Legal Program Director, Voting Rights Program

Texas Civil Rights Project - Austin

Job Type: Legal
Closing date: 03/17/2021

The Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) is a community lawyering organization, boldly serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts, and seeking to advance a vision of a Texas in which all communities can thrive with dignity and justice, and without fear. To advance this work, TCRP is seeking a Legal Program Director to lead its Voting Rights (VR) program, which seeks to break down barriers to equal participation — particularly for Black Texans, Texans of color, younger Texans and people with disabilities who have been historically disenfranchised in our state — and to create a democracy that truly reflects all of the people of Texas. This position is part of TCRP’s Leadership Team, and reports directly to TCRP’s President, Mimi Marziani.

For more than thirty years, TCRP has been a committed partner to community organizers, families and advocacy groups across the state. Whether through litigation or other means of legal advocacy, the attorneys and advocates at TCRP work to dismantle mass incarceration, fight discrimination in voting and civic participation, and right injustices occurring at the Texas border, all under a race equity lens. TCRP’s lawyers work with coalitions of community-based organizations to identify injustices facing Texas communities and develop systemic solutions using litigation and other legal advocacy tools. Learn more about TCRP at www.texascivilrightsproject.org.

The Voting Rights Legal Program Director will lead the development and execution of a vision and strategy that builds on existing highly regarded litigation and legal advocacy campaigns, assessing and shifting as needed following the 2020 election, to craft strategies that ensure all Texans can freely and equally participate in our democracy. The Director’s primary work includes collaboratively setting and driving this vision; leading, supervising and mentoring a talented and highly engaged team focusing on litigation, advocacy, and community engagement; working in coalition with grassroots organizations, local government officials and other partners; and, as a member of the Leadership Team, helping to advance the internal goals of the organization, including those around racial equity and justice.

The ideal candidate will, first and foremost, be an inclusive, passionate, equity-focused leader committed to fighting for voting rights in Texas. They will be an experienced litigator and movement lawyer with the proven ability to develop and lead successful civil litigation and design effective legal advocacy campaigns. They will bring an in-depth knowledge of Texas election law, or at a minimum, federal election law. They will have a deep respect for community-centered lawyering and experience working in coalition with community-based organizations. They will be a proven mentor with the ability to set vision and align strategies in collaboration with others and bring strong communication and interpersonal skills. The new Director must be licensed to practice law in Texas or able to waive into the Texas bar (which is permitted after 5 years of practice).

Location: Alamo (Rio Grande Valley), Austin, Houston, Dallas or San Antonio, Texas (currently remote until September 2021)

For the full position description and to apply, please visit: https://recruitcrm.io/apply/25031372

QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPENSATION

The ideal candidate will be an effective litigator, skilled voting rights strategist, thoughtful manager, and collaborative leader with an unrelenting commitment for equity and justice in Texas. While no one candidate will have all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will be an experienced attorney and have many of the following skills, qualifications, and abilities:

  • Sincere and demonstrated commitments to equity and inclusion, social justice, and voting rights;
  • Exceptional litigation skills and at least seven (7) years of federal or state court civil litigation experience, including complex case development;
  • Deep knowledge of and expertise in state-level (Texas preferred) or federal election law and election reform, and a demonstrated commitment to voting rights efforts;
  • Strong familiarity with political systems, and experience leading political, legal or advocacy campaign strategies;
  • Three to five years of demonstrated success inspiring and leading highly talented and diverse teams, preferably of legal and paralegal staff; proven success hiring, training, conducting performance evaluations and mentoring teams;
  • Initiative, vision, creativity, and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing programmatic strategies;
  • A deep personal commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion; proven success in engaging with and working in partnership with diverse communities; lived experience that informs an authentic understanding of the challenges faced by vulnerable communities and a sophisticated understanding of the historical nature of structural power differences with a lens into how that impacts social justice efforts today;
  • Experience analyzing public policy issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue;
  • Excellent communication skills, including legal writing, interpersonal and public communication skills, and an ability to translate vision and strategy into external messaging;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity, keen judgment, the ability to facilitate challenging conversations and quickly read interpersonal dynamics, and the ability to work with people from a wide array of backgrounds, perspectives, and personalities, and across projects;
  • Ability to create a positive atmosphere in a high-energy, fast-paced work environment; excellent and consistent attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines;
  • Proven ability to foster an optimistic, resilient work environment, especially in the face of adversity;
  • A personal drive for self-reflection, improvement, and learning;
  • Patience, a sense of humor, gravitas and a high tolerance for ambiguity; the ability to adapt quickly to change; and a natural orientation towards collaboration;
  • The ability and willingness to travel regionally;
  • Spanish or other language abilities are a plus;
  • Admission to the Texas Bar or ability to waive into the Texas Bar.

Compensation

The expected salary range is $110,000 – $125,000 per year, commensurate with experience. TCRP also offers excellent benefits, professional development opportunities and a deep commitment to a meaningful work-life balance. Benefits include: employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, four weeks paid vacation, eight weeks paid family leave (with opportunities to extend leave to 14 paid weeks in total), medical reimbursement benefit, a robust professional development budget annually, and extensive holidays, including a two-week winter break at the end of December.

TO APPLY

This search is being led by Callie Carroll and Yuniya Khan of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s candidate portal.

TCRP is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity.

Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Contact Info

Callie Carroll
advertising@npag.com
https://recruitcrm.io/apply/25031372