Director of Pro Bono Partnerships - Vance Center for International Justice
- Job posted by New York City Bar / City Bar Justice Center, Inc.
Details: Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications for the position.
The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice seeks qualified candidates for the position of Director of Pro Bono Partnerships. This position, reporting to the Executive Director, has responsibility for developing and managing the Vance Center’s global collaboration with law firms and other legal institutions on pro bono legal representation projects, as well as conferences, fellowship programs, special events, and delegations.
The Vance Center advances global justice by engaging lawyers across borders to support civil society and an ethically active legal profession. A program of the New York City Bar Association Fund, a New York State non-profit corporation affiliated with the New York City Bar Association, the Center has a current staff of six lawyers and two administrators and offices at the Bar Association.
The Vance Center has two principal focuses: 1) providing pro bono legal representation, in partnership with more than 500 lawyers from more than 150 law firms in 75 countries, to international, national, and local human rights and environmental organizations, through four thematic program areas; and 2) strengthening ethical practice in the Latin American and sub-Saharan African legal professions through promotion of pro bono engagement, professional responsibility, and diversity.
The Vance Center has led the development of pro bono practice in Latin America since its inception more than 15 years ago, including drafting, promoting, and managing the Pro Bono Declaration of the Americas, with now more than 530 signatories, representing more than 10,000 lawyers committed to at least 20 hours of pro bono work annually, and co-founding and co-leading the Pro Bono Network of the Americas, currently with 13 pro bono clearinghouse members and others under development. The Vance Center regularly convenes conferences and meetings of Network members and other pro bono practitioners, most recently in Mexico City in March 2018, and cooperates with Latin Lawyer in an annual pro bono survey. The Vance Center also founded and coordinates the activities of the Lawyers Council for Civil and Economic Rights, which pursues proactive multi-jurisdictional public interest initiative thru pro bono, and Women in the Profession, an initiative with chapters across Latin America organizing women in the legal profession to promote gender diversity and advancement of women and concerted action on women’s rights issues.
The Vance Center has a cash budget of approximately $1 million, funded by law firms and Vance Center Committee members, as well as public and private foundations, and receives contributed administrative services from the New York City Bar Association. The estimated value of its programs to its clients exceeds $10 million, based on the pro bono time contributions of partner law firms in the United States, Europe, and Latin America.
The Vance Center is the international pro bono program of the New York City Bar Association, and Vance Center staff and Committee members participate actively in Bar Association committees and activities, including the board of the Bar Fund, the Council on International Affairs and the Committees on International Human Rights, Inter-American Affairs, and African Affairs. The Bar Association supports the Vance Center’s public and internal communications and its financial, technology and human resources management.
The Director of Pro Bono Partnerships plays two vital roles at the Vance Center: 1) developing and managing relationships with law firms represented on the Vance Center Committee and elsewhere in the world, which collaborate on pro bono legal representation of NGOs with the Vance Center, including coordinating with law firm pro bono counsels and Vance Center program lawyers, and supervising the Vance Center’s data base of pro bono projects and law firm participation; and 2) directing Vance Center programs promoting pro bono practice, including representing the Vance Center in the co-leadership of the Pro Bono Network of the Americas and the partnership with Latin Lawyer on the annual pro bono survey, and planning and implementing frequent meetings, videoconferences, and conferences in the United States and Latin America, in active collaboration with members of the Vance Center Committee, members of the Pro Bono Network of the Americas, and other Latin American pro bono practitioners, U.S. and Latin American law school and NGO representatives, and others.
- Develop and maintain relationships with law firms and other legal institutions participating in Vance Center pro bono legal representation
- Maintain the Vance Center’s data base for pro bono partnerships, including supervising administrator
- Coordinate with Vance Center program lawyers placing pro bono legal matters with pro bono counsel
- Maintain communications with Vance Center Committee members and pro bono counsels of law firms represented on the Vance Center Committee, as well as others, seeking feedback and taking initiatives to strengthen collaboration
- Maintain communications with Vance Center partner pro bono clearinghouse organizations, including those in the Pro Bono Network of the Americas, to strengthen collaboration and extend and institutionalize the Network
- Develop and implement strategies with Vance Center Committee members and Network members on promoting pro bono practice in Latin America and elsewhere, including planning and participating in periodic meetings, videoconferences, and conferences in the United States and Latin America
- Collaborate with Vance Center Committee members and program lawyers and partner organizations on planning and holding other meetings and conferences in the United States and elsewhere
- Quarterly travel to Latin America and elsewhere to participate in meetings and conferences, including related to pro bono practice
- Participation in strategic planning sessions, regular staff meetings, Vance Center Committee meetings, New York City Bar Association events and other meetings
SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Admission to practice law in New York State or other appropriate jurisdiction
- At least 3-4 years of legal work experience at a law firm or public interest law organization or social justice NGO using pro bono legal assistance from law firms
- Fluency in English and Spanish (Portuguese also valued)
- Basic familiarity with civil law and the legal system and profession in Latin America
- Knowledge of political, social and economic conditions in Latin America, Africa and other regions of the world
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to write and speak persuasively and professionally
- Excellent analytic and writing skills
- Superior organizational and strategic planning skills
- Knowledge of Salesforce and familiarity with Microsoft Office (including Word and Excel)
- Authorization to work in the United States indefinitely, such as with U.S. citizenship or permanent residence
We offer an attractive benefits package.
Level of Language Proficiency
English and Spanish (Portuguese also valued; knowledge of French a plus)
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume with salary requirements to: New York City Bar Association, ATTN: Human Resources Director, 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036. The cover letter and resume may be submitted by email to email@example.com. No phone calls please. Applications are due by April 16, 2018, but will be considered when received.
The New York City Bar is an Equal Opportunity Employer.