The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality and violence. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative—to achieve racial justice, the recognition of human dignity, equality, and an inclusive society.
LDF’s litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education programs in the substantive areas of political participation, criminal justice, economic justice, and education, seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, a fair and just judicial system, economic opportunity, and quality education.
LDF seeks a full-time Manager of the Redistricting Project to play a leadership and supervisory role managing a team of LDF attorneys, trainers, experts, and other program staff in connection with the upcoming congressional, state, and local apportionment and redistricting cycle that is expected to begin in 2021 and any subsequent litigation. The position is a two-year appointment, and it will involve extensive collaboration with LDF’s national, state, and local partners on voting rights related advocacy. The Manager will manage and otherwise have the opportunity to engage in advocacy to support LDF’s work to ensure a fair and non-discriminatory reapportionment and redistricting process. Therefore, applicants with backgrounds in the areas of voting rights litigation generally and/or apportionment and redistricting specifically are strongly preferred.
The Manager of the Redistricting Project will report to a senior LDF litigator and a senior member of the policy team, and also work closely with LDF attorneys and other staff in the Policy Department and Thurgood Marshall Institute, a multidisciplinary center within the LDF that engages in research and targeted advocacy campaigns.
This position will be remote until September 2021. Beginning October 2021, any candidate selected should be prepared to report to work in the office location assigned to this position.
Responsibilities may include:
· Travel to LDF target states and other jurisdictions, including in the South, pursuant to LDF”s COVID travel guidelines; and
· Other responsibilities as assigned.
· Juris Doctor degree;
· Minimum of 6 years (though 8 or more years is strongly preferred) of experience in civil litigation and/or policy experience at the federal, state, and/or local level, preferably in voting cases, which includes but is not limited to experience with building and preparing a complaint, engaging and partnering with clients and community groups, brief writing (trial and appellate level), preparing and responding to written discovery, preparing for and/or participating in depositions, preparing and participating in court conferences and arguments;
· Demonstrated commitment to LDF’s mission and a record of engagement with racial justice and civil rights;
· Demonstrated record of management experience;
· Self-motivated and goal oriented with the ability to work independently and with a team.
This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts or requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This description does not constitute a contract of employment and LDF may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.
This position is open until filled.
Please submit your resume, cover letter, and three references to:
If submitting via email, please include your name (last name, first name) in the email subject line.
Director of Human Resources/Administration
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
40 Rector Street, 5th floor
New York, New York 10006
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The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S…