WEI Legal Assistant

updated August 2019

Women Enabled International (WEI) is looking for an exceptionally well organized and detail-oriented Legal Assistant to join our Washington, DC office to support WEI in the fulfillment of our mission to advance the rights of women and girls with disabilities worldwide. 

Meticulous, organized, proactive, creative, and persistent, the Legal Assistant will be deft at juggling multiple responsibilities. In addition to being an extraordinary administrative professional, the Legal Assistant must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills with the tact and cultural competency to communicate with our global partners and external stakeholders. The Legal Assistant will provide research, writing, editing, administrative, logistical, and communications support.  With responsibilities that range from finalizing publications and written submissions to human rights mechanisms to arranging complex travel itineraries and driving logistics for global meetings, the Legal Assistant must exemplify excellence in every task, large or small. Anticipated division of duties will be about 50% administrative/logistical, 30% programmatic, and 20% communications. This is a challenging and exciting position, with a unique vantage point into the operations of a rising global women’s rights and disability rights organization.

Ideal candidates will commit to 2 years in the position. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
This position is full-time and based in our Washington, D.C. office, working with our team based in Washington, D.C. and New York City, and will begin by mid-September.

 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Edit, proof-read, bluebook, and fact check publications;
  • Assist with preparation and finalization of materials for submission to human rights bodies;
  • Undertake research and draft short memos and reports as needed for internal purposes;
  • Provide administrative support to WEI’s legal, development, and operations teams, including maintaining files, maintaining calendars, scheduling meetings and taking minutes, making copies, sending mail, drafting correspondence, making travel arrangements, and managing and maintaining database records;
  • Coordinate and serve as a main point of contact for international convenings and other special events, including handling invitations and RSVPs, supporting travel arrangements and visa applications, liaising with hotel and/or meeting venue, assisting with the development of event materials, and other logistics;
  • Coordinate publication processes, including by liaising with program staff and WEI’s graphic designer and webwoman to develop timelines and schedules;
  • Support the drafting of WEI annual reports and grant reporting;
  • Assist the development team with funder research;
  • Draft and format e-alerts and maintain email alert database;
  • Draft posts for and assist with the management of WEI’s social media presence on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Linked In, using a social media dashboard and recruit and supervise social media interns;
  • Maintain and update WEI’s Global Map of disabled women’s rights, women’s rights and other relevant organizations;
  • Create effective knowledge management and sharing systems to strengthen institutional memory and contribute to monitoring, evaluation, and learning initiatives; and
  • Perform other administrative support, as assigned.

Position may require some domestic and international travel.

 

Qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to the rights of women with disabilities and reproductive rights.
  • B.A., with a preference for applicants who have a degree in a relevant field.
  • Minimum 1-2 years of experience in an administrative position.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook; familiarity with Zoom, Survey Monkey, Mailchimp, and social media dashboards.
  • Excellent verbal communication, writing, and research skills.
  • Experience with producing materials for publication.
  • Experience in designing and implementing a social media program.
  • Well-organized, commitment to producing high-quality work product, and steadfast attention to detail.
  • Analysis, judgment, and problem-solving skills.
  • Quick learner with the ability to self-start.
  • A collaborative spirit and the ability to balance multiple tasks.
  • Ability to work with diverse communities and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Experience organizing in-person conferences, meetings and events, including making international travel arrangements.
  • International experience desirable.
  • Proficiency in Spanish a plus, but not required.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.

 

Location:  The position is located in Washington, D.C.

Compensation: Competitive, commensurate with experience

 

 


To Apply:

Applications should be sent to Personnel@WomenEnabled.org, and must include a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample and contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and should be received by August 23, 2019. 

Please include ‘Legal Assistant’ in the email subject line.

No telephone inquiries please. Only complete applications will be reviewed and only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

 


WEI works at the intersection of women’s rights and disability rights to advance the rights of all women and girls with disabilities around the world. Through advocacy and education, WEI increases international attention to—and strengthens international human rights standards on—issues such as violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and rights, access to justice, education, legal capacity, and humanitarian emergencies. Working in collaboration with women with disabilities rights organizations and women’s rights organizations worldwide, WEI fosters cooperation across movements to improve understanding and develop cross-cutting advocacy strategies to realize the rights of all women and girls.

WEI is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and actively seeks a diverse applicant pool. WEI encourages candidates of all races, genders and gender identities, ages, abilities, orientations, ethnicities, and national origins to apply. WEI is committed to working with individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of this position due to a disability. 

 

 

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