The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (the “Institute”) is looking for a dynamic team player to serve as our Associate Counsel to implement a program of legal and policy advocacy to expand racial and social justice in New Jersey.
This is an exciting opportunity, at a critical time in our history, to advance racial and social justice to topple load-bearing walls of structural inequality to create just, vibrant and healthy communities in New Jersey through the Institute’s Economic Justice Program. Through the creation of inclusive policies and programs that support the financial security and mobility of economically-vulnerable communities of color, we will see New Jersey families thrive, while growing the state’s economy for all. Our evidence-driven, solutions-focused work targets several areas which are the root causes of economic vulnerability, poverty, and the racial wealth gap, including the following: (1) unemployment and lack of access to quality jobs, (2) a lack of affordable and non-discriminatory housing and homeownership options in safe and healthy neighborhoods, and (3) inequality and discrimination in banking options, predatory lending, and access to affordable credit. Our work is rooted in the knowledge that the racial wealth gap is a manifestation of the policy-generated inequalities in these areas, each of which has crucial influence on the ability of families to meet daily needs as well as to save for the future and build assets. This foundational belief has also led the Institute to launch a new dynamic campaign called Say the Word: Reparations, which calls on New Jersey to create a statewide reparations task force.
Our goal within the Economic Justice Initiative is to build in New Jersey the most inclusive economy in America that can serve as a national model for what is possible from the ground up in our communities.
The Institute advocates for systemic reform that is at once transformative, achievable in the state, and replicable in communities across the nation.
Reports to: Director, Economic Justice
About the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice:
The Institute is an equal opportunity employer, and we value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.
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, and vision, life insurance, Medical Expense Reimbursement Program, travel stipend, a 401(k) plan with an employer contribution, and generous vacation, sick, and holiday leave.
Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and will be accepted until the position is filled. Please email your cover letter, school transcripts, resume, two professional writing samples on which you are the primary author, and three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.”