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Community Organizer


About the Position

Legal Aid Justice Center 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. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Community outreach and education of LAJC’s mission and programs
  • Relationship building and partnership development with individuals and organizations that will advance positive responses and interventions to community needs
  • Developing grassroots organizing strategies to close the justice gap in low-wealth communities
  • Mobilizing community members to engage in community advocacy strategies
  • Partnering with staff attorneys to address client needs
  • Referring individuals to other community resources as appropriate



Required Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to social, economic, and racial justice
  • Experience with organizing or advocacy
  • Demonstrated experience working with individuals and/or communities directly impacted by economic and racial injustice
  • Strong familiarity with the Petersburg community
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • Access to reliable transportation and willingness to travel statewide occasionally and to LAJC’s other offices




  • Diverse economic, social, and/or cultural experiences
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish or another language is desirable





To Apply: 



Email a cover letter and resume to Miriam Torian, Managing Attorney, Richmond Office at The cover letter should highlight experience in working with low-income individuals and communities, connections to the greater Petersburg community, and any experience in organizing for change and reform and/or coalition building. The cover letter should also highlight any specialized skills, such as fluency in a second language or technology skills.


Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  Questions?  Contact Miriam Torian at or 804-521-7312.


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. The Legal Aid Justice Center is committed to strengthening the voices of our low-income clients, working in collaboration with community partners, and rooting out the inequities that keep people in poverty. We strive to take on the issues that have broad impact on our client communities and to be responsive to client input. Recognizing the particular impact of racism on our clients and staff, we devote special attention to dismantling racial injustice. 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 applicants have experience and/or thoughtfulness in working with traditionally marginalized populations.



Submission Deadline: 
April 15, 2020
Organization Information: 
Legal Aid Justice Center
237 Sycamore St.
Petersburg , VA 23803
United States
Phone: 804-521-7312