Jobs: Deputy Legal Director for Legal Management and Operations

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Department:  Legal

Location:  Headquarters, New York, NY; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Washington, DC

Reports to:  Chief Strategy Officer

FLSA Status: Exempt/Full-time

Union Status: N/A


Reporting to the Chief Strategy Officer and Legal Director, and working in close partnership with the two other Deputy Legal Directors, the Deputy Legal Director for Legal Management and Operations will manage and oversee the operations of the 30+ attorneys and paraprofessionals in the Legal Department. This person will be responsible for understanding the various legal and ethical rules governing a multi-state legal practice (serving as the Legal Department's de facto General Counsel for such issues), and ensuring compliance with these requirements. The Deputy Legal Director will also supervise the operation of Lambda Legal's Help Desk. This is an exciting opportunity to support the development of systems and processes that will enable Lambda Legal to meet its objectives, while also supporting professional development and equitable management for all staff in the legal department.


Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Since 1973, Lambda Legal has used impact litigation and other advocacy tools to decriminalize same-sex relationships; challenge discrimination against LGBTQ people and people living with HIV in the workplace, in the home, in schools, in health care, and in the military; and protect LGBTQ families, including by winning and defending marriage equality. Clients are not charged for legal representation or advocacy and Lambda Legal receives no government funding. Headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Washington, D.C.

We believe that serving the full breadth of the LGBTQ and HIV communities requires cultural competency and enthusiasm for diversity of all kinds. To be successful, we must approach our work with an understanding that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is not the only obstacle to achieving full formal and lived equality for LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV; rather, we recognize the intersectional nature of discrimination, specifically including biases based on race, religion, national origin, gender, disability, education, and class. In light of this reality, we prioritize awareness and proactive commitment to counteracting these biases and their compounding effects. 


Team Leadership and Management

• Serve as a leader of the Legal Department, supporting the development and execution of department-wide work; serve as a model and culture carrier, modeling inclusive leadership and collaboration.

• Advance the Legal Department's internal commitments to equity and inclusion through the creation, implementation and ongoing assessment of staffing and performance management structures to promote opportunity and professional development, while also providing support and ensuring accountability, for lawyers and paraprofessionals at every level within the Department.

• Design systems and structures that will monitor and promote the alignment of staffing and resource allocation with strategic priorities, and lead to more effective working partnerships within and across departments.

• Promote a team-oriented culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, continuous professional growth, and job satisfaction.

• Oversee attorney and paraprofessional recruitment and hiring efforts in collaboration the senior leadership of Legal Department and the Human Resources Department

Legal Operations

• Oversee the development and refinement of systems and processes to ensure that all records are maintained in compliance with all legal obligations.

• Ensure controls and time tracking systems associated with Lambda Legal's 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 activities effectively enable efficient compliance with relevant regulations.

• Oversee the management of Lambda Legal's Help Desk, which provides information and resources relating to discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and HIV status.

• Oversee all IT needs for the Legal Department, including informed management of technology associated with the Help Desk and other aspects of a multi-state legal practice.

Legal Counsel

• Provide ongoing counsel regarding legal and ethical obligations associated with a multi-state legal practice, including those requiring familiarity with evolving technology, and develop appropriate policies and practices to ensure compliance with all such obligations.

• Communicate regularly with Legal Department and other organizational staff about obligations and boundaries that must be observed to ensure that Lambda Legal meets the highest standard of ethics and minimizes organizational risk.

• Consult outside counsel on complex legal issues where necessary to fulfill these responsibilities


• J.D. degree required.

• A minimum of fifteen years of experience working in a legal setting, preferably one focused on social justice; including at least five years exceptional team leadership.

• Familiarity with the requirements of managing a multi-state legal practice, and experience ensuring compliance with all legal and ethical obligations.

• Demonstrated success of managing and leading teams through periods of change.

• Ability to build relationships and work effectively with diverse cross-functional teams.

• Demonstrated experience in recruiting, developing, supervising, and retaining a diverse team.

• Track record of translating complex, technical legal issues into comprehensible advice and plans of action.

• Proven success managing through change management; comfort working under tight timelines in a fast paced environment with grace and good humor, while ensuring quality and accountability.

• Collaborative approach to work and a demonstrated capacity to "play well with others," including colleagues in other departments.

• Strong interpersonal skills and exceptional communication and presentation skills, both written and spoken, with an ability to inform, influence, convince and persuade.

• Ability to navigate a wide variety of stakeholders and juggle competing priorities and interests in order to move the work forward.

• Working at Lambda Legal requires a demonstrated awareness of and commitment to the concerns of the breadth of the communities that Lambda Legal serves. Prior work on behalf of the LGBT community and/or people living with HIV is highly desirable, and some experience working with historically marginalized communities (in a professional or volunteer capacity) is also desirable.  Any successful candidate will welcome the opportunity to work in a gender-diverse and racially-diverse environment.


Travel will be approximately 20%


The health and well-being of our employees and their loved ones are of the utmost importance to us.  During the Pandemic, we have chosen to close our offices.  Our employees are all working from home, and only visit the office voluntarily, only if absolutely necessary.   We follow CDC and Department of Health guidelines to ensure the safety of employees who occasionally need to work from the office.   We have an employee task force that is continually evaluating and assessing when we can re-open.  At this time, we do not foresee re-opening our office in the next several months.


Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.  Competitive benefits package is provided, including medical, dental, life insurance, short and long-term disability insurance, employer contributions and match to 403(b)-retirement account, and substantial vacation.


Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

To apply for this position please click here and follow the online application process.

No calls please. Due to the high volume of applications, Lambda Legal cannot return

phone calls about the position and cannot notify all applicants of status.

Lambda Legal is committed to further building and maintaining a staff that reflects the full range of LGBTQ, HIV-affected and allied communities, and is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, transgender and gender-diverse people, women, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, people living with disabilities, and individuals living with HIV are encouraged to apply.