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Civil Rights Attorney in Newark, NJ

Organization Type

Public Interest

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Date Last Verified

Jul 08, 2021

Posted on

Jun 07, 2021

Years of Experience

1-3 yrs required


Newark, NJ, United States
Practice Area
Civil Rights >> Civil Rights
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Associate Counsel
Responsibilities: Develop and conduct original research, reviews of existing research, and policy analysis pertaining to legislative, congressional and local redistricting, including: The redistricting process in legal requirements for redistricting, geographic and racial demographics of the state to ensure racial equity in the map process, map drawing and prison-based gerrymandering. Create and disseminate public education materials related to redistricting and draft policy papers and advocacy material regarding redistricting and gerrymandering. Work with Institute and partner staff to develop, incubate, and advocate for bold and innovative policies, including reforms to redistricting process. Research and draft op-eds, online articles, and opinion pieces. Engage in public speaking, including with the media and at community events for both expert and lay audiences. Create and implement social media campaigns for public education related to the voting rights. Work in coalition with partner organizations and community leaders to organize a redistricting public participation campaign with a focus on Black and other communities of color. Engage in community outreach to identify and deepen relationships with community stakeholders and key policymakers. Track national, state, and local developments in redistricting and gerrymandering research and policy. Assess, research and assist in any relevant legal challenges to the redistricting process.

Qualification and Experience

Requirements: JD Degree required. 1-3 years of legal, civil rights and social justice, public policy, legislative advocacy, community-based policy advocacy, and/or organizing experience. Clerkships are counted as legal experience. Demonstrated ability to build and work effectively with diverse coalitions and community groups and to work across political ideology, race, ethnicity, socio-economic circumstances, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. Outstanding research, writing, and oral communication 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 fast-paced office. The ability to use map-drawing software and analyze Census data. Demonstrated experience conducting policy analysis and research (qualitative and quantitative), as well as using policy analysis and research for public education and policy advocacy purposes. Experience in translating technical analyses into compelling advocacy messages. Demonstrated familiarity and confidence with reviewing data and statistics on voting and political participation from a variety of sources is preferred. Integrity, honesty, and a balanced, non-partisan approach. Ability to think creatively and develop new and innovative research, policy, and advocacy strategies. The ability to work effectively in a collaborative context, both internally and externally. Excellent judgment and follow through. Outstanding interpersonal skills. Tenacity, flexibility, resilience and high energy.
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