Job Details

Chief Legal And Policy Officer

Company name

Amnesty International USA

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

May 02,2019

Valid Through

Aug 15,2019

Posted on

Dec 23,2018

Years of Experience

Min 10 yrs required


Chicago, IL, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Civil Rights >> Civil Rights
Government and Government Relations >> Government and Government Relations
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Chief Legal and Policy Officer
Duties: Advise the ED and the Board of Directors on legal matters affecting non-profit advocacy organizations and minimize legal risks to the organization while maximizing ability to grow, innovate and advance our human rights work. Keep the senior leadership of the organization aware of compliance issues and recommend proactive measures and actions to prevent or remedy any concerns. Provide counsel and representation on litigation matters. Provide legal guidance to the Board and the organization’s staff and membership to ensure that Amnesty’s activism is effective and impactful. Advise the organization on establishing a 501©4 organization and ensuring that all compliance issues are managed. Review and approve legal contracts signed by the organization and oversee any confidentiality agreements. Advise staff on how they can protect the organization’s legal standing. Oversee the union contract negotiations and implementation; represent senior management in the Labor-Management Committee. Supervise the Policy Director and ensure consistent application of and compliance with Amnesty International’s policy positions. Advise the Board of Directors on governance functions and responsibilities and provide support and counsel to governance reform efforts; supervise the Governance Officer. Support the Board’s policy consultations on the development of global policies. Facilitate communication and strengthen relationships. Oversee reporting and ensure providing timely information to the global movement. Supervise the National Director of Advocacy and Government Relations and provide guidance and support to their team of professional staff. Provide legal guidance to the team and ensure that lobbying records are carefully monitored and reported. Encourage a culture of high performance and continuous development that values learning and a commitment to quality. Mentor and manage staff with a commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility principles. Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, offer ongoing and regular feedback, and give attention to professional development of all staff. Lead new initiatives when requested by the ED or Chief Development and Operations Officer (CDOO) to pilot new approaches, to capture opportunities or to address risks.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: A JD Degree and an applicable state license to practice law are required. 10+ years of experience in a senior management role working with the Executive Director and senior management team. Experience in policy and government relations an advantage. Experience in providing legal counsel and leadership to non-profit advocacy organizations; experience in human rights or international organizations a plus. Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans, outputs, and results. Strong legal skills and analysis with ability to effectively identify and communicate risks and guidance to others. Exceptional and persuasive communicator; written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation. Excellent leadership and management skills; experience in building, mentoring, facilitating, and coaching a team of professional staff. Outstanding judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills. Ability to make decisions in a changing environment and anticipate future needs. Energetic, flexible, and proactive; a good team player eager to collaborate with all colleagues across the organization, including the senior management team, the Board of Directors, and volunteer member leaders.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Amnesty International USA
53 West Jackson
Suite 731
Chicago, IL 60604

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