The ACLUNV is an affiliate of the national ACLU, the leading defender of civil liberties guaranteed by our nation's Bill of Rights. The national ACLU implements its vital civil liberties mission in all 50 states in large part through affiliate entities such as the ACLUNV. Operating out of Las Vegas with a satellite office in Reno, the Nevada affiliate has a $1M operating budget and 11 staff positions.
The Executive Director is responsible for and leads the day-to-day operations and oversees the senior leadership team in shaping the work of the ACLU of Nevada. The Legal Director, a critical member of the organization's senior management team, reports directly to the Executive Director and provides strategic leadership and coordination regarding both litigation and non-litigation legal advocacy undertaken by the ACLU of Nevada. In addition, the Legal Director works in close coordination with the policy team, education and communications programs, as well as with the national ACLU staff, through an integrated advocacy model.
The Legal Director is based in the ACLUNV's Las Vegas office and is responsible for helping to set overall legal strategy to advance the mission of the organization and for the day-to-day litigation work and management of the legal staff and the ACLUNV legal docket. The Legal Director, who will come to the role with some management experience, is ultimately responsible for the supervision of a team of four, including one staff attorney, one paralegal, and one part-time Intake Coordinator, as well as legal interns, and the organization's intake system. The Legal Director also works with a Board-appointed Legal Committee of advisors to ensure a robust and responsive legal docket for the organization.
The ACLU of Nevada Legal Director has primary responsibility for coordinating the selection of cases based on ACLU policy, organizational priorities, and capacity. The Legal Director also oversees the development of cases prior to the commencement of litigation and the conduct of litigation thereafter.
The Legal Director must be a strategic, creative, and tactical thinker with a courageous and imaginative approach to advocacy. The Legal Director will maintain an individual caseload, and will primarily work with the legal staff and cooperating attorneys on litigation and advocacy efforts, aiding in case preparation, trial work, and appellate work.
In addition, the Legal Director serves as a spokesperson for the ACLU when appropriate, working closely with the executive director, communications, and public policy departments, speaking to print and broadcast journalists, and at public forums. At times, the Legal Director assists in fundraising efforts by participating in meetings with major donors and otherwise working with ACLUNV's development staff to ensure funding for our work.
The ACLUNV expects the Legal Director to lead and manage the legal staff collegially in a manner that is respectful, collaborative, and consistent with the mission, vision, and values of the ACLU.
Specifically, the Legal Director will:
While no one person will embody all of the qualities enumerated below, the successful candidate will bring many of the following qualifications and attributes:
Nevada Bar admission is required. An attorney not admitted to the Nevada Bar shall seek admission as soon as feasible and must be admitted within a year of employment.
The following characteristics are sought in the Legal Director:
Salary is commensurate with similarly-situated nonprofit advocacy organizations, based on experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits include health and dental insurance, a defined contribution retirement plan, and generous vacation, holiday, and medical leave policies.