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- Deputy Legal Director(s), USA

Deputy Legal Director(s)
New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)

Deadline date
March 29, 2019

Terms of Employment: Full-time, salaried

Application deadline:  March 29, 2019 (applications will be considered as received and until the position is filled)

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation's leading advocates on behalf of constitutional rights and civil liberties. Founded in 1951 as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with more than 180,000 members and supporters, and eight offices statewide. We work in the courts, in the legislatures, and on the streets to advocate for racial and economic justice, free speech, freedom of religion, privacy and equality before the law for all New Yorkers. For more information, please visit our website: www.nyclu.org


The NYCLU seeks a highly experienced attorney to help support and manage a growing and dynamic litigation team of over twenty people. Working under the direct supervision of the Legal Director, the Deputy Legal Director also will be responsible for supervising the work of NYCLU senior staff attorneys, staff attorneys, and legal fellows and will be expected to play a leadership role in the NYCLU. The NYCLU may hire two deputy legal directors as part of this process.

The NYCLU’s Legal Department is comprised of seventeen lawyers, an investigator, three paralegals, a data analyst, and a legal assistant. Legal Department staff work on a wide range of civil rights and civil liberties cases in federal and state courts and in administrative tribunals. They also support the legislative, advocacy, and communications work of the NYCLU.


    Assume significant responsibility for management of the legal department, including supervision of senior staff attorneys and other staff and for design and implementation of systems to promote equity, opportunity, and accountability;
    Supervise a wide range of federal, state, and administrative litigation, including complex, class-action litigation and cases undertaken with the national ACLU, with other advocacy organizations, and with cooperating attorneys;
    Play a leading role in strategic planning of the programmatic work of the legal department and of the NYCLU;
    Play a leading role in the advocacy work of the legal department, which includes working with the NYCLU’s advocacy, legislative and communications departments; working with NYCLU offices around New York; and working with other advocacy organizations and elected officials; presenting testimony before legislative bodies and administrative agencies; participating in public education on civil liberties issues by speaking at public events and publishing articles and essays; and
    Participate in the mid-level management of the NYCLU, which includes being responsible for programmatic and operational initiatives across the organization.


Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for this position will have 10 or more years of experience successfully managing a diverse, public-interest litigation program; will have 20 or more years of experience successfully supervising and doing all aspects of complex public-interest litigation – including developing cases, all forms of discovery, motion practice, evidentiary hearings, and appeals; will have a demonstrated commitment to effective diversity, equity, and inclusion practices; will have substantive expertise in the work of the NYCLU; will have a demonstrated record of leadership and collaboration; will have a demonstrated record of successful advocacy and legislative work; and will have substantial experience in public engagement, including public speaking, publishing, and interacting with the press.

Minimum Qualifications Required to Apply for the Position

    Demonstrated ability to manage, support, and develop a diverse team engaged in complex, public-interest (including government) litigation;
    Demonstrated ability to supervise complex public-interest litigation;
    Substantial experience in all aspects of complex public-interest litigation, including case filings, discovery, evidentiary proceedings, appeals, settlements, and monitoring;
    Demonstrated ability to lead and to work collaboratively with a diverse community of colleagues, allies, and clients;
    Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically and to advocate effectively, including an ability to initiate and follow through on public-interest litigation or advocacy;
    Demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and the priorities of the NYCLU;
    Substantial experience with policy or non-litigation advocacy; and
    Admission to the New York Bar.


E-mail your resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with “Deputy Legal Director” in the subject line.

Please submit a resume with a cover letter (up to two pages) describing:

    Your unique qualifications for this position
    Where or how you learned of this job posting
    Your salary requirements

The NYCLU will accept applications March 29, 2019, or until the position is filled.  Applications will be accepted and reviewed immediately. Qualified candidates may be asked to submit additional information, including performance samples and references from people they have worked with in the past.

The NYCLU is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the population that we serve.

Job posted on 8th February 2019
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