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Director of Development & Communications - Full/Part-Time Consultant

Disability Rights New Jersey is seeking a dynamic, creative and innovative individual to provide vision and leadership in organizational development efforts and to promote our mission and work by designing and implementing a strategic development and communications plan that will connect DRNJ to funders, supporters and the general community, enhance public understanding of DRNJ and expand our donor base.

Job duties include the planning and implementation of DRNJ’s fundraising activities in concert with the Executive Director and Governing Board, the development of a strategic communication plan to update DRNJ’s brand through communication tools, including print, social media and website, to support media relations, including press releases, and to assist in securing grants.

The mission of DRNJ is to advance the human, civil and legal rights of persons with disabilities in New Jersey through individual and systemic advocacy and legal representation, monitoring, outreach, education and training and policy change. DRNJ is a 501©3 and is New Jersey’s protection and advocacy system and a member of the National Disability Rights Network.

Candidates should possess a Bachelor’s Degree in marketing, communications or public relations, a minimum of five years working in a communications position, be proficient in communications technologies and marketing trends, experienced in community engagement and working with the media, exhibiting clear and concise communication skills, confidence, and the ability to collaborate with outside design consultants and the DRNJ team, including the Outreach Coordinator.

DRNJ is an equal opportunity employer.

Send resume, cover letter sample portfolio and compensation requirements to:

Disability Rights New Jersey
210 South Broad Street, Third Floor
Trenton, New Jersey 08608
Attn: Ellen Catanese, Deputy Director
Or
advocate@drnj.org

Legal Director - Full-Time

Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) seeks a Legal Director to join our team in advancing the human, civil and legal rights of persons with disabilities in New Jersey. DRNJ is a 501©3 and is New Jersey’s designated protection and advocacy system and a member of the National Disability Rights Network.

DRNJ advances the rights of persons with disabilities through individual and systemic advocacy and legal representation, monitoring of developmental centers and psychiatric hospitals, outreach, education and training and policy change. DRNJ conducts the work of its nine federally funded programs through issue teams.

General Job Description

The legal director will serve as part of DRNJ’s leadership team, and will be accountable to the new Executive Director. With new leadership, DRNJ is undergoing transformative change, reorganization, and focus on systems change, complex litigation and policy advocacy. With members of the team, the legal director is responsible for the planning and execution of priorities, goals and objectives in the newly reorganized agency. The legal director will develop, oversee, coordinate and monitor DRNJ’s legal work and advocacy projects in order to bring together the various modalities, including complex litigation, and will mentor, supervise and support the professional development of managing attorneys and supervisors, staff attorneys, advocates and paralegals working within team structures. The legal director will monitor for professional excellence and compliance with all standards for professional practice.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate possesses the following qualifications:
• A J.D. degree from an accredited law school.
• Passion and innovation for advancing the rights of persons with disabilities.
• Licensed to practice in NJ or ability to obtain license in one year.
• Seven to 10 years of legal work experience, including complex litigation and at least five years of management experience and direct supervision of legal work.
• Strong and competent leadership and communication skills.
• Ability to mentor and develop legal and advocacy skills in DRNJ staff.
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with DRNJ staff in a collegial and non-hierarchical way.
• Experience in the administration and management of a legal services organization or law firm.
• Experience working with persons with disabilities and from multi-ethnic communities.
• Ability to travel throughout the State of NJ.

DRNJ is an equal opportunity employer. People with disabilities, people of color and LGBTQIA+ and others committed to diversity are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications

Cover letter, resume, salary requirements and writing sample to:
legalsearch@drnj.org. Email submission is required.
Attn: Legal Director Search

Advocate/Representative Payee Reviewer - Full-Time

Disability Rights New Jersey is the designated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities in New Jersey. The agency provides advocacy and legal representation for persons with disabilities to protect their legal, civil and human rights. The agency’s priorities are established by a consumer-driven Board of Directors following extensive input from persons with disabilities, their families, and other interested individuals and agencies.

Conducts site visits, interviews beneficiaries and representative payees, reviews confidential records, documents observations, collects relevant data, reviews work sites and housing facilities for health and safety violations, reviews and analyzes financial records, prepares timely and comprehensive reports.

Candidate should have at least one year of experience in working with people with disabilities. Government clearance through the US Government Office of Personnel Management and driver’s license required, willingness to travel on a regular basis, ability to adhere to strict timelines, demonstrated written and oral communication skills, problem solving skills, team skills, and computer skills. Bachelors degree in human services or related field.

Spanish language a plus.

Interested applicants should send resume, letter of interest and writing sample to:

Disability Rights New Jersey
Attn: Interview Committee
210 South Broad Street, Third Floor
Trenton, New Jersey 08608

Fax: 609-777-0187
advocate@drnj.org


DRNJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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210 S Broad Street, 3rd Floor
Trenton, New Jersey 08608
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