Global Program Associate

Movement Law Lab
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Dec 22

Position description

Movement Law Lab (MLL or the Lab) is hiring a Global Program Associate that will be responsible for organizing, implementing and executing programs and activities for MLL’s Global Programs in coordination with the strategy, vision and direction of the Global Programs Director and Executive Director. 

About Movement Law Lab

Movement Law Lab is committed to building power in marginalized communities of color by growing the field of movement lawyering. Movement lawyering strategically combines law and community organizing to protect, defend, and embolden social movements. Movement Law Lab is building the field of movement lawyering by:

  • Directly partnering with social movements to build legal infrastructure for burgeoning campaigns, fights and movement moments. 
  • Training lawyers and legal organizations on movement lawyering.
  • Organizing local, national and international networks of movement lawyers to share skills, exchange lessons, and jointly tackle pressing challenges.
  • Hosting fellowships and innovation residencies for movement lawyers to launch, scale, replicate or expand brilliant movement lawyering projects 
  • Supporting the leadership of visionary movement lawyers--especially movement lawyers coming from the communities they are working in--be it people of color, indigenous, women, queer, transgender and people coming from low-income backgrounds.

Our goal is to launch, build, and steward a new generation of dynamic, collaborative and versatile legal organizations committed to using law to build the power of social movements.

Position Overview

This position is tasked with helping the Global Programs Director to develop and manage programming and infrastructure to support the Global Network of Movement Lawyers (GNML or the Network) and other strains of MLL’s work that are global in dimension. 

The Network is made up of visionary movement lawyers and legal advocates from 25 countries that provide legal support to a broad range of social movements across the world. The lawyers in this network are on the frontlines of fighting for a healthy, sustainable environment; just global economic systems that respect the right to self-determination and are not built on exploitation and extraction; robust democratic institutions and accountability mechanisms; and dignity and freedom from violence for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexuality, socioeconomic status, disability, religion or other identity. Movement Law Lab is building this Network so we can strengthen each other’s work and lay the foundation for transnational collaboration. As such, this position will involve working across multiple issue areas, geographies, languages and political contexts. 

Job Responsibilities

Reporting to the Global Programs Director, the Global Program Associate will support: 

Program Development

  • Coordinating, planning, and executing virtual programming (webinars, work group calls, etc.) including building timelines, backwards planning and coordinating logistics.
  • Coordinating, planning, and executing in-person events (conferences, regional gatherings, etc.) when possible in the future, including building timelines, backwards planning and coordinating logistics.
  • Coordinating, planning, designing and producing written materials or media content for the website and social media. 
  • Keeping abreast of matters of global importance, including preparing research memos or issue briefs as needed.
  • Developing an evaluation method to assess program strengths and identify areas for improvement.

Network Building/Membership Support

  • Scheduling, drafting and sending regular communications to Network members.
  • Scheduling and preparing materials for regular Steering Committee meetings. 
  • Conducting surveys, meetings, and interviews with a diverse set of Network members and stakeholders. 
  • Developing videos, reports, and other multimedia work-product with input by Network members, consultants and external partners.
  • Managing and resolving language access needs of Network Members.



  • Taking meeting notes & migrating tasks into a shared task management system and maintaining shared drive and files. 
  • Working with the MLL Operations Manager to manage all global program vendors and consultants. This includes search, negotiation, contract drafting, invoices, and payments to all vendors and consultants.
  • Researching secure technological and software tools to support virtual programming, network work groups, and member communication. 
  • Monitoring and tracking budgets, revenue, expenses for all global programs.
  • Documenting and compiling information for reports and fundraising materials. 
  • Supporting the Global Programs Director in scheduling and meeting preparation.
  • Attending regular staff meetings and working in coordination with the MLL team to execute the organizational work. 


  • 3+ years of proven experience in program management and event planning.
  • Proven experience working on a team.
  • Ability to work in a self-directed manner, creatively problem-solve and respond to unexpected challenges.
  • Ability and willingness to work with new technology including digital platforms. 
  • Willingness to travel, if the need arises and public health permitting.
  • Basic knowledge of digital security preferred. 
  • Fluency in at least one of the following languages: Spanish, French, Arabic, Portuguese or Bahasa Indonesian. 
  • Preferred: Advanced Degree (or equivalent experience): Law Degree (JD or LLM) or Masters in International Affairs, Human Rights, Public Administration, or related field. 


In short, you are the right fit for this position if you:

  • Are extremely well-organized and detail-oriented;
  • Have a collaborative work style and work well in teams;
  • Have had a lifelong commitment to racial justice and global economic justice;
  • Are a systems-thinker and have experience building program management systems from the ground up;
  • Have a ravenous appetite for news and scholarship in a range of disciplines, including: international relations, social movements, law, history and the global economic system;
  • Like to go down rabbit holes on both micro-issues (what is the best technological platform for global information exchange?) and macro-issues (how must human rights legal institutions transform to meet the problems of our day?);
  • Are self-motivated and approach challenges with creativity and willingness to problem-solve; 
  • Are highly adaptable and able to pivot nimbly as circumstances may require;
  • Enjoy trying out new tech/software tools that help support systems and networks


Salary and Benefits:

Movement Law Lab is a project of and fiscally sponsored by NEO Philanthropy. Through NEO Philanthropy, this position is offered a full benefits package, including 100% medical coverage for the employee and 90% medical coverage for dependents; 100% coverage for vision, dental, life/AD&D, long-term disability.  NEO also offers a 401K retirement savings plan, Healthcare Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA), Medical FSA, Dependent Care FSA, commuter benefits, Employee Assistance Program, paid time off, and other supplemental benefits.  

Salary:  Salary range is between $65,000 - $70,000 per year.

Position Basis: Full-time, overtime-exempt, remote-based.

NEO Philanthropy is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected status. Women, people of color, LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Application instructions

Please send a cover letter, resume, at least two references and writing sample (3-5 pages). Combine all documents into one continuous PDF and name the document in the following format: FirstName_LastName - Global Program Associate; e.g. “Jane_Doe - Global Program Associate”; please make the subject line of your email the same title. This position will remain open until filled. Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until it is filled, but preference will be given to those who apply by midnight ET on Jan 15. 

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