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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
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ProfileAssociate Legal Director The candidate reporting to the Legal Director, will support and work collaboratively across six office locations and five legal practice groups in the areas of: Criminal Justice Reform, Children’s Rights, Economic Justice, Immigrant Justice, and LGBT Rights and Special Litigation (including litigation against hate groups). Will streamline internal systems to ensure that the appropriate frameworks, tools, systems, and policies are in place, will review monthly budgets and reporting, will oversee talent strategy for fellowship, internship, and recruitment programs, and will partner with the Legal Director to research new opportunities for growth. Provide oversight of administrative practices and procedures for the Legal Department, coordinating as appropriate across SPLC to ensure seamless integration of systems and communication. In consultation with the Legal Director and Deputy Legal Directors, the Associate Legal Director will oversee all administrative systems of the legal team and identify opportunities for improvement. He/she/they will encourage practices that enable consistent and effective communication across the organization, such as strengthening the collaborative relationship between the Legal Department, Teaching Tolerance, and Intelligence Project teams. Work with the finance and administrative departments to manage space needs in regional offices and oversee the opening of additional offices. He/she/they will collaborate with digital and communications to identify ways to amplify the work of the Legal Department and create awareness of the legal team’s work. Identify and implement systems and procedures that promote effective and efficient litigation. In collaboration with the Legal Director and Deputy Legal Directors, will assess the current operational systems for the legal team, identify inefficiencies or areas for improvement, and collaboratively develop and implement solutions. This includes activities such as leading the department in adapting modern discovery tools and software, refining and standardizing data sharing and storage practices, streamlining consistent communication within and across practice groups, and ensuring attorneys in each practice group are compliant with state licensing and bar policies and that the entire Legal Department is in compliance with all federal and state policies. Additionally, the ALD will oversee department-wide efforts to update the legal docket on a semi-annual basis and to recruit and coordinate pro bono law firms to co-counsel cases. Liaise with the Deputy Legal Directors and Human Resources to ensure a robust talent strategy, pipeline development, and process. At a time when the SPLC is expanding to respond to increased demand for Civil Rights advocacy and representation, the ALD will support the Legal Department as it recruits and vets candidates for senior level roles across the practice groups and will shape professional development opportunities and policies for team members of all levels. The ALD will also ensure the ongoing development of talent in the field by managing the internships and fellowship programs, and developing and implementing training and professional development plans for law fellows. Refine financial and budget systems to ensure timely budget submission and approval, thorough review of expenditures, and equitable and appropriate allocation of resources across practice groups. Given the specific needs of each practice group, the ALD will provide procedural consistency as he/she/they collaborate with the Legal Director on the allocation of funds to new projects and partners. He/she/they will also be called upon to work with the Legal Director on monthly review of the Legal Department’s financial documents and the development of annual budgets. Research, assess, and contribute to the planning and development of new project areas and cross- cutting programs in partnership with the Legal Director. In order for the Legal Department to succeed, it must expand project areas and meet the changing needs of clients and stakeholders. The Associate Legal Director will support the Legal Director to review opportunities for growth, including partnering with the Legal Director to identify new areas for litigation and legislative initiatives and determining the feasibility of regional expansion and growth opportunities. Additionally, the ALD will oversee the Strategic Litigation Grants program, ensuring that grantees are fully supported and have access to appropriate technical assistance. Will have the opportunity to pursue a role that calls forward legal, administrative, and management skills in service to social justice. It requires a seasoned, skilled professional who is uniquely qualified to transform and maintain the operations of a large legal team.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must hold a law degree and ideally have litigation experience, but will have shifted professional focus toward the administration of strong operational and management systems that support a legal enterprise. Will be a natural relationship builder and effective communicator with demonstrated project management success coordinating across, and synthesizing feedback from, multiple teams and locations. Will additionally have seasoned and successful experience in change/growth management and talent strategy, including recruitment and professional development. Should have experience working with and supporting a strong and diverse team. Must have significant, proven organizational or administrative management experience with demonstrated success creating systems and driving implementation of organizational and operational best practices. Should have thorough knowledge of litigation practices including but not limited to the use of litigation management tools, billing software, cloud-based document storage, and client communication portals. Experience litigating as a public interest attorney is preferred. Must have excellent interpersonal and public communication skills with the ability to translate vision, strategy and outcomes into external messaging and branding. Should have experience liaising between senior leadership and team members in areas such as operational strategy, talent development, and professional development. Experience collaborating with senior leadership on financial management is needed.
Req No. 2017-1184
The Southern Poverty Law Center
400 Washington Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36104