Senior Program Manager, Global Advocacy

Job Title: Senior Program Manager, Global Advocacy

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, 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 Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its current and 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 ground-breaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, has 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 55 countries.

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The Role: 

The Senior Program Manager, Global Advocacy is a new role within the Center, developed as a result of the organization's increased footprint in reproductive rights in conflict settings, and expanded fundraising efforts with bilateral donors. This position will play a key role within the Global Advocacy team, ensuring the Center's new Conflict Program is executed effectively, providing management to key members of the Global Advocacy team, ensuring systems and processes are implemented to effectively to support the Conflict program, coordinating and managing internal processes to secure bilateral support, and working with the Global Advocacy Director in oversight and management of the Global Advocacy budget and work planning. In this role, the Senior Program Manager will report to the Senior Global Advocacy Adviser. The Senior Program Manager will also work closely with the other members of the Global Advocacy team, as well as the global regional teams, Operations, MEL, Development and Communications. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for two years from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding. 

The position will be based in the Center's New York City office.


  • Oversee the day-to-day activities and coordinate the inter-program and inter-departmental work on Conflict; coordinate inter-program and inter-departmental work on the Global Gag Rule (as required); and support, as needed, internal preparation for bids for bilateral government support;
  • Support the operational, budgeting, and reporting aspects of the strategic and annual planning process on behalf of the Global Advocacy team;
  • Support oversight of the day-to-day budget for Global Advocacy including managing administrative spending, participating in budget reprojection meetings and signatory (when appropriate) on partnership agreements and contracts; 
  • Draft, develop and copyedit written communications such as memos, emails, contracts and presentations; 
  • Develop and manage internal communications related to the work on humanitarian settings to improve and increase relevant communication flow from and through departments and the regional offices; ensuring consistency and transparency;
  • Support Conflict program on development of security travel plans, as needed, in with close coordination with Global Regional Teams, Global Operations & Administration and the HR team; 
  • Serve as a key system point for Global Advocacy in developing processes, systems, and supports that enhance a growing team; 
  • Support planning and strategy for team building and capacity building trainings as appropriate; 
  • Maintain a current and robust understanding of the Center's programmatic work, particularly in relation to the work in humanitarian settings around the world;
  • Coordinate with cross-functional teams to ensure that preparatory material comes together in a timely manner with an exceedingly high level of quality and accuracy, especially with regards to unit work planning, budgeting, and quarterly reporting; 
  • Coordinate closely with the Legal Assistant related to budgeting, long-term scheduling and projects; and, 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Critical Position Behaviors: 

  • Collaborative: Brings a track record of working effectively with various and diverse individuals and groups. A willingness to actively listen and invite different views and opinions across all levels of the institution to build alignment in support of a common goal.
  • Adaptive/flexible: Has a can do/will do attitude and demonstrates comfort with ambiguity and calculated risk-taking.
  • Accountability:  Holds themselves and others accountable.
  • Initiative: Effectively responds to pressure or crisis situations and acts professionally.  Uses resources well.  Follows through on ideas, assignments and open issues.  Must possess a "can-do" and "will-do" attitude.
  • Integrity: Possesses impeccable integrity and personal and professional values that are consistent with the Center's high standards and mission.
  • Transparency: Consistently applies openness and honesty in communicating decisions and plans to team members and others at the Center.
  • Commitment to learn:  Receives and provides feedback and constructive criticism professionally.  Applies a growth mentality to their own and their team's development.  Promotes a culture of learning by modeling inquisitiveness and an openness to viewing mistakes as an opportunity to learn and improve.
  • Empathy: An empathetic, approachable team player and supervisor who engenders trust and confidence, with an inherent ability to interact positively with all members of the Center staff.
  • Independent Worker/Thinker: Must have the ability to work independently and in a team setting. 
  • Confident:  Must possess and exhibit a level of confidence in themselves and his/her work, but be able to take direction and criticism professionally. 
  • Results Oriented: Ability to achieve results and complete assignments in a timely manner.


  • Strong commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values;
  • Minimum of a Master's degree required; MBA preferred;  
  • 7-10 years of professional experience;
  • Experience directly managing staff required;
  • Significant program and project management experience required;
  • Experience in change management desired;
  • Ability to see and understand the big picture and translate into strategic processes;
  • Experienced in facilitating teams to develop collaborative processes;
  • Demonstrated excellent writing and verbal communications skills;
  • Ability to draft and copyedit written communication effectively such as memos, talking points, presentations and emails;
  • Excellent computer skills and comfort working with database programs, CRMs, etc.;
  • Solutions-oriented approach with strong analytical/reasoning skills;
  • Must be able to work proactively and independently, multi-task, and work under tight deadlines; and,
  • Dependability, diplomacy, strong organizational skills, and a sense of humor are necessary.

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, writing sample, and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position.  Please submit all of your materials as a single PDF under either the cv/resume or cover letter upload option.

Deadline for Applications:  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  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 people from all groups and communities to apply.

Please note that all genuine Center openings must be applied through the Center website.  The Center does not charge a fee at any stage in the recruitment process (application, interviews, or selection). Nor does it request any medical examinations or bank account information as part of this process.  If someone contacts, you on behalf of the Center requesting payment for your application, please notify before taking any further action.   

Global Legal Program
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