Careers

ABOUT OUR WORK

NNJLS is a non-profit public interest law firm with over 100 employees providing free legal services to low-income, senior and disabled residents of Hudson, Bergen and Passaic Counties, New Jersey. NNJLS’s staff of highly experienced and dedicated attorneys provides a wide variety of civil legal assistance and advocacy for those most in need of legal representation such as victims of domestic violence, tenants facing unfair and arbitrary eviction, seniors victimized by unscrupulous creditors and clients facing many other types of legal matters. NNJLS is committed to the principle that all members of society should be treated equally and fairly by our civil justice system.   

CURRENT JOB OPENINGS

Community Outreach and Engagement Associate

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services (NNJLS) seeks a Community Outreach and Engagement Associate. The Associate will work closely with the Community Outreach and Engagement Manager and Staff Attorney to ensure the implementation of effective outreach strategies; cultivation of strategic partnerships with community-based service providers and other organizations; and coordination of community legal education programs. This role will focus on disaster-related civil legal issues as identified by the program.

 

The Community Outreach and Engagement Associate will help build and maintain strategic partnerships and collaborations with community-based organizations.

 

Responsibilities include:

Supporting community engagement projects and NNJLS’ efforts to identify persistent and emerging disaster-related civil legal issues in low-income and underserved communities that can be addressed through legal representation and advocacy.

  • Attending community-based events throughout Bergen, Hudson and Passaic counties to cultivate and strengthen relationships with social service providers and community-based organizations.

  • Assisting in the development of compelling presentations, outreach materials, and community education workshops specifically tailored to the legal needs of individuals impacted by disasters.

  • Identifying local offices of emergency management, disaster response agencies, and other community-based organizations that are commonly involved in disaster response efforts.

  • Coordinating and scheduling outreach activities, legal education presentations and know-your-rights workshops, for community members and service providers.

  • Delivering presentations about our services to diverse audiences, including how to identify a legal issue that may be appropriate for referral to NNJLS.

  • Fielding requests for information and NNJLS involvement in community events and evaluating appropriate level of engagement based on priorities and resources.

  • Using and supporting use of technology to compile, analyze, and share quantitative and qualitative data regarding community engagement activities and its impact.

  • Other related activities identified by the Program

 

Qualifications: A college degree with experience working with coalitions and/or community groups. The successful applicant will have: excellent and versatile communication skills; the ability to work collaboratively; and strong organizational skills. Applicants should have a good understanding of and/or be willing to learn about the role of civil legal aid in addressing issues of poverty and social justice. Computer proficiency  is required. Flexibility and ability to work occasional evenings and weekends are essential.
 

Preferred: Familiarity with and/or working with legal services, public interest programs, and non-profit organizations. Bilingual skills are a plus.
 

Location: Based in Jersey City office. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, own or have regular access to a vehicle, and be willing to travel throughout Bergen, Hudson and Passaic Counties on a regular basis.
 

Apply: Submit resume and cover letter describing your interest in the position and salary requirements to: Human Resources Manager, at HRNNJLS@LSNJ.org with the subject “Community Outreach and Engagement Associate.”  
 

NNJLS provides an attractive salary and fringe benefits package. NNJLS is an equal opportunity employer, including supporting individuals with a disability and veterans. For more information about the program visit www.northeastnjlegalservices.org

Employment Opportunities for Attorneys

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services (NNJLS) has several challenging and rewarding positions available for attorneys seeking to provide legal assistance to a diverse clientele. NNJLS is hiring attorneys for its Housing, Public Benefits, Consumer, Immigration, Low-Income Taxpayer, and Family Law/Domestic Violence sections in its Paterson, Hackensack, and Jersey City, New Jersey offices. NNJLS seeks dynamic advocates who want to make a real difference in the lives of those most in need of legal assistance. Positions are available for experienced attorneys as well as recent graduates. Judicial Law Clerks are also encouraged to apply. 

Excellent writing and oral advocacy skills as well as a demonstrated commitment to legal assistance for the disadvantaged are preferred. NNJLS offers a positive workplace among colleagues who enjoy and are passionate about their work. New Attorneys will work with top experts in a variety of practice areas and will handle their own case load after appropriate training. We encourage a supportive, team work environment, with work-life balance. All attorneys receive an attractive salary and fringe benefits package, including annual salary increases, and generous paid time off. Benefits also include comprehensive health insurance and retirement plans, as well as in-house trainings that offer CLE credit. Advancement and promotions within the organization are encouraged. NNJLS is an equal opportunity employer, including supporting individuals with a disability and veterans. Bilingual skills are preferred for some positions. 

 

For more information about us visit our website at www.northeastnjlegalservices.org. To apply submit a resume and cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for the position to hrnnjls@lsnj.org.

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services Seeks an Executive Director                

 

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services (NNJLS) is seeking a dynamic and experienced leader to serve as full time Executive Director of this organization committed to providing high quality legal assistance to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of society. NNJLS serves residents of Hudson, Bergen, and Passaic Counties, New Jersey, from offices in Jersey City (administrative office), Hackensack, and Paterson.


The next executive director will join NNJLS at a time of financial stability, effective management, and strong client advocacy. Areas of challenge for the organization include growing systemic advocacy and pro bono services, hiring to utilize growing funding, managing the change that the pandemic has brought to community presence and work, and continuing to unify an organization formed 15 years ago when three county legal aid programs combined.


