The New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) is looking for creative, strategically-minded applicants for the Executive Director position at the New Civil Liberties Alliance, founded by Professor Philip Hamburger.
The NCLA is a non-profit, public interest law firm, which engages in pro-bono litigation to defend the liberty established by the Constitution. It focuses primarily on fighting administrative power and conditions on spending where they systematically threaten constitutional freedoms, including the freedom of speech, jury rights, and due process.
The NCLA acts in coordination with other civil rights organizations. Rather than try to resist administrative power wherever it threatens substantive rights and interests, it works against the administrative mechanisms (such as Chevron and Auer deference) that repeatedly threaten constitutionally protected rights.
The NCLA is supported entirely by contributions from foundations and individuals.
Overview: The Executive Director reports to the President and is responsible for the day-to-day operations and the development of the NCLA. As a new venture, the NCLA will need the Executive Director to work with the President to build out the organization’s structure, strategic plan, and team. The NCLA will also need the Executive Director to work with initial funders and keep them informed about the organization’s progress.
The NCLA plans to tailor the Executive Director role around the ideal candidate’s particular skills and abilities. Above all, we are interested in finding someone who will be a long-term culture fit and thrive in this public interest law firm. Strong candidates will be gifted in one or more of the following areas:
- Collaborate with the President to set strategic goals and to ensure the smooth execution of programmatic priorities
- Oversee the day-to-day operations of the NCLA
- Serve as a primary point of contact for the organization
- Work with the President and Board to monitor and project expenses for the organization
- Supervise hiring and expansion of the organization and develop communications and fundraising teams
Communications and Networks
- Develop and maintain relationships with academics, other intellectuals, litigators, and non-profits with related interests
- Identify talent and contractors the organization should work with to establish its identity and complement litigation
- Oversee development, either directly or through a Director of Development.
Strong candidates will possess many (though not necessarily all) of the following characteristics:
- Substantial experience in managing a company or a non-profit or in high-level legal practice, the public policy arena, or government service.
- Prior experience in supervising and managing junior staff
- Experience in communications, media and messaging
- Willingness to assist fundraising is a must
- Passion for combating the administrative state is essential
- J.D. or other advanced degree preferred, but not necessary
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF with your name in the file title:
- Cover letter indicating:
- your salary requirements,
- your preference for being located in New York City or Washington DC,
- why you are interested in the position,
- any other writing samples, including academic writing, you think relevant
Please include “Executive Director, NCLA – Your Name” in the subject line of your email.
Materials should be emailed in one PDF document to Lauren Skiver with Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.