Still She Rises is the first public defender office in the
country dedicated exclusively to the representation of mothers in
the criminal justice system.
Women are the fastest-growing prison population in the
U.S. and Oklahoma incarcerates a higher percentage of its women
than any other state. A particularly egregious history of racial
violence makes North Tulsa the most under-resourced and
marginalized section of the city, exacerbating the social
inequities that drive low-income women and women of color into the
criminal justice system. Still She Rises goes to the ground zero of
this crisis, bringing the model of holistic defense pioneered by
The Bronx Defenders to the women of North Tulsa. Each client we
represent has access to an interdisciplinary team of attorneys,
social workers, legal advocates, and investigators committed to
fighting by her side.
Since taking our first clients in January 2017, our office
has grown steadily. We now have a staff of 15 with a strong
foundation of advocates and funders.
Still She Rises was conceptualized as a new model for
representing women in the American justice system. The Executive
Director will be charged with building this model and leading the
organization into its next stage of rapid expansion. The ED will be
a local and national leader in public defense and criminal
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED is responsible for
collaborating with the Board, spearheading fundraising, engaging
local and national stakeholders, and representing the organization
in the media. This is an initiative-taking role involving a mix of
operating, strategic, managerial, and stakeholder leadership
activities. The ED will be supported by a team that includes an
Advisory Board of national leaders in the field, an Operations
Director, a Director of External Relations, and leaders in the
practice areas of criminal defense, family defense, and social
work. Directors of policy and impact litigation will wed the
organization’s direct representation with efforts to effect policy
Critically, the ED must develop a strategic plan and chart
the future course of this one-year-old nonprofit. Much as The Bronx
Defenders has redefined public defense, Still She Rises is poised
to redefine women’s defense with an innovative ED leading the
The ideal candidate will possess proven organizational
leadership skills; demonstrated commitment to social, racial, and
women’s justice; excellent interpersonal, communication, and
organizational skills; and the ability to work in, value, and
sustain a collaborative team model.
Perhaps most importantly, the ideal candidate must be an
innovator with a track record of thought leadership. There is no
other organization dedicated exclusively to the representation of
women. This model is being built, modified, and reimagined as it
grows. To be successful, a leader must understand that there is no
prescription for an impactful public defender’s office. Discard
outdated models, learn from your team, and listen to your clients
and community. Be ready to lead this organization as it quickly
expands and evolves.
The successful candidate should have:
- Proficiency/familiarity with criminal law, judicial systems,
and public/family defense. A JD is not required.
- Experience as a change agent leading a rapidly growing
organization or initiative.
- A track record working with community groups, law enforcement,
elected officials, and thought-leaders in the social sector.
- Credibility with the media and the public on issues relating to
criminal justice reform, economic disparities, gender bias, or
- Success managing and mentoring a team of skilled professionals
and the ability to recognize and attract talent from across the
- Ability to relocate to Tulsa, OK within a reasonable timeframe.
This leadership position offers a competitive compensation package
including benefits and relocation assistance.
Still She Rises is proud to be an equal opportunity
employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity
in its work and on its staff. We strongly encourage candidates of
all identities, experiences, orientations and communities to apply.
We actively seek the candidacy of people of color, women, and
formerly incarcerated individuals.
Location/Region: Tulsa, OK (US - 74106)