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!
Legal Aid Justice Center seeks a professional to provide high-level administrative support to the Executive Director and other senior staff. This person will need a strong sense of urgency and be able to work independently on short and long-term assignments. The right candidate will have strong attention to detail and quality while still meeting deadlines, have great organization skills, and have the ability to switch gears at a moment’s notice. A high level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information, and professionalism and empathy in dealing with people inside and outside the organization is important, as is a good sense of humor. This role offers an exciting opportunity to be immersed in a fast-paced, collaborative, and mission-driven environment. Please see Executive Assistant to apply.
STATEWIDE IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS ORGANIZER
Legal Aid Justice Center seeks a statewide immigrants’ rights community organizer to lead and support various strategic campaigns including our De-ICE Virginia initiative, a statewide effort to keep ICE out of our communities and protect immigrant families. This is achieved via outreach, legislative and policy change, working in coalition, and building power in directly impacted communities. The work addresses important intersections of race, immigration, and criminal justice that disproportionately impact Black and Brown low-income communities of Virginia. The ideal candidate can work successfully at both a grassroots and grass-tops levels. While the initiative has a statewide reach, we are looking for this position to be based out of one of our Central Virginia offices (Charlottesville or Richmond) Please see the STATEWIDE IMMIGRANTS RIGHTS ORGANIZER _Winter 2021 to apply.
COMMUNITY ORGANIZER (Petersburg Office)
Legal Aid Justice Center is seeks a Community Organizer to engage the greater Petersburg community via outreach, active listening, and information-gathering regarding housing, education, and criminal justice issues of importance to areas directly impacted by social, economic, and racial injustice. Some of the responsibilities include Outreach and Educate the community on our mission and programs.
Please see the Petersburg Community Organizer posting
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