The North Carolina Justice Center is a progressive research and advocacy organization dedicated to expanding opportunity and protecting the rights of low-income individuals in North Carolina. For over 25 years, the NC Justice Center has been on the front lines in the courts, at the legislature, in the media, and in communities advocating for positive changes for poor and working North Carolinians. The NC Justice Center has played a primary role in most of the state’s major policy debates and successfully litigated hundreds of individual cases and class actions.

The following positions are available:

LESLIE J. WINNER PUBLIC INTEREST AND CIVIL RIGHTS FELLOWSHIP
LEGAL INTERNSHIP

TRANSPORTATION AND ENERGY POLICY ADVOCATE – HOUSING, CONSUMER, AND ENERGY PROJECT


LESLIE J. WINNER PUBLIC INTEREST AND CIVIL RIGHTS FELLOWSHIP

The North Carolina Justice Center is seeking a Leslie J. Winner Public Interest and Civil Rights Fellow. The Winner Fellowship provides the opportunity for a recent law school graduate to spend two years as a staff attorney at the North Carolina Justice Center.

The Fellowship is generously funded by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in honor of Leslie Winner, who has been a champion for the people of North Carolina. Winner spent much of her career as a public servant and public interest lawyer working on issues such as civil rights, gender equity, affordable housing, public education, and higher education. She retired in 2016 after eight years of distinguished service to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and nearly 40 years of service to North Carolina.

Qualifications:
The Fellow must be eligible for admission to the North Carolina bar by the commencement of the Fellowship. Applicants must have graduated from law school in 2021 or 2022 or be expected to graduate in 2023. Applicants should possess strong research, writing, and analytical skills and a demonstrable passion for and commitment to social and economic justice. In addition, applicants should be interested in and committed to developing the skills to handle public interest litigation. A successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to improving social justice and racial equality.

The Role:
The Winner Fellow will work alongside other litigation staff of the NC Justice Center. The Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in high-impact trial level and appellate litigation in a wide range of civil rights and poverty law areas, including consumer, housing, education, employment, criminal justice, health, and public benefits. The NC Justice Center’s litigation strategies are part of a multi-disciplinary approach to advocacy that integrates legal, policy, public engagement, research, and communications strategies. While the position will primarily assist with the NC Justice Center’s litigation efforts, the Winner Fellow will be exposed to all aspects of the Justice Center’s work.

NC Justice Center Benefits:
The NC Justice Center offers committed and inspired co-workers, a competitive salary (DOE, minimum starting salary $49,345), and excellent benefits to enhance staff quality of life, including but not limited to six weeks of paid time off, paid parental leave, thirteen holidays, $100 monthly parking stipend, retirement plan contribution and match, FSA, medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance coverage. This position is in the Justice Center’s bargaining unit, represented by the National Organization of Legal Service Workers, UAW Local 2320.

To Apply:
For the 2023-2025 Fellowship (commencing between August and September 2023), applicants must complete an application at this link

 All applicants who apply before December 31st have first consideration

The Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for available positions. The Justice Center does not discriminate based on a person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.


LEGAL INTERNSHIP

The North Carolina Justice Center seeks three law student interns to help us carry out our mission. This opportunity is for the summer of 2023. In 2022, our interns worked on a hybrid basis due to COVID-19 concerns. We will assess circumstances as we get closer to summer 2023 and decide on whether our interns will work on a hybrid basis this summer as well.

About the NC Justice Center

The mission of the Justice Center is to eliminate poverty in North Carolina by ensuring that every household in the state has access to the resources, services, and fair treatment it needs in order to enjoy economic security. Justice Center attorneys represent consumers, tenants, workers, immigrants, formerly incarcerated persons, and students to make sure employers pay their workers what they are owed, landlords do not unfairly evict people, consumers are not preyed upon by unfair loan agreements, that the criminal justice system is fairer, immigrants can achieve legal immigration status in the United States, and students can enroll in school and receive a quality education. We focus on class action and impact litigation. For more information, visit www.ncjustice.org.

Legal Internships:
Legal interns work with NC Justice Center staff on a variety of issues:

  • Legal research and writing
  • Litigation support
  • Legislative research
  • Assistance with legislative efforts
  • Research for policy reports or briefs
  • Communication with clients and constituents
  • Other related legal duties as assigned

Opportunity:
Legal interns at the NC Justice Center will have the opportunity to engage with dedicated staff working on vital, cutting-edge issues affecting North Carolinians. Our interns will have the opportunity to work with and learn from many of our dedicated staff members who have combined decades of experience fighting poverty and civil rights issues in this state.

