Project Assistant

The Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, is seeking applicants for a salaried, full-time, with benefits, Project Assistant role for college graduates and professionals.

About EJI

EJI is a nationally recognized private, nonprofit organization that is highly regarded as one of the most dynamic and innovative legal reform programs in the U.S.

For more than 30 years, EJI has provided assistance to the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned. EJI has been a national leader in criminal justice reform and anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts and has provided education and training to some of the nation’s best law students, lawyers, policymakers, and professionals.

EJI welcomes applicants from historically underserved communities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.


About the Position

This position will enable a talented and committed professional or college graduate to contribute to EJI’s mission by performing a variety of tasks across EJI project areas.

The Project Assistant will work with the Executive Director and other EJI staff to help with implementing institutional projects for our growing legal and educational programs, including our cultural sites, EJI’s Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. For example, the position may involve the following:

  • speaking with student groups, special guests, and other visitors to our office and cultural sites to enhance their experience and deepen the educational impact of their visit
  • providing supportive services to EJI’s clients within our health care, food security, re-entry, and unjust fees and fines program areas
  • conducting in-depth research and data analysis to support our community education, narrative, and legal work
  • establishing and maintaining relationships with a broad range of community groups and organizations working to recognize the history of racial injustice in their communities
  • monitoring and investigating the cruel, harsh conditions of Alabama’s prisons and jails and assisting with EJI’s diverse legal docket.

The ideal Project Assistant is service-driven, self-motivated, compassionate, inquisitive, reflective, highly organized, and committed to EJI’s goals and mission. A minimum of five years of work experience is strongly preferred.

Qualifications include the ability to communicate and work with people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, a commitment to EJI and its clients, and the ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing.

Substantive experience ranging from teaching, legal work, operations management, healthcare management, social justice work, business management, or specialized work in any service field will be relevant and considered.

The position is salaried, with benefits, and located in Montgomery, Alabama, where you will join an exceptional staff of highly skilled and dedicated professionals.


How To Apply

To apply, please send a letter of interest and a resume in PDF format to [email protected] and [email protected]. Please include “Project Assistant” in the subject line of your email. We will consider applications on a rolling basis. Due to EJI’s high volume of active legal cases and projects, we are unable to offer individual discussions or follow up with applicants; we will contact you if your application is being advanced.

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