Established over two decades ago by Alan V. and Amy Lowenstein, the Institute undertakes dynamic and independent advocacy aimed at toppling load-bearing walls of structural racial inequality to create just, vibrant, and healthy urban communities of color.
The Institute employs a broad range of advocacy tools to advance our ambitious racial and social justice agenda, including research, analysis and writing, public education, grassroots organizing, communications, the development of pilot programs, legislative strategies and litigation.
As was the case at our founding, this moment calls for racial and social justice advocacy inspired by the fierce urgency of now. In recent years, protests have taken place across the nation in response to the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and so many others whose names we do not know. The time is now for not only meaningful police reform, but to also evaluate how we can transform public safety and stem the flow of individuals into the front-ends of the youth justice and adult justice systems.
To answer this mighty charge, the Institute advocates for unapologetically progressive and reparative systems that build wealth in urban communities, transform youth justice and build democratic power.
Using a holistic approach to address the unique and critical issues facing New Jersey’s urban 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.
The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (the “Institute”) is looking for a sophisticated, creative and dynamic team player to serve as Associate Counsel to advance a program of strategic 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 on behalf of New Jersey’s urban communities through the Institute’s Criminal Justice Reform Program. In this program, the Institute works to end criminal justice policies that result in the criminalization of communities of color, racial injustice and mass incarceration. The Institute’s Criminal Justice Reform Program is centered around two issues that the Associate Counsel will work on: (1) building a culture of accountable policing and investing in community-based public safety options and (2) transforming New Jersey’s broken youth justice system.
The Associate Counsel will report to the Institute’s Criminal Justice Reform Director.
Our physical office is located in Newark, New Jersey. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, our staff has the option to work from home or to work in our office at a limited capacity until further notice. Once normal office functions and event scheduling resume, the position will require travel throughout the state and occasional travel to national conferences, seminars and events. The position may also require some speaking engagements outside of normal office hours (including on the weekend).
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.
Interested individuals should submit the following materials via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, as soon as possible.
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.”
The position includes competitive salary and benefits and will remain open until filled. Those with individual or familial experience with the criminal justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.