Director, Racial Justice Unit

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Company The Legal Aid Society.. Location New York City, NY, United States

Public Interest


Min 6 yrs required


Aug 26, 2022

May 13, 2022


Director, Racial Justice Unit
The candidate will work closely with Legal Aid’s law reform units to engage in policy advocacy on the City, State, and possibly Federal level regarding issues relevant to communities of color. Collaborate well with all of the Legal Aid Society including but not limited to the specialized units such as the law reform units in the Criminal, Juvenile and Civil practices; the LGBTQ+ Law and Policy Unit; and the Community Justice Unit to identify areas of overlap and mutual support those efforts. Support staff in growing in their understanding of racial justice and providing meaningful educational opportunities, practice updates, and accessible tools for staff members to utilize in their daily practice. Examine daily legal practices of Legal Aid’s staff and create avenues to shift those practices to affirmatively support racial justice and the communities of color that we serve. Serve in a consultant role to support strategic litigation. Engage with the data teams to support data collection and analysis that fully captures the impact racism has on clients. Utilize data and research to support various media, advocacy, and education efforts. Develop and produce internal and external training materials. Ease and comfort in public speaking in the media, conferences, and before large audiences about race and persuasively supporting racial justice in the public. Engage in coalition-building with community and government mobilization efforts to effect policy change and to ensure reform efforts are inclusive of the impacted community. Other duties as assigned.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have an admission to NYS Bar and 6 years of legal practice; in public interest law. Favorable consideration will be given to attorneys who have knowledge and experience in the area(s) of criminal defense, civil legal services, and juvenile rights. Experience practicing law, including litigation, through a racial justice framework. Favorable consideration will be given to an attorney with impact litigation experience. Exceptional public speaking ability and experience. Demonstrated commitment to racial and social justice work, civil rights, and anti-discrimination law. Favorable consideration will be given to a candidate with experience in policy work surrounding racial justice issues. Favorable consideration will be given to an attorney with a deep understanding of intersectionality and how it impacts structural oppression. Experience supervising and mentoring others. Experience working with marginalized communities. Experience working in coalition with Black-led grassroot organizations, community activists, community organizers, and community led groups. Ability to train and provide professional development opportunities for colleagues. Demonstrated leadership ability. Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills, and ability to foster constructive, collegial working relationships with colleagues. Commitment to exploring creative approaches to the legal practice. Ability to work in and value a collaborative team model. Pro bono, government, public service and/or academic experience is desirable. Commitment and experience working wit h and building networks and partnerships with racial justice organizations and advocates.

Additional info

ID: #22-81. Send Cv and cover letter.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
The Legal Aid Society..
199 Water Street
New York City, NY 10038

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