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Manager, State Advocacy Initiatives

Date Posted: 8/17/2017
Organization: The Center for Reproductive Rights
Location: This position will be based either in Washington, DC or New York City (preferred)

Description of Organization:
Center Background: 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

Position Responsibilities:
Reporting initially to the Senior State Policy & Advocacy Counsel, the Manager, State Advocacy Initiatives will help integrate the Center’s cutting-edge litigation with advocacy efforts in the states, uniting and mobilizing organizations, coalitions, advocates, lawyers and non-lawyers and other individuals in support of state level litigation on behalf of the Center. In this new position, the Manager will help envision robust advocacy strategies, tailored to each state and community and plan to influence state policymakers, build awareness in the states to promote local litigation, help build and create local organizing platforms to energize our base and allies and welcome new supporters. The Manager will also assist in developing mechanisms that will foster greater collaboration with other progressive groups and movements to help achieve cross-cutting change. The Manager will work closely with the state policy and advocacy team as well as the US Litigation, Judicial Strategy and Communications team in integrating the Center’s litigation and state advocacy strategies, building broad and diverse state-based coalitions including with non-lawyers, providing advocates key resources and tools to engage around local litigation and building broader community awareness in support of litigation (including rallies, events and media). This position will be based either in Washington, DC or New York City (preferred). Responsibilities: The Manager, State Advocacy Initiatives’ primary job responsibilities include, but not limited to: • Conceptualize, design and implement state based advocacy initiatives (estimated at 2-3 per year) to advance community support and awareness of Center led litigation; • Manage the day-to-day work of the initiatives, including overseeing the work plan, setting agendas, and being accountable for achieving key accomplishments; • Communicate regularly with state-based coalitions and advocates in creating, identifying, and collaborating on activities and projects; • Engage in building the capacity, expertise and resources for advocates to engage around Center based litigation; • Translate litigation into key messages and organizing principles for constituency such as non-lawyers, advocates, community members, coalitions and organizations; • Research and engage opportunities for coalition building with other progressive groups and movements outside of the reproductive rights space; • Support local partners in planning various events, including smaller targeted lobby days, public education forums, community mobilization events, media events, rallies etc.; • Work closely with the communications team to develop advocacy opportunities and support Center-led digital advocacy efforts to promote advocacy campaigns; • Work closely and collaboratively with others on the federal and state policy team to integrate their work into these initiatives, as appropriate; • Design tools to evaluate the impact of advocacy initiatives and capture learnings for future application; • Develop materials and publications to support and promote advocacy in support of Center litigation; and, • In partnership with the US Legal Program, engage allies to support the Center’s litigation in states, leverage pro-bono assistance and engage attorneys in private bar when applicable.

Essential Qualifications: • Minimum of 4-6 years of relevant experience such as state policy or advocacy work; • Experience working on an advocacy or issue-oriented campaign, community organizing, community mobilization and/or programmatic experience with human rights or social justice organizations and movements; • Experience working on an advocacy campaign strongly preferred; • Orientation in convening allies, building partnerships and engaging in high-level advocacy, training, research and program development; • Highly innovative, entrepreneurial and collaborative; ability to thrive in a start-up project environment; • Creativity, strong writing skills, including an ability to convey complicated matters to broad audiences; comfort with public speaking and presenting; • Experience with and ability to think creatively about online and offline advocacy strategies; • Strong inter-personal skills and ability to build relationships with advocates from a variety of fields; • Project management experience, including experience in planning and executing a variety of events and of leading projects or specific efforts; • Experience in supporting senior level staff and executives at high level meetings, lobby days and other external events; • Experience with reproductive rights issues or a familiarity with other issues relating to women’s equality, human rights, civil rights, or racial and social justice issues is highly desirable; • Ability to travel; mostly regionally and occasionally to either the NY or DC office (depending on location); • The ability to work well with competing priorities, meet deadlines, and manage workflow processes involving multiple people; • Demonstrated experience and judgment working both collaboratively and independently; • Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint required; experience with webinar management, Salesforce, Convio, or other CRMs a plus; and, • Bachelor’s degree required. Compensation: The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

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. 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.