Job Details

Director Of Economic Justice

Company name

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type

Non-practicing Attorney

Date Last Verified

Mar 13,2019

Valid Through

Jun 26,2019

Posted on

Feb 20,2019

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


Chicago, IL, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Government and Government Relations >> Government and Government Relations
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Director of Economic Justice
Responsibilities: Provides strategic leadership on the economic law and policy efforts of the Center by providing program direction and contributing to the development and implementation of strategies, plans, and goals. Provides guidance and active supervision to attorneys, interns, and volunteers to ensure they have the skills and tools necessary to advance the Center’s economic justice agenda. Promotes and facilitates relationships with current and potential partners and represents the Center in local, state and national coalitions, working groups, commissions, and task forces. Leads the policy and administrative advocacy agenda on economic justice issues at the local, state, and national level. In consultation with the Senior Director of Litigation, advances systemic litigation and represents clients as appropriate. Collaborates with the communications department to engage in media and public relations. campaigns to advance the advocacy agenda and serves as Center spokesperson on economic justice advocacy positions. Collaborates with the Center’s multi-state networks and other local, state, and national networks and allies to support economic justice agenda. Serves as a strategic partner to the development team in fundraising efforts for the economic justice programs, including proposal preparation, budgeting, and reporting. Collaborates with the Advocacy Resources & Training department to support training opportunities for advocates. Evaluates the progress of the economic justice team consistent with team and organizational goals. Travels in Illinois and national conferences and meetings as needed.

Qualification and Experience

Requirements: Candidate who excel in relationship-building and collaboration, are results-oriented, who understand how to advance a focused advocacy agenda, know how to develop staff, and have strong project management skills. Licensed to practice law with 5 years legal experience. Experience and expertise with public benefits programs and related advocacy; experience with workers’ rights advocacy is desirable. Demonstrated commitment to and success advancing advocacy campaigns on the legal and policy issues affecting people living in poverty and communities of color, including experience working with organizers, media, lobbying and other aspects of issue campaigns. Ability to motivate and experience managing diverse groups of people; ability to work well as a team member while also holding team members accountable. Self-direction and self-motivation, creative in problem solving, and the ability to work collaboratively and independently. Complex litigation experience preferred. Multilingual skills are a plus.

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Company info

Kate Walz
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
50 East Washington Street
Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60602

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