2000 Alumna Dana Douglas Wins Federal Bar Association’s Camille Gravel Pro Bono Award

2000 Alumna Dana Douglas will receive the 2016 Camille Gravel Pro Bono Award from the Federal Bar Association.  The award is named in honor of the late Camille Gravel, a veteran trial attorney and a champion in the battle for civil rights and equal justice.  Douglas is a partner at Liskow and Lewis in New Orleans.  The award will be presented August 25th at the FBA’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon.

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The Advocacy Center is seeking applicants for the Elder Justice Americorps Legal Fellow. Please see below. Update: Application Deadline- August 21, 2016.


Employment Opportunity at the Advocacy Center of Louisiana:

Position Title: Advocacy Center Elder Justice AmeriCorps Legal Fellow

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Mission: The mission of this position is to provide legal advocacy and related activities to address elder abuse, neglect, and other forms of exploitation in Louisiana.

Essential Functions

  1. Provides legal representation to older adults across Louisiana, including outreach, abuse investigation, advice to clients, negotiation on behalf of clients, and representation in court and administrative proceedings.
  2. Maintains active caseload of individual and/or complex cases, as assigned.  Works diligently and zealously to provide representation in accordance with agency standards and the code of professional responsibility.
  3. Develops and maintains expertise in legal areas within areas of responsibility.
  4. Provides input in the planning, evaluation, and implementation of the legal work of the agency, particularly as it relates to his/her area of expertise.
  5. Attends or teaches as necessary to fulfill mandatory CLE requirements.
  6. Makes public speeches and presentations as assigned.
  7. Assists with in-service training activities as requested.
  8. Serves on outside committees as requested.


  1. Recent graduate of an Equal Justice Works member law school (most schools including LSU, Loyola, Tulane, and Southern are members).
  2. Member of the Louisiana Bar, have sat for the Louisiana Bar, or be prepared to sit for the Louisiana Bar.
  3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  4. Detail-oriented and well-organized.
  5. Ability to handle multiple priorities.
  6. Some in-state travel required. Dependable automobile, valid driver’s license and current liability insurance.

Candidates with experience in public interest law and/or issues related to age or disability preferred.

Advocacy Center is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for this position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.  All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.  Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.  Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities.  To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently.  Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis.

To apply for this position, email cover letter and resume to svoigt@advocacyla.org.

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The Promise of Justice Initiative is seeking a Staff Attorney to work with their Prison Conditions Project team. Conditions of confinement in the Louisiana prison system violate the constitutional rights of many prisoners. Due to overcrowding, limited funding, and a narrow focus on retribution, prisoners in Louisiana endure unnecessarily harsh conditions in their daily lives. The Prison Conditions Project provides legal representation to their clients who endeavor to hold the state accountable for their unconstitutional conditions of confinement. PJI’s litigation projects include extreme heat conditions, medical negligence, and execution protocol litigation. Through these cases, together with PJI’s other projects, they aim to infuse Louisiana’s prison system with reason, necessary reform, and a respect for human dignity.

The Staff Attorney position will include a good deal of client interaction, and very hands-on experience (depositions, hearings, etc.) early in your tenure. The Staff Attorney will also have opportunities to work on media materials as well as to engage in policy advocacy.

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Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) is hiring for an attorney position in our Tacoma, WA office.  This position will provide direct legal assistance and services under the Legal Orientation Program (LOP) to individuals detained at the Northwest Detention Center.

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Policy Counsel- New Orleans

Req No. 2016-1072
Job Locations US-LA-New Orleans
Category Legal
Type Regular Full-Time


The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Legal Department seeks a Policy Counsel based in our New Orleans, Louisiana office.  The ideal candidate is an outgoing, results-driven, and experienced advocate, who is passionate about advancing civil rights for society’s most vulnerable members and communities. The Policy Counsel works under the supervision of the Managing Attorney and in concert with the Deputy Legal Directors to advance SPLC’s state and local policy objectives in Louisiana via multi-strategy campaigns. The Policy Counsel works with teams of attorneys, paralegals, advocates, and members of the SPLC communications and editorial departments. The Policy Counsel liaises directly with elected and appointed officials, agencies, judges, non-profit organizations, and affected individuals and communities.


