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Senior Staff Attorney


Location: Any of JMA’s regions (NY/NJ/IL/CA/AL) (work can be remote)
Level: Manager (member of bargaining unit)
Reports to: Legal Director
Status: Full time/exempt
Posting Date: 1/25-2/25

At this critical time for lower-income, frontline communities and people of color, Jobs to Move America (JMA) is uniquely positioned to advance a powerful agenda for equitable job creation and expanded access to training for historically underrepresented groups. 

Who we are  ─ About Jobs to Move America:

Jobs to Move America is a national and multi-regional strategic policy center that works to transform public spending and corporate behavior using a comprehensive approach that is rooted in racial and economic justice and community organizing. We seek to advance a fair and prosperous economy with good jobs and healthier communities for all. To learn more, visit our website.

What You’ll Do ─  Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Senior Staff Attorney supports JMA’s legal activities, providing legal guidance and direction for other programs, and supporting campaigns to reform the law to achieve JMA’s programmatic goals. In particular, the Senior Staff Attorney will support JMA’s public records litigation by filing Freedom of Information Act/Public Records Act requests and leading related impact litigation. The Senior Staff Attorney builds strong relationships with and provides expertise to policymakers and stakeholders, and manages high-quality legal research, analysis, and writing to propel JMA’s vision of public goods for the most public good. The Senior Staff Attorney also grows our capacity by supporting Program team members and teams to help them build their knowledge of law and policy to propel JMA’s vision forward. Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Lead the legal program’s litigation work, including through legal research, drafting pleadings, memoranda, correspondence, and other legal documents, and by handling negotiations, settlements, trials and appeals.
  • Support organizational legal needs by analyzing relevant legal issues and preparing memorandums, training, or other materials.  
  • Research and interpret policies, procedures, regulations, and statutes relating to the provisions of FOIA and other appropriate Acts, court decisions and administrative rulings.
  • Support the management of campaigns to develop new laws or policies and to change the interpretation of federal or state laws around contracting, labor, environmental policy and public records that integrate strategic legal research, analysis, and writing with organizing, communications, and policy strategies. 
  • Analyze evolving legal developments, political landscape and stakeholder relationships and support team in navigating dynamics within state, city, community and coalition spaces
  • Build substantial relationships and engage high level stakeholders in supporting our work, particularly legal staff and counsel from public offices, unions, coalition partners, journalists and funders  
  • Work with national and state teams to support the development of new alliances that help us build grassroots power and infrastructure to win campaigns 

About you ─ Required Qualifications: 

  • Attorney in good standing in at least one of JMA’s regions (NY/NJ/IL/CA/AL)
  • At least 5 years handling litigation related matters including discovery, taking depositions, preparing witnesses, and drafting pleadings and motions.  
  • Strong legal research and writing skills: as well as basic legal research and writing abilities, persuasive, analytical, and explanatory; able to translate the law for lay audiences.
  • Strong understanding of relevant laws: has a well-developed understanding of labor and employment, open records, procurement, and corporate law and policy; understands how the law works in policy and organizing campaigns; able to identify legislative and regulatory opportunities and integrate JMA goals into policy proposals.
  • Adept communicator: Can integrate legal issues into communications in an understandable manner and tailor messages effectively. Clear and concise, both internal and external written and verbal communication
  • Strong relationship building; ability to build and sustain authentic and productive working relationships with colleagues across race and other group identities, including JMA employees as well as external partners 
  • Good situational awareness: aware of the visible and less-visible dynamics at play among different groups and in different situations; navigates those dynamics strategically and tactfully. Maintains awareness of new developments and potential opportunities to work with different stakeholders
  • Demonstrated self-awareness, empathy, and social skills in work and interpersonal interactions
  • Self-starter: Demonstrated ability to work independently, solve problems and overcome obstacles to get the work done
  • Flexibility: Ready to take advantage of unexpected opportunities; adapts quickly as things change. 
  • Good at multitasking: Able to juggle multiple competing priorities at once, work under pressure, and meet deadlines while maintaining a positive attitude 
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint applications), Adobe, Google Suite

Other Physical Requirements: 

  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards. 
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards
  • Must be able to talk, listen and speak clearly on telephone with reasonable accommodations 

What Else You Should KnowCompensation/Benefits: 

  • Salary Range: $70,000-$90,000, depending on location and experience
  • Employer pays 100 percent of medical, dental, and vision premium
  • Generous PTO: 12 days paid vacation, 12 sick days, 10 federal holidays, 12 personal days per year, 2 floating holiday
  • Annual salary increases
  • JMA contributes 5% of the employee salary towards their 401k plan after 6 months of employment.
  • Training and professional development opportunities are available upon completion of the probationary period.
  • A strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion policies and practices. 
  • JMA is a unionized workplace. This position is a member of the bargaining unit. 
  • Covid-19 work from home monthly $85 stipend 
  • Cell phone reimbursement 
  • Qualifying Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) employer 
  • Work from home office set up provided if needed

How to Apply:  Apply for the position here.

JMA Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement 

We are an EEO/affirmative action employer and encourage applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability. We work to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforce zero-tolerance policies against discrimination and sexual harassment.  Those who identify as persons of color, women, veterans, or formerly incarcerated persons, and/or have had experience working with one or more of those groups are strongly encouraged to apply

JMA Diversity and Inclusion Statement

JMA believes that diverse, engaged, and motivated employees are essential to achieving our goals of economic, racial, and social justice. JMA believes that each employee’s voice is valuable and that when all employees contribute ideas to the organization’s operation, it enhances the success of the organization overall.