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We’re Hiring! Director for Racial Justice

Posted January 1, 2022
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Legal Aid has created a new leadership role:  Director for Racial Justice.  The Director will build Legal Aid’s capacity to engage in racial justice work, by working with Legal Aid’s staff, partners, and clients to identify issues and solutions, helping to create the skills and culture necessary to create change for Legal Aid’s client communities, and leading efforts to create racial justice.  The Director will report to the Executive Director and will be a member of Legal Aid’s Executive Team and Management Team.  The Director will contribute to the  development of organizational policies and practices and will serve as a Legal Aid leader in the community.

Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm whose mission is to secure justice and resolve fundamental problems for those who are low-income and vulnerable by providing high-quality legal services and working for systemic solutions. Founded in 1905, Legal Aid is the fifth-oldest legal aid in the United States. Legal Aid’s 120 staff (including 65+ attorneys) and more than 3,000 volunteer lawyers use the power of the law to improve safety and health, shelter, and economic stability for low-income clients with low income. For more, visit:

Director for Racial Justice Responsibilities will include:

Build Capacity for Racial Justice Advocacy:

  • Collaborate with the Executive Team, Management Team, DEI Committee, and staff to develop and implement goals and strategies that advance Legal Aid’s commitment to racial justice, to center racial justice in our operations and substantive practice, and to build capacity for civil rights and racial justice advocacy.
  • Create and implement multi-pronged strategic plans using litigation, legislation, policy advocacy, community lawyering and public education to advance Legal Aid’s racial justice agenda.
  • Assist Legal Aid colleagues in developing skills and advocacy strategies necessary to effect systemic change, and to identify and pursue racial justice in individual cases, and in systemic work, through litigation and advocacy efforts.

Engage with the Community:

  • Using community lawyering principles, cultivate relationships with communities that are low-income to inform Legal Aid’s work to affirmatively and consistently identify and address systemic and structural racism and inequity.
  • Build, foster, and maintain relationships, and collaborate with other national, regional, state, and local civil rights organizations, coalitions, legal aids, government agencies, courts, stakeholders, advocates, non-profits, grass roots organizations, and lawyers to achieve racial justice.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Development & Communications on media strategies that reflect and advance racial justice.

Provide Leadership:

  • Build teams within Legal Aid engaged in racial justice advocacy.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Team, Management Team, DEI Committee, and staff to implement DEI initiatives.

The Successful Candidate will:

  • Be committed to Legal Aid’s mission.
  • Have relevant litigation, advocacy, policy, project management, and coalition-building experience with significant knowledge of and experience in racial justice, civil rights, and equity issues.
  • Have 8 plus years of experience in legal services or other related legal work; nonprofit and management experience preferred.
  • Possess leadership skills and experience.
  • Have experience working with interdisciplinary teams and possess excellent interpersonal skills, including attentiveness to cultural needs and differences.
  • Be licensed to practice law in Ohio (or be eligible for admission without examination).

Compensation & Benefits: The salary for this position is $105,000 DOE. Legal Aid offers an exceptional benefits package including healthcare, life, and disability insurance, retirement savings plan with up to 13% employer contribution, and much more. For more information visit

To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to:, with “Director for Racial Justice” in the email subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Legal Aid is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate because of age, race, gender, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.


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