  • Develop and maintain relationships with elected and appointed government officials and their staffs  at the state and local level;
  • Identify, secure, and prepare for opportunities for SPLC to influence legislation and policy at the state and local level, including commenting on proposed legislation and rules, submitting statements and letters, preparing advocacy materials, and organizing and conducting meetings with elected and administrative officials and their staff;
  • Secure, draft, and deliver or coordinate delivery of legislative testimony at the state and local levels;
  • Conduct legal, social science, and factual research, along with qualitative and quantitative data analysis, on policies and practices related to mass incarceration, economic justice, children’s rights, the treatment of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender individuals, immigrants’ rights, and/or other social justice issues as determined by the organization;
  • Research, monitor, review, and summarize the constitutional and practical impact of state and local legislation that will affect one or more of the SPLC’s primary issue areas;
  • Identify problematic language in proposed legislation and develop strategies to defeat or advance legislation that impacts SPLC’s primary issue areas;
  • Draft model legislation affirmatively advancing SPLC’s policy goals; identify and recruit sponsors; and develop and implement strategies to advance passage of affirmative legislation.;
  • Assume a leading and strategic role in coalition campaigns on advocacy issues consistent with SPLC’s priorities;
  • Develop or work in partnership with coalitions representing diverse groups of stakeholders;
  • Represent the SPLC’s interests and cultivate relationships with partners to advance reform and promote sustainable, data-driven, research-based policies in the above areas;
  • In collaboration with the Managing Attorney and the Deputy Legal Directors, serve as the liaison between SPLC and its contract lobbyists. Identify and recruit potential lobbyists, facilitate meetings, monitor performance, assess results, and recommend whether to continue contracts;
  • Work collaboratively with SPLC’s attorneys, advocates, and communications and design staff to write, publish, and widely disseminate policy briefs, fact sheets, talking points, reports, and other documents that will educate legislators, agency officials, stakeholders, and the general public about the need for policy changes to address issues and propose solid recommendations for change;
  • Other duties as requested by the CEO, Legal Director, Deputy Legal Directors, Managing Attorney, or other senior management.


Education and Related Work Experience:

  • J.D.
  • At least 5 years of legal advocacy experience developing, managing, and implementing policy campaigns, with a strong preference for experience with the Louisiana state legislature.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Ability to review legality of proposed legislation and to analyze and articulate legal concepts and communicate them to a variety of audiences;
  • Familiarity with the legislative process and political strategic planning;
  • Familiarity with an expansive toolbox of strategies to move decision-makers;
  • Initiative and ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Strong organizational skills, follow-through, and flexibility around changing priorities and deadlines;
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team to develop new policy campaigns and legal initiatives;
  • Ability to work on several campaigns at once;
  • Articulate public advocate; strong communication and writing skills;
  • Ability to develop thoughtful, multi-faceted action plans to approach difficult and complicated policy questions, integrating statistical analysis, research, and other strategies to develop a thorough understanding of the issues and build realistic solutions;
  • Ability to conduct data analysis and help develop campaign messaging;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in large coalitions and with diverse staff, activists and legislators;
  • Capacity to work in an environment that encourages and includes individuals from diverse backgrounds and conflict-resolution styles;
  •  Enthusiasm, optimism, and a sense of humor; and
  • Commitment to and a passion for social justice.
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Senior Supervising Attorney- Mass Incarceration

Req No. 2016-1069
Job Locations US-LA-New Orleans
Category Legal
Type Regular Full-Time


The Senior Supervising Attorney will develop and litigate individual and class action cases raising constitutional and statutory claims in Louisiana and federal courts, at trial and appellate levels. S/he will engage in litigation and public advocacy related to civil rights issues, particularly relating to adult and juvenile justice reform. S/he will also supervise staff attorneys and/or other legal staff.

