The Legal Aid Justice Center invites applications for a Managing Attorney of its Richmond, Virginia office, as well as its Petersburg, Virginia office, which serves low-income individuals in Richmond and the Tri-Cities areas of Petersburg, Hopewell and Colonial Heights (and surrounding communities).
The Legal Aid Justice Center is a nationally recognized non-profit program providing free civil legal assistance from three offices throughout the state of Virginia. Our dynamic staff of more than thirty advocates pursue systemic legal advocacy for all low-income Virginians using a wide array of strategies. Through legal representation, community organization, and statewide advocacy, the Legal Aid Justice Center works both to eliminate the immediate symptoms and to address the underlying causes of poverty in Virginia. We encourage diversity, value unique voices, pursue our goals with passion, and have fun while working for the public interest.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Managing Attorney will:
- Supervise an office with a staff of 10-15 people;
- Supervise a high volume of intakes, including walk-in clients;
- Act as advocate and manager for the Richmond office including managing operations and long-term strategy for office location;
- Coordinate operations and staffing in LAJC’s Petersburg office (staffed from Richmond);
- Maintain an active practice in poverty law with special emphasis on public benefits (Medicaid and Medicare, SNAP, TANF, etc.);
- Contribute brainpower and elbow grease to our robust program-wide impact initiatives designed to improve the lives of low-income Virginians;
- Work in coalition with community members and organizations to improve the quality of life for the area’s low-income communities;
- Raise the profile of the Richmond office and expand volunteer and fundraising efforts in the Richmond area in conjunction with our development team.
Demonstrated concern for the needs and rights of low-income persons is required. The ideal candidate will also have trained or mentored less-experienced attorneys and will have substantial expertise in areas that affect our client population. Because our work can be stressful, we think our workplace should not be—so a healthy sense of humor is essential. Diverse economic, social, or cultural experiences are a plus, as is Spanish proficiency. Competitive candidates are admitted to the Virginia State Bar or eligible for reciprocal admission.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter by e-mail to Cynthia Neff at email@example.com. Applications will be accepted starting immediately until the position is filled. Interviews will occur on a rolling basis as applications are received.
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.