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Director, Legal Network for Gender Equity Duties: Spearhead strategies to expand the reach and impact of the Legal Network for Gender Equity and manage its operations. Design and oversee processes and methods to achieve the objectives of the Legal Defense Fund by increasing the availability of legal representation to individuals challenging workplace sexual harassment and related retaliation, with a particular focus on individuals in low-wage jobs. Identify, test, and refine strategies and criteria for selecting cases for Legal Defense Fund financial support in order to achieve the greatest impact, both for the individuals immediately affected and for the broader culture. Build and scale the operations of the Legal Defense Fund, adapting approaches based on lessons learned in its operations. Manage review of applications for Legal Defense Fund financial support; create and oversee processes to ensure timely and accurate payment. Represent the Center in order to promote the Legal Network for Gender Equity and the Legal Defense Fund at public events, conferences, and in coalition. Steward relationships with stakeholders, in close coordination with External Affairs staff. Oversee intake processes, including developing pro bono relationships for staffing intake. Identify trends and priority needs based on requests for assistance and frame responsive strategies. Institute systems for tracking of ongoing progress of cases arising out of the Legal Network for Gender Equity intake, including those supported by the Legal Defense Fund. Directly supervise the Counsel, Program Coordinator, and Program Assistant, and oversee supervision of pro bono attorney volunteers in managing the operation of the Legal Network for Gender Equity and the Legal Defense Fund. Engage pro bono attorney participation in the Legal Network for Gender Equity and in Legal Defense Fund cases. Lead legal education efforts and the creation of legal resources addressing sexual harassment and other forms of sex discrimination, to grow the capacity of Network attorneys and others in the private bar. Monitor operation of the Legal Network for Gender Equity and the Legal Defense Fund to ensure compliance with applicable legal and ethical rules, in coordination with the General Counsel. In coordination with the Vice President for Education & Workplace Justice and the Legal Director, identify intakes for potential legal representation by National Women’s Law Center.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must have: A law degree and 5+ years of legal experience, with a preference for more; Membership in the D.C. Bar or ability to waive into the D.C. Bar. 3+ years of experience with program management and preferably more, ideally in a legal setting. Experience with grant-making a plus. Experience with low-income communities, immigrants, communities of color, and/or LGBTQ communities a plus. Experience providing direct legal services or directly engaging with individuals in trauma or otherwise in need of assistance a plus. A demonstrated commitment to the mission of the Center. Superior oral and written communications skills, including the ability to explain the Center’s work in compelling terms and to communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively; Outstanding time management and organizational skills, with careful attention to detail, and a demonstrated ability to manage multi-faceted projects and perform well independently with grace under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment; Demonstrated ability to create, implement, and supervise complex systems and processes. Demonstrated success in leading, mentoring, and motivating a team; Sound and strategic judgment, ability to problem solve, and nimbleness in adapting to changing circumstances; Excellent legal reasoning and analytical skills; Expertise in civil rights law, specifically including employment discrimination law. A high degree of self-motivation and an entrepreneurial ability to identify and seize opportunities; Collaborative and collegial approach, and an ability and desire to work in a team-based environment; Demonstrated ability to influence and engage diverse audiences and to build long-term collaborative relationships with key organizational and individual partners.
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