Director of Legal Advocacy and Services

Statewide /
Public Policy - Advocacy /
Full Time
PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF WISCONSIN, INC.   
MADISON OR MILWAUKEE, WI   
DIRECTOR OF LEGAL ADVOCACY AND SERVICES 
   
At Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Inc. (PPWI), we work to provide quality, affordable health care services, comprehensive education, and strong advocacy.  We serve over 60,000 patients annually in 24 health centers statewide, making us the largest and most trusted reproductive health care provider in Wisconsin.  Our goal is to help keep Wisconsin safe, healthy and strong!    
   
This is an excellent opportunity for Director of Legal Advocacy and Services (40 hrs/wk) at our Madison or Milwaukee Administration Office.

PURPOSE of POSITION: The Director of Legal Advocacy and Services is responsible for the development and implementation of legal strategies aimed at creating a climate where reproductive and sexual health services and comprehensive sexuality education is protected and promoted. This includes leading the legal strategies designed to extend and defend a patient’s constitutional rights associated with reproductive health and healthcare including access to abortion. This position will also advise on the development and implementation of administrative agency, legislative and community strategies aimed at supporting PPWI’s mission.  This position is the lead agency liaison for legal, compliance and litigation efforts.  
 
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: 
Must possess demonstrated legal research and writing skills.
Must possess diplomatic skills and the ability to work effectively with colleagues; consultants; and entities and individuals within the executive and legislative branches and governmental agencies; and extra-agency reproductive health, progressive allies and other strategic persons or organizations.
Ability to operate autonomously and in concert with others, and ensure that projects are completed thoroughly and on time.
Ability to serve as a public spokesperson as necessary.
Must maintain the highest level of confidentiality.
Must be committed to comprehensive, voluntary family planning programs and a patient’s right to make personal decisions regarding health care, including abortion.
Must possess the highest professional standards and initiative and have proven writing, organizing and communication skills.
Must have a personal commitment to achieve the agency’s strategic objectives including integrating legal strategies into the Public Affairs strategic plan. 

EDUCATION  and/or EXPERIENCE 
Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school, current license to practice law in the state of Wisconsin and member of the State Bar of Wisconsin required. At least two years of legal experience in private law firm, government, public interest agency or combination thereof. Prior legal experience with campaign finance law, 501(c)(3)/501(c)(4) compliance, commercial leases, employment contracts or healthcare law preferred. Related work experience in community organizing, governmental relations, public policy, and/or public affairs work is also preferred.
 
Requires supervisory experience.

SUPERVISORY REQUIREMENTS: Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: 
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The position is predominantly sedentary requiring the ability to sit, bend, stand and walk.  May require occasional stooping, reaching, stair-climbing and repetitive motions of the hands and wrist related to writing and typing at an electronic keyboard.  Rarely requires kneeling, pushing/pulling and repetitive motions of the feet. 
 
Physical demands of the position necessitate hearing, talking, handling and grasping regularly.  May require lifting up to 30 pounds. Specific vision conditions include close vision reading.  Requires the ability to operate a computer, telephone, fax, copy machine and adding machine or calculator. 

WORKING CONDITIONS: 
The position is generally performed in an office environment but involves frequent interruptions.  The noise level is generally low to quiet.  The work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations, however, may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform said essential functions. 
Evening and/or weekend hours will, at times, be necessary. This position requires traveling statewide, therefore a valid driver’s license and auto insurance in accordance with agency liability standards is required.  Must have reliable transportation. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS and RESPONSIBILITIES

    • At the direction of the VP of Governmental Affairs and External Relations, in consultation with the President and CEO, represent PPWI’s interests as related to special projects with government officials and entities, with opposing counsel, or with related consultants.
    • Work to enhance the safety and security of PPWI patients and staff through legal strategies related to federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.
    • Develop and implement legal strategies in the area of PPWI operations, government relations, advocacy and other initiatives as assigned. Including:
    • Develop, direct and implement a legal strategy that builds PPWI’s statewide power and strengthens and protects a patient’s legal and constitutional rights to access a full range of reproductive healthcare, including abortion services. Participate in formulation of administrative agency and legislative strategies that promote these goals.
    • Conduct legal research on issues impacting PPWI and assess whether internal or external counsel is appropriate; coordinate with Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) litigation and law team and/or outside legal counsel on potential or active PPWI lawsuits. 
    • Assist PPFA litigation and law attorneys and/or outside counsel in the preparation of motions, briefs, discovery requests, witness preparation and other trial or appellate related documents.
    • Provide legal updates to internal staff, board, or other stakeholders on any litigation efforts that impact reproductive rights and protect the organization’s ability to provide necessary services.
    • Act as media spokesperson on legal, operations and policy issues as assigned.
    • Act as legal counsel for PPWI as applicable.
    • As assigned, review changes to agency policy and protocol to ensure that they are in compliance with relevant laws.
    • Oversee qualified staff to prepare regular filings to state ethics board in accordance with state and federal law.
    • Serve as the C3/C4 separation compliance officer. Create and implement trainings and compliance processes as needed.
    • Research, monitor and review new, existing and proposed federal and state laws and regulations that affect health care systems; collaborate with VP of Governmental Affairs and External Relations to recommend policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
    • Prepare legislative and regulatory analysis, memos and materials on relevant public policy matters.
    • Analyze and draft legislative amendments and legislation, or direct appropriate staff to draft.
    • Work with government relations staff to execute government relations strategies related to protecting and expanding access to the full range of reproductive health care, including abortion.
    • As assigned, attend and participate in related hearings, committee meetings, legislative sessions, and other public forums by providing testimony and working with public affairs staff to secure coalition, organizational and individual support/opposition as well as favorable media coverage of issues.
    • As assigned, serve as lobbyist registered with the state of Wisconsin.
    • Perform other duties as assigned. 

PPWI is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace.