Director of Attorney Development & Employee Engagement


Director of Attorney Development & Employee Engagement

About Us:

The Center for Appellate Litigation (CAL) is a leading legal services organization dedicated to providing high-quality appellate representation to indigent New Yorkers. We are committed to ensuring that every individual has access to fair and just legal representation in the appellate courts and in a full panoply of post-conviction litigation. Our team of dedicated attorneys, paralegals, and staff work tirelessly to advocate for our clients' rights and uphold the principles of justice.

Position Overview:

The purpose of this role is to support the growth and development of CAL’s staff attorneys and assist with overall employee relations. The Director of Attorney Development & Employee Engagement is an executive leadership position reporting directly to the Executive Director. This is a non-bargaining unit position and located in our New York City office.


  • Commitment to CAL’s mission statement and client-centered advocacy;
  • Deep understanding of the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion and commitment to cultivating a culture rooted in anti-racism;
  • Juris Doctor degree and 5+ years working at a social justice nonprofit in legal and/or human resources role;
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills with the emotional intelligence to work effectively with people from all backgrounds;
  • Ability to demonstrate effective creative problem solving and people management skills including coaching and mentoring;
  • Ability to effectively manage projects and tasks, including demonstrating delegation and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work closely with team members as well as independently;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to independently exercise good judgment and keep sensitive information confidential; and
  • Experience with collective bargaining and union relations.


  • Coordinate, develop, and/or assist in implementing trainings for legal staff, including new attorneys, more experienced attorneys, and new supervisors;
  • Assist in the administration of both legal and non-legal trainings to ensure professional development and compliance with New York’s Continuing Legal Education requirements;
  • In close partnership with hiring leads, oversee the full life cycle of hiring, including recruitment, job postings, candidate screening, offers, negotiations, assist with onboarding, and offboarding as necessary, focusing on sustained efforts to create and nurture diverse pools of candidates from which to recruit.
  • Assist in the creation and implementation of office policies and procedures, aimed at cultivating culture, efficiency, and institutional knowledge;
  • Assist in development of a formalized mentorship program and help with other initiatives aimed at retention;
  • Contribute to refinement of other current policies and programs regarding staff experience, such as evaluation procedures;
  • Support staff in completing the annual 360-evaluation process;
  • Develop and implement mechanisms to gather staff feedback;
  • Develop responses and strategies in response to emerging issues;
  • In consultation with the Human Resources Director and the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, assist with resolving day-to-day HR issues of staff, such as office policy inquiries, employee accommodation requests, and conflict management; and


Salary will be based on experience and will range from $103,500 for someone with five years of post-graduate experience to $132,000 for someone with 15 years of post-graduate experience. CAL offers comprehensive medical benefits, a retirement account, and generous vacation time, holidays, personal and sick days.

This position must be full-time by October 2nd or earlier.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their cover resume and cover letter detailing their qualifications and interest in the position to . Please include "Director of Attorney Development” in the subject line of the email.

At CAL, we embrace and value our staff’s diversity, recognizing that our differences strengthen our community and advance our mission. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, orientations, experiences, and communities to apply. CAL is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, arrest or conviction record, caregiver status, citizenship status, color, credit history, creed, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, marital status, partnership status, pregnancy, race, religion, salary history, sexual and reproductive health decisions, sexual orientation, status as a covered veteran or active military service member, or status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking, and sex offenses in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.