Job Opening - DIRECTOR OF LAW & POLICY

 

DIRECTOR OF LAW & POLICY

About OutRight Action International

Founded in 1990, OutRight Action International strives to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) people to live safer, healthier, and more empowered lives worldwide. Outright Action International’s vision of change includes policy reform, legal challenges, coalition initiatives, and stronger LGBTI communities worldwide. OutRight currently seeks a Director of Law & Policy. 

 

About the Position

The Director of Law & Policy helps to conceptualize, design, and implement advocacy and human rights documentation strategies to advance LGBTIQ rights.  A senior staff position reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Law & Policy is likely based in New York City but travels extensively.

 

Responsibilities

Leadership, strategy, and program delivery

  • Act as an expert and lead for all of OutRight’s legal or policy advocacy and research.
  • Work closely with the Director of Global Advocacy to identify and assess legal and policy advocacy opportunities in other priority regions of the organization.
  • Liaise with Communications, Development and Operations departments to ensure programmatic vision is embedded across the organization.  
  • Track progress on programmatic goals and recalibrate OutRight initiatives as needed (utilizing monitoring and evaluation on an on-going basis).
  • Serve as an organizational spokesperson and ambassador.

 

Policy and advocacy

  • Support existing, new and potential advocacy initiatives.
  • Help conceptualize and edit the department´s written products, including all research reports and briefing papers. 
  • Write, in collaboration with OutRight colleagues, reports and proposals to funders.
  • Maintain relationships with diverse existing and potential allies, including: LGBTI and mainstream civil society, governments, United Nations officials, international and regional human rights institutions, donors, academic institutions, legal institutions, experts and beyond. 

 

Management

  • Participate in the senior management team.  
  • Supervise multiple OutRight regional and thematic programs (for example the research program, UN program, and Caribbean program) to seize advocacy opportunities for LGBTIQ rights globally.  
  • Manage and support 5-7 staff members, as well as consultants and volunteers.

 

Qualifications 

Essential

  • A graduate degree in human rights, international relations, law, or related field.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience working to influence LGBTI human rights or a related area, particularly with a focus on law and policy.
  • Minimum of 3 years of management experience required.
  • Experience managing people remotely is ideal. 
  • Demonstrated experience working regionally and/or internationally.
  • Knowledge and track record producing credible human rights documentation and reports.
  • Senior-level advocacy experience and knowledge of policy-making. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills (both writing and editing) in English.
  • Capacity to plan and prioritize multiple, sometimes competing demands in a fast-paced environment.

Preferred

  • Proficiency in another language than English is strongly desired.
  • Commitment to the ongoing study of political change.
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively.
  • Commitment to the pursuit of liberation from persecution based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity or expression within the broader context of a desire to eliminate all intersecting forms of oppression.
  • Willingness to work in New York City and, if necessary, to apply for and qualify for a US Visa. 

 

How to Apply

Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter explaining how your skills and background fit this position, a resume/CV, and a writing sample relevant to the position to jobs@outrightinternational.org. Please refer to "Director of Law & Policy " in the subject line.

OutRight Action International is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. People of color and transgender/gender-variant individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Qualified candidates will be contacted. Please do not call.