Career Opportunity: Program Associate, Legal Department/National Judicial Education Program

  • Job Title:                  Program Associate, Legal Department/National Judicial Education Program
  • Department:          Legal Department and National Judicial Education Program (NJEP)
  • Function:                  Provide support to the Legal Department and the National Judicial Education Program (NJEP)
  • Reports to:              Legal Director/NJEP Director and Deputy Legal Director/NJEP Senior Attorney
  • Salary range:          $45,000 - 49,000 commensurate with experience; generous benefits   

About This Position

Legal Momentum (LM) is the oldest national not-for-profit legal organization at the forefront of the women’s rights movement in the United States.  It brings about meaningful social change and reform through impact litigation, policy advocacy, and judicial and public education. LM’s National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) is a unique, award-winning project which pioneered judicial education about gender bias. NJEP educates judges, attorneys and justice system professionals about the ways in which gender bias can undermine fairness in our justice system and has a particular focus on sexual assault cases and cases involving the intersection of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Legal Momentum is hiring a Program Associate to work within the Legal Department and National Judicial Education Program (NJEP). The Program Associate will ensure that legal and NJEP programmatic goals are met; provide administrative support to legal and NJEP directors and staff; administer grant funding from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women and other sources; contribute substantively to completion of projects which further LM and NJEP’s missions and goals.

The ideal candidate will have a deep, demonstrated commitment to the advancement and protection of women’s rights and to a fair justice system, and understanding of non-profit organizations. They will be motivated and dedicated, with the ability to work well both independently and collaboratively in a high-paced environment.

Responsibilities

Legal Department responsibilities:

  • Providing support for the day-to-day program operations of the Legal Department, including drafting correspondence; handling mail; photocopying; logistical arrangements for meetings, conferences and travel; taking minutes of meetings and conference calls.
  • Word processing and production of legal and legislative documents; preparing documents for publication or filing, including proofreading, formatting and basic design work.
  • Maintaining case dockets, subject matter files, and library.
  • Monitoring and keeping up-to-date log of ongoing department projects and monitor for upcoming deadlines.
  • Providing support for grant applications, budgets, and periodic reports to funders and Legal Momentum’s Board of Directors
  • Working with Development and Communications to maintain and update the Legal Department portion of the Legal Momentum website to reflect the department’s history, overall objectives, current projects, new publications and upcoming events
  • Managing job postings, resume screening, and other administrative aspects of hiring for Legal Department interns and staff.
  • Responding to requests for information from the public about the Legal Department’s work.
  • Responding to legal staff requests for support, including Internet and Lexis research to support legal department work.
  • Maintaining contact lists and databases, including database of support requests.
  • Facilitating online access to LM’s legal resources and coordinating updates to resources as needed.
  • Coordinating intern activities.
  • Fostering relationships with and responding to requests from cooperating organizations.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

National Judicial Education Program responsibilities:

  • Assisting the Director and Project Attorneys in developing, researching, drafting, formatting and coordinating publication of NJEP materials, curricula, and Web courses.
  • Providing research and administrative support to Director and Project Attorneys on all aspects of producing and presenting judicial, prosecutor and multidisciplinary trainings and videos/DVDs, including materials, conference logistics and travel arrangements.
  • Providing support for grant applications, budgets, and periodic reports to funders and Legal Momentum’s Board of Directors.
  • Drafting correspondence for Director and on behalf of NJEP on issues relating to the program’s work including violence against women, gender bias in the courts, women judges, women lawyers, and the experiences of women of color in the courts.
  • Maintaining and updating NJEP’s web-based resources, including the multi-disciplinary web courses, Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: Adjudicating this Hidden Dimension of Domestic Violence Cases (www.njep-ipsacourse.org) and Helping Sexual Assault Victims Navigate the Criminal Justice System (www.lm-vatraining.org).
  • Working with Development and Communications to maintain and update NJEP’s portion of the Legal Momentum website to reflect the program’s history, overall program objectives, current projects, new publications and upcoming events.
  • Interviewing and coordinating the activities of NJEP undergraduate interns.
  • Coordinating production of publications/videos/DVDs with printing and production companies; fulfilling telephone and online orders for curricula, videos and DVDs; maintaining records of dissemination.
  • Maintaining extensive archival files.
  • Fostering relationships with and responding to requests from cooperating organizations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher and at least one year work experience
  • Ability to prioritize and simultaneously accomplish a multitude of diverse tasks with minimal supervision
  • Ability to interact appropriately with Director, Deputy Director, staff, and interns, taking direction, coordinating and supervising as necessary
  • Ability to meet deadlines and flexibility to work hours necessary to meet such demands
  • Extensive knowledge of computers, including high proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and internet navigation
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent writing, grammar and proofreading skills and ability to follow legal citation form with precision
  • Excellent oral communication and listening skills
  • Proficiency in internet research and familiarity with Lexis/Westlaw legal research
  • Proven office and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and dedication to women’s rights issues and public interest organizations

Applications

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Early applications encouraged. Only complete applications will be considered. Only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references by mail or email to:

Legal Momentum

32 Broadway, Suite 1801

New York, NY 10004

careers@legalmomentum.org

ATTN: Program Associate Vacancy

Legal Momentum is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation. www.legalmomentum.org