Senior Vice President, Global Legal Program
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Organization: Center for Reproductive Rights
The Center for Reproductive Rights seeks a Senior Vice President, Global Legal Program, a role that is critical for the success of The Center for Reproductive Rights. Reporting directly to Chief Strategy and Operating Officer (CSOO) and working closely with the CEO, the SVP Global serves as a member of the Center’s Executive Team and provides a strategic vision for the Center’s global leadership role. The SVP Global is specifically responsible for leading and overseeing the Center’s global legal, policy, and capacity-building teams, and is primarily responsible for harnessing and coordinating their power to drive transformational social change and monitoring and evaluating impact.
Along with the CEO and CSOO, the SVP Global is accountable for the achievement of all key programmatic goals and objectives. The SVP Global is also responsible for enhancing the reputation and vision of the Center by staying abreast of global human-rights developments and speaking publicly and serving as a thought leader on critical global issues affecting the work of the Center.
The SVP Global oversees a department with 55 staff based in 4 regional offices and New York that is targeted to grow to 86 by FY21 under the Center’s current Strategic Plan.
This position will lead the Executive Team in envisioning, implementing, and coordinating a sweeping portfolio of programs in service of the organization’s ambitious goals for the continued transformation of the human rights landscape with respect to reproductive rights, health, and justice.
The SVP Global will have the benefit of the Center’s many strengths:
- A compelling global human rights mission and an outstanding reputation for quality and excellence that has won the respect of policymakers, legal, governmental, and NGO partners, opinion leaders, journalists, and clients.
- Membership on a dynamic Executive Team, including a partnership with the CEO whose visionary leadership has guided the Center’s extraordinary growth trajectory.
- An unsurpassed legal team with a track record of boldness, innovation, and success.
- An organization dedicated to strategic growth, impact, and global presence, with a commitment to utilizing cutting-edge approaches and best practices, including recruiting and investing in its top-flight staff.
- An organizational philosophy that supports innovation, transparency, and accountability as well as a commitment to monitoring and evaluating the impact to ensure the highest program quality and effectiveness.
- A strategic, creative, and multi-faceted communications program.
- A strong balance sheet and funding base, with 7 straight years of budget growth.
- Pro bono support of leading global law firms valued annually at more than $17 million that augments the Center's $35 million operating budget.
- An engaged and experienced Board of Directors.
- Investment in enterprise information systems and platforms and forward-thinking management of processes, technology, and data.
The Senior Vice President’s primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- With the Executive Team, provide strategic vision and direction for the Center’s role as a global leader on the advancement and protection of reproductive rights—playing a leading role in the development of both the organization’s long-term strategic plans and shorter-term tactical plans for achieving key objectives.
- In consultation with the CSOO, establish key organizational and program goals, priorities, benchmarks, and timetables, and ensure they are met in a timely and effective way. Generate ideas and develop systems for fostering innovative thinking and robust partnerships in support of strategic plan implementation.
- Provide strategic guidance, oversight, and support to regional and UN advocacy programs in developing and implementing annual plans in support of the Center’s strategic objectives and priorities.
- Ensure alignment and effective implementation of program activities across the institution.
- As appropriate, represent the Center with senior levels of government, UN and regional bodies, foundations, NGOs, and media.
- Foster positive, strategic and effective collaborations with NGOs, policymakers, private-sector lawyers, and other strategic partners around the globe.
Main required Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will hold a Law degree and expertise in international law and global governance mechanisms.
- Minimum 15 years of substantial, strategic, senior-level experience working with and leading global programs, including management of remote staff, relocation, and expansion of offices, and change management.
- Experience with documentation of human rights violations a plus.
- A highly sophisticated understanding of and substantial experience with the role of legal strategies in transformational social change; a track record in conceiving and implementing a progressive change agenda encompassing impact litigation, legislative and administrative reform, public education, advocacy campaigns, and human rights strategies. Political experience a plus.
- Excellent political skills, judgment, and credibility in the legal field, as well as the vision and ability to effectively manage challenges and opportunities, identify priorities and implement a creative, actionable program with strategic partners.
- An extensive and robust network of contacts among decision-makers and organizations in the field of law reform globally.
- Effective and persuasive communications and presentation skills, both written and verbal.
- Ability to strengthen the Center’s relationships with partner organizations around the world and with current and potential donors.
Critical Position Behaviors:
The ideal candidate will be:
- A high-profile leader on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
- Skilled at recruiting, developing, and retaining a diverse team.
- A collaborative and team-oriented leader who can take charge, build support, act decisively, and effect change.
- Outgoing and straightforward; able to actively listen and communicate concisely, respecting colleagues' strengths and expertise, and eliciting their best ideas and decisions and able to compromise effectively when necessary.
- Able to act with a sense of urgency and turn things around quickly.
- Emotionally mature and confident, with good judgment and a sense of humor.
- Highly ethical and committed to exceptional work quality and standards; an individual of unquestioned integrity with the ability to inspire the trust of Board members, executives, and staff at all levels.
How to apply:
A cover letter, résumé, legal writing sample, and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position. Please include these application materials as attachments.