SVP Global Legal Program

New York, United States
Apoorva Tyagi
Role managed by
Apoorva Tyagi Researcher

About the Center for Reproductive Rights

The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the global leader in using the power of law to advance reproductive rights as fundamental human rights. 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. Headquartered in New York City, the Center currently has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC. It has an annual operating budget of $35 million, which is augmented by an additional $17 million annually in donated pro bono services from more than 600 attorneys for 42 counties.

Mission & Vision

The Center for Reproductive Rights uses the power of law to advance reproductive rights as fundamental human rights around the world.

The Center envisions a world where every person participates with dignity as an equal member of society, regardless of gender. Where every woman is free to decide whether or when to have children and whether to get married; where access to quality reproductive health care is guaranteed; and where every woman can make these decisions free from coercion or discrimination.

The Center are legal innovators seeking to fundamentally transform the landscape of reproductive health and rights worldwide and have already strengthened laws and policies in more than 50 countries.

Global Legal Program

The Center’s Global Legal Program has secured landmark legal victories in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, maternal health, contraception, and safe abortion services, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage. It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies. In addition to shaping law and policy on reproductive rights, the Center has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 60 countries and established legal networks in Africa and South Asia.

The Center for Reproductive Rights (www.reproductiverights.org/ ) has retained SRI Executive Search (www.sri-executive.com ) to assist with their search for an exceptional candidate to fill the position of the Senior Vice President, Global Legal Program.

This is a full-time position and the successful candidate will be permanently placed at Center for Reproductive Rights’s headquarters in New York.


The role of Senior Vice President, Global Legal Program is critical for the success of The Center for Reproductive Rights. Reporting directly to Chief Strategy and Operating Officer (CSOO) and working closely with the CEO, the SVP Global serves as a member of the Center’s Executive Team and provides strategic vision for the Center’s global leadership role.

This position will lead the Executive Team in envisioning, implementing, and coordinating a sweeping portfolio of programs in service of the organization’s ambitious goals for the continued transformation of the human rights landscape with respect to reproductive rights, health, and justice.

The SVP Global will have the benefit of the Center’s many strengths:

  • A compelling global human rights mission and an outstanding reputation for quality and excellence that has won the respect of policymakers, legal, governmental, and NGO partners, opinion leaders, journalists, and clients.
  • Membership on a dynamic Executive Team, including partnership with the CEO whose visionary leadership has guided the Center’s extraordinary growth trajectory.
  • An unsurpassed legal team with a track record of boldness, innovation, and success.
  • An organization dedicated to strategic growth, impact, and global presence, with a commitment to utilizing cutting edge approaches and best practices, including recruiting and investing in its top-flight staff.
  • An organizational philosophy that supports innovation, transparency, and accountability as well as a commitment to monitoring and evaluating impact to ensure the highest program quality and effectiveness.
  • A strategic, creative, and multi-faceted communications program.
  • A strong balance sheet and funding base, with 7 straight years of budget growth.
  • Pro bono support of leading global law firms valued annually at more than $17 million that augments the Center's $35 million operating budget.
  • An engaged and experienced Board of Directors.
  • Investment in enterprise information systems and platforms and forward-thinking management of processes, technology, and data.

Role Profile: Senior Vice President

The SVP Global is specifically responsible for leading and overseeing the Center’s global legal, policy, and capacity-building teams, and is primarily responsible for harnessing and coordinating their power to drive transformational social change and monitoring and evaluating impact. 

Along with the CEO and CSOO, the SVP Global is accountable for the achievement of all key programmatic goals and objectives.  The SVP Global is also responsible for enhancing the reputation and vision of the Center by staying abreast of global human-rights developments and speaking publicly and serving as a thought leader on critical global issues affecting the work of the Center.

The SVP Global oversees a department with 55 staff based in 4 regional offices and New York that is targeted to grow to 86 by FY21 under the Center’s current Strategic Plan.


Duties and Responsibilities:

The selected candidate will be responsible for the following tasks:

Strategic Planning

  • With the Executive Team, provide strategic vision and direction for the Center’s role as a global leader on the advancement and protection of reproductive rights—playing a leading role in the development of both the organization’s long-term strategic plans and shorter-term tactical plans for achieving key objectives.
  • In consultation with the CSOO, establish key organizational and program goals, priorities, benchmarks, and timetables, and ensure they are met in a timely and effective way. Generate ideas and develop systems for fostering innovative thinking and robust partnerships in support of strategic plan implementation.


