Job Details

Associate Director Of Affiliate Legal Programs

Company name

American Civil Liberties Union

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type

Non-practicing Attorney

Valid Through

Aug 29,2019

Posted on

May 16,2019

Years of Experience

Min 3 yrs required


New York City, NY, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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Associate Director of Affiliate Legal Programs
RESPONSIBILITIES: Provide strategic thought partnership to the union affiliate Executive Directors who are strengthening their Legal Departments’ management, capacity, competencies, and skills in coordination with ASNI leadership; Drive and coordinate nationwide legal strategies, such as developing circuit based strategies or state court strategies, to leverage the strengths and impact of the whole nationwide enterprise in consultation with national staff; Create and sustain thriving learning communities for the union affiliate legal staff by creating cohorts, hosting in-person convenings, and developing regular workshops focused on topics and/or skills critical to the growth, administration, and impact of legal programs at the union; Advance program alignment and collaboration between national and affiliate offices through convenings, cohorts, and workshops, and implement new ways to help the national office and affiliates collaborate; Identify, develop, and promote models that integrate legal, advocacy, and communication strategies in affiliates; Regularly review and reevaluate processes and procedures for the management of affiliate legal programs at the union; Support affiliate Executive Directors in the hiring and onboarding of new Legal Directors; Advocate for affiliate needs and interests in the creation of program management tools in the national office; Contribute to the development of tools that measure the capacity and impact of legal programs, including regular debriefing for sharing across the nationwide network; Institutionalize information generated by affiliate legal departments to help maximize the opportunity for cross-affiliate learning and efficiencies; Assess affiliate capacity in legal department leadership, program, and management, developing a baseline understanding of activity and helping states set goals, plan, and drive strategic work; Advise on new programmatic initiatives and national office grant making to affiliates; Demonstrate a commitment to inclusion and belonging within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals, recognizes the contributions of all staff and strategies, and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, record of arrest or conviction, and socio-economic circumstance. Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts. Support a culture of transparency by proactively sharing information while using discernment to protect confidentiality; Support innovative practices that will build a talent pipeline in the union; Ensure culture of learning in ASNI, conduct timely performance evaluations of direct reports, provide regular feedback, and create growth plans for direct reports; Ensure positive and clear lines of communication that promote programmatic alignment and a culture of trust; Facilitate, coordinate, and ensure team-to-team connectivity within ASNI and with other national departments, help problem solve if affiliate needs are not sufficiently prioritized, and be an ambassador for ASNI with national staff; Frequent travel is required.

Qualification and Experience

QUALIFICATIONS: JD Degree required. 3+ years’ experience recruiting, training, managing, and motivating a diverse high-performing legal team. Demonstrated ability to build skill and design trainings in legal program development. Demonstrated ability to build legal strategies or programs that integrate advocacy and communication. Experience advancing a litigation strategy at a national and/or state advocacy organization. Understanding of campaign planning and debriefing, roles, communications, and coordination. Experience working with diverse communities in building movements for social change; excellent track record of working with diverse teams. Ability to take initiative, think creatively, problem solve, work well under pressure, and manage multiple priorities and projects effectively under tight deadlines. Excellent written and verbal presentation and facilitation skills. Highly organized with attention to detail. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to engage stakeholders at all levels. Hungry to learn, curious to ask questions, and a desire to engage in exploration individually as well as being part of a team.

Additional info

Send a cover letter (including salary requirements) and resume. Reference: ASD-31.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street
19th Floor
New York City, NY 10004

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