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Legal Director

Disability Rights Tennessee

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Job Summary

The Legal Director leads a team of attorneys dedicated to protecting the rights of persons with disabilities. This exempt professional position reports and is responsible to the Executive Director.

To apply, submit resume, cover letter, and legal writing sample to

Lisa Primm at lisap@disabilityrightstn.org

 by Friday, February 21, 2020.

Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT) is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to making all personnel decisions without regard to age, race, creed, religion, color, sex/gender, national origin, disability, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition, or any other status protected by law.

Job Responsibilities

Engages in and drives impact litigation and systemic advocacy work in both government and private sectors, offering guidance on which legal issues are selected for litigation and/or systemic advocacy 

Provides oversight of the agency’s legal advocacy work through supervision of attorneys, collaboration with the agency management team, and professional interaction with other staff members

Leads the legal department through training, coaching or developing legal staff, conducts performance reviews, and assists with professional development for legal team members

Advises the agency on legal decisions and contracts

Collaborates with the Program & Quality Director to ensure the agency is on mission and meeting grant requirements and assists in quality monitoring of agency programs

Assists in recruitment and hiring of legal team members

Participates in local, state, and national councils, boards, committees etc. and collaborates with agencies to address identified program issues and concerns

Assists Public Policy Advisor as needed with providing recommendations to applicable state departments, facilities, and state or federal entities

Collaborates with the Community Relations Team as needed to develop content for newsletter articles, social media, annual reports, and other publications or electronic media

Performs related tasks as may be assigned by the Executive Director

Qualifications

Education and Experience:

Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school or other law school approved by Tennessee Supreme Court

Active Tennessee law license

A minimum of 5 calendar years of experience handling litigation including multiparty or class litigation, preferably related to disability and/or other civil right

Strong preference for applicants who have practiced law at a Protection & Advocacy agency

Skills and Abilities:

Sound professional judgment and excellent critical thinking skills

Oral and written communication competency with attention to detail

Strong leadership skills and understanding of human resource management

Exceptional time management and organizational skills

Ability to travel as needed

Computer proficiency and ability to easily integrate new technology into work environment

Ability to facilitate communication within teams and participate effectively as team member

Demonstrated commitment to the mission of DRT through professional demonstration

Additional Information

Benefits

Generous comprehensive benefits plan including health, dental and vision insurance; paid time off and matching 401K

How to Apply

To apply, submit resume, cover letter, and legal writing sample to

Lisa Primm at lisap@disabilityrightstn.org

Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT) is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to making all personnel decisions without regard to age, race, creed, religion, color, sex/gender, national origin, disability, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition, or any other status protected by law.

Details

  • Date Posted: January 31, 2020
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Legal
  • Service Area: Social / Human Services
  • Start Date: 03/01/2020
  • Salary Range: Salary: ​​​​​​​$85,000-$100,000 depe
  • Working Hours: 37.5 hrs/wk; M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm