organization.
Accountability for us looks like working with a conflict transformation mediator, undergoing radical values realignment and strategic planning, participating in anti-racism training for our white staff and board members, and revising our organizational policies to create both firmer protections for workers as well as proactive anti-oppressive cultural expectations. We are excited and optimistic that these changes will propel us forward, and sustain us in our mission of abortion access for all.
We are also delighted to share that our former board member, Maggie Scotece, has accepted the role of Interim Executive Director of WHO/O. Maggie has been vital in advocating for safety policies and negotiating the business of transition throughout this time. She, along with our newly appointed Board Chair Jordyn Close, will be prioritizing culture change work, including a review of employment equity models, and a proposal to change WHO/O’s name - after all, we know that it’s not just women who have abortions. Our goal after the interim period is for Maggie to step down into a permanent role on WHO/O’s staff, and to offer the Executive Director role to the most qualified candidate, with a focus on attracting dynamic BIPOC candidates and identifying a leader with lived experience who can shepherd all of us forward in our values.
In the meantime, We Are Still Funding Abortions! In December and January alone, our phenomenal staff have distributed $57,407 in funding to clinics and patients! And we are setting our sights on expansion: more staff, more services, and more funding.
It is clear we have a mountain of work ahead of us to transition, transform, and align our organization with our desired values. And yet, we are no strangers to breaking barriers in fighting for equity, and remaining resilient in protecting each other's humanity. We have undergone many radical shifts throughout our history - from our first patient grant in 1992, to our first staff position in 2016, to remaining the only statewide abortion fund in Ohio. This transition is just another step in upholding our commitment to justice for all of the people we serve.
It takes strength to remain rooted in your values. We at WHO/O - from the staff, executive board, and leadership - remain stronger than ever in fulfilling the organization's mission to provide economic and reproductive freedom, and for abortion to be accessible to all people.
Women Have Options - Ohio Executive Board Members & Staff
Jordyn Close, Chair
Maggie Scotece, Interim ED
Michelle D., Patient Navigation & Practical Support
Lexi D., Patient Navigation & Practical Support
Abortion Fund of Ohio is hiring for one position right now:
Legal Access Fellow
You can read the job description below or download a PDF version here.
Abortion Fund of Ohio (AFO) connects those needing abortion to financial assistance and practical support so we can afford our reproductive choice. And just as importantly, it allows us to access that choice with dignity. Our current system tells those seeking abortion services, implicitly and explicitly, that if we cannot afford care, we don’t deserve it. As a member of the AFO team, you’re not just providing financial assistance, but you are telling those in need that they deserve this support.
AFO is seeking candidates for a Legal Access Fellowship who is dedicated to serving Ohioans most impacted by reproductive oppression and criminalization. The Legal Access Fellow will help launch and coordinate the Legal Access Program at AFO which seeks to manage the drastic increase in need for short term legal advice and referral to pro-bono counsel following the SCOTUS decision in Dobbs v. Jackson, imposition of the Six Week Ban, and the increasing criminalization of reproductive healthcare in Ohio. We need someone who is passionate about reproductive justice, abolition, and direct legal service and can assist the Interim Executive Director and Legal Director in launching and managing the direct legal service and legal referral program at AFO.
- Reports to: Legal Director
- Position Status: 1 Year Full-Time Fellowship, with option to renew for a 2nd year dependent on performance and fit.
- Compensation: $65,000 per year Abortion Fund of Ohio offers 99% employer paid benefits, 12+ paid holidays, 28 days PTO, technology and work from home stipends, and a 35 - 40 hour work week.
- Duration: The contract will be for 1 year with the possibility of a longer term contract to be negotiated at that time.
- Location: Fully Remote, in Ohio.
- To Apply: Please email your application to [email protected] a cover letter, resume, a legal writing sample (e.g. Legal Memo, Brief, Know Your Rights Resource) and at least three (3) references. Please include “Legal Access Fellow”' in the subject line. For questions, please contact [email protected]. No phone calls or mailed applications, please. Please do not call or email our client helpline with questions about your application. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis but are seeking a candidate who can start no later than November 15th, 2022.
