State Legislative Counsel
Job Title: State Legislative Counsel, US State Policy and Advocacy Team Department: US Programs, State Policy and Advocacy Team Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global litigation and legal policy organization using the power of law to advance reproductive rights as fundamental human rights around the world. Headquartered in New York City, the non-profit, non-partisan organization has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC; a staff of approximately 200 diverse professionals; an annual budget of approximately $40 million with an additional $22 million in donated services from leading law firms around the globe. 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 Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the United States 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, UN 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 womens rights advocates in more than 60 countries. The Role: Reporting directly to the Chief Counsel, State Policy and Advocacy, the State Legislative Counsel will be a critical member of the Centers US State Policy and Advocacy team. In collaboration with other legislative counsels and advocates, the State Legislative Counsel will be responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of the Centers legislative strategies to strengthen protections for reproductive autonomy and expand access to reproductive health care services, specifically abortion, maternal health, assisted reproduction. All state legislative and policy work is undertaken in partnership with state advocates and legislators. The individual who assumes this role must be able to work collaboratively with colleagues in the US Programs department, the Global Legal Department, Communications, and Development as well as with external partners, including state legislators and a range of state and national partners. The State Legislative Counsel must be tenacious, proactive, collaborative, and contribute to a positive collegial work environment. All individuals must demonstrate a commitment to racial equity work and incorporating racial equity principles into legal work. This position is based in New York City or Washington, DC Remote placement is possible. Responsibilities: The State Legislative Counsels primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Collaborating and establishing strong partnerships with all Center staff working on state policy related to reproductive autonomy and access, including across all three of our priority areas of work -- abortion, maternal health, and assisted reproduction. Legislative advocacy and strategy, including: - Developing and implementing legislative strategies to support reproductive autonomy and access to abortion, maternal health, and assisted reproduction. - Providing timely technical assistance to State legislators and advocates, including bill drafting, strategy, analysis, and related advocacy tools. - Preparing legal analyses of state legislative proposals affecting reproductive autonomy and/or access to reproductive healthcare. - Ensuring timely state lobbying registration and reporting as required. Representing the Center: - Regularly reviewing and providing input on Communications and Development materials (including grant proposals) relating to reproductive health and rights activity in state legislatures. - Speaking and writing about reproductive rights, including in response to press requests, as needed. - Representing the Center at national and regional conferences and with clients and other allied organizations. Reporting & Trend Analysis: - Analyzing emerging state legislative trends affecting reproductive rights. - Preparing advocacy materials, such as summaries of legislative activity across the country, talking points, briefing papers, etc. Participating in the maternal health and assisted reproduction project teams, as needed. Other work as assigned. Qualifications: Strong commitment to the Centers mission, purpose, and values. JD plus admission to the bar where the position is located. Minimum of five years of state legislative advocacy experience. Demonstrated ability to provide equitable and supportive management of direct reports. Outstanding legal research, analytical, writing, and oral advocacy skills. Knowledge of reproductive rights issues required, with experience spanning abortion, maternal health, and assisted reproduction preferred. Knowledge of issues relating to human rights, civil rights, racial and social justice, or experience working with or on behalf of under-resourced communities is a plus. Other relevant experience will be considered. Superior communication skills and the understanding and appreciation of different and opposing perspectives and the ability to adapt approaches as the requirements of a situation change. Strong collaborative and problem-solving skills, including a demonstrated ability to work in coalition and demonstrated experience working with state or local advocates. Excellent organizational and time management skills. Ability to self-motivate, handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and provide quick turnaround of assignments while collaborating in a team. Ability to give and receive feedback and resolve conflicts constructively and professionally. Ability to travel occasionally as needed once work travel resumes. Spanish language skills a plus. 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 (if applicable) 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 (if applicable). 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. (if applicable) 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. (if applicable) Adaptability/Flexibility: Demonstrates comfort with ambiguity and calculated risk. Compensation: The salary range for this role is $99,000 to $111,500 per year, commensurate with years of relevant experience. The Center also offers a comprehensive benefits program and generous PTO offering. How to Apply: Please complete the application below to apply. A cover letter, resume, and legal writing sample 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 candidates from all groups and communities to apply. Please note that all genuine Center openings must be applied through the Center website. 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