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National Legal Director

Company name

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type

Non-practicing Attorney

Date Last Verified

Sep 13, 2021

Valid Through

Dec 27, 2021

Posted on

Apr 09, 2021

Min Salary/Max Salary

USD 80000 to 90000 Annually

Years of Experience

Min 4 yrs required

Location

Philadelphia, PA, United States

Employment Type

Full-time

Industry

Legal
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National Legal Director
Duties: Ensure effective functioning and integration across legal teams, ensuring consistent communication, translation of vision to action steps, and systems to assess progress against objectives. Will mentor and support attorneys and supervising attorneys and drive the development and continued improvement of systems, processes, and standards for the team’s work. Will motivate and inspire a geographically dispersed legal team and establish a trusting, welcoming, rigorous, collaborative, and accountable environment that effectively serves membership and broader African immigrant communities. Will partner with the Executive Director to develop litigation strategy and coordinate and oversee litigation support on both existing and new litigation. Will collaborate with organizers to support partners throughout the litigation process, including identification and vetting of plaintiffs, coordination of information, and communication of updates. Working collaboratively with the Executive Director and other senior leaders, the National Legal Director will help oversee the vetting and development of new locations and legal service teams. Will develop an integrated strategy for the growth of the team to leverage policy and advocacy, and movement building strategies together with legal strategies. Will lead the implementation of a robust legal advocacy and education strategy for immigrant justice that reflects the unique cultural context of the African communities served at existing and new sites and that is people- and community-centered. Will engage with key stakeholders, including movement partners, allies, donors and board members to advance priorities. Will serve as a spokesperson with the media and present at national conferences or other public speaking engagements that further mission. Will develop and maintain strong and collaborative relationships with law firms, law school clinics, and other coalition partners to build collective approaches to fight for low-income and vulnerable African immigrant communities.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Licensed attorney in good standing and eligible to practice immigration law; some litigation experience preferred; 4+ years of experience with immigration legal practice, preferably with immigrants from African countries; Proven people management skills to lead a motivated, engaged, and geographically dispersed team; an inclusive management style that places deep value on diverse perspectives and emphasizes the development and growth of team members and encourages learning and continued improvement; Experience building partnerships and coalitions with diverse groups, including legal service providers, organizers, community leaders, and other legal advocacy organizations; experience engaging with African immigrant communities and centering their experience and voices; A deep personal commitment to diversity and inclusion; lived experience that informs an authentic understanding of the challenges faced by vulnerable African immigrants; A natural orientation towards collaboration and a commitment to personal and professional continuous improvement; Effective and experienced communicator who conveys ideas clearly to a wide audience; A leader who is disciplined, focused, and detail-oriented, and who has experience with creating and putting in place systems for organizing and managing legal casework, while also being agile and adaptive; Fluency in a widely spoken African language such as Mandingo, Yoruba, Amharic, Swahili, or Hausa, or in French or Arabic, strongly preferred; and The ability to succeed in a “startup” entrepreneurial environment with accountability to goals, the ability to work independently, take on multiple roles, and prioritize. Ability to work evenings, weekends, and irregular hours when the work requires it.

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Company info

Hiring Coordinator
African Communities Together
127 West 127th Street,
Suite 221
New York City, NY 10027

   

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