Center for Reproductive Rights is a non-profit law practice that advocates for legal and human rights to make the world a better place. The firm has attorneys that are dedicated to providing their services globally. With expertise in the US constitution and international human rights law, the firm goes before courts, United Nations committees and regional human rights to represent reproductive healthcare. The healthcare issues that are of their concern include birth control, safe abortion, prenatal and obstetric care, and unbiased information. It goes beyond courtrooms to working with policymakers to promote measures about reproductive health and human rights. It was established in 1992 and has offices in Africa, Asia, Europe and America. Job opportunities available are operations associates, graphic designer, global advocacy, and associate general counsel.
Counsel, Lawyers Network
-Job Posted On:Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Job Title:Counsel, Lawyers Network
*Please note that we are hiring two individuals for Counsel, Lawyers Network roles. We are seeking one with a corporate background and one with a bar association background. Both of these roles have similar job descriptions; however slight variations between the two are noted below.
Center Background:The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing womens reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. The Centers mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Nairobi, and Washington, DC; and a staff of approximately 200 diverse professionals.
The Center's game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage. It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in more than 60 countries.
To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go towww.reproductiverights.org.
The Role:The Counsel, Lawyers Network will play an integral role in the Centers Lawyers Network team within the U.S. Programs department.
TheLawyers Networkis an initiative that builds knowledge and support for an array of reproductive rights by engaging legal leaders from law firms, corporate legal departments, not-for-profit and other areas of the profession across the country. In collaboration with bar associations at the national, state and local level we work to build knowledge about reproductive rights through programming; provide opportunities for action through association advocacy and Center campaigns; as well as cultivate new allies in support of reproductive rights. With our members we work to uphold the rule of law, defend evidence-based decisions, and protect the reproductive freedoms that lie at the heart of the promise of human dignity, self-determination, and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution.
The Counsel, Lawyers Network will report directly to the Director, Lawyers Network and work closely with other members of the Lawyers Network team, as well as members from the Centers U.S. Programs, Global Legal Program, Pro Bono team, and other departments as required.
Both positions will be based in Washington, D.C.
-Engage in outreach and partner actively and as appropriate with national, state and local bar associations;
-Engage in outreach and partner actively and as appropriate with legal leaders, including, corporate, non-profit and government;
-Maintain proactive relationships with bar association leaders and members;
-Represent the Center at association networking events, meetings, and conferences;
-Develop and execute CLE programs or other programming on reproductive rights in conjunction with bar association partners, other Center legal staff, and advocacy partners;
-Develop articles for national, state and local bar association publications;
-Actively collaborate with national, state and local bar associations to develop association resolutions and policy around reproductive rights;
-Catalyze national, state and local bar associations to engage in the Centers litigation and advocacy campaigns;
-Maintain relationships and ensure coordination with external Center partners;
-Maintain internal relationships and ensure coordination and integration across the US Program teams and with other Center departments;
-Supervise Interns and Fellows; and
-Assume additional duties as assigned.
*For the role with a corporate background, you will have the following additional responsibilities:
-Develop articles for in-house counsel publications; and
-Develop programming focusing on in-house counsel
-Strong commitment to the Centers mission and purpose;
-JD required; Licensed to practice law in a state and in good standing and willingness to waive into the Washington, D.C. bar within 12 months.
-5+ years post-law school experience;
-Must be comfortable with, and available to, travel on a regular basis in the U.S.;
-Legal research and writing skills with the ability to translate the Centers work and priorities to different legal audiences within bar associations;
-Familiarity with constitutional law and knowledge of reproductive rights issues, issues relating to womens equality, human rights, civil rights, or racial and social justice issues or experience working with or on behalf of marginalized communities is required;
-General understanding of litigation and/or court strategy;
-Proven experience with bar associations;
-Proven ability to build strategic alliances;
-Strong public speaking skills and experience; and,
-Self-motivated, entrepreneurial, strong interpersonal and collaborative skills.
*For the role with a corporate background, we include the following additional qualifications:
-Familiarity with corporate legal department structures; and
-Understanding of corporate governmental affairs and corporate social responsibility
*For the role with a bar association background, we include the following additional qualifications:
-Understanding of bar association governance and processes
-Strategic thinking: Applies big-picture thinking while also focusing on the details of implementation.
-Decisiveness: Consistently makes sound decisions in a timely manner supportive of the Center's mission, core values, and strategic objectives. Blends vision and judgment.
-Collaboration: Brings a track record of working effectively with various and diverse individuals and groups, and a willingness to actively listen and invite different views and opinions across all levels of the institution to build alignment in support of a common goal.
-Receives and Provides Direct Feedback: Actively gives and requests feedback to and from peers, supervisors and direct reports about work products, behaviors, values, style and approaches with a view on how this impacts self, other individuals and teams.
-Transparency: Consistently applies openness and honesty in communicating decisions and plans to team members.
-Commitment to learn: Applies a growth mentality to their own and their teams development. Promotes a culture of learning by modeling inquisitiveness and an openness to viewing mistakes as an opportunity to learn and improve.
-Passion for Coaching, and Mentoring Staff: Empowers and motivates employees and creates opportunities for learning, development, and leadership, with a focus on harnessing skills for the future development of team members.
-Accountability: Follows through on each commitment made to individual contributors, teams and partners and proactively informs others of any delays that occur along the way. Holds team members accountable.
-Integrity: Possesses impeccable integrity and personal and professional values that are consistent with the Centers high standards and mission.
-Empathy: Serves as an empathetic, approachable leader who engenders trust and confidence.
-Adaptability/Flexibility: Demonstrates comfort with ambiguity and calculated risk-taking.
How to Apply:Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter and resume must be included in your application. Please include these application materials as attachments.
Deadline for applications:Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.
Please note that all genuine Center openings must be applied through the Center website.
The Center does not charge a fee at any stage in the recruitment process (application, interviews, or selection). Nor does it request any medical examinations or bank account inform as part of this process. If someone contacts you on behalf of the Center requesting payment for your application please notify email@example.com before taking any further action.
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