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Legal Director for Nonprofit Law Center

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The NMELC Legal Director will be a talented leader with strong litigation and management skills who is committed to social justice and community-focused advocacy. The Legal Director will help to build NMELC’s litigation capacity and will help to leverage resources to make a significant impact in environmental justice work across the state of New Mexico.

JOB SUMMARY: Reporting to the Executive Director and serving as a member of the management team, the Legal Director will be vital in furthering NMELC’s re-envisioning of their work advocating for environmental justice for especially frontline communities across New Mexico. The Legal Director will manage a 6-person Legal Department that includes staff attorneys and a paralegal.

The Legal Director will oversee NMELC’s legal strategy and ensure legal services provided to clients and communities are of excellent quality. The Legal Director will also be involved in policy development, advocacy, and larger development/fundraising initiatives that help to support and expand NMELC’s legal services.

NMELC is currently following a remote work plan due to the continued pandemic. Applicants must live in or be willing to relocate to New Mexico and be familiar with New Mexico history and culture.

The NMELC Legal Director must have relevant and extensive litigation experience and be highly knowledgeable of the courts, as well as a collaborative, flexible, committed, and resilient leader. The Legal Director will keep the Executive Director, legal team, and larger staff informed on relevant legal and policy developments. The successful candidate will collaborate with the legal team to curate NMELC’s case docket and will shape and direct the organization’s legal strategies, policy work, and priorities.

● Must embrace the Law Center’s mission and be dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment and working alongside communities on environmental justice issues.

● Experience working in the nonprofit and/or public sector.

● Knowledge of and commitment to the importance and integration of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives and practices.

● Demonstrated success building strong and effective teams defined by excellence, professionalism, trust, mutual respect and creating cultures of inclusion.

● A deep understanding of how litigation, policy and education strategies are employed to ensure environmental justice principles and human rights, to expand civil rights and change cultural norms.

● Appellate litigation experience (desirable but not essential).

● Knowledge of environmental law, environmental justice, civil rights law, and/or social justice issues.

● Abiding commitment to equity and justice in litigation and policy.

● Excellent interpersonal communication and public speaking skills, including the ability to convey complex legal issues into language that is accessible to a wide range of audiences.

● Exceptional listening and negotiating skills to facilitate conversation and drive decisions in a consensus-driven team and organization.

● Capacity for travel and participation in events outside regular work hours.

PREFERRED SKILLS:

● Bilingual (Especially Spanish and/or Native Languages)

● Education and/or experience working with LGBTQ, frontline, colonias, rural, and Black, Indigenous,

People of Color (BIPOC) communities

● Education and/or experience with environmental justice issues

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

● At least 5 - 10 years of trial and appellate litigation experience in state and federal courts, including class actions, with a strong background in environmental, constitutional, and/or civil rights law

● Admitted and in good standing with the New Mexico State Bar or eligible for admission

● Environmental, environmental justice/social justice education, background, and/or experience

The NMELC Legal Director will be a talented leader with strong litigation and management skills who is committed to social justice and community-focused advocacy. The Legal Director will help to build NMELC’s litigation capacity and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    June 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    May 11, 2021
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level
    Executive

Salary

$75,000 - $92,000

Benefits

After a qualifying period, benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, 403(b), vacation and sick leave.

After a qualifying period, benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, 403(b), vacation and sick leave.

Level of Language Proficiency

PREFERRED: Bilingual (Especially Spanish and/or Native Languages)

PREFERRED: Bilingual (Especially Spanish and/or Native Languages)

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Santa Fe, NM
Associated Location
1405 Luisa St. #5, Santa Fe, NM 87505, United States

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, two writing samples minimum, and three references electronically to Dr. Virginia Necochea, Executive Director at vnecochea@nmelc.org. All required documents must be submitted electronically.

Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Interviews may be conducted via online video conference based on guidance from government/health agencies. The NMELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. Persons of color, women and LGBTQ+ candidates are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, two writing samples minimum, and three references electronically to Dr. Virginia Necochea, Executive Director at vnecochea@nmelc…

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