Position: Managing Attorney

New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice

Organizational Background

The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) is a multi-racial organization dedicated to building the power and participation of low-income workers and communities. NOWCRJ has been nationally recognized for direct worker organizing, strategic campaigns, policy advocacy, litigation, and coalition building to advance immigrant rights, racial justice, and economic equity.

NOWCRJ anchors three grassroots membership organizations: the Congress of Day Laborers, Stand With Dignity, and the National Guestworker Alliance.

NOWCRJ’s Legal Department provides legal support to NOWCRJ membership groups and their members to force employers and federal, state, and local agencies to comply with existing laws, to build worker power, and to protect workers’ rights to organize.  Our current work includes federal impact litigation and law reform cases, strategic immigration and detention work, administrative advocacy, policy advocacy, and campaign support.  Practice areas include workers’ rights, civil rights, immigration, and benefits.

Position Summary

This position is based in New Orleans, Louisiana.

NOWCRJ seeks a highly motivated managing attorney based in New Orleans to lead a team of attorneys in New Orleans with an intersectional legal practice. The Managing Attorney will be expected to (1) direct and supervise the docket and staff attorneys and represent clients in complex cases; (2) oversee internal management of the legal department and ensure we hit our ambitious goals; and (3) serve as a key leader of the Legal Department. This position reports directly to the Legal Director.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Set the direction for and lead NOWCRJ’ s legal work
  • Lead staff of attorneys and legal fellows to build NOWCRJ’s docket, in alignment with the organization’s strategic direction;
  • Lead litigation work and represent clients, especially for particularly complex cases;
  • Collaborate with campaign teams on legal and policy strategies;
  • Coordinate planning process across the department and organization to keep work plans up to date; and
  • Ensure smooth communication and coordination within the department and across departments.
  1. Manage legal department to ensure we deliver on our goals
  • Supervise staff attorneys, legal fellows, and administrative staff in the legal department;
  • Ensure that the team and individuals have ambitious goals and plans in place to meet them;
  • Develop staff skills as attorneys and advocates by providing clear and useful feedback in an ongoing manner;
  • Provide support and accountability to attorneys and fellows including workplan development; and
  • Work to ensure that top performers are retained.
  1. Serve as a key leader of the legal team and support ongoing work to build and strengthen NOWCRJ
  • Ensure legal and fiscal compliance and space/ infrastructure/ technology support for the department;
  • Create and review adherence with annual department budget;
  • Build innovative, disciplined, positive culture within the legal department and across the organization; and
  • Support the Legal Director and Executive Director in identifying, building, and maintaining the NOWCRJ’s resources.

Qualifications

  • Commitment to legal practice in a way that empowers collective vision and action by low-income workers and communities of color.
  • Substantial experience one or more of the following legal areas: labor, employment, immigration, or civil rights.
  • Management or supervision experience including legal supervision, case development, and project management.
  • Ability to implement vision, think strategically, creatively problem solve, exercise good judgment, and lead change.
  • Deep commitment to legal and policy work on behalf of low wage workers, immigrant communities, and other communities of color.
  • Sense of humor in order to maintain perspective and balance.
  • Minimum 5 years demonstrated litigation experience in labor, employment immigration, and/or civil rights law showing excellent skills and outcomes and innovative strategies.
  • Juris Doctor and active bar admission and willingness to take the Louisiana Bar Exam.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Bilingual (Spanish/ English), bicultural experience a plus.

Women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to careers@nowcrj.org, subject line: NOWCRJ- Managing Attorney. Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please include a daytime phone number where we can contact you. The application process will be open until position is filled.

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