HIRING Manager of Capacity Building and Systems Change
FOR MARCH/APRIL 2020 HIRE: Due to the nature of the projects this position will be charged with, we strongly encourage candidates with diverse identities, backgrounds, and experiences to apply.
The Center for Survivor Agency & Justice is looking for a junior attorney to serve as the Manager of Capacity Building and Systems Change. They will play an integral role in CSAJ’s work to enhance individual legal advocacy in the domestic and sexual violence field, primarily by leading and/or substantially contributing to two national technical assistance projects. They will also help build-out CSAJ’s policy and systems change advocacy . This is a leadership position that will contribute to CSAJ’s overarching work and development. We’re looking for applicants with passion for economic justice, a J.D. and experience in direct legal representation, and experience with (or willingness to learn) about national and/or federally funded projects, partnership and coalition building, and policy, legislative, and/or systems advocacy.
The Center for Survivor Agency and Justice is a national organization that addresses the link between gender based violence, poverty, and social inequality.
We envision a world where all people have equal access to physical safety, economic security, and human dignity. CSAJ’s mission is to develop and promote advocacy approaches that remove systemic barriers, enhance organizational responses, and improve professional practices to meet the self-defined needs of domestic and sexual violence survivors.
CSAJ’s work operates on three Levels of Impact: Enhancing Individual Advocacy to address the physical and economic safety needs of survivors, Advocating within Organizations & Communities through partnership building within and between movements, and Changing Systems and Policies to remove institutional and structural barriers facing survivors and their communities. We identify and uphold the following organizational values, as a team and in our project work: survivor-centered advocacy, agency, multi-level advocacy, margins-to-center, intersectional, partnership and collaboration, and praxis.
We currently engage in this work through a number of national, technical assistance projects and context-specific demonstration site work, primarily:
The Consumer Rights for Domestic Violence Survivors Initiative (Consumer Rights Initiative) is a national project of CSAJ that enhances economic justice for survivors of domestic violence by building the capacity of and building partnerships between domestic violence and consumer lawyers and advocates across the nation.
The Racial & Economic Equity for Survivors Project (REEP) is a national project that seeks to remedy the systemic inequalities facing survivors of color.
The Accounting for Economic Security Atlas Project seeks to shift the current underlying advocacy goal from one of individual economic self-sufficiency to economic agency. The Atlas will be a series of three Map Books that assist in mapping, navigating, and changing the economic terrain that domestic violence survivors navigate on their paths to safety.
The ACCESS to Justice Project galvanizes the power of non-lawyer legal advocates as critical players in survivors’ access to justice, by enhancing their advocacy around the financial impact of domestic and sexual violence.
As an integral leadership position for CSAJ, the Manager of Capacity Building and Systems Change will report directly to CSAJ’s Executive Director, and work in close collaboration with the Director of Research & Programs, Legal & Policy Advisor, and a cadre of on-the-ground substantive experts, consultants, trainers, and organizational partners.
About the Position
The Manager of Capacity Building and Systems Change will lead CSAJ’s work to enhance the capacity of domestic and sexual violence lawyers, advocates, and other practitioners across the nation to engage in individual advocacy, as well as enhance program and coalition capacity to effect systems change. This includes directing, managing, and developing a portfolio of projects as well as contributing legal and other expertise across all CSAJ projects. Specifically, this includes directing and managing CSAJ’s ACCESS to Justice Project and leading significant portions of the Consumer Rights for Domestic & Sexual Violence Survivors Initiative (CRDSVSI). This position will provide direct technical assistance to lawyers, advocates, and programs across the country, manage federally funded grants and projects, offer substantive expertise to other CSAJ programs, seek to expand capacity-building projects and initiatives, as well as build-out a policy and systems change department and portfolio of work.
Specific roles and responsibilities for this position, include:
Provide and manage all training and technical assistance activities, including supervising staff (as developed) and coordinating expert advisors and consultants. Technical assistance and training efforts for this role have a focus on enhancing individual level advocacy among on-the-ground attorneys, as well as non-legal advocates, programs, statewide coalitions, and national entities or initiatives. We are looking for someone with the skills to support this critical on-the-ground effort and with the energy and interest in helping CSAJ leverage individual advocacy expertise towards organizational and systems change work.
An initial, primary responsibility for this position is to support (in 2020) and then lead (in 2021) the planning of a two-day institute on access to justice for non-lawyer advocates from across the country. This includes conference curriculum planning, building relationships with faculty, serving as faculty (as determined), and executing and managing coordination, logistic, and grant/administrative aspects of the training.
Developing, coordinating, and facilitating other training and technical assistance activities related to the Consumer Rights Initiative (including national webinars, peer exchange calls, and leading a Coerced Debt Working Group), and other demonstration site initiatives aimed at equipping organizations and advocates with tools to enhance economic advocacy.
Providing and coordinating all technical assistance and training, including supervising CSAJ’s Project Coordinator in intake, tracking and monitoring, and grant reporting.
Producing and managing the development of written legal and advocacy materials and resources.
A long-term goal of this position is to build-out CSAJ’s Policy & Systems Change Advocacy by: * Steering the development and execution of CSAJ’s policy agenda.