The Legal Access Fellow will work with the Legal Director to support the direct service, and pro bono referral and legal work of the organization through the Legal Access Program. This role will be primary responsible for providing compassionate, appropriate, and high quality legal assistance to Ohioans seeking abortion, working in reproductive healthcare, or who have had their reproductive healthcare choices criminalized. The ideal candidate will bring a commitment to social justice and familiarity with the reproductive health/justice field.
To accomplish this objective, the Legal Access Fellow will perform the following essential job functions:
- Manage the Legal Access Helpline
- Monitor the Legal Access Helpline daily and respond timely to inquiries.
- Provide short term legal assistance and referrals to AFO clients or callers who face legal access barriers or criminalization.
- Provide ongoing case management support and coordination with pro bono counsel to ensure clients’ needs are met and up-to-date information is provided.
- Keep abreast of evolving legislation and case law impacting the legal information and advice provided by the Helpline, including, among other things, changes to judicial bypass procedures for young people and prosecutions for self-managed abortion.
- In partnership with the Legal Director, launch and continue to grow the Legal Access Helpline, Volunteer Attorney Pool, and Legal Rights Resources.
- Organize and maintain helpline materials in the shared AFO drive.
- Conduct legal research, writing, and analysis to advance the Center's programmatic and legal advocacy work.
- Attend regular check-ins with supervisory staff, staff meetings, trainings, and retreats.
- Represent AFO at conferences, convenings, community events, and speaking engagements.
- Assist in maintaining strategic partnerships with allied organizations.
- Support the Interim Executive Director and Legal Director with special project deadlines and inter-departmental projects.
- Provide staffing for the Legal Director for meetings, events, and other engagements as needed.
- Commit to the highest level of confidentiality for information heard and reviewed in support of the Interim Executive Director and Legal Director.
The Following Qualifications are Strongly Preferred
- J.D. required; 2022 law school graduates are welcome to apply.
- Eligible to sit for the Ohio Bar Exam or otherwise become licensed in Ohio.
- At least 2 years overall work or volunteer experience in the reproductive health and justice field.
- Commitment to abortion access and full reproductive health care for all.
- Commitment to an intersectional framework that includes, but is not limited to gender, economic, and racial justice and practice and ability to faithfully integrate this into communications and daily work. You’re willing to work to confront and break down white supremacy culture at the job and in the movement.
- Self-motivation, resourcefulness, creativity, and ability to work without significant day-to-day supervision.
- Appreciation of working with diverse staff and board in an organization committed to racial justice.
- Desire to build mutually supportive social justice movement partnerships, especially in virtual spaces.
- Superior written and verbal communication skills.
- Flexibility and adaptability to a quickly changing legal landscape.
- Knowledge of computer applications: G Suite, MS Office, Zoom for internal communications and project management
- Ability to thrive in a remote work environment.
- Dedicated to following the lead of those most directly impacted who have lived experience.
Please email your application to [email protected] a cover letter, resume, a legal writing sample (e.g. Legal Memo, Brief, Know Your Rights Resource) and at least three (3) references. Please include “Legal Access Fellow”' in the subject line. For questions, please contact [email protected]. No phone calls or mailed applications, please. Please do not call or email our client helpline with questions about your application. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis but are seeking a candidate who can start no later than November 15th, 2022.
Abortion Fund of Ohio is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual based on any non-merit factor, and is committed to an equitable workplace where everyone is treated as a respected and valued member of the team. In fact, AFO actively seeks to build and maintain a diverse staff with regard to race, culture, ethnicity, class, religion, disability, age, gender, and sexual orientation. As an organization working in solidarity with the reproductive justice movement, we are committed to fostering the leadership and elevating the voices of women, young people, Black folks, people of color, Native people, immigrant and refugees, low-income people, LGBQ+, and transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people, people who have had abortions, people with disabilities, young parents, people who were formerly imprisoned, people who have received funding for abortions, and people living in the many intersections of these experiences. We encourage people from these communities to apply.
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