Policy Counsel for Fair Courts

Who We Are:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a 501(c)(4) organization, is the premier coalition of more than 200 organizations which promotes and protects civil and human rights in America.  The Leadership Conference has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957.  To learn more about The Leadership Conference, please visit www.civilrights.org.

The Leadership Conference Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, builds public will for federal policies that promote and protect civil and human rights in the US.  Founded in 1969 as the education and research arm of The Leadership Conference, the Education Fund’s campaigns empower advocates to push for progressive change in the US.  To learn more about the Education Fund, please visit www.leadershipconferenceedfund.org.

About the Role:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund seek a Policy Counsel – Fair Courts to create a fair and more equitable judiciary. This position works in collaboration with interdepartmental disciplinary teams and with national coalition partners to formulate, coordinate and lead legislative and agency strategies to pursue transformative policy change to further civil rights. The Policy Counsel provides support for coalition task forces and will work within the civil rights coalition priority issues framework. The primary focus of the position will be on issues related to fair courts and judicial nominations. As such, the Counsel will be knowledgeable about a wide range of courts issues, to include judicial nominations as well as court modernization and other reforms. The Counsel will also be responsible for responding to emerging fair courts-related priorities as identified by the Executive Vice President (EVP) of Government Affairs in consultation with the Fair Courts Program Director. This is a full-time position and is exempt from overtime pay. 

What You Will Do:

The Policy Counsel for Fair Courts is responsible for the following: researching and providing thorough and timely analysis of specific judicial nominees’ records individually and in consultation with Task Force members; providing in-depth analysis of current federal civil rights issues and legislation affecting federal courts; drafting letters, briefs, and other documents related to specific judicial nominees; writing policy positions, letters, and other documents related to specific legislation that promotes the modernization and increased fairness of our judiciary; lobbying Members of Congress, their staff, and administration officials to support organizational and coalition positions on judicial nominations and fair courts policy initiatives; helping coordinate and staff related policy briefings for Congressional and Executive Branch staff; assisting in the content development of educational materials, including reports, policy statements, congressional testimony, and talking points to educate policymakers and the general public on these issues; providing staff support for the Fair Courts Task Force and the task force co-chairs, and convening, facilitating, and/or supporting task force working groups, including the Research Working Group; working with the Fair Courts Program Director to convene, facilitate, and/or attend other meetings of civil and human rights organizations to address timely public policy issues and to reach consensus positions; providing strategic advocacy guidance for the administration and Congress; serving as a liaison to internal issue area teams to identify points of intersectionality between the courts and other issue areas; and serving as a liaison to relevant consultants engaged in supporting the fair courts team. This is a lobbying position. After hiring, the Counsel will need to register as a federal lobbyist.

What You Will Bring:

The ideal candidate will meet the following skills, qualifications, and education requirements: a JD degree; five (5) or more years of combined experience working on legislative analysis and policy matters; excellent verbal and written communications skills’ demonstrated understanding of the institutional impact courts have on communities and people that have been marginalized; demonstrated ability to analyze legislative and administrative policy; deep familiarity with the federal judiciary; strong legal research and analytical skills, including drafting and analyzing legislative language; experience in conducting rapid response research; ability to work effectively independently and with a broad cross section of organizations, and internally across functional and operational departments; an understanding of issues relating to law, public policy and the strategies and tools needed to achieve policy change using federal judicial, legislative, administrative, and regulatory processes; a capacity to organize, lead and work with coalitions to achieve lobbying goals; commitment to civil and human rights issues; ability to prioritize among multiple projects; and ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Though not required, it is preferred that the candidate have administration, Hill and/or lobbying experience, as well as experience vetting nominations.

What We Offer:

The Organizations offer its employees a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision coverage, and generous personal leave and vacation time.  Employees can also take advantage of Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and a retirement savings account.

Salary Range – $87,550 – $96,639 

To apply, please visit our Career Center and submit your resume and cover letter.

Our Commitment to an Inclusive Workplace

The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.

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