Center for Reproductive Rights
  • 24-May-2018 to 23-Aug-2018 (EST)
  • Europe
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Full Time

Job Title:  Legal Assistant for Europe and Global Advocacy Programs

Department:  Global Legal Program

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. Its 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 Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 150 diverse professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $29 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

The Center's game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage. It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in more than 60 countries.

To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to

The Role: The Legal Assistant will work under the supervision of the Regional Director for Europe and the Director of Global Advocacy and will collaborate closely with the Senior Legal Advisers for Europe, the Global Advocacy Advisers, Communications and the Geneva Office Manager to support and build department work. 

This position will be based in New York City.


The Legal Assistant's primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing administrative support to the Regional Director for Europe and the Director of Global Advocacy, including: maintaining calendars and scheduling meetings, handling travel arrangements, processing reimbursements/cash advances/check requests/wire transfers, drafting, faxing, mailing of correspondence, making copies and maintaining filing systems.
  • Editing, proof-reading, fact-checking, and cite-checking papers, reports, legal submissions, factsheets, and other publications.
  • Working with the Communications Department to coordinate publication processes.
  • Assisting with organization and coordination of program-related events.
  • Drafting and editing program material for website and listservs.
  • Assisting with budgeting and/or planning processes.  Keeping track of budget-related and work planning deadlines and coordinating budget meetings with the Finance Department. Tracking and inputting data into the organization's monitoring and evaluation system.
  • Providing support and periodic training to new legal assistants, as necessary.
  • Assisting with research, drafting, and preparation of legal submissions, internal memos and materials for publication, as needed.
  • On behalf of Global Advocacy team, schedule regular and ad hoc meetings with regional teams and other depts and coordinate outreach to develop an agenda. 
  • Providing other administrative support as requested by the Directors.


  • Strong commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values.
  • B.A. degree or foreign equivalent is required
  • 2 or more years of experience in an administrative position Experience in providing administrative support and schedule and calendar coordination
  • Experience in organizing events and handling logistical tasks such as travel arrangements
  • Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and use of email
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills
  • Experience in project administration, including budget management
  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Experience with producing materials for publication, including proof-reading and cite-checking
  • Strong time management skills, attention to detail and working to deadlines
  • Ability to balance multiple tasks and coordinate with different departments
  • Commitment to reproductive rights and women's human rights issues
  • Experience working with NGOs, and particularly INGOs, is a plus
  • Basic knowledge about the law, legal writing, and different legal systems is a plus
  • Basic knowledge about human rights and of UN and/or regional human rights system is a plus
  • Proficiency in French, Spanish and/or Russian is a plus

Compensation: The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply.  A cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position.  Please include these application materials as attachments.

Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.  We strongly encourage candidates from all groups and communities to apply.





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