Center for Reproductive Rights

Deputy Director, U.S. Programs

New York, NY

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Website: Center for Reproductive Rights


The Center for Reproductive Rights, the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity, seeks nominations and applications for the position of Deputy Director, U.S. Programs. The Center’s 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 Bogotá, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, D.C. and a diverse staff of more than 150 professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $29 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory.

The Deputy Director, U.S. Programs position will play a critical leadership role in the management of the Center's U.S. Programs. Reporting to the Senior Vice President of USP, the Deputy Director will be responsible for managing the ongoing day to day operation of the considerable expansion and growth within program teams. S/he will help drive program implementation, while ensuring sustainability, creativity, and adherence to best practices in program design. S/he will lead the USP program leads and the Program Manager of USP in annual and strategic planning processes to ensure USP's programs are coherent, ambitious, and strategic. Additionally, s/he will support the Senior Vice President in overseeing team expansion and development, key stakeholder engagement, implementation and delivery of key program objectives, integration of initiatives and a learning agenda, budget management, as well as responding to the Executive Team and the President/CEO for requests for information. The Deputy Director will also work closely with the Global Legal Program, Operations, and Communications teams to ensure alignment across programmatic and organizational priorities. This position will be based in the Center's New York office.

The ideal candidate will have proven leadership, analytical, legal, program management, and management skills with experience in reproductive rights issues, human rights, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, economic justice, or social justice combined with an ability to connect and integrate this experience with reproductive rights. S/he will have a proven track record in senior program management and programmatic leadership across interdisciplinary teams in a legal advocacy setting and a track record of building, managing, and leading high performing diverse teams, delivering through others, creating continuous process improvements, and driving change with a focus on excellence. S/he will embody the values of transparency, collaboration, and open communication to foster and inspire a positive team environment within and across departments. A J.D. is required.


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Cara Pearsall

Cara brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit organizations supporting public health and community development to her role as Senior Associate. Cara’s work is grounded in a deep passion for supporting vulnerable communities and creating systems change that promotes health. Her worldview is shaped by the notion that communities – and the organizations that serve them – possess the critical skills and assets to engender positive change.

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