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.
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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!
The Legal Aid Justice Center seeks a full-time Community Lawyer to engage the greater Petersburg community via outreach, active listening, information-gathering, legal advocacy, and litigation regarding housing, education, and criminal legal issues of importance to clients directly impacted by social, economic, and racial injustice. Please see the Attorney (Petersburg) for full details.
YOUTH JUSTICE ORGANIZER (CHARLOTTESVILLE)
The Legal Aid Justice Center seeks a full-time youth justice organizer to lead and support various strategic campaigns, including the Fund Our Schools campaign, to build thriving and just communities for all children and families. The ideal candidate can work successfully within teams at both grassroots and grass-tops levels, is comfortable with using multiple advocacy strategies, and will apply a racial justice lens to campaign strategy. To build leadership and power among youth and families directly impacted by the education, juvenile justice, mental heath, and foster systems. While the work will have statewide reach, this position will be based out of our Charlottesville office. Please see the YJP Organizer Cville – Feb 2021 for full details.
OFFICE MANAGER (CHARLOTTESVILLE)
The Legal Aid Justice Center is seeking a professional, high-level Office Manager to provide support to the Charlottesville office. This position will combine responsibility for (i) managing the office environment; (ii) overseeing client intake; and (iii) providing support to LAJC’s lawyers, organizers, paralegal, development and finance staff. The Office Manager will report to the Director of Finance and Operations and will directly supervise the Legal Assistant. In addition, the Office Manager will oversee the student intern and volunteer program, which provides office support and help with client intakes. Many of our clients are more comfortable speaking and writing in Spanish, so Spanish fluency is required. See Office Manager-Paralegal – Charlottesville updated Office Manager-Paralegal – Charlottesville for full details.
LEGAL DIRECTOR, CIVIL RIGHTS & RACIAL JUSTICE PROGRAM (Richmond, Charlottesville)
Legal Aid Justice Center seeks a strategic, collaborative legal advocate to lead a creative and passionate team of attorneys and organizers as CRRJ Legal Director. Reporting to the Deputy Director for Advocacy, 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 Director of CRRJ – Updated for more information