The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative — to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

LDF’s litigation, public policy advocacy and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education, and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system. LDF continues to make an impact in the area of public service and was recognized by Fast Company as one of its 2023 Brands That Matter under its public service category.

The Pro Truth Initiative is a high-priority, inter-departmental initiative at LDF that seeks to carry on the legacy of Brown v. Board to ensure that our PK-12 public education systems, as well as higher education, provide an equitable, inclusive, and diverse learning environment that includes a curriculum that provides accurate, truthful, and inclusive education reflective of the perspectives and experiences of all people, but especially those who have been historically marginalized.  Reporting directly to the Director of Strategic Initiatives, the Pro Truth Manager will manage the multiple aspects of the program, and collaborate with staff within the Strategic Initiatives Department, as well Litigation, Policy, Organizing, Communications, and TMI to ensure the success of the initiative.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate Pro Truth advocacy across multiple LDF departments, including Strategic Initiatives, Litigation, Policy, Communications, Organizing, and TMI.
  • Establish and build external relationships with other advocacy organizations and local community-based stakeholders on Pro Truth issues.
  • In collaboration with LDF staff and leadership, develop strategic priorities for Pro Truth Initiative.
  • Oversee collaborative advocacy with external partners to ensure effective implementation of Pro Truth strategic priorities.
  • Manage inter and intra-departmental communications within LDF to ensure shared knowledge and understanding of ongoing Pro Truth advocacy, developments, and strategic plans.
  • Supervise other staff members within the Pro Truth Initiative.

Qualifications:

  • J.D. degree, required. Specialization in: Civil Rights, Racial Justice, Education, and/or First Amendment.
  • 10 or more years of experience.
  • Prior supervisory and policy experience preferred.
  • Commitment to the racial justice mission of LDF.

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, or requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This description does not constitute a contract of employment and LDF may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.

The salary range for this position is $141,000 to $200,000. LDF offers a rich platform of benefits including medical (Empire), dental (Cigna), vision (NVA), flexible spending accounts (Flex Facts), transit/commuter plan, life insurance, AD&D, voluntary life & AD&D (UNUM), AFLAC, Employee Assistance Plan, and Health Advocate.  As well as the many healthcare benefits, LDF offers a 403b plan with employer match, and a robust vacation, sick, and personal time program to ensure employees have a healthy work-life balance.

Please note that LDF requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination prior to the commencement of employment unless they qualify for a reasonable accommodation for bona fide medical or religious reasons.

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The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, medical condition or disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other protected status under federal, state, or local law.

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