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Public Interest Law Attorney in Newark, NJ

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Company name

New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Practice Area

Public Interest Law

Years of Experience

Min 10 yrs required


Newark, NJ

Posted on

Aug 28,2017

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Law and Policy Director Duties: Work in partnership with the President-CEO and legal staff to powerfully advance the Institute’s strategic vision for policy and legal programs, conduct strategic planning, set goals, monitor progress, and evaluate outcomes to ensure that the Institute’s objectives are met and in line with the mission of the organization. Oversee the Institute’s programmatic functions, supervise policy and legal staff, and monitor implementation of the Institute’s strategic vision for legal programs, including the integration of legislative initiatives, policy goals, public education, strategic campaigns, and, where necessary, litigation. Serve as a spokesperson for the Institute, with the President-CEO and legal staff, articulating the Institute’s positions on a broad range of issues to the public and diverse stakeholder constituencies. Advance the Institute’s affirmative legislative agenda, cultivate relationships with elected and appointed officials, policy makers, and leaders, and craft and deliver testimony related to the Institute’s programmatic focus. Build strategic alliances with constituents and organizations to advance the Institute’s mission, engage on shared priorities, and exchange knowledge and information in support of the Institute’s initiatives and mission. Manage requests for legal assistance and creatively develop, lead, and implement a strategic impact litigation program that advances social justice issues to address new or settled legal principles and, in consultation with the President-CEO, select cases for the Institute. Identify and research relevant legal issues, identify opportunities for amicus briefs, draft demand letters, legal memoranda, and advocacy letters, and follow current and pending litigation. Recruit, supervise, and oversee the professional development of policy and legal staff, including lawyers and fellows, paralegals, and law student interns. Cultivate relationships with sister organizations, public interest law firms, legal service agencies, and other members of the legal community. 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 the vision of how to build a robust policy and legal program that has resonance in urban communities in New Jersey and beyond through cutting-edge short- and long-term advocacy strategies.

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, socio-economic 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. Commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards.

Additional info

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Company info

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