Job Details

Interim Legal Director

Company name

The Southern Poverty Law Center

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

Jun 14,2019

Valid Through

Sep 27,2019

Posted on

May 03,2019

Years of Experience

10-15 yrs required


Washington, DC, United States

Employment Type

Contract, Full-time


Practice Area
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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Interim Legal Director
The candidate would (1) share these commitments and articulate and implement them in the legal department; (2) inspire and motivate a diverse collection of professionals to push our vital work forward on behalf of the communities and values that motivate our work; and (3) support leadership and staff in creating the institutional changes need as the organization prepares to enter its second half-century. Responsibilities: Oversee Legal Department’s strategic visioning and planning; Participate in practice group strategic planning meetings, as well as legislative and litigation work planning meetings; Oversee Legal Department’s substantive work, including approving litigation proposals and settlements, and advising on issues that arise in cases and campaigns; Supervise Deputy Legal Directors; Oversee recruitment, hiring, salaries, and promotions within Legal Department; Oversee personnel and performance issues within Legal Department; implement professional and leadership development training; Oversee budgeting and financial matters for Legal Department; Ensure compliance with reporting requirements in connection with 501(c)(3) and 501(C)(4) status; Work with Interim President/CEO to effectuate transformation of workplace culture and climate; Assess the structure of the legal department to ensure the Legal Department maximizes its impact; Participate as representative of the Legal Department on the Senior Leadership Team, along with other department heads; Represent Legal Department in interactions with the Board, including attending Board meetings and providing information and reports; Coordinate legal work with work of other departments to ensure alignment and consistent vision; Act as public spokesperson for particular campaigns, issues and/or litigation matters.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have J.D. Must have 10-15 years of litigation and/or legislative counsel and/or teaching experience with a strong background in constitutional and civil rights cases. Should have experience leading multi-faceted social justice campaigns that combine litigation, lobbying, public policy advocacy, media advocacy, and community organizing and mobilization and a demonstrated record of successfully moving those campaigns forward. Must have senior level management experience in recruiting, training, managing, and motivating a team of diverse, high-performing lawyers and other social justice staff.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
The Southern Poverty Law Center
400 Washington Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36104

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