About the International Planned Parenthood Federation Western Hemisphere Region (IPPFWHR)
IPPFWHR is as an intersectional feminist organization centered around the sexual and reproductive rights and needs of women, girls, and gender-diverse people. Led and governed by the South, IPPFWHR works with a growing ecosystem of organizations in 35+ countries to provide access to sexual and reproductive health care and to advocate for the sexual and reproductive justice of women, girls, and gender-diverse people to be protected and respected in every dimension of their lives. We recognize that the ability to make free and informed choices about sexual and reproductive health, including to access to safe and legal abortion, is central to their life plans and to achieving sexual and reproductive justice.
In 2020, IPPFWHR undertook a bold process to redefine itself as an anti-racist, anti-ableist, decolonial, and intersectional feminist organization. This transformation laid the foundations for the formation in June 2021 of a new feminist alliance that brings together the work of the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) and the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) under the leadership of IPPFWHR. IPPFWHR is integrating the expertise of each organization, bringing together sexual and reproductive health care and education, advocacy for gender and reproductive justice, and trust-based grantmaking to grassroots activists and organizations. The launch of this exciting new feminist alliance will maximize the collective impact of these organizations at a time when the world needs diversity in leadership and an unapologetically feminist voice for sexual and reproductive health and rights in global spaces.
The Director of Legal Affairs works in collaboration with the Office of CEO, Strategy & Impact and reports to the Chief Executive Officer.
IPPFWHR is seeking a Director of Legal Affairs to join the organization to provide strategic legal advice and assistance for all aspects of the organization’s governance, finance, programs, policies, and operations in the US and its subsidiaries . As the Director of Legal Affairs, the incumbent will oversee and manage the provision of all legal and compliance matters necessary for carrying out the mission of the organization. S/he will have a leadership role in building out the legal and policy foundations of the organization after its rebranding and will be responsible for providing timely and thoughtful advice on emerging legal issues for the organization and its global sexual and reproductive rights and justice advocacy efforts. S/he will also advise on specific legal topics such as: contracts and cooperative agreements; nonprofit bylaws; trademark; and reputational risk management.
This position provides a unique opportunity for a lawyer and feminist committed to the nonprofit sector and eager to manage myriad legal issues within a dynamic and growing structure.
Nonprofit Law & Compliance
- Work on the legal and policy foundations of the organization
- Work collaboratively across IPPFWHR Teams to provide legal guidance on compliance matters; contracts and cooperative agreements; nonprofit bylaws; design and monitoring of institutional policies; donations from individual and institutional donors; charitable solicitations; partnership agreements; funding and grantmaking contracts; trademark; review and negotiation of contracts; development of contract templates and advice regarding procurement matters, information about confidentiality, security and privacy; advise of data privacy; reputational risk management; and nonprofit rules related to lobbying and political activities, among others;
- Advise on policy enforcement, in particular the Safeguarding Policy and Gender Justice Policy;
- Manage all litigation and serve as a primary point of contact for external counsels;
- Together with the CEO and IPPFWHR Governance Team, lead the bylaws reform process in line with the consolidation of the Feminist Alliance.
- Serve as legal advisor to the CEO, and IPPFWHR Governance Team on ongoing governance matters.
Education and Minimum Qualifications
- A law degree, preferable with experience in the human rights, humanitarian, or health sector A master’s or doctorate degree in gender studies, international affairs, or related field of study
- Member of NY State bar; Membership in good standing in at least one state bar.
- Minimum 7 years of transactional and/or litigation experience
Experience working with nonprofit organizations
- Understanding of the laws applicable to public charities, tax-exempt organizations and entities engaged in non-profit or association advocacy and experience advising clients on lobbying, advocacy and government ethics.
- Experience advising on nonprofit activities and compliance in international jurisdictions is also strongly preferred
- Demonstrated understanding of sexual and reproductive rights and justice, public health principles, and human rights international law.
- Excellent research, analytical, oral, and written communication skills
- Fluency in English is a must. Proficiency in Arabic, French, Portuguese, Spanish, or other languages is highly desirable.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Proven leadership at a senior level, connecting others through ‘soft power’.
- Work effectively under pressure and in a fast-paced environment; Ability to quickly adapt to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles
- Demonstrated commitment to anti-racism and other forms of oppression, including to a process of self-reflection and transformation around implicit bias.
- Working knowledge of the feminist ecosystem, and an ability to navigate complex dynamics and relationships.
IPPFWHR is committed to ensuring that the health, rights and wellbeing of all children, young people, and vulnerable populations who work and engage with IPPFWHR’s Team Members and Associated Persons are respected and protected in their interactions with them and requires all its Team Members and Associated Persons to share this commitment.
The successful candidate must:
- Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding in the United States and the international context.
- Sign and adhere to IPPFWHR’s International Safeguarding Policy and Safeguarding Code of Conduct, including the minimum operating standards for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA).
Location: Remote / Preferably in the US.
Equal Opportunity Employer Statement
IPPFWHR is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to advancing sexual and reproductive rights and health and dismantling inequities from a feminist intersectional lens. Reproductive justice, racial justice and diversity are driving forces for us.
IPPFWHR provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to age, race, color, disability, national origin, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital and partnership status, genetic information, veteran status or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.
At IPPFWHR we continue to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports and celebrates the diverse voices and experiences of our employees. We strongly encourage applications from all kinds of backgrounds to build a diverse workforce in which all social and minority groups are represented.
IPPFWHR offers generous compensation consistent with competitive salaries in the General Counsel’s country of residence, and a benefits package that includes health coverage, retirement benefits, and paid sick leave, vacation, and holidays. Salary range US$ 130,000-140,000 annual.
Applications will be considered as they are received and only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.