Advancement Project’s National Office seeks a seasoned dynamic litigator, strong community advocate, and experienced and innovative program manager to serve as Deputy Project Director & Senior Attorney of the Justice Project. This position is based in Advancement Project’s National Office in Washington, DC, and executes program plan initiatives under the supervision of the Project Director.
Advancement Project is a next generation, multiracial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive, and just democracy. We use innovative tools and strategies, in conjunction with strong community alliances to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change. We combine law, communications, policy and technology to create workable solutions and achieve systemic change. We change the national discourse on race to provide opportunities for breakthroughs on racism. We aim to inspire and strengthen movements that expand opportunity for all.
DESCRIPTION OF ROLE
The Deputy Project Director & Senior Attorney of the Justice Project will support management of a dedicated team of professionals from multiple disciplines working to transform policing and the criminal justice system. This work includes supporting organizations within the Movement for Black Lives and other local and national efforts to eliminate mass incarceration and its impact in communities of color. The Deputy Project Director & Senior Attorney will help Advancement Project provide rapid response support to grassroots groups s we have done following many of the police killings of Black people in the U.S. and policy support to groups working to end over-policing and over-criminalization. This project will seek to work with Black, Brown and Muslim grassroots organizations/networks and support solidarity efforts among them to re-imagine safety and justice. The strategies and tactics of the Justice Project are carried out within the broader goal of racial justice. The Deputy Project Director & Senior Attorney will be expected to supervise staff, support litigation, provide expertise internally and externally, build relationships within the field, and work closely with partnering grassroots organizations. This position will use a variety of legal, policy, communications, and coalition-building strategies to assist our community partners and allies in achieving reformation of policing systems and abolishment of overly prudent criminalization practices that disproportionately affect people of color.
Cultivate and manage strategic relationships, coalitions, and diverse partnerships at the grassroots and national levels.
Work in collaboration with Project Director to create project goals and workplans that create systemic change and deliver impact.
Utilize reporting to track progress towards goals, and to keep Leadership Team and Development Team apprised of successes and challenges.
Assist the Development Department with reporting and provide necessary information.
LEGAL & POLICY
Research, and stay apprised of key criminal justice issues (legal and policy) to provide guidance on litigation and policy development.
Provide leadership on litigation matters in collaboration with Project Director and Litigation Director.
Manage research projects on criminal justice and policing issues and provide direction and feedback to team.
Assist Program/Project Directors cross-functionally in managing investigations and litigation respective to other internal programs/projects that intersect with the justice initiatives.
Persuasively articulate the mission, goals and program/project priorities of Advancement Project’s national office in written and oral presentations, including at conferences and in media.
Develop presentation materials, including research, slides, scripts, talking points and proposal collateral for prospect meetings.
Work in collaboration with communications team to develop and align strategic messaging related to the project.
Review team work projects to ensure the consistent production of high-quality work products and advocacy materials.
Drive team members to meet goals and workplan activities.
Supervise members of team, provide timely feedback and support growth.
Foster and motivate a highly functioning, energetic, innovative, collaborative and responsive team.
Conduct annual reviews for assigned team members and administer personnel policies. Maintain collegial work relationships across the organization.
Periodically supervise department interns and/or volunteer staff.
Represent department as a member of various organizational committees.
-A demonstrated commitment to racial justice required.
-Juris Doctorate required with state bar membership and ability to waive into the DC Bar.
-Seven to ten years of post JD experience, including three to five years of significant litigation experience required, preferably on criminal justice issues.
-Knowledge of legal and policy issues surrounding criminal justice and policing systems.
-Two to three years supervisory experience of full-time professional staff including mentoring and training junior staff required.
-Prior experience working with grassroots organizations and/or in non-profit environments; and advocacy campaign experience strongly preferred.
-Track record of getting results, handling a heavy workload and developing strong working relationships with and among a diverse group of people.
-Fundraising, budgeting and planning experience desired.
-Prior project management experience is necessary and strong technical skills are highly desired.
-Must possess strong interpersonal, research, analytical and writing skills.
-Superior verbal communications skills.
-Bilingual ability with fluency in Spanish.
-Previous work in a cross-functional or matrix team environment strongly preferred.
-Willingness to travel on a reoccurring basis required.
Advancement Project seeks a goal-oriented, creative, energetic and committed professional to occupy this role in our progressive, multi-racial non-profit environment. This position is based in Advancement Project’s National Office in Washington, D.C. and operates under the direct supervision of the Project Director.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter with salary expectations, resume, two writing samples, and a list of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reference “Deputy Project Director & Senior Attorney - Justice Project” in the subject line
Advancement Project is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer