Program Director (AP)

Advancement Project
Washington, DC

Advancement Project seeks a dynamic and seasoned attorney to direct its Opportunity to Learn Program, the educational division of a next-generation, multi-racial civil rights organization.

Advancement Project has spent decades working with state and national partners to build momentum for high-impact policy change. Drawing on a successful history of civil rights movements that combines multi-racial grassroots public policy organizing with support from lawyers and communications strategists, Advancement Project combines law, communications, policy, and technology to help community-based social movements achieve systemic change.

One of Advancement Project’s centerpiece issues is the Opportunity to Learn Program, which encompasses two major initiatives: “Quality Education for All” and “Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline.” Advancement Project has been a leader in demonstrating that punitive school discipline policies and practices push students – especially students of color – out of school and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The Opportunity to Learn Program supports state and national partners across the country to end these practices with just educational policies.

Advancement Project’s National Office seeks a seasoned creative attorney, strong community advocate, and an experienced and innovative program administrator to serve as Program Director & Senior Attorney of the Opportunity to Learn Program. The Program Director will lead a dedicated team of professionals from multiple disciplines working to secure equitable public education opportunities, and will use a variety of legal, policy, communications, and coalition-building strategies to assist Advancement Project’s community partners in achieving an equitable educational system.

The ideal Program Director will be an experienced litigator with knowledge of education law, experience in and enthusiasm for grassroots campaigns, and a record of successfully managing projects and teams. Seven to ten years of post-J.D. experience is required.

Development Resources, inc. is leading this search for Advancement Project. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications are invited to learn more and apply at or via email at [email protected]