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!
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.
DIRECTOR of POLICY
LAJC is seeking an experienced advocate to serve as the Director of Policy. 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. The Director of Policy will also have the primary responsibility for developing LAJC’s police advocacy infrastructure, including promoting policy advocacy skills development, assisting staff in the developing relationships with legislative and administrative policymakers, developing systems that facilitate informations-sharing, and ensuring that LAJC complies with all lobbing laws and regulations. The Director will serve as a key member of LAJC’s management team, which advises the Executive Director as she decides organizational priorities for all programmatic stewardship of organizational resources.
See the Director of Policy Announcement Director Policy 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.
SENIOR DEVELOPMENT OFFICER (Richmond)
LAJC is seeking a senior level fundraising professional who can lead our fundraising efforts in Richmond. The Senior Development Officer – Richmond is responsible for building and stewarding a robust relational fundraising program focused on individual annual and major donors in the greater Richmond area. The position will report to the Director of Development, and work in close collaboration with our Executive Director and our five-person development team, including an Associate Director of Development, a Senior Development Officer in Northern Virginia and a Development Associate.
See the Senior Development Officer – Richmond position announcement for more information.
DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE (Charlottesville)
LAJC is seeking a Development Associate (DA) to join our five-person, multi-office fundraising team. This newly created position will be based in the Charlottesville office and will report to the Associate Director of Development (ADoD). The DA’s primary responsibility will be overseeing donor stewardship, including taking the role of enhancing it, managing direct mail, maintaining the donor database, and providing some donor communications support. This is a great opportunity for someone who thrives on details and information, knows they want a career in development, and is ready to learn more about relational fundraising.
See the Development Associate position announcement for more information.
DIRECTOR OF PEOPLE OPERATIONS (Charlottesville)
The Director of People Operations will optimize people-centered activities across the organization, such as hiring and onboarding, change management, performance management, internal communications, and board relations. This position will also work with the organization to develop a well-defined organizational culture that reflects our commitment to racial justice and is welcoming, energizing, and empowering to employees of all identities, communities, and experiences. The position will also provide some administrative support to the Executive Director, such as managing her calendar and helping to staff board, board committee, and leadership team meetings.
Why People Operations? While other organizations call it “human resources,” we fundamentally don’t believe people are “resources,” and we cannot accomplish our mission without recognizing our employees, board members, and job candidates as people first and making sure everyone on our team feels valued and significant.
See the Director of People Operations position announcement for more information. Applications will start being reviewed immediately and on a rolling basis with an expectation that an offer will be made by August 17, 2020.
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.
CIVIL RIGHTS & RACIAL JUSTICE ATTORNEY (Richmond)
LAJC is seeking an attorney to join our CRRJ team in Richmond. The attorney will initially spend significant time on our continued challenge to the state’s imposition of burdensome criminal-legal debt.
Since 2014, our Drive Down the Debt campaign has focused on driver’s license suspension for unpaid court debt as one particularly harmful “fines & fees” practice. The attorney will help us secure a permanent end to Virginia’s license suspension scheme, which harms nearly 1 million Virginians; in doing so, they will be instrumental to our efforts to push back against the state’s use of criminal-legal debt – inequitably imposed on and collected from poor people and people of color – to fund government services.
The attorney will also support CRRJ’s other campaigns. Our local police accountability work employs a community lawyering and organizing model to help build power to effect policing change in Richmond and Charlottesville and our statewide pretrial justice and expungement initiatives will offer the attorney the opportunity to engage in a mix of individual representation, administrative and legislative advocacy, and coalition building.
See the position description for more information. Applications will be being reviewed on a rolling basis starting August 17th.
ATTORNEY, JUSTCHILDREN PROGRAM (Charlottesville, Falls Church, or Richmond)
LAJC seeks a full-time, experienced attorney for its JustChildren Program. Working as part of a team of attorneys, community organizers, and policy experts, the attorney will use legal and policy advocacy to support grassroots campaigns aimed at advancing equity in education, demanding a fair and restorative youth justice system, dismantling structural racism, and building communities where all children can thrive.
The attorney will provide advice and counsel to individuals and groups on education and youth justice matters, support impact litigation in state and federal court, engage in policy advocacy, and advance racial justice in Virginia’s youth-serving systems.
See the position announcement for more information.***Note: This is a reposting. Previous applicants for this position WILL be considered and do not need to reapply.***