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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Programs Specialist, The Center for Reproductive Rights, NYC, USA

Programs Specialist

Deadline: Until filled
Location: New York, USA
Organization: The Center for Reproductive Rights
Center Background:  
The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity.  Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.  Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 130 diverse professionals.  Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.
The Center's game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage.  It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in more than 55 countries.
To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, click here
The Programs Specialist will provide critical support to the Chief Programs Officer (CPO) and works closely with the V.P., U.S. Policy and Advocacy; the V.P., Global Legal Program; the V.P., U.S. Legal Program; and the Center's Executive and Management teams.  S/he will serve as a strategic thought partner to the Chief Program Officer specifically focusing on: the planning and implementation of the programmatic side of the Center's new five-year strategic plan; increasing cross-programmatic functionality, impact and effectiveness; and identifying and implementing new programmatic initiatives. 
Position Profile: 
  • Work with the Chief Program Officer, the Executive and Management teams, the Board, and the Strategic Planning Committee in supporting the development and management of the programmatic aspects of the strategic planning process;
  • Partner with our programmatic V.P.s to help identify cross-programmatic opportunities, new initiatives, and ideas for building upon the effectiveness of individual programs and our cross programmatic work;
  • Work on special projects and initiatives including carrying out research, drafting concept documents, and proposing ideas that:
    • identify new programmatic initiatives that support the advancement of the Center's work and the objectives of the strategic plan, as well as increase the Center's funding opportunities;
    • promote programmatic effectiveness;
    • help position the Center's work on reproductive rights in a broader frame; and
    • identify opportunities for outreach and new potential external partners;
  • Work with the Chief Program Officer and programmatic departments to facilitate and manage coordination and integration of the Center's programs where needed;
  • Assist in the development of new ways of defining and measuring programmatic progress;
  • Maintain a current and robust understanding of the Center's programmatic work, including an in-depth knowledge of our relationships with current and future coalition partners and other external partners;
  • Serve as the central point of coordination for assigned strategic projects and long-term scheduling involving the CPO;
  • Coordinate with program and/or other departments to ensure that preparatory material comes together in a timely manner with an exceedingly high level of quality and accuracy, including in regards to presentations, talking points, and department work planning, budgeting, and quarterly reporting; 
  • Develop and foster strong working relationships with internal stakeholders while providing expertise and analysis that will support the achievement of programmatic and operational objectives; and
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree required;
  • 7+ years of professional experience, ideally with strategic planning and management experience in a corporate, non-profit and/or public service organization;
  • Ability to achieve goals and align interests through cooperation and collaboration with other groups and cross-functional teams, even where no direct reporting relationship exists;
  • Skill in examining, developing, reengineering, and recommending policies and procedures;
  • Ablility to interpret a broad vision and translate it into actionable steps to drive projects forward;
  • An effective relationship builder who is able to interact with all levels of the organization and external stakeholders;
  • An excellent communicator who can distill complex matters in a simple, structured way to a variety of audiences, including senior management.
  • A mature self-starter who enjoys a dynamic work environment with competing priorities and a fast pace, and who can exercise independent sound judgment when required;
  • A high level of energy, self-confidence, initiative, and follow-through;
  • Ability to recognize and act on opportunities;
  • An effective communicator, with strong oral and written skills;
  • Ability to interact professionally with culturally and linguistically diverse staff and clients;
  • Experience in some area of human rights, civil rights and liberties, and/or social justice (experience in reproductive rights specifically is not required but is a plus); and
  • Strong commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values.
The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program. 
The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.  We strongly encourage candidates from all groups and communities to apply. 
How to apply:
Please click here to apply.  A cover letter, résumé, writing sample and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position. Please include these application materials as attachments. 
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