Position Description: Director of Training

Salary:  $70,000

Start Date: ASAP

Location:  Preference for Baltimore, DC or NYC—but remote options available. 

Movement Law Lab (MLL or the Lab), seeks a full-time Director of Training to join our senior leadership team. The Director of Training will manage and lead the Lab’s training programs for law students, lawyers, and legal organizations. 

About Movement Law Lab

Movement Law Lab is committed to building power in marginalized communities of color by growing the field of movement lawyering. Movement lawyering strategically combines law and community organizing to protect, defend, and embolden social movements. Movement Law Lab is building the field of movement lawyering by:

  •  Incubating movement lawyering start-ups and providing them with the financial, technical, and strategic support they need to launch and grow.

  • Hosting fellowships and innovation residencies for movement lawyers to launch, scale, replicate or expand brilliant movement lawyering projects that democratize law and build the power of marginalized people. 

  • Directly partnering with movements to design, incubate and launch legal infrastructure for burgeoning campaigns, fights and movement moments. 

  • Training lawyers and legal organizations seeking to transition their approach towards movement lawyering.

  • Organizing networks of movement lawyers to share skills, exchange lessons, and jointly tackle pressing challenges.

  • Supporting the leadership of a new generation of movement lawyers--especially people of color, women, queer, transgender and people coming from low-income backgrounds.

Our goal is to launch, build, and steward a new generation of dynamic, collaborative and versatile legal organizations with the expertise to use the law to transform our world. 

Position Overview

From understanding history and theories of social change, to navigating the courts and the media, to drafting legislation and litigation on behalf of individuals and organizations—being a movement lawyer requires more skills than ever before.  Despite growing demands, there are few resources and trainings dedicated to law students and lawyers committed to movements. To address this gap, Movement Law Lab trains lawyers and legal workers on movement lawyering through a range of programs including: fellowships, workshops, organizational trainings, online courses, and self-study guides. 

The Director of Training is a key position in MLL’s growing team. This person will be the chief architect of the Lab’s training interventions to increase the quality and scale of movement lawyering. This person will work closely with the Executive Director, Purvi Shah, and the Lab’s partner organizations. 

As such, this position requires:

  • a strong understanding of the history, theory and political origins of social movements and grassroots organizing;

  • a strong understanding of the theory and practice of movement lawyering; 

  • experience and skill at holding space for organizational change and development and leadership development;

  • experience in curriculum development, teaching/training, project management, and team building/dynamics;

  • skill and expertise in utilizing political and popular education methodologies.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Design: Create an overall learning map for movement lawyers—identifying core concepts and sequencing to develop basic competency and standards for this approach. Collaborate with subject matter experts to develop a range of new curriculum for law students; legal workers, and experienced movement lawyers. This includes creating the curriculum for the Lab’s fellowships and residencies. 

Movement Partnerships: Partner with prospective and current grassroots organizing/social movement groups to conduct assessments of where legal capacity is needed for their long-term strategies and design tailored training programs to systematically build legal capacity for that movement/sector (i.e. immigrants’ rights, indigenous movements, housing justice movements, etc.) 

Facilitate: Develop, design and deliver comprehensive individual and organizational training programs that support the vision and objectives of MLL. Develop multimedia training materials to support and reinforce learning objectives in various contexts including self-study; in-person trainings, and online courses. 

Organizational Trainings: Create a process for organizational needs assessments with potential clients. Formulate training summaries and determine instructional methods utilizing knowledge of specific training needs. 

Experiential Learning: design conferences, site-visits, and educational exchanges for domestic and international networks of movement lawyers to share skills, exchange lessons, and jointly tackle pressing challenges.

Multiply: Build a training collective on movement lawyering and organize regular “Train the Trainer” sessions. Research new training programs to keep up with effective ways to teach. 

Evaluate: Conduct post-training debriefings with clients and provide concrete suggestions on how to adjust organizational practices to better align with movement lawyering principals. Ensure overall training quality through implementation and monitoring, feedback, testing, competency evaluation and ongoing analysis of key metrics.

Revenue Generation: Develop a sustainable fee-for-service training model including projecting annual revenue goals. 

Strategic Partnerships: Develop the Lab’s strategic partnerships with other training and capacity building organizations and leadership programs. 

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 5 years of experience as a movement lawyer or as a grassroots organizer.

  • At least 5 years of experience in facilitation, education, and/or curriculum design.

  • Strong commitment to the mission, vision and goals of MLL.

  • Ability to work independently while maintaining close communication with remote teams.

  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to maintain a variety of projects simultaneously.

  • Experience in multi-racial, multi-gendered, multicultural, multi-generational settings. 

  • Ability to forecast and plan several months in advance, and adapt plan implementation.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English with preference given to bi/multilingual candidates

  • Willingness to work out of MLL’s  Baltimore office as needed. 

  • Ability to travel domestically and abroad when needed (estimate 30-35%).

  • Sense of humor, commitment to clear and direct communication.

  • Excitement at being in a start-up environment. 

  • Capacity to approach conflict with compassion; desire to be reflective, grow, receive/give constructive feedback and be a constructive force in group settings.  

Fine Print: Preference for candidates based in Baltimore, Washington DC or New York City, but work can be done remotely from anywhere in the U.S. The role is an exempt, salaried position with a salary range that begins at $70,000. Movement Law Lab is a project of and fiscally sponsored by NEO Philanthropy. Benefits are available from our fiscal sponsor including health care and a generous paid time off package. MLL is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. People of color, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and individuals with past involvement in the justice system are strongly encouraged to apply. 

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, at least two references and writing sample related to training to Joi Howard at Combine all documents into one continuous PDF and name the document in the following format: FirstName_LastName - Director of Training; e.g. “Jane_Doe - Director of Training”; please make the subject line of your email the same title. This position will remain open until filled. Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until it is filled, but preference will be given to those who apply by midnight ET on November 1, 2019.