The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (“Institute”) seeks a dedicated, creative, social and racial justice-minded person to serve as an Associate Counsel for Redistricting in the Democracy & Justice Pillar. This is a unique position that combines rigorous research, policy analysis and carrying out a community-driven advocacy campaign to help advance our mission and innovative agenda. The position will last one year, with the option of extended employment across the Institute’s three pillars.
The Institute’s Democracy & Justice Pillar advocates to build a progressive, policy-driven agenda to protect and expand democracy, particularly for people of color in New Jersey; to provide a space for robust discussions with candidates, policy makers, and elected officials, focused on social justice issues; to prepare voters to realize maximum participation in the next several election cycles and to collect and analyze data from elections to identify and offer policy recommendations to address voting barriers. In the last few years, the Institute built coalitions and advocated for various voting reforms in the state, including rights restoration, ending prison-based gerrymandering, Census outreach, online voter registration, ballot access during COVID-19, redistricting, same-day registration, early voting, and limiting police presence at voting locations.
The Associate Counsel will conduct research and policy analysis on issues related to legislative, congressional and local redistricting in New Jersey and will help develop and conduct advocacy and public education strategies to advance the Institute’s priorities of racial equity and public participation. The Associate Counsel will also work with the statewide Fair Districts NJ Coalition and the Institute’s local and state partners to advance the redistricting work.
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About the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice:
The Institute is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.
The Institute’s mission is to empower urban residents to realize and achieve their full potential. Established in 1999 by Alan V. and Amy Lowenstein, the Institute’s cutting-edge racial and social justice advocacy seeks to empower people of color by building reparative systems that create wealth, transform justice and harness democratic power—from the ground up—in New Jersey. Known for our dynamic and independent advocacy aimed at toppling load-bearing walls of structural inequality to create just, vibrant and healthy communities, we are committed to exposing and repairing the cracks of structural racism in our foundation that erupt into earthquakes in communities of color. The Institute advocates for systemic reform that is at once transformative, achievable in the state and replicable in communities across the nation.
This is a full-time, at-will position. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes excellent benefits, including health, dental, vision, and life insurance, travel stipend, Medical Expense Reimbursement Program, a 401(k) plan with an employer contribution, and generous vacation, sick, and holiday leave. This is a grant funded position.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please email your cover letter, resume, two professional writing samples (of different styles) on which you are the primary author, and three professional references to email@example.com. Please submit your application materials via Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF. Include all attachments in a single email stating, in the subject line, “Associate Counsel.”