Director of Litigation

04 Sep, 2023


Director of Litigation

Compassion & Choices

Compassion & Choices is seeking a Director of Litigation to help advance our advocacy, medical outreach and education efforts across the country.

This position is primarily responsible for advancing litigation within the Legal & Policy Department, a small but vibrant team of eight attorneys and two support staff responsible for affirmative litigation, legislative lawyering and policy development.  Our litigation includes all aspects of end-of-life care with a particular focus on fundamental constitutional issues related to maintaining bodily autonomy in both state and federal courts.

This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned, entrepreneurial legal professional who has an interest in helping to shape a more equitable, patient-directed end-of-life healthcare system.  The subject matter is often emotionally-charged and controversial and routinely  faces forceful opposition. The ideal candidate must be comfortable working in collaboration with other program staff, outside counsel, and stakeholders who come from different walks of life and hold differing political views.

This is a full-time, remotely-located (Portland-preferred), salaried position reporting to the Chief Legal Advocacy Officer & General Counsel. Compensation offered will be commensurate with experience.

We offer excellent benefits including employer-shared medical and dental insurance premiums, employer-paid short- and long-term disability, life and accidental death & dismemberment insurance, flexible spending account for medical and child care, commuter pre-tax benefit, eligibility to participate in 401K with generous 5% employer match and 100% vested at time of eligibility, 12 paid holidays, 17 PTO days first year, and personal days.

This position is primarily responsible for:

  • Implement our strategic vision by engaging in high quality impact litigation;
  • Lead and support teams of attorneys litigating impact lawsuits;
  • Mentor, advise, and supervise attorneys and advocates at all levels to help develop litigation skills;
  • Collaborate closely with the Chief Legal Advocacy Officer to strategize about and coordinate advocacy efforts;
  • Supervise and review work-product of litigation teams;
  • Cultivate relationships and work with pro bono litigation partners;
  • Develop and refine litigation protocols to advance a cohesive litigation strategy nationwide;
  • Maintain litigation management and support systems;
  • Become a subject matter expert on end of life care and choice issues;
  • Represent and speak on behalf of Compassion & Choices in various legal, legislative and professional settings, as needed;
  • Communicate complex ideas and concepts both verbally and in writing in a clear, concise and persuasive manner;
  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to advocate for a common goal with experience serving as a bridge between principled advocacy, the political reality of moving legislation forward and the needs of external stakeholders while maintaining ethical standards;
  • Work independently in a collaborative environment and under sometimes extreme time pressures, including working long hours as priorities require;
  • Monitor industry and litigation activity with potential impact on organizational goals.
  • Develop and manage department metrics;
  • Calmly manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment;
  • Develop and enforce the implementation of team standard operating procedures in accordance with best practices;
  • Empower team members and guide career development;
  • Provide leadership for litigation staff, including coaching, development, support, work prioritization, performance management, morale, retention and recruiting of top talent;
  • Interact with all levels of the organization; must be able to share organization’s vision and develop and deliver supporting plans;
  • Develop and prepare reports and dashboards to feature the team’s work;
  • Oversee the design and conduct of training sessions for internal and external users as needed;
  • Partner with staff to ensure consistency of litigation content across all internal and external channels;
  • Serve as a representative for litigation work as assigned.
  • Participate in trainings designed to foster best practices across,  and a sense of belonging within, the organization.
  • Support of all C&C efforts as requested; including, but not limited to, activities such as identifying prospects, briefing donors, alerting staff of fundraising opportunities, reaching out to donors, participating in phone-athons, etc.
  • Timely and accurate completion of related reports (such as company credit card statements, performance reviews, time cards, etc.).
  • Demonstrates commitment to and active support of C&C’s Diversity & Inclusion program.
  • Must be able and willing to travel throughout the country for court hearings, conferences and team meetings (overnight and possible weekends). Up to 20% travel.
  • Other duties as required.

Required Qualifications (You will be a good fit if you have the following): Of note, the requirements listed below represent the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience:

  • At least eight (8) years of legal experience, with a minimum of five (5) years of significant litigation experience including extensive motion and/or trial practice. At least five (5) years of experience leading team(s) of less experienced litigators and demonstrable success working with expert litigators in the private sector, government, or other contexts. Fifteen (15) total years of experience preferred.
  • Juris Doctor granted by an ABA approved law school.
  • Working knowledge of MacOS, MS Office, Google Suite, Legal, Legislative and Academic research tools, Adobe Acrobat,  etc. Specific knowledge of LexisNexis and Clio a plus.
  • Experience working with outside counsel, legislative advocates, community stakeholders and media professionals preferred.
  • Subject matter expertise in state and federal constitutional law and/or end-of-life health care preferred.
  • Experience working in a matrixed organization is preferred.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Active U.S. law license. Willingness and ability to become a member of the Oregon State Bar.

Values:  Must be energized by the idea of working at an organization with the following values:

  • Compassionate in our conviction that dying patients should be free of unwanted treatment, suffering or outside interference.
  • Respectful of the autonomy of individuals to decide what end-of-life options are best for them and their family.
  • Courageous in our willingness to confront the toughest end-of-life health challenges, disrupt the broken status quo and protect an individual’s right to self-determination.
  • Credible in all our education, advocacy and partnerships — our efforts are grounded in objective research and demonstrable facts.
  • Resilient in our capacity to respond to opportunities and threats in the movement so that we can achieve our vision as quickly as possible.

How to Apply:

Current resume and cover letter should be submitted as one PDF document. In your cover letter, please (1) indicate how your personal philosophy aligns with our mission, (2) provide a brief summary of your directly related experience, and (3) provide your salary expectation (with a specific amount/range vs ‘negotiable’).

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About Compassion & Choices

Across the nation, Compassion & Choices works to create a society that affirms life and accepts the inevitability of death, embraces expanded options for compassionate dying and empowers everyone to choose end-of-life care that reflects their values, priorities and beliefs. To make this vision a reality, we improve care, expand options and empower everyone to chart their end-of-life journey.  Organizational priorities for this position include: 1) integrating medical aid in dying into standard medical care; 2) legitimizing advance care planning for dementia and 3) improving the delivery of culturally competent care to historically underserved populations.

Compassion & Choices is committed to building a staff that reflects the diverse communities that make up our country. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and recruit, hire, train, promote, and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to age, color, creed, disability, economic status, ethnic identity, gender identity, national origin race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veterans status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Job posted: 2023-09-04