Director, Women’s Rights Project (WRP-03), NY

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Jun 25, 2019
Full time Public Policy

Job Description

Director, Women’s Rights Project (WRP-03), NY


Title:  Director

Office:  National Offices

Location:  New York, NY

Posted:  June 21 2019


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The Legal Department of the ACLU’s National Headquarters in New York, NY seeks applications for the full-time position of Director, Women’s Rights Project.


Founded in 1972 by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Women's Rights Project (WRP) is dedicated to achieving gender justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the ACLU Women’s Rights Project pushes to address gender-based oppression, focusing on institutions that perpetuate gender discrimination, including those that perpetuate gender-based violence, inequities in the workforce, and discrimination through big data.


The Women’s Rights Project is part of the ACLU’s Center for Liberty, which is dedicated to the principle that we are all entitled to determine the course of our lives based on who we are and what we believe, free from unreasonable government constraint and baseless stereotypes. The Center for Liberty encompasses the ACLU’s work on women’s rights, reproductive freedom, LGBT rights and the rights of people living with HIV, freedom of religion and belief, and the rights of people with disabilities.


The WRP seeks a Director who is deeply engaged in intersectional conversations about gender justice; who can build on this current moment of activism, including the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements; and who can connect to movements from Black Lives Matter to the Women’s March.




The Director of the Women’s Rights Project is responsible for leading a project staff based in New York that includes litigators, paralegals, legal assistants, and one or more legal fellows.  The role reports to the Director of the Center for Liberty.   The WRP Director's responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Establishing and implementing a national strategy for the ACLU to address the issues related to gender justice and women’s rights through an integrated program of advocacy, research, public education and litigation
  • Collaborating with the Center Director to determine the ACLU’s women’s rights priorities and ensure that the Project’s resources are used effectively to advance these priorities
  • Acting as a public spokesperson for the ACLU on issues related to women’s rights and gender justice
  • Developing and managing the Project’s litigation docket
  • Working with other projects in the Legal Department and other departments to bring a gender justice lens to ACLU work, as appropriate
  • Working with coalition partners in formulating strategies to combat gender-based discrimination
  • Supervising Project staff, including staff attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, and fellows
  • Managing the Project’s budget
  • Advising and supporting ACLU state affiliates working on gender justice and women’s rights issues in their jurisdictions
  • Working with the ACLU’s Development Department to communicate the Project’s goals and successes to foundation and individual donors and prospects
  • Travelling as required for litigation, conferences, speaking engagements, and client development
  • Demonstrating a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Committing to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts




  • Commitment to and familiarity with issues of gender justice
  • Experience managing teams




  • A J.D. degree
  • Significant litigation experience, including in federal court, and familiarity with constitutional sex discrimination and equal protection jurisprudence
  • 10+ years of experience
  • Excellent legal research, writing, verbal communication, and community outreach skills
  • Experience, either through personal connection and history or through work experience, with communities harmed by discriminatory practices
  • An ability to develop and implement multi-faceted campaigns that include litigation, public education, advocacy, and media outreach
  • Experience managing large teams and strong commitment to team-building and to positive organizational culture
  • A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, including the general public, national and local media, policy makers and others




For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.


We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.  The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.


The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.





The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.