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POLICY ANALYSTS, BUDGET & TAX CENTER

LITIGATION PARALEGAL

LESLIE J. WINNER PUBLIC INTEREST AND CIVIL RIGHTS FELLOWSHIP

LEGAL INTERNSHIPS


Policy Analysts, Budget & Tax Center

The Budget & Tax Center is the state’s leading source for information on how fiscal and economic policies shape the opportunities available to working families. Because of its long-standing reputation for credible analysis and well-researched proposals, a wide range of organizations and leaders turn to the BTC for leadership in setting a policy agenda that advances opportunity and equity in the state. The BTC informs and affects public policy decisions by producing credible and timely reports and providing expert guidance to the media, advocates, policy makers, and the public.

BTC is seeking two Policy Analysts (both with portfolios in fiscal policy) to join its team of experts working to help North Carolina overcome unprecedented economic and fiscal challenges. The analyst positions focus on fiscal analysis with special attention to the state’s biennial budget process and implementation of the final budget as well as the ways in which fiscal policy can be a tool to advance a culture of health, educational and workforce opportunities as well as race equity. In particular, the analysts will monitor and document the Governor, legislative and final budgets for the state with an eye to their investments in services and programs that support low-income communities, draw connections to tax policy choices, and support the documentation of needs across the state.

Analysts are responsible for researching and writing policy briefs and reports, conducting outreach and community education through mass-media, new media, and presentations and supporting staff allies and coalition members on state budget and tax policy issues especially, as these issues affect low- and moderate-income individuals and communities.

EXPERIENCE
The successful candidates will have strong interest and experience analyzing economic and fiscal policy issues with the goal of promoting public policy decisions that address the needs of low-income communities; an advanced degree or commensurate years of work experience in public policy or related field; excellent quantitative analysis skills, including advanced competency in Excel; superior written, oral and presentation skills, and prefer working in a team environment. Two or more years of post-graduate experience in an applied research or public policy setting is required. Availability to travel and work some evenings and weekends required.

The Justice Center offers inspired co-workers committed to social justice through progressive fiscal and economic policies, as well as a competitive salary (DOE, minimum starting salary $50,000) and excellent benefits, including but not limited to: six weeks paid time off, paid parental leave, twelve holidays, free parking, retirement plan contribution and match, flexible spending account, high quality medical, disability, and life insurance coverage.

TO APPLY
To apply send a cover letter, resume, and professional references as a single PDF file, that has your name in its title, and “Policy Analyst” in the subject line to hr@ncjustice.org. The positions will remain open until filled; we will begin reviewing resumes on November 30, 2018.

Our organization is committed to equity and inclusion. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. The Justice Center does not discriminate on the basis of person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, age, disability or genetic information.
 

Litigation Paralegal

We are seeking a highly-organized Litigation Paralegal to provide a wide variety of legal and administrative support on cases brought by, and under the direction of, the attorneys conducting litigation at the North Carolina Justice Center. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to social, economic, and racial justice, be fluent in Spanish and English, and enjoy contributing to a great mission by supporting the work of others. Paralegal experience is helpful, but not required. Bachelor’s degree is required. Successful applicants will like creating order, be exceptionally organized while juggling competing deadlines and demands, possess unfailing attention to detail and the ability to support multiple people. He/she will be proficient in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook, have experience in working with databases, and possess strong technology skills. Ability to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends is required.

