Executive Director

Jane’s Due Process, Inc. (JDP) is seeking our next Executive Director to lead us in our work to ensure legal representation for and otherwise serve pregnant minors in Texas. For this key role, JDP seeks an experienced, passionate leader and advocate, who will effectively manage the organization’s lean staff and resources, engage and inspire supporters, funders and volunteers, build and maintain strategic partnerships with other organizations and entities to advance JDP’s goals, and bring vision and leadership to an organization poised to increase its scope and impact. Applicants should be deeply committed to JDP’s mission, including support of access to abortion. This position is a wonderful opportunity for an experienced, creative leader to build on JDP’s strengths and achievements and steward the organization into its next phase of growth.  

Organization Overview

JDP is a small, tight-knit nonprofit organization based in Austin, TX, with its mission to ensure legal representation for pregnant minors in Texas. In the vast majority of cases, representation is sought for the purpose of obtaining a judicial bypass. Youth under 18 may apply for judicial bypass if they wish to seek abortion services but are unable or do not want to involve a parent. The core of JDP is its statewide toll-free legal hotline, accessible by phone and text-message, and its referral network of attorneys to assist minors filing for judicial bypass, at no cost to the minors. Although bypass constitutes the overwhelming majority of services provided, JDP also assists pregnant minors seeking legal representation in a variety of other circumstances, including protective orders in the case of teen dating violence, family violence or parental pressure to terminate a pregnancy, emancipation, guardianship issues, and Title IX violations based on pregnancy.

JDP works to provide holistic support for young people seeking these legal services, including support for overcoming logistical barriers, financial assistance with ultrasounds and other costs, and connection with networks and other organizations providing emotional support and working to de-stigmatize abortion care.

Founded in 2001, JDP is the only organization of its kind in Texas. It is one of the few organizations in the country dedicated to pregnant teens, and is considered a pioneer in delivering legal services to this group. Over the past 10 years, JDP has grown in staff and financial resources, and the agency is poised for further growth.

Position Responsibilities

Key responsibilities include:

  • Lead JDP’s platforms to advocate on behalf of and represent pregnant youth, develop creative strategies and programs to advance JDP’s mission, and coordinate advocacy efforts across programs and departments.

  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors and staff to develop and support new programs and engage in long-term planning for the organization.

  • Direct, oversee, and ensure implementation of all organizational operations, programs, and activities, including the hotline, client services, fundraising, development, and outreach, through social media and other means.

  • Attend speaking engagements and events, build relationships with allies and other organizations that are important to achieving our mission, and attend fundraising events.

  • Work with staff to monitor legislation affecting judicial bypass, ensure organization of supporters to testify and attend hearings where appropriate, and work with allies to otherwise support pro-choice policies and legislation.

  • Supervise Legal Director in providing education and support to network referral attorneys and court personnel.

  • Develop and manage a diverse set of relationships, including with the Board of Directors, staff, funders, media, courts, patient clinics, referral attorneys, community and advocacy organizations, and client communities.

  • Work with staff and the Board of Directors to strengthen and maintain relationships with current institutional and individual donors, and to expand JDP’s financial support base.

  • Work with the Board of Directors to develop, and adhere to an annual budget, monitor financial activities of the organization, and work to strengthen JDP’s financial position while allocating funds to efforts that further JDP’s mission.

  • Provide periodic reports to the Board of Directors, and keep the Board of Directors apprised of organizational on-goings and developments that may affect the organization’s well being.

  • Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information, particularly pertaining to minors.

Qualifications and Preferred Experience

The ideal Executive Director candidate will be a zealous advocate and thoughtful and collaborative leader, with a commitment to reproductive justice and a passion for serving youth. The preferred candidate will have at least five years of relevant work experience. The person should be able to effectively communicate and engage a wide range of supporters, allies, donors, partners, and volunteers. While the ideal candidate need not be an attorney, the position requires the ability to understand and strategize regarding judicial bypass court decisions, react to legislation affecting judicial bypass and garner testimony for legislative hearings, and understand and make decisions about potential litigation or briefings in support of legislation filed by ally organizations. The ideal candidate will embody many of the following traits:

  • Profound passion for JDP’s mission, and enthusiasm to advance its goals;

  • Vision, creativity, resourcefulness, and resilience in the face of opposition;

  • Experience with successful advocacy campaigns, program development, and project management;

  • Experience in a mission-driven organization, ideally in a leadership role with diverse staff, and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and partners;

  • Effective communication skills across wide audiences and diverse constituencies, and the ability to act persuasively and advance strategic opportunities;

  • Ability to develop and sustain a broad set of relationships;

  • Experience building effective partnerships and coalitions among organizations and activists;

  • Fundraising ability, experience and enthusiasm, including a track record of raising significant funds from institutional and individual supporters;

  • Financial management and budget experience with a willingness and ability to develop further knowledge and expertise as required.

  • Business acumen; and

  • Willingness to travel throughout Texas in order to represent JDP and attend events hosted by ally organizations, meetings with current or potential donors, and Board of Directors meetings.

Salary Range

Salary is commensurate with experience, expected likely to be in the range of $75,000-$100,000. A benefits package is provided.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to [email protected] The cover letter should address: 1) why you are interested in working with JDP and the population we serve; 2) what you would bring to the organization; and 3) how your past accomplishments are relevant to this position.

Only applications submitted through this email address will be considered. All inquiries and applications will be kept confidential. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We recommend submission as soon as possible, and no later than April 1, 2019.

JDP is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or political affiliation. JDP is committed to diversity in its leadership and staff. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.