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Senior Director of Regional Programs

Date Posted: 11/8/2016
Organization: Center for Reproductive Rights
Location: New York, NY

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

Position Responsibilities:
The Senior Director of Regional Programs (SD of Regional Programs) is a new position designed to play a critical role in the senior management of the Center’s Global Legal Program (GLP). Reporting to the Vice President of GLP, and working closely with the Chief Program Officer (CPO), the SD of Regional Programs will be responsible for managing the considerable expansion and growth foreseen across GLP’s regional programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). S/he will help drive and inform a process of ambitious growth and expansion, while ensuring sustainability, creativity, and adherence to best practices in program design. S/he will collaborate closely with the senior management of GLP in leading annual and strategic planning processes to ensure GLP’s regional programs are coherent, ambitious, and strategic. S/he will be responsible for overseeing team expansion and development, key stakeholder engagement, implementation and delivery of core commitments/outputs, and budget management. The SD of Regional Programs will also work closely with the US Programs, Operations, and Communications teams to ensure alignment across programmatic and organizational priorities. S/he will manage the Regional Directors of Africa, Asia, Europe, and LAC, whose programs and staff span the globe. This position will be based in New York City. Responsibilities: Primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to: • Provide programmatic vision and leadership for the implementation of the Center’s new strategic plan as it relates to growth and expansion of GLP’s regional programs as well as implementation of other institutional priorities, in accordance with the Center’s vision, expertise, global strategy, and taking account of global trends; • Manage the Regional Directors of Africa, Asia, Europe, and LAC, and cultivate the professional and effective management of their programs; • Work closely with VP of GLP and CPO on strategic and annual planning including by effectively leading the development of long-term, mid-term, and annual plans and aligning GLP regional programs behind core goals and strategies; • Oversee programmatic design, planning and implementation processes; ensure that key project outcomes are evaluated and leveraged for maximum impact; • Ensure GLP’s regional programs have the necessary staffing capacity and structures in place to advance goals and effectiveness; • Work with the Development team on fundraising concepts and proposals to secure program funding; assist with cultivation of donors; support donor reporting; • Oversee the Regional Directors’ management of regional budgets and model strong financial stewardship; • Work closely with the Director of Pro Bono to cultivate and leverage new and existing pro bono partnerships and projects with law firms, law associations, and law schools both in the U.S. and across the globe in order to leverage GLP’s work; and • Other duties as assigned.

• Proven track record in senior program management and programmatic leadership across geographies in the field of human rights, women’s rights, social justice, or a related field; • At least 10-15 years of experience in program and operations management, including leading initiatives to empower managers to develop innovative strategies and build sustainable programs; • Demonstrated experience leading sustainable processes of global growth and expansion and building teams to achieve measurable impact and results; • Experience in oversight and management of multi-million dollar budgets; • Proven experience in developing and operationalizing strategies that have taken a program or organization to the next stage of growth and performance; • Demonstrated international work and expertise, including experience living and working at the field level in the Global South; • Comfort and familiarity with donor relations and major donors’ processes, including demonstrated excellence in program design and funding proposal development; • A firm grounding in human rights and strong knowledge of international and/or regional human rights systems and mechanisms coupled with a firm grasp of global political realities related to women’s and girls’ rights, reproductive rights, and reproductive health; • High emotional intelligence, demonstrated leadership skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and commitment to and enthusiasm for building and maintaining personal relationships; • Proven experience leading and building teams, including excellent employee management skills and the ability to foster those same skills in other managers; • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal as well as external partners and other organizations; • Exceptional oral and written English; capabilities in at least one other major language desirable; • Experience or expertise in new areas of interest for the Center, including crisis and humanitarian settings, sustainable development, migrants’ rights, or foreign policy; • Ability to travel at least 30% of the time required; and • Strong commitment to the Center’s mission, purpose, and values.

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Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, résumé, 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.