Associate Executive Director

Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice | New York, New York

Background

The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice seeks qualified candidates for the position of Associate Executive Director.  This position, reporting to the Executive Director, has responsibility for all of the Vance Center’s programs and activities, with principal focus on programming related to Latin America and fundraising. 

The Vance Center advances global justice by engaging lawyers across borders to support civil society and an ethically active legal profession.  A program of the City Bar Fund, a New York State non-profit corporation affiliated with the New York City Bar Association, the Center has a current staff of six lawyers and two administrators and offices at the Bar Association.

 

The Vance Center has two principal focuses: 1) providing pro bono legal representation, in partnership with more than 500 lawyers from more than 150 law firms in 75 countries, to international, national, and local human rights and environmental organizations, through three thematic program areas (human rights, environment, and good governance); and 2) strengthening ethical practice in the Latin American and sub-Saharan African legal professions through promotion of pro bono practice, professional responsibility, and diversity.

The Vance Center has a cash budget of approximately $1 million, funded by law firms and Vance Center Committee members, as well as public and private foundations, and receives contributed administrative services from the New York City Bar Association.  The estimated value of its programs to its clients exceeds $10 million, based on the pro bono contributions of partner law firms in the United States, Europe, and Latin America.

 

The Vance Center this year has established the Lawyers Council for Civil and Economic Rights in the Americas, consisting of leading legal practitioners from 13 Latin American countries and the United States, with experience as leaders of bar associations, board members of non-governmental organizations, and/or as pro bono practitioners.  The  Council designs and implements multilateral, region-wide initiatives to address challenges to civil and economic rights in Latin America.

The Vance Center is the international pro bono program of the New York City Bar Association, and Vance Center staff and Committee members participate actively in Bar Association committees and activities, including the board of the City Bar Fund, the Council on International Affairs and the Committees on International Human Rights, Inter-American Affairs, and African Affairs.  The Vance Center organizes, hosts, and co-sponsors frequent public and Bar Association members-only conferences, meetings, and other events, often co-hosted with Vance Center partners like the Coalition on the International Criminal Court and the International Coalition on the Responsibility to Protect.  The Bar Association supports the Vance Center’s public and internal communications and its financial, technology and human resources management.

Job Summary

The Associate Executive Director, a newly-established position, will support the Executive Director in all aspects of organizational management, including budgeting, finance, fundraising and development, strategic planning, program supervision, communications, staffing and personnel supervision, and liaison with the New York City Bar Association, City Bar Fund, including its board of directors, the Vance Center Committee, including its executive sub-committee and working groups, and other constituencies.

Reports To

Executive Director

Responsibilities

The Associate Executive Director will have particular responsibility for managing the Lawyers Council for Civil and Economic Rights in the Americas, as well as fundraising for programs related to Latin America in the areas of the Vance Center’s practice.    S/he also will participate in the Vance Center’s programmatic work, providing legal representation to clients in one or more thematic areas alongside pro bono law firms, and directing and/or supervising one or more ethical practice programs, in both cases based on her/his interests and experience.   S/he will support the Executive Director, as well, in general oversight of the Africa Program, including the African Legal Fellows Program, the Women in the Profession Program, and the Pro Bono Practice Promotion Program.                                                                                                                           

Qualifications

SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Admission to practice law in New York State (or another appropriate jurisdiction)
  • Significant  legal practice in private law firm, government or non-governmental organization, minimum of 5 years.
  • Experience in non-profit management as executive, deputy, chief operating officer, program director, or the equivalent, such as active board service
  • Active, deep familiarity with the legal, social, and political conditions in Latin America, as well as professional contacts there
  • Substantial experience with seeking, obtaining, and managing restricted grants from public foundations, with U.S. government grant experience useful as well
  • Demonstrable commitment to issues of international justice, including human rights, transitional justice, accountability, transparency, economic and social development and the environment
  • Native or equivalent fluency, written and spoken, in Spanish and English
  • Excellent organizational and leadership ability
  • Public communication experience and skills, as well as writing proficiency
  • Authorization to work in the United States indefinitely, such as with U.S. citizenship or permanent residence

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will have additionally:

  • A professional network of contacts in the legal profession, including Latin America
  • An understanding of legal, social and political issues in sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the world.
  •  Facility with social media, website, and other communications platforms and practices
  • Working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese

Compensation

COMPENSATION

Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications for the position.

The City Bar Fund, the employer, offers an attractive benefits package.

Requirements/Other

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will have additionally:

  • A professional network of contacts in the legal profession, including Latin America
  • An understanding of legal, social and political issues in sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the world.
  •  Facility with social media, website, and other communications platforms and practices
  • Working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese

How to Apply

APPLICATION

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume with salary requirements to: New York City Bar Association, ATTN:  Human Resources Director, 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY  10036.  The cover letter and resume may be submitted by email to humanresources@nycbar.org.  No phone calls please.  Applications are due by September 29, 2017

The City Bar Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice