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Company: American Civil Liberties Union (aclu) of Arizona

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Date Posted: March 25, 2014

Source: idealist.org

The ACLU Foundation of Arizona seeks a dynamic Legal Director to lead and expand its legal program, including developing and litigating high-impact cases and managing the ACLU of Arizona's Legal Department. The Legal Director will be responsible for setti The ACLU Foundation of Arizona seeks a dynamic Legal Director to lead and expand its legal program, including developing and litigating high-impact cases and managing the ACLU of Arizona's Legal Department. The Legal Director will be responsible for setting the overall legal strategy to advance the ACLU of Arizona's mission, as well as handling the day-to-day management of legal staff, including two full-time attorneys, one part-time attorney, a paralegal, numerous legal fellows and interns, and cooperating attorneys who take ACLU cases pro bono. The Legal Director is a critical member of the organization's senior management team and reports directly to the Executive Director, providing strategic leadership on ...

The ACLU Foundation of Arizona seeks a dynamic Legal Director to lead and expand its legal program, including developing and litigating high-impact cases and managing the ACLU of Arizona's Legal Department. The Legal Director will be responsible for setti The ACLU Foundation of Arizona seeks a dynamic Legal Director to lead and expand its legal program, including developing and litigating high-impact cases and managing the ACLU of Arizona's Legal Department. The Legal Director will be responsible for setting the overall legal strategy to advance the ACLU of Arizona's mission, as well as handling the day-to-day management of legal staff, including two full-time attorneys, one part-time attorney, a paralegal, numerous legal fellows and interns, and cooperating attorneys who take ACLU cases pro bono. The Legal Director is a critical member of the organization's senior management team and reports directly to the Executive Director, providing strategic leadership on both litigation and non-litigation legal advocacy in priority areas of immigrants' rights, voting rights, reproductive rights and LGBT equality. In addition, the Legal Director works in close coordination with our outreach, advocacy and communications team, as well as with the national ACLU staff, to advance policy goals. This is a remarkable opportunity for an experienced, visionary attorney to build on the success of the premier civil liberties and civil rights organization in Arizona.

Qualifications:
8-10 years of trial and appellate litigation experience at the state and federal levels, including class actions, with a strong background in constitutional, civil rights and criminal law litigation; Arizona bar admission; Demonstrated commitment to civil rights and civil liberties consistent with the mission and goals of the ACLU; Senior level litigation management experience in recruiting, training, managing and motivating a diverse, high-performing litigation team; Demonstrated record of moving legal cases forward at all levels of the judiciary, with experience working with clients from diverse constituencies; Excellent communication, media, presentation, written and analytical skills; Experience working closely with a volunteer board of directors and non-profit organizations, including allies from across the political spectrum. Experience representing and working with activists in grassroots organizations and non-governmental organizations a plus; Familiarity and/or experience with raising funds from individuals, foundations, and other organizations.

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