This position is specifically envisioned to focus on advancing criminal justice reform in Louisiana. This may include, but will not be limited to: improving access to indigent defense; advancing sentencing reform; addressing unconstitutional conditions in Louisiana’s juvenile, adult, and immigrant detention facilities; and other issues relating to over-policing, the denial of due process in the criminal justice system, racial disparities, and/or collateral consequences of justice system involvement. The focus of the position may change as warranted by changes in the law, the circumstances in Louisiana, and/or the needs of the organization.


• Develop new cases and campaigns and lead litigation and public advocacy under supervision of the Deputy Legal Director;
• Supervise and manage the legal work of Senior Staff Attorneys, Staff Attorneys, Law Fellows, and/or other legal staff;
• Collaborate with the Deputy Legal Director and the Policy Counsel and to identify and support the advancement of state and local policy priorities and testify to legislative bodies upon request;
• Collaborate with the Deputy Legal Director and the Communications Department to develop communication strategies around cases and campaigns; serve as spokesperson upon request.
• Supervise outreach activities related to cases and campaigns;
• Communicate regularly with SPLC staff across the southern region about cases, campaigns, and strategies;
• Represent SPLC in various fora, including before community groups, legislatures, and state agencies, and the press; and,
• Other duties as may be assigned to meet SPLC needs.


Education and Related Work Experience:
• Juris Doctorate Degree;
• At least 7 years of federal court civil litigation or comparable legal experience;
• At least 2 years of managerial experience of legal staff to include hiring, training, performance evaluation, mentoring, etc;
• Served as lead counsel on two or more major civil cases;
• Demonstrated leadership in building and maintaining an innovative and positive working culture;
• Excellent research and writing skills;
• Admission to the Louisiana Bar or willingness to sit for the next Bar Exam.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

• Creativity and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing strategies;
• Initiative, vision, and a proven commitment to the struggle for social justice;
• Leadership skills and experience, including leading large-scale litigation;
• Ability to prioritize responsibilities and have fun in a high-energy, fast-paced work environment;
• Excellent and consistent attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines;
• Aptitude for and willingness to be a team player;
• Spanish language ability preferred but not required.

To Apply:

Please submit you resume, cover letter,  a 5 page writing sample and a copy of your law school transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable).

Other Special Considerations:

This job is performed under general office conditions, and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation and national origin. We reasonably accommodate staff members and/or applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.

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Managing Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform (Florida)

Req No. 2016-1078
Job Locations US-FL-Miami
Category Legal
Type Regular Full-Time


The Managing Attorney will lead SPLC’s efforts to advance criminal justice reform in Florida and will be responsible for administrative, management, and leadership of our two offices in Miami and Tallahassee. The position can be located in either city. The Florida staff of fifteen includes attorneys, policy counsel, paralegals, community advocates, and administrative staff.

The mission of our Criminal Justice Reform practice group is to reduce the number of incarcerated youth and adults and to ensure their safety and dignity. Our current priorities are: (1) ending unfair and harsh sentencing laws and practices; (2) ending laws and policies that push youth into prisons; and (3) ending the detention and criminalization of immigrants. We use a variety of strategies in our work, including litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, strategic communications, and community education and mobilization. For information about our past and current work in criminal justice reform, please visit our website at: https://www.splcenter.org/issues/mass-incarceration.


• Developing new CJR cases and campaigns and leading litigation and public policy advocacy under the supervision of a Deputy Legal Director;
• Supervising and managing the legal work of Senior Staff Attorneys, Staff Attorneys, Law Fellows, Paralegals, and/or other legal staff;
• Collaborating with the Deputy Legal Director and the Policy Counsel to identify and support the advancement of CJR state and local policy priorities and testifying to legislative bodies upon request;
• Collaborating with the Deputy Legal Director and the SPLC Communications team to develop communication strategies and serving as media spokesperson upon request;
• Representing SPLC before community groups, legislatures, state agencies, and the media;
• Collaborating and communicating regularly with other SPLC departments;
• Representing the Florida offices on the Legal Leadership Team; and
• Managing the regional office operations budget.