Our mission 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 to achieve economic security. The Justice Center’s effectiveness in advocating for policies that improve the lives of people in communities throughout North Carolina stems from our unique five-strategy approach, which enables us to attack problems with the most effective tools.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Maintain and manage a litigation docketing system.
  • Review and docket court calendars, orders, and other legal documents.
  • Organize and maintain case pleadings and files.
  • Review, analyze, and organize discovery and other information related to pending or potential cases.
  • Perform legal research under the direction of staff attorneys.
  • Assist staff attorneys with the preparation of discovery, court pleadings, briefs and other legal documents and court forms.
  • Provide clerical and administrative support to staff attorneys.
  • Perform investigation, organization, research, and background work as needed for lawsuits from inception through discovery and trial.
  • Prepare and coordinate filing and service pleadings and legal documents.
  • Coordinate and schedule depositions, hearings, trials, meetings, and interviews.
  • Prepare exhibits for hearings, depositions and trials.
  • Assist staff attorneys with the preparation of correspondence to court, opposing counsel, or clients.
  • Provide translation of legal documents and correspondence.
  • Organize, maintain, and update case and client information in the organization's legal databases.
  • Assist attorney with successful case management.
  • Interview prospective clients and serve as a point of contact for clients.
  • Interpret during client interviews with attorneys.
  • Work with other staff to advance the goals of the organization and ensure that work plans are carried out.
  • Maintain client statistics and generate reports for funders.
  • Perform other related tasks as assigned.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume, professional references, and salary requirements as a single PDF file that has your name in its title, and “Litigation Paralegal” in the subject line to hr@ncjustice.org. The position is open until filled; we will begin reviewing resumes on November 26th. No phone calls please.

The Justice Center offers committed, inspired co-workers, a competitive salary (DOE, minimum $35,000/annually) and superior benefits to enhance staff quality of life including, but not limited to: six weeks paid time off, paid maternity/paternity leave, twelve holidays, free parking in downtown Raleigh, retirement plan contribution and match, FSA, high quality medical, disability, and life insurance coverage.

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

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 state’s leading private, nonprofit, anti-poverty organization. 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.

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 2017, 2018, or be expected to graduate in 2019. Applicants should possess excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, and a demonstrable passion for and commitment to social and economic justice. Applicants should have an interest in and commitment to developing the skills to handle public interest litigation.

The North Carolina Justice Center is dedicated to transforming North Carolina’s prosperity into opportunity for all. Our organization comprises of projects that provide in-depth expertise on seven major policy areas. Our staff of litigators, researchers, community educators, public policy advocates, and communications specialists use our unique five-strategy approach to improve the lives of North Carolinians with low to moderate incomes.

Responsibilities: The Winner Fellow will work alongside other litigation staff of the 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 that may include consumer, housing, education, health, and public benefits. The 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 Justice Center’s litigation efforts, the Winner Fellow will be exposed to all aspects of Justice Center’s work. 

How to apply: To apply for the 2019-2021 Fellowship (commencing between August and September 2019), applicants should submit a resume, law school transcript, the names of three professional or academic references, a writing sample (maximum of 10 pages), and a brief statement of interest (two pages or less) as a single PDF file that has your name in its title, and “Winner Fellowship” in the subject line to hr@ncjustice.org by November 15, 2018. The statement of interest should explain your background, your commitment to social justice, why you want to engage in litigation at the North Carolina Justice Center, and how this fellowship will further your professional interests and goals.

The Justice Center offers committed, inspired co-workers, as well as a competitive salary (DOE, minimum starting salary $49,345) and excellent benefits, including but not limited to: six weeks paid time off, paid maternity/paternity leave, twelve holidays, free parking, retirement plan contribution and match, flexible spending account, high quality medical, disability, and life insurance coverage.

Our organization is committed to equity and inclusion. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. The Justice Center does not discriminate on the basis of person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, age, disability or genetic information.

LEGAL INTERNSHIPS

The North Carolina Justice Center seeks four law student interns to help us carry out our mission. This opportunity is for the summer of 2019.

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, 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, 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.

Legal interns work with NCJC staff on a variety of issues:

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

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.

Compensation: Because we are a non-profit organization entirely dependent on grants and donations, we encourage you to apply for funding through your school and to explore other funding opportunities. Limited funding will be available from the Justice Center.

How to apply: To apply send your resume, a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position and how your background and experiences would bring a diverse perspective to the Justice Center, and professional references as a single PDF file that has your name in its title, and “Legal Internship” in the subject line to hr@ncjustice.org. The positions will remain open until filled. We will review resumes on a rolling basis through mid-January, 2019.

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 on the basis of race, ethnicity, country of origin, gender, gender identity, immigration status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, age, disability, color, religion, criminal record, income/wealth, familial status, or veteran’s status.