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Senior Director of Advocacy

Position Overview

 

Legal Voice seeks a skilled, innovative and collaborative leader to join its team of creative and dedicated social, racial, and gender justice advocates.

Legal Voice fights for gender liberation across the Northwest. From courtrooms to the court of public opinion, we challenge patriarchal and racist power structures to widen pathways to justice. Legal Voice works in the state and federal courts in the Pacific Northwest, and advocates for legislative change at the local and state level in Idaho and Washington State.

REPORTS TO: Board of Directors
POSITION STATUS: Exempt; Full time

POSITION SUMMARY 

The Senior Director of Advocacy serves on Legal Voice’s Shared Leadership Team as part of our co-leadership model with the Director of Operations and Director of Development and Communications. The Senior Director of Advocacy provides vision and direction based in gender and racial justice to our broad array of legal work which includes multiple tools of advocacy including policy advocacy, litigation, legislation, and community education. The Senior Director of Advocacy plans and manages advocacy strategy and cross-functional integration between the legal program areas, and resource allocation, furthering cross-team and organization-wide collaboration. The Director must have substantive experience in one or more of the following subject areas: constitutional law; family law; reproductive health, rights and justice; anti-discrimination law; economic justice (labor and employment, housing, etc.); gender-based violence; civil rights; LGBTQ+ rights.

This is a senior level position in a highly-effective, well-respected and growing organization. As a progressive feminist organization with an intersectional approach to gender justice, Legal Voice strives to center marginalized community voices across all levels of its advocacy and is working to prioritize racial justice in its approach to development, program work, and among the organization’s staff, board, and volunteers.

 

Focus on Race Equity: Legal Voice is in the process of developing internal and external structures that support our efforts to responsibly and meaningfully center race equity in our work. The ideal candidate for this position will have a well-developed equity framework that includes an understanding of systemic racism and oppression, and will be self-reflective and willing to grow and learn around these topics.
 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

BUILD & LEAD TEAMS

  • Provide training, leadership, and inspiration for the Legal Director, policy council, community outreach, and legal education staff and ensure they have the tools to thrive and succeed in their roles.

  • Serve on the Shared Leadership Team and work collaboratively with co-directors to implement the strategic plan and guide the organization in alignment with the mission and vision of Legal Voice

  • Provide training and support to the Board of Directors and participate in monthly board meetings.

  • Support and contribute to a strong culture of philanthropy within the organization to grow capacity while incorporating community-centric, racially equitable values and practices.

 

LEGAL & POLICY ADVOCACY

  • With the Legal Director, develop potential cases and legal theories, with particular attention to advancing the rights of marginalized or underserved populations.

  • Engage with Legal Director and policy staff to identify, draft and analyze legislative priorities and strategies for each session of the Washington and Idaho Legislature.

  • Provide supervision and direction to policy staff in monitoring Washington State, Idaho State and federal administrative rule-making; identify agency action with potential to affect women and LGBTQ persons; participate in rule-making.

  • Explore and develop legislative issues in collaboration with staff and informed by impacted communities; lead workgroup in conducting research into the identified issues and developing strategic solutions, including potential litigation or legislative strategies, to advance gender justice on the specified issues.

  • Act as a legal resource to community partners, attorneys, and others throughout the region within areas of expertise.

  • Prepare recommendations for the Legal Voice Board of Directors, which approves the annual Legislative agenda.

 

COMMUNITY EDUCATION & OUTREACH

  • Enjoy working with teams to develop collaboration, information sharing, and cross support.

  • Establish and maintain relationships with law firms and national, local and regional women’s and civil rights coalitions, task forces, and organizations especially BIPOC-led programs, to expand and enhance the movement for improving women’s and LGBTQ legal rights.

  • Work with communication staff to provide subject matter updates, respond to media requests and inquiries, prepare public presentations and write publications. As appropriate, research and write on topics related to the attorney’s specified subject areas to add to feminist legal jurisprudence.

  • Assist with Legal Voice outreach in collaboration with program staff, Board members or other volunteers.

  • Thrive in an environment of establishing new connections and partnerships.

  • Love getting people excited about supporting Legal Voice 

 

GENERAL MANAGEMENT

  • Maintain expertise in specified subject areas, with particular attention to emerging issues in women’s and LGBTQ rights and to the intersection of feminist, racial and social justice jurisprudence.

  • Work in conjunction with the Director of Operations on the development and management of the program budgets, guiding resource allocation and resource deployment.

  • Build tools and processes to facilitate integrated advocacy.

  • Ability to travel and work flexible hours when necessary, including some evenings and weekends.

  • Other duties as assigned

 

EQUITY

  • Co-lead the organization’s race and gender justice-based program development.

  • Recognize personal biases and improve performance through a racial equity framework.

  • Embrace and meaningfully contribute to Legal Voice’s goals of becoming an anti-racist organization.

  • Lead the team in an equitable, anti-racist manner.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Law degree with license to practice in Washington State, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Alaska.

  • Eight or more years of increasingly responsible legal experience, which should include substantial state and federal constitutional law experience.

  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing gender liberation through litigation or advocacy.

  • Effective written and oral communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Commitment to Legal Voice’s mission and vision of intersectional approach to racial and gender justice.

  • Proven flexible, decisive and supportive management skills, including experience in supervising attorneys and support staff, and in managing and encouraging volunteers, both students and professionals.

  • Superior ability to plan effective strategies, establish realistic objectives, maintain momentum, and evaluate progress.

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills to manage one’s own work as well as others, and to assure completion of assignments and projects.

  • A track record of successful leadership through strong communication, collaboration, and relationship-building.

  • Ability and flexibility to work in both service and leadership roles with many diverse players and constituencies.

  • Excellent problem-solving skills and demonstrated skills in participatory decision-making.

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • A relationship builder who fosters engagement and collaboration.

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and racial equity.

  • Desire and commitment to engage in transitional race equity work with white and BIPOC board and staff.

  • Experience in developing and managing effective teams in a fast-paced, complex, non-profit environment.

  • Ability to work generatively through conflict.

  • Skilled at managing change and innovation.

Salary & Benefits: This full-time position has a salary range of $105,000-$120,000; depending on experience. Benefits include medical, mental health, dental and vision coverage; annual leave is PTO 45 days per year; 401K eligibility after six months of employment with a possible employer contribution; flexible and generous family leave; and professional development opportunities. 

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to info@legalvoice.org by October 31, 2022.
 

Non-discrimination: As an organization committed to prioritizing reproductive justice, economic justice, and racial justice, Legal Voice believes in fostering the leadership of all women, particularly those from underrepresented and marginalized communities. Legal Voice follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.
 

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