Annual Planning and Implementation

  • Provide strategic guidance, oversight, and support to regional and UN advocacy programs in developing and implementing annual plans in support of the Center’s strategic objectives and priorities.
  • Ensure alignment and effective implementation of program activities across the institution.

External Relations

  • As appropriate, represent the Center with senior levels of government, UN and regional bodies, foundations, NGOs, and media.
  • Foster positive, strategic and effective collaborations with NGOs, policy makers, private-sector lawyers, and other strategic partners around the globe. 
  • Present in public forums on critical global issues impacting the work of the Center, supporting the Center’s development initiatives where appropriate.

Leadership and Management

  • Serve as a key leader on the Center’s Executive Team, working collaboratively to ensure coordination between programs and the Center’s other departments and initiatives.
  • Supervise key program leaders, providing direction, feedback, and support to enhance their ability to perform at their maximum potential.
  • Establish streamlined and efficient processes and protocols to ensure cross-departmental collaboration among programs and coordination with the Center’s communications, development, and administrative operations.
  • Work closely with the CEO and CSOO to move strategic plan and priorities forward.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Oversee collection and analyzing of the data necessary to track program effectiveness and impact.
  • Support the Board’s Strategic Plan Oversight Committee.

Resource Development

  • Work closely with the CEO, CSOO, Chief Development Officer (CDO) and other members of the Executive Team and Board to establish and support organizational fundraising goals.
  • Support successful cultivation and partnerships with Government Donors
  • Expand the scope and impact of the Center’s pro bono partnerships.

Required Experience and Qualifications:


The ideal candidate will hold a Law degree and expertise in international law and global governance mechanisms.

Relevant Experience 

  • Minimum 15 years of substantial, strategic, senior-level experience working with and leading global programs, including management of remote staff, relocation and expansion of offices, and change-management.
  • Experience with documentation of human rights violations a plus.
  • A highly sophisticated understanding of and substantial experience with the role of legal strategies in transformational social change; a track record in conceiving and implementing a progressive change agenda encompassing impact litigation, legislative and administrative reform, public education, advocacy campaigns, and human rights strategies. Political experience a plus.
  • Excellent political skills, judgment, and credibility in the legal field, as well as the vision and ability to effectively manage challenges and opportunities, identify priorities, and implement a creative, actionable program with strategic partners.
  • Extensive and robust network of contacts among decision-makers and organizations in the field of law reform globally.
  • Effective and persuasive communications and presentation skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to strengthen the Center’s relationships with partner organizations around the world and with current and potential donors.
  • Excellent leadership and management skills, including the capacity to attract, develop, inspire, and retain staff, and a successful track record of driving organizational change and transformation through supervision of and collaboration with staff in a manner that is flexible and supportive, yet ensures accountability.
  • Sophisticated understanding of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • Experience in capacity-building and training initiatives using a human rights and women’s rights framework.
  • Significant professional experience based in Africa, Asia or Latin America.
  • Track record of working with and building teams of diverse nationalities and cultural background.
  • Ability to travel 50% of the time.
  • Fluency in English required; fluency in second language, particularly Spanish or French, a plus.
  • Experience with U.S. 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations a plus.
  • Commitment to the Center’s mission and values.

Personal Characteristics

 The ideal candidate will be:

  • A high-profile leader on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • Skilled at recruiting, developing, and retaining a diverse team.
  • A collaborative and team-oriented leader who can take charge, build support, act decisively, and effect change.
  • Outgoing and straightforward; able to actively listen and communicate concisely, respecting colleagues' strengths and expertise, and eliciting their best ideas and decisions and able to compromise effectively when necessary.
  • Able to act with a sense of urgency and turn things around quickly.
  • Emotionally mature and confident, with good judgment and a sense of humor.
  • Highly ethical and committed to exceptional work quality and standards; an individual of unquestioned integrity with the ability to inspire the trust of Board members, executives, and staff at all levels.

Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time position with the successful candidate being permanently placed. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. They strongly encourage candidates from all groups and communities to apply.


If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to Ms. Apoorva Tyagi at [email protected] on or before January 20th 2019. All information will be in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

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