Director, Judicial Nominations

Washington, DC
Experience – Legislative Affairs
Full Time
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is the nation’s leading women’s health care provider, educator, and advocate, serving women, men, teens and families. For over 100 years, PPFA has done more than any other organization in the United States to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible health care decisions.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) seeks a dynamic and effective Director, Judicial Nominations who will report to the National Director of Legislative Affairs in the Office of the Vice President of Policy and Government Relations. The Director will be responsible for the development and execution of all related campaigns' priorities and goals, the facilitation of internal cross-departmental alignment, the execution of all program components by both Government Relations staff and other PPFA teams, and the reporting process to internal and external PPFA audiences. The Director will also oversee the formulation and execution of critical programmatic work and be responsible for executing a strategic, intense campaign that educates members of the Senate on the harmful records of nominees, elevates for Planned Parenthood supporters and affiliates what is at stake for reproductive health and rights.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Develop and execute year-long national and state advocacy plans focused on high impact, high priority judicial nominations in the lower courts.
    • Work closely with the National Director of Legislative Affairs, consultants, and team members to create a clear path for defeat and delay of targeted nominations.
    • Direct day-to-day work of key cross-team campaigns, including leading regular meetings with key staff and consultants, facilitating ally engagement, working with targeted states and affiliates, ensuring resource production, and capturing successes and lessons learned.
    • Ensure productive collaboration and broad integration between Government Relations, Organizing & Electoral Campaigns, Communications, Litigation & Law and other key PPFA departments and divisions.
    • Identify new areas of partnership on initiatives that will help further Federation-wide priorities.
    • Work with cross-functional teams to design and execute in-state 360 campaigns that hold Senators accountable for appointing judges that value and protect access to abortion.
    • Drive high-visibility efforts like phone calls, media, letter-writing campaigns, grassroots actions, storytelling, engaging grasstop influencers, etc.
    • Lead in-depth research in consultation with Litigation & Law including review and analysis of nominee’s case law and writings; interrogation of nominee’s personal and professional beliefs, associations, and memberships; as well as general opposition research in order to identify each nominee’s vulnerabilities and be able to drive a cohesive national narrative that informs in-state target Senator campaigns.
    • Create grassroots strategies that build movement and leverage the Planned Parenthood base to link the importance of judicial nomination fights to the security of the issues we value.
    • Develop tactics that tie harmful nominees to cross-movement issues, to the overall Trump agenda, and to the consequences of lifetime appointments of extremist judges to the future of progressive rights.
    • Maintain circuit court nominations tracker including the development of fact sheet and reference materials.
    • Develop a scoring mechanism to rate harmful nominations and draft public-facing oppositions.

REQUIREMENTS / TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

    • Bachelor's degree required, JD preferred.
    • 8 years of leadership experience in issue, political, or program campaigns and/or program management.
    • Expert knowledge of the judicial nomination process. Established history working with the Senate Judiciary committee a plus.
    • Significant experience leading strategic planning processes.
    • Significant experience effectively managing a range of stakeholders to achieve aims.
    • Exceptional planning, organizational and problem-solving skills.
    • Success working on issue-based communications and/or policy advocacy through messaging, positioning, media and communications strategy, journalism, branding and constituent engagement.

PERSONAL QUALITIES / OTHER ATTRIBUTES

    • Awareness or knowledge of constitutional case law impacting privacy or reproductive health issues.
    • Strategic mindset with flexibility to make adjustments to program structure and goals.
    • Impeccable verbal and written communication skills.
    • Knowledge of diverse groups, working with a multicultural workforce, and sensitivity and appreciation to cultural differences.
    • Familiarity with reproductive health issues and Planned Parenthood.

TRAVEL

    • 0-25%.
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Planned Parenthood Federation of America is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment, and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  Planned Parenthood is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus, and innovation.