Counsel (Media and Tech)
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.
The Leadership Conference Education Fund builds public will for federal, state, and local policies that promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. The Education Fund’s campaigns inform, educate, empower, and mobilize leaders and advocates around the country to push for progressive change in the United States.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund seek a Counsel (Media and Tech) to help oversee our national program to protect and defend civil and human rights by advocating for a pro-civil rights agenda in the media/telecommunications/technology space. The Counsel will help execute the national program’s strategic plan by advocating for policies to address where technology is being used to deepen persistent inequality and discrimination, and where technology presents opportunities to promote equality. The program works closely with our coalition and allies in the civil rights, digital rights, media justice, technology, and public interest sectors to create a unified civil rights voice to influence governmental and corporate policies on our priority media/telecommunications/technology issues. The ideal candidate will combine project management experience with legal research, legislative and policy analysis, strategic thinking, communications, and advocacy.
Management Responsibilities: This position does not manage any direct reports.
Reports to: The Counsel reports to the Senior Program Director, Special Projects working closely with both the Campaigns and Programs and Government Affairs Departments. This position is based in Washington, D.C.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Build and maintain relationships with national, state, and local partners
- Contribute to conversations about advocacy strategy at the national, state, and local levels
- Communicate policy information in writing and orally to diverse audiences including national and local advocates and policymakers
- Support national civil rights, digital rights, media justice, technology, and public interest coalitions
- Plan meetings with partners, policymakers, and others
- Draft policy documents for broad and diverse audiences (including, e.g., issue briefs, summaries, letters, fact sheets, memos, and talking points)
- Contribute to strategic conversations in Washington, D.C., and in states based on knowledge of media, telecommunications, and technology policy, political dynamics and strategic considerations, and the civil rights coalition’s interests
- Present to partners on policy issues and engage in strategic conversations with the goal of empowering partners to effectively advocate for civil rights-focused media, telecommunications, and technology policy
- Research and analyze relevant policy alongside Media/Tech team members
- Respond to quick research requests or other rapid response needs
- Publicly speak about the organization’s work and priorities in multiple settings
- Travel to convenings, meetings and conferences
Skills and Qualifications
- Demonstrated commitment to civil and human rights for all persons in the United States.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including technical writing experience that addresses barriers confronting people of color, people with disabilities, English learners, LGBTQ people, immigrants, women and girls, religious minorities, and working families. Experience developing communications about connecting civil rights with technology issues a plus.
- Proven ability to build and maintain relationships with diverse audiences, including high-level policy makers, coalition members, and colleagues.
- Strong project management skills and demonstrated ability to carry through projects from conception to completion.
- A team player with experience and ability to problem solve, work with urgent deadlines, exercise discretion, and prioritize and manage multiple complex projects.
- Demonstrates curiosity and initiative, as well as attention to detail and accuracy.
- Familiarity with the federal legislative process.
- Experience managing briefings and high-level meetings.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
- JD degree required.
- A minimum of three years’ experience in media/tech advocacy, policy, or law. Experience with Hill or administration experience a plus.
Salary and Benefits:
This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Currently, this is a two-year term position.
To apply, e-mail resume and cover letter detailing your fit with the position’s responsibilities to: [email protected] with Counsel (Media and Tech) in the subject line. Only applications submitted by email will be considered. We are looking to fill this position immediately. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual expression and identity, veteran status, national origin, age or disability.