Trenton, Newark, Atlantic City, or Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Posted Date

January 31, 2024

Contact Information

Patricia Perlmutter

The N.J. Division on Civil Rights (DCR) is charged with enforcing the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD), New Jersey Family Leave Act (FLA), and Fair Chance in Housing Act (FCHA) and preventing and eliminating discrimination and bias-based harassment in New Jersey. The Policy Unit drafts guidance documents and regulations, drafts and advises on legislation, and issues policy reports on issues impacting the civil rights of NJ residents.


Under the direction of the Associate Director for Policy, Outreach and Community Relations and other supervisory officials in the Division, the Legal Specialist will develop policy, legal, legislative, and regulatory strategies to protect the civil rights of all New Jersey residents. Duties include:

  • Researching and drafting proposed revisions to the LAD, FLA, and FCHA.
  • Researching and drafting proposed regulations and amendments to regulations in accordance with the policy objectives of DCR.
  • Conducting legal research and drafting publications, guidance documents, fact sheets, and reports regarding cutting-edge civil rights issues.
  • Working with the Community Relations Unit and the Education and Training Unit, as necessary, to prepare and give presentations.
  • Planning and participating in conferences, public hearings, listening sessions, and other public events.
  • Supervising interns working on policy initiatives.
  • Coordinating, as necessary, in the execution of the above duties with other local, state, and federal agencies and partners; will perform related work, as required.
  • This position may also require non-traditional work hours, on an as needed basis, including evenings and weekends on short deadlines for certain assignments, with or without advance notice.


  • Graduation from an accredited law school with Juris Doctor (J.D.) or a Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.) degree.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree including three (3) years of experience involving legal or legislative research, drafting of rules, regulations, amendments, and/or the interpretation of statutes.



  • Appointees will be required to possess a driver’s license valid in New Jersey.
  • All offers of employment are conditional subject to the applicant agreeing to and then passing a background check that may include fingerprinting.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with:
    • A J.D.;
    • Three (3) years of experience involving legal or legislative research; drafting of rules, regulations, or amendments; and/or the interpretation of statutes;
    • Strong knowledge of, commitment to, and experience in civil rights laws enforced by DCR and/or other federal and state civil rights laws;
    • Exceptional writing skills; and
    • Experience analyzing complex policy and legal problems and recommending and implementing effective solutions.

Application Process

If qualified, please send a cover letter indicating interest in job vacancy announcement #24-048 to the Recruitment Coordinator via email at with location preference and a current resume. Applications will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis.


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