Coordinating coalition building and impact litigation efforts with CSAJ’s Executive Director, Law & Policy Advisor, and Expert Advisors.
Supporting the coordination of CSAJ’s expert advisors, including working bodies such as the newly developing Coerced Debt Working group and developing and convening other panels or working groups as needed. These groups present insights from the field, identify systems and policy priorities back to the field, and contribute to training and technical assistance efforts.
In addition to the above primary roles, the Manager will work closely with the Director of Research & Programs by: * Collaborating on grant monitoring, reporting, and organizational evaluation activities, as directed;
Contributing legal expertise and analysis to needs assessment and research projects;
Supporting community and organizational assessments, strategic planning, and providing technical assistance for systems change with Demonstrations Sites;
Facilitating partnership building & community organizing with Demonstration Sites;
Providing or coordinating legal and other advocacy training and TA to Demonstration Sites, based on gaps and opportunities identified;
Sitting on CSAJ’s Research Committee, linking research efforts to legal practice and advocacy.
To carry out the responsibilities above and in support of the organization as a whole, the Manager of Capacity Building and Systems Change will contribute to the following:
Track and monitor all training and technical assistance efforts, with support from CSAJ’s Project Coordinator.
Manage and nurture relationships and work to expand CSAJ’s cadre of Expert Advisors and Organizational Partners that contribute our work.
Develop and maintain project work plans, executing all grant reporting within their portfolio.
Provide day-to-day management of project budgets within their portfolio, in consultation with the Director of Finance and Executive Director.
Recruit and supervise all legal interns, with support and oversight as needed from the Executive Director.
Execute and/or supervise project-related communications (training announcements, webinars, resource development, spotlights, etc.).
Develop and manage content for email, website, and social media platforms, including special projects and development efforts, as requested or needed.
Contribute to organizational development activities including project ideation, grant writing, funder research/outreach, and participating in organizational strategic planning.
Coordinate meetings, logistics, and provide general administrative support to projects and organization as a whole.
Present to and work with the Board of Directors as requested by the Executive Director.
Experiences & Qualifications
What you bring:
A J.D. and two to five years of direct legal representation/advocacy, preferably in domestic violence/sexual assault, family, consumer rights, housing, economic justice, anti-poverty, and/or race equity/racial justice law. We will consider candidates with equivalent combination of education and/or experience that will fulfill the basic responsibilities of this position.
Experience with or interest in learning about policy/systems change agenda building and advocacy.
Experience managing multi-year, federal or state-funded program grants, preferred. Familiarity with the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women or similar funders, including reporting systems, a plus. Project management includes articulating needs based on CSAJ’s understanding of the field, setting program goals and objectives based on needs, planning and executing activity calendars and work plans, and monitoring progress and sharing lessons learned with staff, partners, and funders. We will support learning or training in project management with the right candidate.
Experience working with and building partnerships across sectors.
Desire to contribute to impactful project work as well as help steer the growth of a rapidly expanding yet lean national nonprofit organization.
Excitement to bring perspective and experience from direct advocacy/representation to macro-level and national, yet nuanced, work.
Experience or interest in economic justice, anti-poverty lawyering, asset building, preferred.
We’re looking for someone who is:
Collaborative and has the ability to connect the dots across levels of work and projects/programs.
Adept in communication, able to communicate directly and effectively with colleagues, as well as external partners.
Interested in working remotely with colleagues and partners at locations across the nation, which includes videoconferencing, phone, email, and periodic in-person meetings. A knack for independent work while attentive to contributing to real (albeit virtual) relationships and organizational culture.
Someone who can help steer a ship. You don’t have to know everything, but must be a holistic, systematic, thoughtful and strategic thinker who thrives on executing meaningful work fully, creatively, and with impactful intent.
Strong familiarity with (and brings your own language to) gender, economic, racial justice, feminist and/or critical race theory, history, and advocacy movements. Has come from and/or worked with diverse communities and understands current conditions (and their roots) facing communities marginalized by virtue of race, ethnicity, citizenship, ability, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and at the intersections. Has an interest in and perspective/experience to share in broad ranging social justice issues as well as a passion to learn from others.
Diplomatic, practices self awareness and reflection, is able to give feedback to others, and brings your own sense of humor.
Brings your own voice, perspective, approach to a dynamic team.
A self-starter, who identifies problems and challenges her/his/their self, and initiates strategizing to address those challenges.
The starting salary for this full-time position is $57,000, along with health insurance, a generous vacation package, and flexible working hours.
Location and Remote Working
CSAJ is a small but mighty nonprofit with staff located in Washington, DC and Brooklyn, NY, and with Expert Advisors located in states across the nation. Staff work mostly remotely, but near CSAJ’s DC or NY offices. Preference for candidates to be located in DC/NY, but can arrange remote work elsewhere with the right candidate.
Please submit a cover letter describing what interests you in the position and how it is linked to previous experience, a resume / CV, a list of 2-3 references, and 1-2 writing samples that exemplify your experience and can be applied to this position.
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NOTE: This position is for March/April 2020 hire. Due to the nature of the projects this position will be charged with, we strongly encourage candidates with diverse identities, backgrounds, and experiences to apply.