RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY ASSOCIATE

Community Justice Project is seeking a Research and Advocacy Associate to join our dynamic and growing movement lawyering team. This position offers the exciting opportunity to work in close collaboration with a group of social justice organizations in South Florida seeking to shift the landscape and advance a transformative agenda for human rights and racial justice. 

The Research and Advocacy Associate will provide much-needed research and writing support for ongoing projects, including campaigns in the areas of anti-gentrification, criminal justice, immigrant, and workers’ rights. The Associate will also participate in activities and meetings of Community Justice Project’s organizational partners.

Position: Full time, salaried position for 6 months with the opportunity for renewal. 40+ hours per week.
Benefits: Healthcare (Small Business Health Reimbursement Arrangement) and cell phone reimbursement upon hiring; retirement contributions after period of employment.
Location: Miami, FL
Start Date: January 2018

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Research, using a variety of methods including participatory and scholarly research, data analysis and empirical research;
  • Drafting of reports and white papers for community education and advocacy purposes, including consolidation of findings from community efforts, statistical and data analysis and desk-based research into summary reports;
  • Creating communications and advocacy materials, including infographics, blog posts and social media tools; and
  • Attending at meetings, actions and community events that relate to specific research project(s) to ground work.

STRATEGIC OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Based on engagement with community partners, assessing the need for additional strategic research and communications to support community led campaigns;
  • Shifting narratives to ensure community voices are centered, and racial justice and human rights frames are lifted up in public discourse;
  • Identifying where research can be leveraged and deployed, as well as creative ways of delivering it to wide and diverse audiences; and
  • Working alongside a dynamic team of lawyers and legal workers dedicated to advancing work led by organized communities of color.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Strong research skills, including data analysis, mapping, and visualization, verbal and writing skills.
  • Deep commitment to and enthusiasm for racial justice and human rights.
  • Understanding of transformative organizing led by low-income Black and Brown people, intersectionality, and anti-oppression principles and practices.
  • Understanding how lawyers work in service of movements is a plus.
  • Experience working in coalitions and collaborating with diverse partners across a wide range of issue areas.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently in fast-paced environment, and pivot when necessary. 
  • Experience working in racial justice, human rights, or social justice spaces.
  • Language skills in Spanish, Haitian Creole or French strongly preferred but not required. 
  • A law degree is not required.

TO APPLY
Applications will be reviewed and position will be filled on a rolling basis. Please email a resume, writing sample and cover letter, as well as two references in a single PDF document with your name in the title by December 29 for priority consideration to with the "Research and Advocacy Associate Application" in the subject line.

Community Justice Project is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, people with disabilities, returning citizens, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender individuals.


SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Community Justice Project brings movement lawyering to South Florida and represents grassroots organizers in campaigns for racial justice and human rights. Interns will join us in our office in Miami and work on a varied caseload, including litigation, campaign strategy, community outreach/education, direct representation, human rights advocacy and policy advocacy. Students’ work will relate to local campaigns led by client organizations including those to: combat police brutality and racial profiling; dismantle the school to prison pipeline; preserve low-income mobile home parks; confront “slumlords” in low-income housing; and improve working conditions for taxi drivers. Students may also contribute to human rights advocacy related to racial discrimination and police violence in the context of the broader Movement for Black Lives.  Among the organizations we represent are the Dream Defenders, Miami Workers Center, Power U Center for Social Change, and New Vision Taxi Drivers Association. Students will experience the unique opportunities and challenges of utilizing a community lawyering approach in one of the most economically unequal cities in the U.S.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer any stipend but we are happy to support law students' applications for funding through their law schools or other grants.

INTERN QUALIFICATIONS

  • First year or second year law student
  • Excellent legal research and communication skills
  • Experience in and/or a demonstrated commitment to social justice organizing and social movements
  • Familiarity with issues of racial justice, gender justice, civil and human rights
  • Proficiency in Spanish or Haitian Creole is appreciated, but not required

TO APPLY

2L applicants must submit their applications by October 30
1L applicants must submit their applications by December 15

For questions, email intern@communityjusticeproject.com


SCHOOL YEAR & WINTER TERM INTERNSHIPS

Interested in an internship during the school year? Email intern@communityjusticeproject.com with a copy of your resume, cover letter, and references.


PRO BONO VOLUNTEERS

In addition to partnering with non-profit advocacy groups, the Community Justice Project partners with private for-profit firms who respect community lawyering and have made a commitment either to a particular community or to a salient social justice issue. Pro Bono opportunities for range from transactional work on behalf of community-based organizations, to individual representation of indigent persons in court or in administrative proceedings, to long-term high-impact litigation and policy advocacy in support of a social justice campaign.

We also welcome volunteer contributions from designers, community artists, writers, communications professionals and others with skills they would like contribute to our work. 

To learn more about our pro bono opportunities email intern@communityjusticeproject.com


POST-GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Community Justice Project is sponsors Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and school-sponsored fellowships. 

Did you go to law school with the dream of working alongside disenfranchised people fighting to take back control of their communities? Community Justice Project is a dynamic Miami-based movement lawyering practice supporting grassroots groups organizing for racial justice and human rights in South Florida. If selected, our staff will work closely with the applicant to ensure that the proposal is responsive to the needs of our client organizations and in line with movement lawyering values. 

Applications for Skadden & Equal Justice Works are currently closed. If you are eligible for a school-based or other fellowship and are interested in sponsorship, please send your cover letter, résumé, references, and a short writing sample to intern@communityjusticeproject.com.