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National Legal Director


Equal Rights Advocates is looking for their next National Legal Director. 

Location: Flexible (San Francisco, CA or D.C)


  • Equal Rights Advocates, ERA, is a national civil rights organization founded in 1974 to expand economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls.
  • The Opportunity - The National Legal Director will oversee ERA’s robust and expanding legal programs and initiatives based both in San Francisco and Washington D.C. and contribute to long-range strategic planning building ERA’s national impact. ERA seeks candidates with significant experience and success leading workplace and/or school reforms, and national and/or multi-state legal programs. 
  • Responsibilities: 
    • Legal Program Execution, Management, and Evaluation (60%)
    • Legal Program Strategic Visioning (20%)
    • Organizational Leadership & Fund Development/Reporting (20%)
  • Compensation & Benefits: 
    • The National Legal Director position has a salary range of $130,000-190,000, dependent on experience and skill set

Application Link: 

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have most, if not all, of the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

  • Passion for gender and racial equity, reflected in a clear and inspiring commitment to the mission and growth of ERA.
  • from an accredited law school and membership in good standing;
  • The ideal candidate will be a proven legal visionary and strategist, with 10+ years experience managing, building, and/or growing legal teams and programs with a national footprint, including representation of workers/student in discrimination matters.
  • Demonstrated success building and/or contributing to national coalitions and networks aligned with ERA’s mission.
  • Prior legal director and multi-location management experience preferred.
  • Substantive knowledge and understanding of constitutional law and civil rights issues related to ERA’s mission, and a demonstrated commitment to the preservation and vigorous enforcement of the civil rights of women and girls.
  • Proven ability to work with other senior legal staff and other counsel developing and implementing short- and long-term litigation strategies in trial and appellate proceedings in both state and federal courts. Proven ability to serve as lead counsel and support other staff in lead counsel roles.
  • Extensive familiarity with the working and operation of state and federal government, with federal policy and/or government relations experience preferred.
  • Exceptional research, writing and analytical skills; excellent oral communication skills; proven ability to clearly communicate complex legal issues both in the courtroom and to the public.
  • Demonstrated experience serving as a spokesperson and thought leader on social justice issues. Prior media experience preferred.
  • Experience managing legal budgets and enthusiasm for and proven ability to develop funds and business to further organizational goals and to manage grant deliverables.
  • Proven ability to successfully manage and mentor employees, a commitment to the values and principles of diversity and equity, and experience working with and engaging diverse communities, clients and coalition partners including non-attorneys.
  • Comfortable in a techy, paper-less environment and adeptness at navigating systems and apps: Microsoft 365 product suite, internal messaging (i.e. Slack), productivity and project management (i.e. BlackBaud, Salesforce, Adobe Pro DC, e-sign, Basecamp), expenses (i.e. Concur), time tracking (i.e. Hour Timesheets), virtual telecom and video meetings (i.e. RingCentral, Zoom), and cloud-based systems/applications.
  • Strong interpersonal, collaboration, and influencing skills; inspires and motivates.
  • Multilingual and multi-cultural capabilities are always a plus.


Submission Deadline: 
January 15, 2023
Organization Information: 
Equal Rights Advocates
United States