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Legal Director Duties: Manage multiple legal staff, oversee and develop new litigation and other legal initiatives, and lead in the strategic development of policy goals and new work areas. Works closely with, and reports to, the Vice President for Policy and Legal Strategies, and is a member of the Senior Leadership Council. Directing and managing the work of the Legal Team, including all aspects of litigation from trial through appellate and Supreme Court practice, amicus participation, and other legal work; Leading the development of legal strategies and related policy goals, including the development of new work areas under advisement of the Vice President for Policy and Legal Strategies and other senior leadership at DÄ“mos; Handling department-level management responsibilities, including developing annual budgets, faciliting project and team meetings, executing departmental responsibilities in cross-organizational activities and commitments, conducting annual performance reviews, supporting team membersâ€™ professional development, participation in the Senior Leadership Council, and representing the legal department in board meetings and other official settings; Working with federal, state and local officials to improve compliance with civil rights laws and promote progressive reform initiatives; Building coalitions with other organizations and advocates at the local, state and national level and with social scientists, private law firms and attorneys, and others in carrying out goals; Directly supervising Senior Counsels and other staff as assigned, and contributing to management and supervision of entire legal team; Partnering with the Vice President for Policy and Legal Strategies and others to fundraise and work on foundation grants and reports related to the work of the Legal Team and relevant issue-specific work teams; Conducting and overseeing legal and policy writing for diverse audiences to advance goals; Engaging in public education and communication and representing in public settings including public speaking engagements, conferences, media appearances, blog posts, op-eds; Bringing a racial equity lens and an analysis of structural racism legal work and initiatives; and Serving on issue-specific work teams to help plan, coordinate, and execute project deliverables such as litigation, legal advocacy, policy development, research reports, and communications strategies.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Active membership in one or more state Bars, preferably New York, is required. 10-12 years of legal experience, with demonstrated success in leading sophisticated litigation and legal policy initiatives from start to finish, developing and implementing new strategic litigation, superior legal writing and research skills, achievement of high standards in quality of legal work, and increasing responsibility over course of legal career. Demonstrated commitment to goals and mission, including experience or familiarity with one or more of the substantive areas of work (economic justice, voting rights, money in politics, racial justice). Ability to lead and manage a team, and supervise staff. Demonstrated ability to rally a team around shared programmatic, organizational, and institutional goals; experience managing staff as part of a collaborative team; demonstrated success in building respectful working relationships with colleagues and allies; and experience assisting more junior colleagues and supervisees in developing their skills and knowledge of litigation and legal strategies. Ability to lead efforts to advance racial equity. Commitment to leading on racial equity, with a sophisticated understanding of how race and other identity dynamics affect supervisory relationships, organizational culture, partnerships, campaigns and coalition work; understanding of how systemic racism affects present-day legal systems and ability to advance racial equity goals through legal strategies; demonstrated history of successfully intervening in problematic dynamics and deepening a racial justice approach within an organization, team, or campaign; and commitment to culture of social respect, shared responsibility, and consistent feedback. Experience working with and building, networks and respectful relationships with other progressive organizations and advocates in one or more areas of work. Bilingual language skills and/or bicultural fluency into work. Ability to Write Effectively for Non-Legal Audiences. Strong existing network.
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