Senior Staff attorney

Job Title:  Senior Staff Attorney 

Areas of Practice: Policing, FBI/CBP, Prisoners’/Incarceree Rights, Employment Discrimination & Accommodation, Land use, School Bullying, Campus issues, Denial of service, Harassment/Intimidation, Other Civil Rights abuses  

Reports to: Executive Director  

Schedule Type: Full-time 

Location: Newark, NJ (Hybrid Schedule) 

  

About the Organization: 

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America’s largest Islamic civil liberties and advocacy group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. The demand for our services has grown tremendously. From restrictions placed on Muslims to practice their religion, to profiling and discrimination, the need for CAIR in New Jersey is great. CAIR New Jersey strives to ensure that Muslims in New Jersey enjoy the same protections that all Americans have. The CAIR-NJ team has more than quadrupled in the last four years. 

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, New Jersey office (CAIR-NJ) is looking for a qualified, passionate, and talented individual to lead the Legal Department, represent CAIR-NJ clients, and oversee legal initiatives and public facing projects. We are seeking individuals capable of leading the organization’s ever-increasing civil rights work while growing the legal department and its impact. Join a quickly growing and influential team that defends civil rights and civil liberties on behalf of American Muslims. 

 

Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Manage caseload and supervise related casework 
  • Coordinate legal intake process with other staff, case selection, and case referral.    
  • Conduct legal research and draft of legal documents 
  • Participate in alternative dispute resolution 
  • Work strategically with a CAIR-NJ Staff Attorney, paralegal, and Executive Director  
  • Manage client intakes  
  • Participate in all aspects of CAIR-NJ litigation 
  • Participate in legislative advocacy as needed with the Government Affairs Dept. 
  • Participate in conducting community education and outreach, including Know-Your-Rights presentations at mosques and college campuses 
  • Assist other staff in the production of legal reports 
  • Build or maintain relationships with clients, affected communities, law firms, law schools, legal clinics, allied legal groups, and other key stakeholders to advance the organization’s legal and policy work. 

Required Qualifications: 

  • J.D. degree (American Bar Association accredited school) with admission in good standing with the NJ Bar.  
  • At least 4 years experience practicing as an attorney 
  • Knowledge of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (especially Title VII) and First Amendment. Knowledge of EEOC and other administrative procedures. 
  • Highly motivated and self-starting  
  • Ability to handle multiple concurrent assignments 
  • Excellent research, analytical, written, and oral communication skills   
  • Proficiency with legal research and familiarity with legal search engines 
  • Proficiency with  any legal case management software 
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to work independently and in collaboration with other attorneys, community advocates, and community-based organizations  
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing the rights of low-income, Black, Muslim, people of color, and/or immigrant communities  
  • Experience writing claim letters 

Preferred Supplemental Qualifications: 

  • Bilingual skills in Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, or other relevant languages  
  • Working knowledge of New Jersey Muslim community 
  • Experience with employment discrimination law  
  • Experience with federal and/or New Jersey civil rights law 
  • Experience and/or knowledge of state legislative processes and structure  

Commitment to the mission: 

  • Passion for the mission of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, including a strong commitment to securing the civil rights and justice for Muslim-Americans and their families. 

Interpersonal skills: 

  • Be independent and self-motivated, require minimal supervision  
  • Ability to work fluidly with staff, who may also be Muslim-American. 
  • Must be able to work flexibly to deal with different cultural norms, educational backgrounds, and professional skills. 
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced and often changing environment. 

Writing and analytical skills: 

  • Superb writing skills and the ability to compile all necessary information for legal documents 
  • Ability to analyze the best path forward given a community member’s individual circumstances 

Compensation: 

  • Annual Salary of $75,000 – $90,000, commensurate with experience 
  • Fully paid health insurance for employee 
  • Up to 3% IRA matching contribution 
  • 12 paid holidays, 12 days paid vacation, 5 sick days, and 7 personal days per year 

Other Benefits: 

  • CAIR-NJ is invested in the professional development of its staff. The hire will have access to mentors through the CAIR Legal Network and can attend an annual legal training held by CAIR National. 
  • CAIR-NJ provides an excellent Islamic work environment 
  • CAIR-NJ provides a hybrid remote/in-person work schedule (Mon & Fri remote, Tue-Thu in-person)  

How To Apply: 

All those interested and eligible to work in the U.S. (citizens or proper work visa holders) are encouraged to apply. Please submit: 

(1) Cover letter 

(2) Resume 

(3) Three references 

(4) Answers for the application questions (if any) found on this page 

(5) Legal writing sample of no more than ten pages. 

  

Application Deadline: Interviews conducted on a rolling basis. 

  

CAIR-NJ is an equal opportunity employer. 

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