Job Details

Senior Counsel

Company name

New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Years of Experience

Min 10 yrs required


Newark, NJ

Date Last Verified

Mar 15,2018

Posted on

Aug 29,2017
Practice Area
Civil Rights >> Civil Rights
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Senior Counsel Duties: Manage and implement a program of strategic legal and policy advocacy to expand racial and social justice in New Jersey. Will report directly to the Institute’s President-CEO. Work in partnership with the President and CEO to implement the Institute’s strategic vision for legal programs, set goals, monitor progress, and evaluate outcomes to ensure that the Institute’s objectives are met and in line with the needs and mission of the organization. Help execute programmatic functions, supervise, and monitor implementation of the Institute’s strategic vision for legal programs, including the integration of litigation, legislative initiatives, policy goals, public education, and targeted campaigns. Engage in public speaking and participate in public education activities to articulate the Institute’s views on a broad range of issues to the public and various stakeholder constituencies. Build strategic alliances with organizations and individuals to advance the Institute’s mission, engage on shared priorities, and exchange knowledge and information in support of the Institute’s programs and initiatives. Work closely with and help support legal staff members to execute the Institute’s strategic vision for the legal programs. Meet regularly with and receive regular updates from the Chief Operating Officer and staff team to stay abreast of the organization’s operations and progress. Attend management team meetings. Collaborate with and assist the Chief Operating Officer and the staff team in advancing the Institute’s media and fundraising priorities. Edit and provide legal review for Institute’s policies, procedures, communications, and publications. Write and edit legal and policy briefs, as well as program descriptions, in furtherance of program goals and funder communications. Maintain relationships with Institute’s partners, including other legal service agencies, law firms, the cooperating attorney network, and law students. Assist the President and CEO and senior management team in fostering internal collaboration, creating professional growth opportunities at the Institute, and promoting a work environment that encourages independent judgment and values self-starters. Work with the communications team to integrate policy and legal advocacy with communications, including through public education materials, policy reports, white papers, talking points, op-eds, and press releases. Work with the President-CEO and COO to assist with funding opportunities, as needed. Develop and manage special projects and initiatives, including litigation, when appropriate. Model values of an inclusive and respectful workplace and foster the same in the staff.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Law degree and 10+ years of experience as a practicing attorney. Ability to work effectively with diverse coalitions and community groups, particularly of color, and to work across political ideology, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic circumstances, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and religion. Passion for, and knowledge of, racial and social justice, and a familiarity with the work and mission of the Institute. Experience supervising staff and leading teams. Ability to listen, coach, shepherd, and support people to achieve shared goals. Excellent research and writing skills; superior attention to detail; ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously; good problem-solving skills and a positive, professional attitude with excellent judgment, flexibility, determination, and grace in a sometimes high-pressure office. Criminal justice background preferred. Integrity, honesty and a balanced, non-partisan approach. Exceptional written and oral communications skills. The ability to work effectively in a collaborative context, both internally and externally. Ability to lead, build, and participate in teams, including a willingness to circulate widely, communicates openly, listen well, and learn from others. Excellent judgment and follow through. Sophistication about public policy, litigation, and intellectual curiosity. Outgoing, optimistic personality. Outstanding interpersonal skills. Tenacity, flexibility, resilience and high energy. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team approach.
Reviewed beginning the week of December 19, 2016.

Additional info

Send cover letter, resume, professional writing sample and 3 professional references.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
60 Park Place
Suite 511
Newark, NJ 07102

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