Senior Director, Legal and Compliance

Location: Bay Area, CA
Division: Operations
Department: Legal and Compliance
Reports to: Chief Operating Officer
Start Date: ASAP
Position type: Full time, exempt

Organizational Background
Founded as a project of the Tides Center in 2016, Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ) is a multi-state organization that aims to win new safety priorities in large incarceration states across the country. At a time of immense opportunity, ASJ partners with leaders and advocates to advance state criminal justice reform through policy advocacy, coalition building, research, education, and strategic communications. ASJ also brings together diverse crime survivors and people with past convictions to advance policies that help communities most harmed by crime and violence.

ASJ’s partner organization, Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ), has been leading state advocacy efforts to replace over-incarceration in California with new safety priorities since its inception in 2012. With a substantial California staff and a strong track record, CSJ operates as ASJ’s flagship state advocacy effort. In 2021, ASJ became an independent 501(c)3 organization, while our 501(c)4, Alliance for Safety and Justice Action Fund, remains a project of Tides Advocacy.

Position Summary

The Alliance for Safety and Justice seeks a highly experienced legal professional to support the development of ASJ’s Legal and Compliance Department during this time of growth. The Senior Director, Legal & Compliance will oversee the management of all c3 and c4 legal, risk, insurance, and compliance functions, including but not limited to incoming and outgoing, lobbying, registrations/reporting, and general and professional liability insurance coverages. Housed within the Operations Division, this role will partner closely with all Operations Departments including Grants and Contracts, HR, STT, and Finance and Accounting, as well as departments across the organization and external stakeholders to ensure that legal and compliance practices are implemented cohesively and consistently.

Primary Responsibilities

Contract and Lobbying Legal Oversight (35%)

  • Review and revise contractual agreements and advise on contract terms and negotiations
  • Proofread, edit, and fact-check legal documents for accuracy and consistency
  • Develop, implement, and oversee the use of a lobbying time tracking system for staff and contractors, including adding or removing staff, answering questions, following up as needed 
  • Advise staff on legal matters as it relates to contracts, agreements, lobbying, and/or compliance

Insurance, Compliance, and Risk Management (35%)

  • Identify compliance and risk issues reflected in contractual, grant, and other legal agreements and escalate issues to relevant internal and external stakeholders
  • Respond to inquiries concerning existing contractual, grant, and legal obligations and termination of contracts
  • Collaborate with the Grants/Contracts Department on initiatives related to contracting and granting processes
  • Collaborate with with the Development Department on initiatives related to grant awards, cash donation, and/or other fundraising activities
  • Ensure that terms and conditions, corporate records, lobbying activities, and other ASJ activities comply with ASJ policies and applicable laws and regulations
  • Ensure that the terms of agreements are written in language that is legally binding and in accordance with ASJ’s goals
  • Prepare lobbying registrations and reports for review

Leadership and Operations (20%)

  • Develop, supervise, evaluate, and retain a highly-qualified Legal and Compliance team 
  • Foster a culture of innovation, transparency, and accountability
  • Balance and prioritize the needs of the team with organization direction and capacity
  • Maintain oversight of all Legal and Compliance projects, ensuring that commitments are properly planned, staffed, monitored, and reported
  • Develop and oversee the implementation and management of annual strategic plans that align with department and organization-wide deliverables

ASJ External Representative (10%)

  • Manage ASJ’s legal, insurance, lobbying, and compliance partnerships
  • Oversee negotiation and administration of contracts, agreements, and other legal obligations
  • Attend meetings with external stakeholders to advise, discuss, and/or negotiate on legal and compliance related matters
  • Attend industry related user groups and/or affinity organizations as a representative of ASJ, when applicable

Experience & Qualifications

  • Law degree/professional work experience as an attorney required
  • California bar certification preferred
  • Nonprofit law experience preferred, particularly with law, compliance, or risk management
  • A passion for advancing social justice, racial justice, and criminal justice reform
  • Experience working alongside staff from a range of backgrounds and in communities directly impacted by crime violence and over-incarceration
  • Experience working within a growing institution or start-up; strong interest in building processes and systems
  • Proven track record in writing policies and procedures; ability to see the through line from concept to implementation, management and tracking
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with solid public speaking skills
  • Ability to break down complex information into a step by step processes; experience using project management and communication software such as Asana, Slack, etc. is a plus
  • Minimum 7 years of previous experience working within a large, multi-state nonprofit or multi-faceted program management role; campaign environment preferred
  • Supervision experience required

Working Physical Conditions

  • Must be based in California; Bay Area preferred
  • Work is normally performed in an interior office setting which does not subject the employee to any hazardous or unusual element
  • Occasional travel, as identified
  • Requires use of a desktop, laptop, or video display terminal
  • Requires routine physical movements with limited physical exertion
  • Ability to communicate, receive and understand information through oral and written communication and proofread and check documents for accuracy
  • Requires communicating information with co-workers, stakeholders, and/or the public; reading correspondence, instructions, and/or technical documents; writing correspondence and/or reports and filling in forms

Compensation and Benefits

Salary will be commensurate with experience. The Alliance for Safety and Justice offers a competitive benefits package including health/vision/dental insurance, retirement 403b match benefit and paid sick, holiday, and vacation leave.

To Apply 

Applications should be sent to [email protected] with a reference to Senior Director, Legal & Compliance in the subject line. Please send a cover letter indicating your interest in ASJ, the role and your related experience, your resume, and 3-4 professional references.

The Alliance for Safety and Justice is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application. Employment with Alliance for Safety and Justice is at-will. This means that employees are not guaranteed employment for a set time and that they or ASJ may end employment at any time, with or without notice, and with or without cause. No manager, supervisor, or employee of Alliance for Safety and Justice has the authority to enter into any agreement modifying the at-will nature of employment. 

Last Updated: 9/22/21