The Legal Aid Justice Center partners with communities and clients to achieve justice by dismantling systems that create and perpetuate poverty. Justice means racial justice, social justice, and economic justice. (Learn more about what we do.)
The Legal Aid Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, and communities to apply. We strive to take on the issues that have broad impact on our client communities and to be responsive to client input. All applicants must be dedicated to working in and sustaining an environment that enables staff and clients to feel empowered, valued, respected, and safe. In reviewing applications, we look for evidence that candidates have experience and/or thoughtfulness in working with traditionally marginalized populations.
Join Our Team!
Please note: We briefly paused hiring earlier this year as we adjusted to teleworking and the difficulties of recruiting and hiring when candidates can’t get to know us in-person. Now that we have adjusted to working remotely, we have resumed hiring for the positions listed here, and are eager to accept applications. We are also willing to accommodate temporary remote working plans for out-of-state candidates who prefer not to move during COVID-19.
We hope together we will be able to provide a welcoming virtual environment to all who apply. Come join our team!
GRANTS MANAGER (Charlottesville, Richmond, Falls Church)
We are seeking a grants manager to help us manage and grow our support from professional foundations and public sources. This position has not been filled at LAJC since 2015. It will be responsible for drafting proposals and reports, organizing deadlines, conducting prospect research, and managing a portfolio of key LAJC relationships. The position will report to the Director of Development and work in close collaboration with our leadership team to identify, act upon, and maximize grants that move our mission forward.
Please see the Grants Manager Announcement for more details.
BILINGUAL SPANISH-ENGLISH, LEGAL ASSISTANT (Falls Church)
LAJC is seeking a Full Time Bilingual Legal Assistant as part of a reorganization of our Falls Church office. It will combine responsibility for (i) managing the front desk (answering phones, greeting walk-in clients, scheduling appointments, maintaining the lobby area); (ii) helping the Office Manager/Paralegal with client intake interviews and office management functions (when appropriate conducting intake interviews, updating databases, receiving and distributing mail, creating and helping upkeep of case files); and (iii) providing support to LAJC’s lawyers, organizers and development staff (when appropriate preparing and collecting supporting documentation, case tracking, interpreting and translating documents, drafting general flyers or communications, helping with court filings, assisting with events). Most of our clients are more comfortable speaking and writing in Spanish, so the person who fills this position must be fully bilingual (Spanish/English).
Please see the Legal Assistant-Falls-Church.Announcement for more details.
DIRECTOR of ORGANIZING
LAJC is seeking an experienced advocate to serve as the Director of Organizing.This position will work closely with LAJC advocacy teams and community partners to advance our ambitious agenda to achieve economic, social, and racial justice throughout the Commonwealth. This position will help advocacy teams develop and implement multi-faceted campaigns by advising them on a range of organizing methods, outcomes and strategies, fostering collaboration across programs, ensuring that organizing goals are community-driven to the extent possible, and integrating organizing work with LAJC’s other strategies. The Director of Organizing will share responsibility for directly supervising organizing staff with program directors. Director of Organizing will have primary responsibility for promoting organizing skill development, advising/troubleshooting on tactics and strategy, and helping organizers develop relationships with directly impacted community members and community partners.
Please see the Director of Organizing Announcement for more details.
DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR ADVOCACY (Charlottesville, Richmond, Falls Church)
The Deputy Director for Advocacy will provide leadership, strategic vision for, and supervision to LAJC’s ambitious programmatic impact work across all of our practice areas and strategies. Working alongside the Executive Director, the Deputy Director for Advocacy will help determine and execute LAJC’s strategic vision and work to advance LAJC’s ambitious agenda to achieve economic, racial, and social justice throughout the state. The Deputy Director for Advocacy serves as a thought leader for the organization and a key member of LAJC’s management team, helping to set programmatic priorities and steward organizational resources.
See the Deputy Director for Advocacy position announcement for more information.
LEGAL DIRECTOR, CIVIL RIGHTS & RACIAL JUSTICE PROGRAM (Richmond, Charlottesville)
The Legal Director provides strategic vision for and guidance over CRRJ’s advocacy campaigns.
Launched in 2017, CRRJ has already made its mark at the state and local level in pursuing campaigns that expose and challenge the criminal legal policies that contribute to poverty in low-income communities and communities of color across Virginia. Programmatic successes include: cementing civilian oversight of law enforcement in Charlottesville in the wake of deadly, unchecked white supremacist violence; introducing legislation to combat unconstitutional pretrial detention; obtaining a favorable result in a federal contempt proceeding against the Department of Corrections for failing to comply with settlement agreement mandating adequate healthcare to women in prison; successfully challenging as unconstitutional Virginia’s “habitual drunkard” law for criminalizing people experiencing homelessness and substance use disorder; and supporting community leaders’ efforts to secure the release of policing data in Richmond that revealed widespread racial disparities in departmental interaction with city residents.
See the position announcement for more information.