3710 University Drive
Legal & Policy Director
Hours: Full-time (30-40 hours); some evening and weekend work required
Location: Durham, NC
Reports to: Executive Director
The mission of the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV) is to lead the state’s movement to end domestic violence and to enhance work with survivors through collaborations, innovative trainings, prevention, technical assistance, state policy development, and legal advocacy. We believe that patriarchy, gender inequality, and all oppressions play a central role at the individual, institutional, and cultural levels in creating and maintaining an environment that accepts domestic violence. We believe it is vital to understand and advocate for the elimination of all forms of oppression, including, but not limited to: sexism, racism, and homophobia. We believe it is critical to serve all domestic violence survivors, regardless of race, age, class and ethnic group, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental and physical abilities, religious and spiritual beliefs, and immigration status. We know oppression comes in all forms and leads to additional issues for survivors; we strive to serve all survivors of domestic violence and their respective needs.
Position Summary: Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Legal & Policy Director is an attorney position responsible for coordinating NCCADV’s direct legal services program and advocacy efforts through an equity lens to improve systems that respond to victims of domestic violence and their children with a primary focus on the legal system. In addition, this position assists the Executive Director with the coordination of NCCADV’s public policy work which includes participation on statewide committees, task forces and workgroups, development and implementation of state legislative agenda, and participation at federal advocacy days.
Primary Job Responsibilities:
- Oversee the Direct Legal Services Program. This includes grant management of funds to support direct legal services, hiring and supervision of direct legal services staff, occasional direct representation of clients in DVPO and related DV matters.
- Provide technical assistance to local advocates, law enforcement, court personnel and allied professionals with a focus on legal and policy issues.
- Develop and implement training in the form of lectures, workshops, seminars, institutes and conferences as required. Training focus areas include legal and policy issues for local domestic violence programs, law enforcement, court personnel and allied professionals.
- Research, analyze and assess domestic violence laws, policies, and system responses at the local, state, and federal levels to inform NCCADV position statements and places for intervention.
- With input from members, staff, board, and lobbyists, develop annual NCCADV state legislative agenda.
- Work with Executive Director and NCCADV lobbyists to push NCCADV’s Legislative Agenda and respond to bills introduced by legislators that would impact DV survivors.
- Represent NCCADV on statewide committees, task forces, and work groups that impact system response, public policy, and legislation related to domestic violence.
- Participate in NNEDV annual federal advocacy day.
- Cultivate and maintain professional relationships on behalf of NCCADV with appropriate statewide partners and state government offices.
- Provide education, interpretation and assistance to members and allied professionals in the form of reports, summaries, or other materials regarding laws, policies, legislation, and system responses that impact domestic violence victims and service providers.
- Coordinate NCCADV’s legislative committee with board representative and NCCASA.
- Assist in coordination of and response to state and federal legislative alerts.
- Recruit and supervise legal interns.
- Collaborate with other staff to plan and implement NCCADV’s biennial conference and biannual membership meetings.
- Provide policy and legal assistance to other NCCADV staff as needed and requested.
- Coordinate and write articles or other materials for NCCADV publications, including but not limited to the weekly digest, newsletters, annual report, and website.
- Track Intimate Partner Homicides and post to NCCADV’s website
- Prepare any necessary reports in a timely fashion, as required by funders and the Executive Director.
- Participate in NCCADV regional and statewide projects and evaluation activities as required.
- Participate in NCCADV equity work, staff meetings, internal committees, in-service trainings, and retreats, and perform other duties as requested by the Executive Director.
1. JD degree and current NC law license.
2. Extensive knowledge of domestic violence, including NC civil and criminal laws impacting victims of domestic violence.
- Demonstrated commitment to ending domestic violence. Understanding of and commitment to issues of cultural diversity as they apply to domestic violence prevention, intervention and services; ability and willingness to work with people from a variety of backgrounds and experience.
4. Ability to develop and maintain cooperative relations with a diversity of individuals, organizations, and government agencies.
5. Prior experience representing or providing assistance to victims of domestic violence.
6. Prior experience developing and delivering trainings preferred.
7. Prior experience with equity training preferred.
8. Prior systems advocacy and public policy experience preferred.
9. Strong written and verbal communication skills.
10. Excellent research skills.
11. Advanced technology skills, including, at a minimum, proficiency in Windows and MS Office applications (including Word, Excel, and Power Point) and online communications. Highly organized and self-motivated, with the skills to organize and manage work time.
12. Ability to recruit, manage and train staff, volunteers and pro bono lawyers.
13. Commitment to contributing toward a positive work culture.
- Access to reliable transportation; willingness and ability to travel out of state; some overnight travel required.
NCCADV is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to employment policies and procedures assuring all qualified persons are accorded equal opportunity for employment, promotion, and training. We strongly encourage intimate partner violence survivors to apply. We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse groups to apply including, but not limited to African-American, Latina/o, Native American, Asian/Pacific Islander, and LGBT persons. We also welcome people from all national origins, religions, ages, & ability status.
Salary: $56,000-$60,000 annually, including a health benefit package
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