• A law degree and at least 8 years of federal court litigation or comparable legal experience;
• At least 5 years of proven managerial experience of legal staff, include hiring, training, performance evaluation, corrective action, and mentoring;
• Demonstrated leadership in building and maintaining a positive and collaborative work culture;
• Excellent analytical, writing, and public speaking skills;
• Creativity and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing strategies;
• Initiative, vision, and a strong commitment to the struggle for social justice;
• Ability to work collaboratively with community stakeholders, families, youth, elected officials, and other advocacy organizations; and
• Admission to the Bar of Florida or the willingness to sit for the next Bar Exam.

The position provides a very competitive salary and excellent benefits, including a generous 401 (k) plan. To apply for the position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, a statewide affiliate of the national ACLU and a public interest organization devoted to the defense of the Bill of Rights, invites applications for the position of Staff Attorney. Our office is located in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The ACLU of Louisiana is a private, non-profit organization that works to promote and defend civil liberties principles in Louisiana through advocacy, litigation, education and lobbying.

The Staff Attorney can anticipate working in a wide range of civil liberties areas, including racial justice, religious liberty, freedom of speech, LGBTQ rights, criminal justice, police accountability, and other issues as they arise. Duties may also include occasional non-litigation advocacy involving community outreach, coalition building, writing and publishing reports, planning and participating in public meetings, and legislative research, among others.

Job Description:

Under the supervision of the Executive Director and in cooperation with the Board of Directors, the Staff Attorney will be expected to perform duties which include:

  • Supervise and direct all ACLU of Louisiana litigation, including all aspects of discovery, motion practice, evidentiary hearings, and drafting briefs in trial and appellate courts;
  • Recruit and coordinate volunteer private attorneys statewide as cooperating counsel on all cases;
  • Collaborate with attorneys and other staff within the ACLU nationwide as appropriate;
  • Research, investigate, develop, and present selected potential cases to the ACLU of Louisiana Legal Panel for evaluation;
  • Review requests for legal assistance and supervise legal intake to ensure that requests for assistance are properly evaluated and processed and to identify appropriate cases for legal challenge;
  • Supervise interns and volunteers including law students and others;
  • other related duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Must be willing to work flexible and non-traditional hours as needed and required by exigencies of the work.  Some travel is required.


  • J.D. and admission to the Louisiana Bar, or for an exceptional candidate, admission within one year of hire;
  • Considerable experience litigating in federal courts, with strong preference to experience in civil liberties cases.
  • A deep and demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and civil rights, and strong support for the goals of the ACLU;
  • Excellent research, writing, oral, advocacy, and analytical skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Strong self-motivation and capable of complex analytic work; and
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively.

Leading applicants will have:

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience litigating in federal courts;
  • Substantive knowledge and understanding of constitutional law and civil liberties issues;
  • Experience working with diverse communities, clients and coalition partners.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, dental, life and disability coverage; a pension plan; and paid vacation and leave.

Application Procedure:

Email a letter of interest, resume, legal writing sample, and a list of three professional references, including contact information, to admin@laaclu.org

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The position will remain open until filled.

The ACLU of Louisiana is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

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The City of New Orleans, Office of the Independent Police Monitor (OIPM), is now accepting applications for the position of Management Development Analyst I.


Office of the Independent Police Monitor shall monitor the New Orleans Police Department, particularly in the areas of: civilian and internally-generated complaints; internal investigations; discipline; use of force; and in custody deaths. The Independent Police Monitor shall review and analyze the numbers and types of complaints; assess the quality and timeliness of New Orleans Police Department investigations; review the adequacy of data collection and analysis; review the public integrity bureau’s policies, procedures, and resource needs; conduct risk management reviews; review the operations and effectiveness of New Orleans Police Department “early warning system”; review specific issues regarding supervision, training, and discipline; conduct relevant pattern analysis; and other tasks to ensure New Orleans Police Department accountability, transparency, and responsiveness to the community it serves.

The Management Development Analyst will assist the Independent Police Monitor in taking police commendations and complaints; managing complaint and commendation data; interacting with civilians who wish to make complaints or commendations and assisting in complaint and commendation outreach.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.  Official college transcript or original college diploma must be presented at the time of application.

