Associate Director

Job Posting: Associate Director

Starting Date: As soon as possible


Justice Catalyst (“JC”) is looking for an Associate Director to join our team! This is a brand-new role, and a great opportunity for someone who is excited about joining an ambitious, and innovative non-profit organization with a start-up mentality. The Associate Director will develop and oversee Justice Catalyst’s cutting edge social and economic justice programs, in close collaboration with our network of partner organizations.


The Organization

A nonprofit organization founded in 2016, Justice Catalyst is an engine to support innovation in the legal system, helping to build a network of organizations and leaders with the tools and vision to address the greatest problems and injustices facing our society.

To spark change, Justice Catalyst organizes funders, advocates, and legal practitioners to develop new approaches to addressing social and economic injustice, and launch innovative, justice-seeking projects at new and existing organizations. Through convenings, advice, and conversations, Justice Catalyst is building a community that thinks about the law as a tool for social change and understands the critical role that enforcement plays in protecting our collective rights.

Justice Catalyst advances its mission by:

  1. Fostering collaboration across the silos of the legal system by identifying common ground, working with advocates to develop additional legal strategies, and connecting donors to justice-focused and mission-aligned legal projects
  2. Engaging in grantmaking and donor organizing to support justice-focused legal projects, with a particular focus on incubating new projects and organizations. As part of this work, Justice Catalyst has helped advise, support, and incubate organizations across a wide range of issue areas, available at
  3. Administering the Justice Catalyst Fellowship, which supports early-stage projects staffed by new attorneys at public interest organizations, including nonprofits, government agencies, unions, and firms conducting litigation in the public interest.

Justice Catalyst also works closely with the Access Fund, which employs recoverable grants and litigation impact investments to sustainably fund public interest litigation at nonprofit organizations and new for-profit public interest firms and practice groups.

We are a small and highly collaborative team with a startup mentality and a commitment to new perspectives and ideas. We stand together in our shared commitment to using our talents and energy to making a more just and equitable world today. We have an experimental mindset and encourage unconventional thinking and risk-taking. We value employee relationships, growth, and well-being, and strive to create an equitable, inclusive organization.

Justice Catalyst is tax-exempt as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We believe that a variety of perspectives and backgrounds enriches and maximizes our work. We aim to assemble an applicant pool that is reflective of the world in which we live — one that is diverse in race, color, age, religion, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic background, professional background, mental and physical abilities, and other traits that make us who we are. In addition, the right person for this role will be committed to listening to and learning from people with different life experiences and expertise.

Justice Catalyst is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to any status or activity protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We strongly encourage anyone who is interested in this opportunity to apply.


The Role

Supervisor: Co-Executive Director of Justice Catalyst

Supervising: The Associate Director will not initially be the primary supervisor of another team member, but will be involved in managing some aspects of the JC Program Associate’s work, and may have additional supervisory responsibilities in the future.

 Location: Our current team is based in New York, NY and Charlottesville, VA, but this position may be performed remotely, with agreement to align core work hours with Eastern Time. Occasional travel may be required.

 Schedule: Full-time, exempt


Core Responsibilities

The Associate Director will work directly with the Co-Executive Directors to facilitate all aspects of Justice Catalyst’s work, particularly including 1) support for legal nonprofits and public interest litigation through a mixture of grants, investments, and philanthropic advising, 2) administering a fellowship program for new attorneys working on public interest projects. You can learn about our fellows and the organizations they work at here:

Project Support/Incubation and Donor Organizing

  • Identifying grantmaking and donor organizing opportunities that align with Justice Catalyst’s mission and values, with an emphasis on seeding new projects and initiatives
  • Providing support and resources to seed organizations and new initiatives
  • Identifying opportunities for additional Justice Catalyst engagement with partner organizations on high-impact projects
  • Building partnerships and identifying opportunities for public interest litigation finance to supplement or expand Justice Catalyst priorities via the Access Fund work on public interest litigation finance and litigating nonprofit support
  • Developing summaries of Justice Catalyst’s work and accomplishments for boards and other interested parties, and identifying successes and failures

Fellowship Program

  • Managing all aspects of the fellowship application cycle, including websites and applications sheets
  • Coordinating communications with applicants and prospective applicants, current fellows, host organizations, law school careers offices, and more
  • Managing review of fellowship applications, including internal review, selection committee, and interview process
  • Developing and coordinating programming, networking, orientation, training, and mentorship for current and past fellows


  • Designing and coordinating conferences, convenings, and other events with fellows and/or partner organizations to further organizational priorities


  • Other duties as needed and assigned


Core Skills:

  • Expert program and project management skills
  • Extremely action-oriented and self-directed
  • Exceptional organization and expert ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and responsibilities
  • Knowledge of public interest legal field and impact litigation
  • Enthusiasm for working in a start-up environment and ability to create and execute new systems, policies, and procedures

Required Qualifications:

  • J.D. and minimum 3 years of program management experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing social and economic justice

Desired Qualifications:

  • Substantial experience working in a non-profit or public interest setting
  • Experience in grantmaking or donor organizing


Compensation and Benefits:

 Justice Catalyst salaries are commensurate with relevant skill and experience, and competitive with the U.S. federal government General Schedule (GS) payscale. Salaries are also adjusted based on locality area in accordance with the U.S. federal GS locality pay adjustments.  The salary range for an Associate Director (in NYC) in 2022 is approximately $115k-200k, depending on level of experience and skill.

Justice Catalyst also offers a competitive benefits package for full-time employees, which includes an employer-sponsored medical, dental, and vision plan, a matching 401k plan (up to 4% of base salary), a flexible spending account, professional development opportunities, and a generous vacation policy.   


To Apply

 Please submit a resume and brief personal statement to the Associate Director position below. Your personal statement should reference:

  1. Your specific skills and experience relevant to this role
  2. Your experience managing a program or complex set of projects, and your efforts to promote organizational growth or improvement
  3. How you might add diversity, of any kind, to the JCL team. (Please note that this part is optional)


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