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Senior Director, Legal Strategy and Innovative Partnerships Duties: Lead a team of experienced lawyers and other experts to proactively design, build and implement new strategies to support and expand reproductive rights jurisprudence, including by linking to other areas of law and to doctrines that have the potential to alleviate multiple inequalities. Develop signature publications and influence academic and legal media discourse. Liaise with the Center’s Communication Department and academics to spur the development of creative articles and media placements that advance reproductive rights. Engage in intersectional legal work to support the Center’s litigation and to protect the rule of law and safeguard constitutional rights in the Courts. Engage new amici and build networks of supporters and powerful champions, including those in new sectors and diverse communities. Serve as a thought partner and collaborator to the Senior Vice President, U.S. Programs and the leaders of the U.S. Litigation, U.S. Policy and Advocacy, and U.S. Human Rights programs to leverage and maximize cross-program collaboration and approaches. Collaborate with the Director of Pro Bono Services to engage members of the private bar in the Center’s work. Serve as an external thought-leader and spokesperson representing the Center, through public speaking, participation in conferences, and conversations with funders. Current bodies of work that the Senior Director will be responsible for overseeing and leading to ensure further development and refinement include: Judicial Strategy: Develops legal approaches and advances strategies e.g., amicus campaigns, publications, and engagement with legal influencers and cross-movement partners to shape court doctrine on abortion and other reproductive rights issues. Lawyers Network: Engages legal leaders from corporate legal departments, law firms, and other areas of the profession by working with national, state, local, and affinity bar associations to educate and elevate the importance of reproductive rights and the Center’s work. Business Leaders Engagement: Develops strategies to engage the private sector and cultivates champions to encourage influential businesses and business leaders to take action and/or vocally support the range of reproductive rights issues. The Senior Director will also envision and develop new bodies of work to serve the Center’s goals. Specific responsibilities include: Project, program, and strategy development and implementation: Create and articulate an inspiring proactive vision for the program, translate it into actionable plans, and set compelling goals and aggressive schedules. Lead and inspire a team in the creation of concrete, long-term jurisprudential outcomes in the face of identified opportunities and challenges. Drive team engagement in developing and executing projects, programs, and strategies to achieve the Center’s goals linked to the strategic plan and mission. Serve as a thought-leader and partner within and on behalf of the Center as evidenced by collaboration, public speaking, and development of written products to influence new strategies and address common goals. Conduct risk analysis, identify what success looks like as programs and projects evolve, and determine whether to continue or end investment of organizational resources. Lead team in strategic planning and ongoing evaluation and learning. Oversee program and project planning, including budget planning and oversight. Leadership and management: Serve as an active and engaged partner and peer on the U.S. Programs Management Team to help inform program priorities and help solve department/organizational challenges. Serve as a collaborator and thought-leader on the Center’s Management Team to ensure successful execution of the Strategic Plan and shape new strategies. Lead with and help to create an environment and culture that fosters constructive problem-solving, good communication, flexibility, and a “can do/will do” attitude, with honesty, respect, and good humor. Manage, coach, mentor and build a team of multilevel staff that can work together and grow professionally. Effectively work with and develop a multidiscplinary team to implement and evolve program strategies. Represent the Center externally, including with partners, donors, media, academic, and professional audiences. Nurture and build external relationships and networks on behalf of the Center. Implement a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: JD Degree required. Bar Membership required or a commitment to obtain membership within 18 months of hire. 15+ years of legal experience including substantial and successful litigation experience; with 5+ years managing an inter-disciplinary team. Strong commitment to the Center’s mission, purpose, and values. Extensive understanding of constitutional law and court strategy, and outstanding legal analysis skills. Proven track record of building high performing teams, delivering through others, creating continuous process improvements, and driving change with a focus on excellence. Ability to lead, mentor, coach, and develop varying levels of staff. Successful experience in developing, implementing and managing multi-faceted programs and projects. Clear vision and insight coupled with the ability to empower a team to implement and follow through on strategies. Ability to write clearly and effectively. Excellent advocacy and oral presentation skills, including the ability to communicate to multiple audiences, from law professors to business persons to lay audiences, and to effectively persuade, whether in public speaking or in one-on-one meetings. Strong interpersonal skills, high emotional intelligence, and positive demeanor to implement program goals while supporting organizational and team morale. Demonstrated ability to be innovative and highly productive. Experience with reproductive rights issues, or experience with human rights, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, economic justice, or social justice combined with an ability to connect and integrate this experience with reproductive rights. Other related experience will be considered. Experience working with or on behalf marginalized communities.
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