Vice President, Legal Progress

  • Reports to: Executive Director, CAP Action Fund
  • Staff reporting to this position: Legal Progress staff
  • Department: Legal Progress
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time

Summary

American Progress seeks a highly motivated, creative professional with a background in advocacy or communications around legal and judicial issues to serve as the Vice President of Legal Progress. Legal Progress is the legal policy and communications program at American Progress. Its mission is to make the American legal system more progressive by educating the public about why the courts matter, highlighting what is at stake for progressives, and providing a conduit for the public to take action around the courts—particularly around judicial nominations, confirmations, and fair courts issues.

The Vice President of Legal Progress will direct day-to-day operations, setting and implementing strategic plans; managing the Legal Progress staff; editing and guiding research projects, op-eds, reports, and multimedia products; working with and directing in-state advocates across the country on issues relating to courts and the law. The core focus of the work is judicial nominations, the need for fair and diverse courts, and the importance of the courts to progressive issues and causes. Additional areas of responsibility include the development and implementation of new and innovative communications strategies and substantive policy ideas in support of Legal Progress’ work promoting civic participation and a progressive vision of the law and the Constitution, primarily focusing on progressive allies outside of Washington, D.C. This position’s duties will include public speaking, media work, fundraising, media interviews, occasional travel, and legal research and analysis.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the Legal Progress team in designing and executing campaign strategies that build political and public support for progressive engagement in judicial nominees.
  • Engage with elected officials and their staff to build political support for key strategic priorities.
  • Work closely with progressive allies to align strategic priorities and goals.
  • Conduct outreach to the media on Legal Progress’ priorities.
  • Prepare and review reports to donors on Legal Progress’ work; engage with donors to build the program.
  • Direct work of Legal Progress staff.
  • Work closely with the Center for American Progress Action Fund (c4) advocacy, policy, government affairs, online, and CAP communications staff to drive narratives and advance goals.
  • Work with allies in the states to identify state-level opportunities to elevate the importance of the judiciary and nominees.
  • Lead the development of new campaign ideas in this issue area.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and requirements: 

  • J.D. degree.
  • Ten plus years of experience in legal policy, campaigns, or communications.
  • Management experience is required.
  • Substantive familiarity with the federal judicial nominations process, key players, and the prominent legal issues that arise in federal courts.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategic long-term plans and implement them successfully.
  • Established relationships with policymakers, advocates, and community leaders across the progressive landscape—both inside Washington, C., and in the states.
  • Substantive knowledge of the court system and judicial selection as well as the ability to translate important legal issues to nonlegal audiences.
  • Experience working with and motivating grassroots advocates outside of Washington, D.C.
  • Excellent written and oral communications and presentation skills.
  • Strong political instincts and experience working with coalitions.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced
  • Demonstrated aptitude at being self-sufficient and self-directed.
  • Fundraising and campaign experience are preferred.

To Apply

Please follow the link below to the online application. When completing the application, be sure to combine your cover letter and resume/CV into one Word or PDF file and upload this combined document. The system does not allow for multiple files.

This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.
Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.
Thank you for your interest in American Progress.

Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

For more information on the Center for American Progress, please go to www.americanprogress.org. For more information on the Center for American Progress Action Fund, please go to www.americanprogressaction.org.