Vacancy Impact Litigation Managing Director

Ad type: jobs
Company: The Bronx Defenders
City: Bronx, NY
Workplace street: Bronx, NY
Category: Legal
Work schedule: Full Time
Posted: 18 Aug 2019
Requirements for the applicant
Education: J.D. Required
Work experience: Managerial
Job description

The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx –  seeks an experienced and committed individual to oversee its Impact Litigation Practice as the Managing Director.


Overview

BxD is a public defender non-profit that is radically transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the justice system, and, in doing so, is transforming the system itself. BxD seeks thoughtful, creative, energetic individuals with a strong commitment to social justice to join our dynamic and diverse staff. Our staff of over 350 includes interdisciplinary teams made up of criminal, civil, immigration, and family defense attorneys, as well as social workers, benefits specialists, legal advocates, parent advocates, investigators, and team administrators, all of whom collaborate to provide holistic legal and social service advocacy. Through this integrated team-based structure, we have pioneered a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for our clients. 

Each year, we defend 27,000 low-income Bronx residents in criminal, civil, child welfare, and immigration cases, and reach thousands more through our community intake, youth mentoring, and outreach programs. Through impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community organizing, we push for systemic reform at the local, state, and national level. We take what we learn from the clients and communities that we serve, and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change.

Attorneys in our Impact Litigation Practice work with BxD’s other practice areas to advance social equity and combat excessive government control by bringing civil rights lawsuits challenging systemic injustices.  For example, the Impact Litigation Practice has used litigation strategies to address abuses in immigration proceedings, improper government seizure of property, racially discriminatory policing, unlawful threats to parental rights in family-court proceedings, and other government and private misconduct. Our success in these complex cases is driven by input from our client base and our community engagement efforts; we leverage the perspective we gain from direct representation into critical structural changes that benefit the communities we serve.   


Role & Responsibilities

The Managing Director will lead a staff of advocates and have primary management responsibility for program innovation and vision, overseeing the litigation docket, staff development, network building, and resource allocation for the Impact Litigation Practice. The Managing Director will report to the Executive Director.



RESPONSIBILITIES


  • In consultation with other practice areas at The Bronx Defenders, identify litigation priorities and advance appropriate litigation and advocacy efforts
  • Execute a strategic vision for the practice and practice initiatives
  • Sustain and grow an Impact Litigation Practice organizational structure and strategic vision that reflects and promotes the model of integrating impact litigation in a direct services organization
  • Participate actively in The Bronx Defenders’ Executive Management Team
  • Support and maintain a high performing culture in a manner aligned with the core values of The Bronx Defenders  
  • Work closely with the COO and finance department to develop program budgets, maximize the impact and efficiency of spending to meet budget and program objectives, and monitor program operations to ensure sound fiscal management
  • Work with the Director of Strategic Partnerships and the development department to maintain and strengthen program funding through effective resource stewardship
  • Develop, lead, and supervise complex civil rights litigation in federal and state court to challenge the full range of injustices facing clients of The Bronx Defenders 
  • Manage litigation teams that include attorneys and advocates from The Bronx Defenders as well as co-counsel from peer organizations and/or law firms appearing pro bono
  • Represent The Bronx Defenders in the media, at conferences, and at other venues
  • Develop and maintain relationships with community partners, coalition members, and legal allies
  • Manage pro bono relationships
  • Supervise staff of 3-4 attorneys and one legal assistant

  • Qualifications

  • J.D. degree. 
  • Preference for at least ten years of relevant litigation experience, but applications from all experience levels will be considered
  • A demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic advocacy and litigation as part of a creative response to civil rights violations affecting marginalized communities
  • Experience leading a team of highly talented and motivated professionals who are committed to a culture of collegiality, mutual respect, and fierce advocacy 
  • Experience working in and with low-income communities of color targeted by systemic injustice
  • Demonstrated record of strong advocacy, supervision, leadership, and management skills, with the ability to relate effectively to a diverse group of clients and staff 
  • Public speaking experience, including the capacity to analyze and articulate legal concepts and other complex issues to a variety of audiences
  • An interest in, and commitment to, professional development, training and support of staff and legal interns
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent legal research, writing, analysis, and oral advocacy skills
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission, purpose, and values of The Bronx Defenders
  • Salary is commensurate with experience.  For candidates with 10-20 years of directly relevant experience, the salary range for this position would be approximately $130,000 to $170,000. Full-time employees are also eligible for a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to medical, dental and vision coverage; a 403(b) plan with employer contribution; a generous vacation, sick leave, and parental leave policy; and a professional development fund. More specific information about salary and benefits will be provided when and if an offer is extended.






    The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx –  seeks an experienced and committed individual to oversee its Impact Litigation Practice as the Managing Director.


    Overview

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    To apply, please visit our Career Portal at the link provided, select the position of interest, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB ONLINE and upload a cover letter, resume, and redacted writing sample as a single document when prompted. Applications missing any components or not submitted in the requested manner will not be considered.

    Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until August 13th, 2019. Please contact Justine Olderman via email justineo@bronxdefenders.org with any questions regarding the position.  



    The Bronx Defenders is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.  We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, orientations, experiences, and communities to apply.


    To apply, please visit our Career Portal at the link provided, select the position of interest, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB ONLINE and upload a cover letter, resume, and redacted…

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