Saturday, February 27, 2010

Job Opening: Asian American Justice Center

Director of Programs: Asian American Justice Center, Washington, DC
Summary:   The Director of Programs reports directly to the Executive Director or to her designee to ensure that the program work of the organization is carried out in a competent, efficient, and organized fashion. This work includes facilitating and directing the work of the staff attorneys and other program staff.  The Director of Programs also provides input on the organization’s strategic planning, fundraising, public education and media relations work.  The Director works closely on a day-to-day basis with other senior management level staff.

Major Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Supervise AAJC Program Staff and Develop Coherent Programming Consistent with AAJC Strategic Goals:

Oversee and supervise the work of Staff Attorneys and Program Staff. 

Hire, manage, train and mentor Staff Attorneys and Program Staff.
Work with Staff Attorneys and Program Staff to ensure full integration and coordination of divisions and to develop program budgets.
Recruit and manage interns.  Recruit fellows and draft fellowship applications.   Work with Management Team to hire and recruit staff attorneys and program staff.  
Work with litigation staff, Deputy Director and Program Staff to identify and support litigation.   Work could include overseeing review of U.S. Supreme Court docket and investigation of Court of Appeals cases; establishing working relationships with pro bono firms; supervising the production and filing of briefs and other litigation documents.  Help maintain AAJC Attorney Council. 
Monitor and review federal register for notice and comment.  Supervise staff in producing comments to federal regulations and policies.
Coordinate Program Staff Effectively with other AAJC Units, Management and Staff:
Facilitate communication between Staff Attorneys, Program Staff and Management Team to ensure a collegial working environment. 
Work with Communications Director to increase overall media outreach and presence.
Work with Deputy Director, Development Team, and Program Staff to develop grant proposals and reports and to ensure all grant obligations are fulfilled and overall programmatic strategies and plans of the organizations are met. 
Serve as Part of AAJC’s Senior Management Team

Work with Senior Management Staff to ensure that all policies and procedures are clearly articulated and consistently applied in a fair and equitable manner in accordance to AAJC’s core values. Strategize with staff and board on long term vision of the organization, including expanding and building capacity of existing program areas and possible new program areas. 
Work with Deputy Director on board reports, presentations, and other board support matters.
Strengthen Relationships with Affiliates, Community Partners to Forward AAJC Programmatic Goals

Maintain working relationships with affiliates and help plan and implement affiliate-wide projects, including current co-branding initiative. 
Build and maintain relationships with key coalition partners, including representing AAJC in coalition meetings and public speaking roles. 
Supervise special projects, including the annual national conference for all affiliates.


Knowledge, skills and abilities:

· Must have strong supervisory skills and experience with proven ability to manage and mentor junior staff as well as the ability to plan, organize, and direct a comprehensive program.
· Must also have experience in working successfully in partnership with affiliates and coalition partners. 
· Position requires a broad range of skills including knowledge of litigation, legislative processes, personnel management, program development, planning and decision-making.
· Knowledge of Asian Pacific American community and civil and human rights issues covered by AAJC is a plus. 
· Excellent communication and writing skills is also required.  Experience and interest in public speaking is a plus. 
· Must have initiative and the ability to exercise good judgment.
· The position demands a thorough understanding of and commitment to the mission and goals of the organization.

Education: Law degree, with admission to at least one state bar.

Experience:  At least 7 years post-law school working experience in a legal environment  at least 2 years of which will have been related to Asian American or civil rights issues. Experience must have been progressively more supervisory with administrative responsibility culminating in at least 3 years of overall management of an office or substantial unit. 

To Apply:
Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter explaining your interest, resume, and a short writing sample via email to:
Email is preferred; however, applications can also be sent to:

Hiring Director
Asian American Justice Center
1140 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20036


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