Kind of Examination

A written test, weighted 100%.

The Management Development Analyst I examination is a written test designed to measure:  Basic Management Principles, Decision-Making & Organizing, Interpersonal Skills, Written Communication and Mathematics.

This is an original entrance examination.

General Information

DOMICILE requirements are currently waived for the purpose of application. However, all new full time employees hired into this classification on or after January 1, 2013 must be domiciled in Orleans Parish within 180 days of hire.

This position is subject to a background check for any convictions related to its responsibilities and requirements. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify a candidate.

For information, please see the City of New Orleans Civil Service Job Announcement at New Orleans Civil Service Jobs.

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The US Human Rights Network is seeking candidates for Executive Director.

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The US Human Rights Network (USHRN) is a national network of organizations and individuals working to strengthen a human rights movement and culture within the United States led by the people most directly impacted by human rights violations. The Network’s over 300 organizational members work to inform and promote the use of human rights in communities across the United States in order to secure dignity and justice for all.

USHRN utilizes multiple approaches to promote a rights-based discourse in the US and to bring about real and sustainable positive change. USHRN facilitates its members’ ability to work collectively to achieve structural change needed to fully realize human rights. It focuses on supporting members’ capacity to use the human rights framework to advocate for their priority issues and on strengthening their ability to work collectively to achieve their goals. USHRN brings members together through member meetings, conferences, and other convenings, and offers a myriad of training and other capacity-building opportunities. As the primary entity that engages participation of grassroots organizations and directly-impacted individuals, USHRN leverages international mechanisms such as the United Nations to advance United States accountability to human rights.

The Network was founded in 2003 by a group of human rights defenders, primarily women of color, interested in creating an anchor group to support and strengthen a human rights movement and culture in the United States. USHRN has since worked with communities addressing serious human rights issues throughout the United States using an intersectional approach with a priority on historically marginalized regions, such as the Southeast and Southwest.

USHRN has its headquarters in Atlanta, GA, as well as an office in New York City. The Network has a staff of seven that is divided between both locations and a twelve-member Board of Directors.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will serve as the chief executive officer of USHRN with primary responsibility for advancing the vision and mission of the organization, managing the organization’s day-to-day operations and activities, leading the organization’s fundraising, serving as the lead spokesperson for the organization, ensuring the organization’s financial stability, and directing and coordinating the work of a professional staff. The Executive Director will also work closely with the Board of Directors and staff on an ongoing basis to define and implement the organization’s goals and the strategies to achieve those goals.

The Executive Director will be a dynamic, seasoned, and mission-driven leader and manager who excels at balancing internal organizational management with external impact and visibility. The Executive Director must also be a credible and strategic leader in the human rights and activist space, with demonstrated commitment to promoting and protecting human rights, both as a leader and a manager. As a natural consensus-builder, the Executive Director will be skilled in bringing together diverse groups of grassroots activists, as well as large institutions. The Executive Director will bring experience and enthusiasm for expanding funding and programmatic partnerships to increase USHRN’s impact.

This is a full-time position located in either Atlanta, GA or New York, NY, with regular travel between the two cities. For more information on USHRN, please visit www.ushrnetwork.org.

Candidate Profile:

The Executive Director will uphold the organization’s commitment to building collaboration among diverse groups of grassroots organizations and ensuring that a human rights frame is used to support the growth of an active, multi-sector movement. The Executive Director will demonstrate humility, flexibility, and a commitment to growing the organization.

