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From its roots representing civil rights activists in the South, to its recent challenges to the NYPD’s racially discriminatory stop-and-frisk program and indefinite detention and torture at Guantánamo, the Center for Constitutional Rights has been on the front lines of the fight for social justice for more than 50 years. We’re a multiracial, diverse staff committed to building the power of the people and communities we represent through the creative use of civil and human rights litigation, education, and advocacy around a range of government and corporate abuses in areas such as immigration detention, solitary confinement, racial and religious profiling, LGBTQI rights, Palestinian human rights, and support for social justice movements.
The Center for Constitutional Rights is seeking an Advocacy Director to lead CCR’s advocacy and develop its campaign initiatives, both independently of and in conjunction with our litigation work, as we challenge the intersections of structural racism, structural gender oppression (including heteropatriarchy), economic oppression, and abusive state power. The Advocacy Director will bring high-level strategic thinking to CCR’s campaign models, objectives, targets, messaging, methodology, goals, and plans, with the goal of advancing and strengthening CCR’s advocacy work.
The Advocacy Director is responsible for overall management of a newly constituted Advocacy Team providing supervision to four staff members, joint program strategy development with the Legal and Communications Teams, and coordination with other departments. She/he/they are an ambassador internally and externally for the power and possibility of bold, creative advocacy, and will lead the integration of CCR’s advocacy strategy and vision into our overall strategy.
The ideal candidate is an experienced, visionary manager who has in-depth experience working on campaigns and in coalitions; experience developing, implementing and overseeing bold, successful strategies and approaches to advocacy on a variety of social justice issues; and the cultural competency and fluency required to build relationships and work closely with a gender-, racially-, age-, language- and religiously-diverse set of community and movement actors.
This position is a member of the organization’s senior leadership team, which is currently comprised of the Executive Director, Department directors, Deputy Legal Director, and Finance Director.
Our Advocacy Approach
CCR works to build the power of movements for social justice and human rights and defends the work of those movements by using law, policy advocacy, campaigns, research, communications, documentation, training, and alliance building. We envision our advocacy work as employing an array of tactics and tools to develop the bold, groundbreaking interventions, CCR will make on an issue, and which have the ability to support and advance a wide range of goals and needs of impacted communities. Amongst the tools we desire to strengthen are those that center the voices, stories, experiences and strategies of marginalized communities and our clients. These tools include mounting or supporting local, national and international campaigns; enhancing community and movement goals through policy advocacy; coalition, network and alliance building; conducting investigations and research; writing policy and human rights reports; and converting our learning from our legal and communications interventions into powerful advocacy strategies. We further believe that with an activist, a storyteller and a lawyer, you can change the world. CCR seeks to build on its cultural programming to shift the beliefs and attitudes of various audiences through the power of art and storytelling. In conjunction with our litigation and communications, CCR’s advocacy will play a key role in strengthening community and movement alliances and linking local advocacy platforms to national and international alliances. We envision that the processes by which CCR engages in advocacy will contribute to the achievement of our legal goals and vice versa.
Leadership and Supervision of Advocacy Team
· Lead and oversee the overall development of advocacy strategy.
· Work closely with the Legal Team to design and implement independent and related interventions and strategies.
· Guide the Advocacy Team’s coordination of case, project- or communications-specific advocacy plans with the Legal and Communications Teams
· Supervise, mentor and inspire a current staff of four, as they conceive, develop, implement and manage complex short and long-term advocacy campaigns, draft reports, conduct research and investigation, design and execute convenings and public education events, and speak publicly.
· Develop and oversee implementation of advocacy staff work plans, troubleshooting obstacles and solving problems as campaigns, projects and initiatives unfold.
· Review and provide feedback and guidance on written materials from the Advocacy Team, including policy briefs, white papers, reports, campaign and organizational materials, and media content.
· Collaborate with other CCR directors to identify Advocacy Team needs and priorities, and identify resources to meet them.
· Establish and maintain systems to keep track of and coordinate the Advocacy Team’s work to ensure good intra- and inter-team communication.
· Manage the Team’s overall operations including overseeing its budget, negotiating contracts with outside consultants and vendors, submitting grant reports, hiring, supervising and evaluating staff, and facilitating regular meetings.
· As a member of the senior leadership team, participate in the overall management of the organization, and help lead organization-wide projects and processes.
Campaigns, Initiatives and Movement Strengthening
· Function as a strategist to develop our campaign modeling, objectives, targets, messaging, methodology, and goals.
· Assess our current advocacy campaigns, priorities, and targets and adjust as necessary.
· Set near- and long-term institutional advocacy objectives, targets, messaging, methodology, and goals.
· Engage in periodic assessments of our ongoing advocacy campaigns, including the developing needs of our community partners.
· Build, develop, and maintain relationships with community and movement partners/organizations.
· Oversee lobbying and strategic policy research efforts on CCR issues for legislators, policymakers, activists and other advocates.
Public Education Programming
- Oversee the development and execution of public CCR cultural and educational events/programming.
- Work with the Digital Engagement Manager to develop CCR’s advocacy profile through digital initiatives including action alerts, blogs and other web and social media-related advocacy and campaign materials, as well as other thought leadership tools to disseminate CCR’s unique political perspective.
· A belief in the mission and approach of the Center for Constitutional Rights, demonstrated commitment to social justice, and ability to get work well with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
· 10+ years of experience supervising a team, running campaigns, working effectively in coalitions, and navigating grassroots, state, and national/international audiences.
· Demonstrated ability to lead and inspire teams to develop and achieve advocacy goals.
· Deep commitment to working with, and taking leadership from, impacted communities and clients to advance their goals.
· Ability to develop sophisticated strategies and approaches to effective advocacy across a wide variety of social justice issues. Interest in, and ideally experience in, both US-based and international human rights issues and mechanisms. Strong cultural competency and fluency skills required to work effectively in a diverse organization that serves diverse communities.
· Strong organizational and time-management skills, proven ability to plan and meet deadlines, efficiently manage multiple tasks and priorities under tight deadlines.
· Excellent problem-solving skills, including ability to anticipate problems and use judgement appropriately to plan solutions.
· Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
· Excellent interpersonal skills.
· Willingness to travel domestically and internationally as appropriate to meet with decision makers, clients, allies and donors.
· Ability to work both independently and as member of a team.
· A sense of humor.
Benefits include employer contribution to 401K plan and flexible spending account, vacation, sick leave, and holidays, and 100 percent organization-paid health benefits including medical, dental, life, short and long-term disability insurance.
Level of Language Proficiency
Proficiency in Spanish and/or Arabic is a plus.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Qualified candidates should visit https://ccrjustice.wufoo.com/forms/advocacy-director/ to submit an online application.
CCR IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER AND ACTIVELY RECRUITS WOMEN, PEOPLE OF COLOR, PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, LGBTQI, AND GENDER NON-CONFORMING PEOPLE.