Key qualities of the successful candidate:

  • An attorney, in good standing, who is admitted, or who is eligible to be admitted, to practice law in the state of New Jersey

  • A demonstrated commitment to legal assistance for the disadvantaged

  • General knowledge of legal services in New Jersey; knowledge and a working relationship with Legal Services of New Jersey

  • A leader who is organized, energetic, detail oriented, able to delegate, decisive, personable, persuasive, and interested in all aspects of the position

  • A compelling speaker who is comfortable being the public face of the organization

  • An excellent writer

  • The ability to work with the Board of Directors to develop and implement program policies and the strategic plan.

In addition, the successful candidate must be able to demonstrate substantial experience in the following key areas:

  • Legal work and litigation supervision and management

  • Establishment and maintenance of effective relations with the courts, the private bar and bar associations, community organizations, the client community, and government representatives

  • Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion activities

  • An affinity for and experience in resource and funding development

  • Experience in nonprofit budgeting, compliance, finance and fiscal controls

  • The use of technology to increase program efficiency and services to clients

  • Experience working productively with a unionized staff

Application process:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, candidates are urged to submit their applications by April 25, 2022. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter expressing in detail why they are interested in the position, as well as what they believe they can contribute to the future of the program and its client community. The letter should be accompanied by a current resume and the names and contact information of three professional references.

 

Application materials should be submitted to
HRNNJLS@lsnj.org

 

NNJLS is assisted in the search by Patricia Pap, Executive Director, Management Information Exchange, 105 Chauncy St., Fl 6, Ste 3, Boston, MA 02111, 508-737-4010, ppap@mielegalaid.org. Candidates with questions about the position or process are encouraged to contact her.


NNJLS intends to make a final decision in June 2022, and to have the successful candidate join the organization soon thereafter in order to facilitate a smooth transition.


Salary depends on experience based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Benefits include comprehensive health insurance and retirement plans. NNJLS is an equal opportunity employer, including supporting individuals with disabilities and veterans.

Click here for a printable and shareable PDF of the full position announcement.

 

Employment Opportunities for Experienced Family Law Attorneys                   

 

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services (NNJLS) has positions available for experienced Family law attorneys seeking to provide legal assistance to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of society.  NNJLS is hiring attorneys for its Paterson, Hackensack, and Jersey City, New Jersey offices. 

 

At least two years of Family law experience required.  Excellent writing and oral advocacy skills are also required.  Prior Legal Services experience or a demonstrated commitment to legal assistance for the disadvantaged is preferred.  Prior supervisory experience is a plus.  NNJLS offers a positive workplace among colleagues who enjoy and are passionate about their work.  We encourage a supportive, team work environment, with work-life balance.  Benefits include comprehensive health and retirement plans and in-house trainings that offer CLE credit.  All attorneys receive an attractive salary and fringe benefits package.    NNJLS is an equal opportunity employer, including supporting individuals with a disability and veterans.  Bilingual skills are preferred for some positions.  For more information about us visit our website at www.northeastnjlegalservices.org.  Submit a resume and a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for the position to: Human Resources Manager at HRNNJLS@LSNJ.org

Employment Opportunities for Experienced Housing Law Attorneys                                           

 

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services (NNJLS) has positions available for experienced Housing law attorneys seeking to provide legal assistance to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of society.  NNJLS is hiring attorneys for its Paterson, Hackensack, and Jersey City, New Jersey offices. 

 

At least two years of Housing law experience required.  Excellent writing and oral advocacy skills are also required.  Prior Legal Services experience or a demonstrated commitment to legal assistance for the disadvantaged is preferred.  Prior supervisory experience is a plus.  NNJLS offers a positive workplace among colleagues who enjoy and are passionate about their work.  We encourage a supportive, team work environment, with work-life balance.  Benefits include comprehensive health and retirement plans and in-house trainings that offer CLE credit.  All attorneys receive an attractive salary and fringe benefits package.    NNJLS is an equal opportunity employer, including supporting individuals with a disability and veterans.  Bilingual skills are preferred for some positions.  For more information about us visit our website at www.northeastnjlegalservices.org.  Submit a resume and a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for the position to: Human Resources Manager at HRNNJLS@LSNJ.org

Law Student and Undergraduate Internships

 

NNJLS is proud to host law school students and others who wish to participate in internship programs sponsored by their schools, private law firms, or advocacy groups. Student interns are mentored by experienced staff attorneys in the areas of civil law practice of their choice. Student interns also assist staff attorneys throughout the legal process from client intake through court appearance. Student interns may need to secure outside funding for their internship projects. NNJLS will also work with students and their school to help the student earn class credit for their NNJLS internship activities.

Individuals who are interested in internship opportunities at NNJLS should send their resume, cover letter, and a brief description of the proposed internship project by email to Cindy Lou Cuesta at ProBonoNNJLS@lsnj.org or call the NNJLS PBP Project at 201-792-6363 for more details.

Volunteers

 

NNJLS accepts volunteer attorneys via our Pro Bono Partnerships Program (PBP). Volunteers can assist in leading Know Your Rights clinics, make a brief legal advice call, fully represent a client, or mentor new attorneys. To find out more about volunteering and upcoming trainings, click here.