Associate Legal Officer, Justice Initiative

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Oct 28

Position description

Associate Legal Officer, Justice Initiative. New York. Posting Date: 10/28/2019. Deadline: 11/18/2019

Do you want to help make the world a better place with your litigation skills? We are seeking an Associate Legal Officer based in New York to join the Justice Initiative (JI) litigation team, using their practical experience combining developing and managing litigation. The ideal candidate will be an exceptional legal researcher and drafter who can provide a variety of administrative and legal support.

The Open Society Foundations (OSF) work to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We are active in more than 120 countries, making us the world's largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights.

The Open Society Justice Initiative uses strategic litigation and other kinds of legal advocacy to defend and promote the rule of law and to advance human rights. We employ litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance across a range of issues.

As an Associate Legal Officer at Open Society, you will:

  • Undertake legal and factual research using web tools to search public sources, as well as conduct research on issues, organizations, and other matters and compile that research into concise, relevant material to support Justice Initiative litigation;
  • Provide legal advice to Justice Initiative and partners within/outside OSF; evaluate issues and cases for possible litigation;
  • Draft, edit, and cite-check for English-language pleadings, as well as for a range of other English-language documents relating to litigation;
  • Support the litigation team in the day-to-day management of casework, including tracking of necessary timelines and tasks compliance by case lawyers, preparation of the litigation calendar and litigation matrix;
  • Assist in the implementation of a case and document management software program actively contributing to coordinating specifications, overseeing system integration and training colleagues across the JI programs;
  • Build and maintain relationships with strategic litigation organizations, legal clinics, and pro bono law firms, to design and implement collaborative partnerships to provide litigation support;
  • Manage updating of litigation developments on Justice Initiative's website, write blogs and articles on cases, prepare periodic litigation reports for publication, and develop materials for internal continuing legal education and external events;
  • Organize on-site and off-site workshops, conferences and other Justice Initiative's litigation related events.


What we are looking for:

  • Degree in Law, and three to seven years' post-qualification experience with experience in human rights;
  • Demonstrated ability to write and edit high quality legal documents required;
  • Familiarity conducting all-source research via websites and leading legal databases required;
  • Project management skills, including the ability to overview case management processes, systems, and workflows;
  • Experience in developing strong relationships with a wide range of actors from diverse cultural, geographic, economic, political, and social contexts;
  • Proficiency in English, with exceptionally strong written and oral communication skills.


Desirable (but not required):

  • Experience on international or national level, and practical experience of working with non-governmental organizations;
  • Reading and writing proficiency in either French, Spanish, or another language in which the Justice Initiative conducts litigation, highly desirable;
  • Practical experience with case and document management systems, including the development/managing of litigation management software, highly desired.


What we offer:

  • Ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite trainings and brown bag lunches with visiting experts.
  • Top-notch benefits and perksdesigned for your well-being and a healthy work-life balance (20 vacation days, flexible work arrangements, 100 percent employer-paid health insurance, a generous retirement savings plan, six months paid parental leave, reproductive and family planning support, sabbatical opportunities, and much more ).
  • A commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that enables everyone to bring their full self to work and make a positive impact on the world.


Check out a day in the life of an Open Society colleague here .

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and colleagues with disabilities.
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