Legal Program Director, Voting Rights Program

  • Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group LLC (NPAG)
  • Alamo (Rio Grande Valley), Austin, Houston, Dallas or San Antonio, Texas (currently remote until September 2021)
  • Feb 16, 2021
Full time Legal Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

The Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) is a community lawyering organization, boldly serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts, and seeking to advance a vision of a Texas in which all communities can thrive with dignity and justice, and without fear. To advance this work, TCRP is seeking a Legal Program Director to lead its Voting Rights (VR) program, which seeks to break down barriers to equal participation — particularly for Black Texans, Texans of color, younger Texans and people with disabilities who have been historically disenfranchised in our state — and to create a democracy that truly reflects all of the people of Texas. This position is part of TCRP’s Leadership Team, and reports directly to TCRP’s President, Mimi Marziani.

For more than thirty years, TCRP has been a committed partner to community organizers, families and advocacy groups across the state. Whether through litigation or other means of legal advocacy, the attorneys and advocates at TCRP work to dismantle mass incarceration, fight discrimination in voting and civic participation, and right injustices occurring at the Texas border, all under a race equity lens. TCRP’s lawyers work with coalitions of community-based organizations to identify injustices facing Texas communities and develop systemic solutions using litigation and other legal advocacy tools. Learn more about TCRP at www.texascivilrightsproject.org.

The Voting Rights Legal Program Director will lead the development and execution of a vision and strategy that builds on existing highly regarded litigation and legal advocacy campaigns, assessing and shifting as needed following the 2020 election, to craft strategies that ensure all Texans can freely and equally participate in our democracy. The Director’s primary work includes collaboratively setting and driving this vision; leading, supervising and mentoring a talented and highly engaged team focusing on litigation, advocacy, and community engagement; working in coalition with grassroots organizations, local government officials and other partners; and, as a member of the Leadership Team, helping to advance the internal goals of the organization, including those around racial equity and justice.

The ideal candidate will, first and foremost, be an inclusive, passionate, equity-focused leader committed to fighting for voting rights in Texas. They will be an experienced litigator and movement lawyer with the proven ability to develop and lead successful civil litigation and design effective legal advocacy campaigns. They will bring an in-depth knowledge of Texas election law, or at a minimum, federal election law. They will have a deep respect for community-centered lawyering and experience working in coalition with community-based organizations. They will be a proven mentor with the ability to set vision and align strategies in collaboration with others and bring strong communication and interpersonal skills. The new Director must be licensed to practice law in Texas or able to waive into the Texas bar (which is permitted after 5 years of practice).

Location: Alamo (Rio Grande Valley), Austin, Houston, Dallas or San Antonio, Texas (currently remote until September 2021)

For the full position description and to apply, please visit: https://recruitcrm.io/apply/25031372

This search is being led by Callie Carroll and Yuniya Khan of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s candidate portal.

TCRP is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.