March for Our Lives Legal Director New York, NY · Remote · Full time

The Legal Director leads our team that works to defend the constitutional rights of young people. The Director will define the long-term legal strategy of MFOL and maintain critical partnership and coalition relationships.

Description

REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Transition Director

DIRECT REPORTS: Legal Associates

WORK SCHEDULE: Full-Time

SALARY: Commensurate with Experience, $96,000 - $103,000

POSITION SUMMARY:

In 2018, out of tragedy, March For Our Lives (often colloquially referred to as M4OL, MFOL, or simply March) was born. Survivors of the Parkland shooting went on to organize the single largest protest against gun violence in history with a historic march on Washington, D.C., joined by 800 sibling marches around the world. We turned a moment into a movement with 300 local chapters dedicated to eradicating gun violence in all forms. 


The Legal Team at March For Our Lives was formed at the urging of dedicated students who saw a roadmap for long-term constitutional change proven by the NRA and a pathway for replicating that model in MFOL's own judicial program. Since its inception two years ago, the team has taken strong stances in 2nd amendment jurisprudence, pioneering storytelling amicus briefs, signing on to coalition briefs, and even participating in active litigation. 


The Legal Director leads this team that works to defend the constitutional rights of young people. The Director will define the long-term legal strategy of MFOL and maintain critical partnership and coalition relationships, including with external organizations, scholars, law firms, and advocacy partners. Additionally, the Legal Director oversees a team of part-time, undergraduate legal associates who play an active role in authoring briefs and leading educational programming. 


Women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, young people, and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

WHAT YOU’LL DO


Legal Strategy

  • Utilizing data, subject matter expertise, and MFOL’s unique value, define the long term, impact-driven legal strategy for the organization.
  • Build a strong engagement program that centers education, accessibility, & partnership for involving young people across our network in the work of the legal team.
  • Actively research the Second Amendment, other firearm-related jurisprudence, and voting and protest rights to inform MFOL activities and future planning.
  • Serve on the executive team to plan sustainability of the organization, cross-team collaboration, staff wellness, and strategic planning.


Coalitions & Partnerships

  • Serve as the main point of contact for all legal partnerships at the organization, including other national gun violence prevention organizations that are coordinating on amicus briefs, academic experts, and attorneys general.
  • Oversee collaboration with law professors and legal scholars to craft new constitutional arguments around gun violence prevention.
  • Cultivate partnerships with pro bono law firms in support of relevant federal and state litigation. Coordinate with pro bono firms for active litigation where MFOL is a plaintiff.
  • Represent MFOL to state level partners to strengthen relationships and communicate MFOL’s goals.


Team Management

  • Supervise, train, and grow 3 Legal Associates that are responsible for the full lifecycle of amicus briefs and creating educational materials for public-facing messaging campaigns.
  • Hold space for accountability and guidance for Legal Associates to hit their quarterly goals as well as their engagement objectives.
  • Create a practice of mentorship between adult allies and youth leaders.


WHO YOU ARE:

  • You are a strategic thinker with experience in a legal setting. You’ve set strategy for major initiatives in an academic, club, or organizational setting. You enjoy researching, reading, and breaking down dense and complicated legal texts. JD required. 
  • You believe in the power of young people. You have a passion for gun violence prevention, youth advocacy, and the power of movements to influence courts. You respect a diverse range of perspectives, experiences and beliefs.
  • You know how to manage a team. You know how to move people to make things happen. You provide constructive feedback, can hold direct reports accountable, and support your staff to meet outcomes. 
  • You’re a strong communicator. You have strong analytical and narrative writing skills, with emphasis on clarity, purpose, and accessibility. You have interpersonal communication skills, interest in collaboration, and a strong sense of empathy. 
  • You want to grow as a leader. You’re ready for your next challenge and step up. You want to have a hand in the leadership operations of a major gun violence prevention organization. 


Salary

$96,000 - $103,000 per year