Qualifications:
Legal interns must have a college undergraduate degree and completed at least one year of an accredited law school. Strong writing and analytical skills and ability to work with others are critical. Spanish proficiency is desirable.

How to apply:
This position is open immediately. To apply please complete an application by using the following link: North Carolina Justice Center – Legal Internship (paylocity.com)

The positions will remain open until filled. We will begin reviewing resumes on December 1, 2022.

The North Carolina Justice Center is an equal-opportunity employer. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for available positions. The Justice Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or disability.


TRANSPORTATION AND ENERGY POLICY ADVOCATE – HOUSING, CONSUMER, AND ENERGY PROJECT

The North Carolina Justice Center is seeking a full-time Transportation and Energy Policy Advocate to support the Consumer, and Energy Project of the NC Justice Center. They will provide policy analysis and advocacy related to transportation electrification, energy efficiency, clean energy, utility policy, and other energy and housing related topics. One area of focus for this position will be on transportation topics, including equitable transition to electrified transportation, transportation-related air pollution, infrastructure strategies, mass transit, alternate forms of transportation such as biking, and ride sharing program, barriers to electric vehicle ownership, and electrification of public transit, school buses, freight, and delivery fleets. This position will also include advocacy on our broader energy policy areas related to promotion of affordable safe housing, energy efficiency and renewable energy in NC, including energy insecurity, energy efficiency, weatherization, urgent repair, and payment assistance funding and programs. The Transportation and Energy Policy Advocate will serve as a resource for advocates and partners across the state, coordinate campaigns related to these issue areas, coalition-building, media outreach, research, and writing.

  • Conduct policy research and evaluate effective strategies for promoting electrification of transportation in NC that benefits low-income communities.
  • Develop and maintain expertise on issues related to transportation and energy policy that impact low-income individuals and communities; remain up to date on advancements in energy-related technology, state, and local policy developments, and changing federal policy landscape.
  • Monitor and advocate in the NC General Assembly on legislation related to transportation and energy policies that impact low-income individuals and communities.
  • Meet with government officials and stakeholders and attend and testify at legislative or public agency meetings.
  • In coordination with our Communications team, grow awareness and understanding of key transportation and energy issues via messaging, storytelling, traditional media (press releases, media alerts, press events), email campaigns, social media, website content, newsletters, and action alerts.
  • Participate in and lead a diverse coalition of advocates, including transportation advocates, partners from community-based organizations, environmental and environmental justice organizations.
  • Build and maintain relationships with partner organizations, community members, elected officials, decision makers, allies, stakeholders and others.
  • Engage in advocacy and work to reduce energy insecurity in communities of color and low-income communities by improving programs related to energy efficiency, weatherization, urgent repair, to renters in multifamily and single-family homes and eligible single-family homeowners and increase the availability of LIEAP and CIP and other related programs.
  • Participating in and or monitor Duke Energy / Utility Commission rate filings and participate in working groups and collaboratives.
  • Work collaboratively with other Justice Center projects and advocates to coordinate cross project advocacy where appropriate.
  • Other duties that may be assigned to meet Justice Center advocacy needs.

Qualifications:

We’re looking for someone with a Masters’ Degree in Environmental Science, Public Policy, Planning, Law degree, or the equivalent experience in transportation or other energy policy areas. Candidates must have minimum of two years of advocacy experience in transportation, energy, sustainable development, environmental or other similar policy issues. A successful candidate will have strong communication skills including writing, speaking, and listening to a wide range of audiences, including state officials and community members. Candidates must have strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to work on multiple projects independently and with others, ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure. They will have interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively with a variety of colleagues, funders and state and federal officials as well as enthusiasm for collaboration and learning from colleagues. A successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to social justice and racial equity.

Required skills:

Superior computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite as well as Adobe Creative Cloud Suite; experience working with electronic communications and social media platforms is required.

Benefits:

The Justice Center offers skilled and committed co-workers, a competitive salary (minimum $49,345/annually DOE) and superior benefits to enhance staff quality of life including but not limited to: six weeks paid time off, paid parental leave, thirteen holidays, $100 monthly parking stipend, retirement plan contribution and match, FSA, medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance coverage. This position is in the Justice Center’s bargaining unit, represented by the National Organization of Legal Service Workers, UAW Local 2320.

TO APPLY: This position is open immediately. To apply please complete an application by using the following link: North Carolina Justice Center – Transportation and Energy Policy Advocate (paylocity.com)

The Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for available positions. NCJC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability.


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