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Director of Litigation & Advocacy


The Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC) is seeking an experienced attorney to develop, lead, support, and supervise its impact advocacy campaigns. The ideal candidate will have significant litigation experience, as well as demonstrated experience working with directly impacted community leaders on anti-poverty and racial justice initiatives. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Director of Litigation & Advocacy (working title) will work to advance LAJC’s ambitious agenda to achieve economic, racial, and social justice throughout the state.

Responsibilities may vary depending on the experiences, skill set, and vision of the selected candidate, but will likely include:

  • Assist LAJC’s four program directors with strategic planning and developing multi-faceted campaigns using litigation, policy advocacy, organizing and communications strategies
  • Develop, support, and lead major litigation, including helping advocates identify recurring issues ripe for impact litigation
  • Partner with community organizers and grassroots leaders to develop and implement systems change initiatives
  • Work with LAJC’s policy teams to develop and execute policy advocacy campaigns and foster collaboration with litigation and organizing efforts
  • Promote litigation skill development by matching attorney goals with campaign needs and working with LAJC’s Director of Professional Development Director to identify training needs and opportunities
  • Develop systems that facilitate information-sharing and efficiency in bringing major advocacy campaigns


Required Qualifications:
  • Virginia Bar licensure, or ability to waive in to the Virginia Bar
  • Strong commitment to public interest law
  • Experience working in communities directly impacted by economic and racial injustice
  • At least ten years of relevant legal experience
  • Outstanding oral advocacy, research, writing, organizational, and leadership skills
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively
  • Reliable personal transportation and willingness to travel statewide occasionally and to LAJC’s other offices frequently
  • Sense of humor

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with many of our areas of practice
  • Diverse economic, social, and/or cultural experiences
  • Significant federal litigation experience, particularly in bringing class actions and civil rights cases

Location LAJC’s Charlottesville office preferred, but willing to consider NOVA or Richmond offices

Start Date June 2019, with some flexibility

Salary Salary range is $81,000 to $97,000 per year based on a formal salary scale that depends on years of relevant experience. Staff located in the Falls Church office receive a $6,500 per year supplement to accommodate for the increase cost of living.  Exceptional fringe benefits include generous leave, fully paid health insurance, retirement plan, student loan repayment assistance, and a great work environment.

  • Generous leave
  • Excellent family health insurance
  • Loan repayment assistance
  • 403(b) pension plan
To Apply: 

Email a cover letter, resume, three references, and a writing sample to Angela Ciolfi, Executive Director, at The cover letter should highlight experience in building impact campaigns, including relevant litigation experience. The cover letter should also highlight any specialized skills, such as language fluency, organizing experience, or technology skills.

The positions will be open until filled, but applications will start being reviewed on April 30, 2019.  Questions?  Contact Angela Ciolfi, Executive Director, at or 434-529-1810.



Submission Deadline: 
April 30, 2019
Organization Information: 
Legal Aid Justice Center
1000 Preston Ave Suite A
Charlottesville, VA 22903
United States