AAUW is Looking for a Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) Project Manager

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

Summary Description

The Program Manager oversees the work of the Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) department, works closely with the AAUW LAF Committee to make recommendations for board action, advises board and senior staff on legal issues pertaining to AAUW mission-related issues, works closely with LAF-supported plaintiffs and their attorneys to advance the LAF goals  and  serves as a content expert and spokesperson for AAUW on LAF issues such as  gender-based discrimination, workplace equity,  sexual harassment and sexual violence  with AAUW members, the public and the media.

Additionally, the Program Manager acts in a legal advisory capacity for AAUW ensuring the organization operates within the law at all times, offering counsel on general legal issues, writing & reviewing contracts, working strategically with organization leadership to mitigate legal risk to AAUW.

Essential Duties

Legal Advocacy Fund

  • Serve as the staff liaison to the LAF Committee, working closely with the c hair, guiding quarterly  committee meeting agenda, content and reporting particularly with respect to case status and current funding needs/allocation grant recommendations to the AAUW board, and reporting on LAF Outreach Project
  • Serve as a content expert and spokesperson for AAUW on legal issues such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, Title IX, Title VII, and workplace discrimination
    • Give media interviews, as needed
    • Represent AAUW at 5-10 external (non-AAUW-led) national conferences and events annually
    • Speak to AAUW members across the country at 20 branch meetings, state conventions, and national conventions.
  • Contribute to the development of national research on LAF-related topics as needed.
  • Manage and develop LAF programs, including strategic workplace case support, the LAF Legal Referral Network, public education and outreach programs, and the online LAF Resource Library.
  • Create and design Programs in a Box so AAUW members can address issues like equity in sports and campus sexual assault in their communities.
  • Provide first-line assistance to plaintiffs and other individuals seeking information and assistance from LAF regarding sex discrimination; serve as principal staff liaison to plaintiffs receiving LAF support.
  • Manage the Case Support Travel Grant, facilitating plaintiffs and lawyers to speak at AAUW state conventions.
  • Work closely with Development and Membership Departments to leverage LAF fundraising and member acquisition/retention efforts.
  • Develop new resources and tools that meet needs of branches, campuses, and workplaces in fighting gender discrimination.
  • Research and write various publications and documents, including the LAF brochure, monthly member e-newsletter LAF Express and the print newsletter LAF Update, published three times a year, expanding that the latter to examinations of comparable cases and related legal precedents.
  • Contribute to AAUW publications such as Mission and Action and Outlook.
  • Organize and host conference calls for an AAUW member audience twice a year about LAF programs.
  • Develop and provide informational materials, and educate state and AAUW branch leaders and members of the public on LAF programs and issues.
  • Manage the $400,000 LAF budget.
  • Make AAUW board presentations as needed.
  • Supervise interns.

Legal Advisory

  • Provide expert and strategic legal advice to management
  • Draft agreements and contracts that minimize risks and maximize legal rights
  • Inform thinking on internal governance policies and manage the impact of external factors
  • Evaluate and weigh multiple inputs and impacts of any decision or course of action
  • Create associations of trust and respect with key stakeholders
  • Deal with external parties (vendors, partners, external counsel, clients)

Skills/Qualifications

  • U.S. Law degree and 5 years of related work experience.
  • Experience with gender equity and/or other civil rights issues; school/campus-based legal issues, e.g. Title IX, Title VII, sexual harassment and sexual violence, tenure and promotion; and other  workplace discrimination issues
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Willingness to travel (20% of time) and speak in public
  • Ability to work independently and flexibly, as part of a team, and effectively with colleagues, external partners, and volunteers, including volunteer leaders.
  • Ability to analyze, research, facilitate, and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to supervise and delegate appropriate responsibilities to support staff.

To Apply

Submit a résumé with cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications, along with salary requirements, by e-mail indicating position title to aauwjobs@aauw.org.

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