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Manager, Special Projects

Date Posted: 8/29/2017
Organization: The Center for Reproductive Rights
Location: NYC

Description of Organization:

The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 130 diverse professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

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 the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe 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, U.N. 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 women's rights advocates in more than 55 countries.

To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to

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 people from all groups and communities to apply.

Position Responsibilities:

In this new role, the Manager, Special Projects will report directly to the Chief Strategic Operating Officer in the Office of the President (OOP) and will work closely with members of the Executive Team, as well as Program and Operations Teams. The Manager will help coordinate and support the Executive Team in effectively executing the Strategic Plan, manage internal communication during this time of significant growth and help design and implement processes and systems that effectively support the organization and increase efficiency. The Manager will also partner closely with the other members of the OOP including the Assistant, Associate, Administrative Manager (OOP) and the Chief of Staff.

This position will be based in New York City.


The primary job responsibilities of the Manger, Special Projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead in the support and coordination of the Executive Team to ensure effective decision making and execution on Strategic Plan;
  • Track organizational milestones in support of Executive Team decision making;
  • Coordinate weekly Executive Team meeting agendas including notes, tracking actions and helping to facilitate next steps;
  • Develop and manage internal communications to improve and increase relevant communication flow from and through departments and the regional offices; ensuring consistency and transparency;
  • Work across the organization to develop and implement cross-organizational processes and systems that increase organizational efficiencies;
  • Promote and codify learning and collaboration and ensure executional excellence;
  • Lead special projects for the OOP; undertake analysis and research topics as needed;
  • Lead project specific teams, committees and task forces as needed; and,
  • Other duties as assigned.


    • Strong commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values;
    • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree required; MBA highly preferred;
    • 5-7 years of professional experience; management consulting experience highly preferred;
    • Must be collaborative and an agent of change; experience in change management desired;
    • Ability to see and understand the big picture and translate into strategic processes;
    • Experienced in facilitating teams to develop collaborative processes;
    • Demonstrated excellent writing and verbal communications skills;
    • Ability to draft and copyedit written communication effectively such as memos, talking points, presentations and emails;
    • Excellent computer skills and comfort working with database programs, CRMs, etc.;
    • Solutions-oriented approach with strong analytical/reasoning skills;
    • Must be able to work proactively and independently, multi-task, and work under tight deadlines; and,
    • Dependability, diplomacy, strong organizational skills, and a sense of humor are necessary.

    Apply To:

    Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this role. It is encouraged to 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.

    Compensation: The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.