The Executive Director will advance the work of the US Human Rights Network through the following responsibilities:

Organizational Development and Management

  • Oversee all long-range organizational planning, project and program development, and strategic planning, in partnership with Board and staff and with input from members
  • Manage USHRN’s financial operations, including developing annual budgets and monitoring expenditures and income
  • Ensure effective administrative systems and practices including payroll, human resources, insurance, annual audit, and others as needed
  • Lead all elements of staff management, working to ensure a healthy, collaborative workplace and organizational culture

Resource Development

  • Create and implement USHRN’s annual fundraising strategy, ensuring a diversified funding base including foundations, individuals, and special events that will total at least $1.4M annually
  • Establish and maintain relationships with all current and potential donors through a diligent process of research, identification, cultivation, solicitation, and acknowledgement
  • Oversee a grassroots fundraising plan and membership dues infrastructure
  • Ensure that resources are adequate to meet the annual budget

Communications and Community Relations

  • Serve as a visible and engaging spokesperson for USHRN by representing and promoting USHRN, its members, and its partners to key public officials, community members, press, and the public in order to ensure an accurate and positive public presence for USHRN and its mission
  • Leverage public speaking and writing to effectively convey USHRN messages
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with USHRN members, leaders, and external stakeholders. Manage and nurture positive relationships with program partners and allies at city, state, and national levels

Organizing, Advocacy, and Program Leadership

  • Maintain current knowledge of issues core to USHRN’s mission in order to ensure that its programs are appropriate, effective, and timely
  • Develop and maintain active relationships with other members of the human rights community in order to facilitate sharing of knowledge, strategies for action, and best practices. Undertake joint projects when appropriate. Contribute to the national dialogue around human rights through speeches, writing, and other forms of engagement
  • Serve as the primary agent of USHRN in interpreting organizational policy, rules, and procedures, and managing sensitive and/or potentially controversial issues

Relationship with the Board of Directors

  • Serve as the key liaison and manage and maintain open communications with the Board of Directors, leveraging regular briefings
  • Assist in developing and supporting committees of the Board, as needed
  • Remain actively in touch with and well-informed about the Board’s activities


The Executive Director should have the following experience and qualifications:

  • At least eight years of proven, successful, senior-level management with fundraising, financial, and administrative problem-solving and organizational development experience
  • Expertise on the US human rights movement and connections to related social justice movements is strongly preferred. Beneficial to have additional insight and knowledge around international human rights and the United Nations
  • Experience with coalitions, networks, and/or membership organizations, including an understanding of the dynamics of coalition-building among diverse communities and the needs of a membership-based organization, is highly desirable
  • Proven and successful track record in creating and implementing programs. Experience creating partnerships and collaborations, US-based social justice organizing experience, and policy advocacy are desirable
  • A successful track record of raising money from a variety of sources
  • A history of communicating effectively in writing and orally, including excellent public speaking skills for both formal and extemporaneous presentations. Ability to represent USHRN to a diverse public, including senior US government officials and local grassroots activists
  • Experience working effectively with diverse groups of people utilizing cross-cultural competence and a demonstrated commitment to diversity. Someone who is seen as a positive and high-energy leader
  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is the minimum required educational credential; a graduate degree in a relevant discipline is preferred
  • The ability to undertake significant travel is required

Personal Characteristics

Ideally, the Executive Director should have the following qualities:

  • Committed to USHRN’s mission and core principles with demonstrated practices, behavior, and activities, which underscore a commitment to social change and progressive work
  • An outstanding connector, networker, and relationship builder, with existing ties to a broad and diverse range of social justice communities. Knowledgeable about the political climate and the dynamics of the US human rights policy environment
  • Able to communicate with and build consensus among people from a wide range of perspectives, backgrounds, and priorities
  • A visionary leader who can create excitement and energy around USHRN’s programs. Persuasive and persistent in the pursuit of the organization’s goals
  • Strategic and resourceful
  • A team builder, coach, and mentor. Able to delegate and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities. One who inspires collaboration and functions decisively without being autocratic, with a well-established reputation for treating people fairly
  • Intelligent, creative, and able to conceptualize programs, originate ideas, and anticipate and act on events which may create opportunities for USHRN
  • Outgoing, open, direct, and trustworthy. An active and attentive listener who is open to change
  • Emotionally mature and self-confident, with a sense of humor in order to maintain balance and perspective
  • Ability to speak more than one language is preferable

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. USHRN offers a generous benefits package, including health, dental, and vision.


US Human Rights Network has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Melissa Madzel here.

US Human Rights Network is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.

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