Deputy Director, California Women’s Law Center

$160,000 - $195,000 yearly
  • NPAG
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Jun 25, 2024
Full time Legal Management Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

The California Women’s Law Center (CWLC) invites applications and nominations for Deputy Director. For over 35 years, CWLC has been an advocate for gender equality throughout California and beyond, working in collaboration with allies to protect, secure, and advance the comprehensive civil rights of women and girls, particularly the needs of low-income women and families. A legal support center, CWLC advances its mission through three primary activities: training and legal support services, impact litigation, and policy advocacy. Their work focuses on four broad areas: Title IX and gender discrimination in schools, women’s health and access to reproductive care, violence against women including sexual assault and domestic violence, and women’s economic security. Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, CWLC is a leading advocate for women’s rights. CWLC supports policy leaders, legal professionals, school administrators, and other partners in crafting and enforcing laws that impact women’s ability to thrive.

The Deputy Director will be assuming a new role at CWLC dedicated to leading and inspiring their high impact legal program and helping to define California’s role as a beacon of women’s rights and advocacy throughout the U.S. and around the world. The Deputy Director will lead strategy and staff in addressing the matters noted above while investing in and understanding pressing ongoing challenges including housing insecurity, pay inequity, and disparities related to women’s health, reproductive rights, and opportunity. CWLC has advocated for and achieved policy change on a wide range of issues, and the Deputy Director will continue the critical work of responding to the diverse and changing needs of women and girls in California and beyond.


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Deputy Director will hold a key leadership role within CWLC and collaborate with local, state, and federal partners to achieve advocacy goals and work to secure a more just and equitable society. In partnership with the Executive Director, the Deputy Director will drive the strategy to advance CWLC’s mission to break down barriers and grow the potential of women and girls through transformative litigation, policy advocacy, and education. Specifically, they will engage with the following opportunities and challenges:

Vision & Leadership

  • Partner with Executive Director to set a vision and statewide strategy for CWLC’s work and ensure the Legal Department aligns with the vision and strategic priorities of the organization.
  • Lead in the development, growth, and operations of CWLC by participating in speaking engagements and assisting with grant writing efforts, fundraising activities, events, and special projects and programs.
  • Oversee the organization’s funding programs and expand efforts within these sources.
  • Serve as spokesperson for CWLC to engage in strategic public forums, advocacy discussions, and related media opportunities.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with legal and policy staff at peer organizations.

Legal Advocacy

  • Manage and lead organization’s training and legal priorities, goals, and opportunity pipeline for CWLC by collaborating on case selection and working closely with staff attorneys, co-counsel, and pro bono law firms to maintain caseload as warranted.
  • Coordinate and conduct factual and legal research, interview clients and potential witnesses, prepare memoranda, draft pleadings and correspondence, conduct discovery, argue motions, and participate in settlement negotiations.
  • Monitor developing federal and state laws impacting the rights of women and girls in California.
  • Build capacity by expanding CWLC’s statewide pro bono attorney network and engage attorneys to become more involved, including filing amicus briefs in cases of significance.

Policy Advocacy & Public Education

  • Collaborate with CWLC staff to implement integrated advocacy campaigns and high-impact strategies that use legal, communications, public education, legislative, and field organizing strategies simultaneously.
  • Ensure that strategic plans for CWLC’s legal program, as well as specific litigation and legal advocacy projects, are in line with organizational strategic priorities.

Team Management & Culture

  • Supervise legal staff and legal volunteers.
  • Support professional development and support a commitment to upholding the highest ethical ideas of legal professionals.
  • Foster an organizational culture that empowers staff, encourages initiative, resourcefulness, and engagement in organizational priorities.


While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, strong candidates will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • A J.D. with a minimum of 7 years of litigation experience required.
  • Experience in all phases of litigation, with trial experience a plus.
  • At least 5 years of experience in recruiting, training, and managing a diverse, high performing team of attorneys and staff.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Patience, emotional intelligence, and cultural competency; including the ability to participate in, create, and sustain inclusive and engaging spaces for people with a wide range on identities, races, ethnicities, language proficiencies, abilities, genders, ages, backgrounds, interests, skills, concerns, personalities, and geographies.
  • Clear, strong, and proven commitment to issues affecting women and families, civil liberties, public interest work, and the mission of CWLC.
  • Ability to attend in-person meetings, hearings, and events on behalf of CWLC.
  • Valid driving privileges and willingness to travel across California and occasionally to other places in the U.S.
  • Current admission to practice law in at least one U.S. jurisdiction at the time of hiring, admission to the California State Bar within six months of hire.

Additional qualifications include:

  • Broad knowledge of constitutional, civil rights, and human rights law, including those relating to gender discrimination, Title IX, violence against women, pay equity and economic security, and women’s health.
  • Experience working with state and local policymaking processes.
  • Proficiency in languages other than English preferred.

The target salary range for this position is $160,000 to $195,000 and comes with an excellent benefits package, including generous paid holidays; 100% employer-paid premiums for medical, vision, and dental insurance; annual employer retirement contribution; and coverage of California Bar dues. The Deputy Director is expected to reside in (or be willing to relocate to) the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area. Verified relocation expenses will be covered up to $5,000. This exempt, full-time position requires a daily presence in the office.


More information about the California Women’s Law Center can be found at:

This search is being conducted by Allison Kupfer Poteet and Sharon Gerstman of the national search firm NPAG. Candidates may submit their cover letter outlining their interest, qualifications and skills that have prepared them for a significant leadership position in an organization committed to pursuing justice for women and girls, along with their resume, via NPAG’s website.

CWLC is an equal opportunity employer. CWLC prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, citizenship, national origin, disability states, marital status, genetic information, protected veterans status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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