Policy Counsel, Justice


Who We Are:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a 501(c)(4) organization, is the premier coalition of more than 230 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, Justice to advance civil rights and social justice policy for the nation. 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 will be part of a Justice team that will lead the organizations’ national program to re-imagine public safety and transform the criminal-legal system. The program seeks to end mass incarceration and criminalization by prioritizing upfront investments in non-carceral programs and social services. The Policy Counsel will manage the federal advocacy portfolio that complements this program and advances policy reforms impacting every stage of the criminal-legal process and will be knowledgeable about a range of justice issues. This work will be done by centering people and communities disproportionately and directly impacted by the criminal-legal system.

In addition, the Policy Counsel will identify areas of collaboration across task forces. The Policy Counsel will also be responsible for responding to emerging priorities in these areas as identified by the Executive Vice President (EVP) of Government Affairs and the Senior Program Director, Justice.

What You Will Do:

  • Provides strategic guidance to the Justice team concerning legislative and administrative priorities
  • Researches and drafts legal memoranda on federal bills and proposed administrative rules and regulations affecting people and communities impacted by the criminal-legal system
  • Lobbies members of Congress, their staff, and administration officials to support coalition positions on pending legislation and policy initiatives
  • Assists in the coordination of policy briefings for congressional and executive branch staff
  • Provides in-depth analysis of current federal and state justice issues and legislation, as needed
  • Writes and/or edits position papers, public comments, coalition advocacy letters, and other documents related to coalition priorities
  • Assists in the development of educational materials, including reports, policy statements, congressional testimony, and talking points to educate policymakers and the general public on coalition priority issues
  • Convenes and facilitates meetings of civil and human rights organizations to address timely public policy issues and to reach consensus positions
  • Provides staff support for the Justice Task Force and the task force chairpersons, including convening and facilitating working groups of the Justice Task Force in partnership with Justice program staff

What You Will Bring:

  • JD degree. License to practice law is preferred.
  • Five (5) or more years of combined experience working on legislative and policy matters
  • Working knowledge of justice reform issues and legislation, particularly with a racial justice frame
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze legislative and administrative policy
  • Strong legal research and analytical skills, including drafting and analyzing legislative language
  • Ability to build relationships among a diverse set of coalition partners to work collaboratively and independently within a broad cross section of organizations
  • Ability and desire to work strategically and effectively across disciplines, including with colleagues in internal communications and field departments
  • An understanding of issues relating to law, public policy and the strategies and tools needed to achieve policy change using federal legislative, administrative and regulatory processes
  • A capacity to organize, lead, and work with coalitions to achieve lobbying goals
  • If not already registered, once hired will register as a federal lobbyist
  • Commitment to civil and human rights issues
  • Ability to prioritize competing deadlines on multiple projects
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment
  • Hill experience is preferred

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 – $90,615 – $100,023

Office Re-opening Statement

During the Covid-19 pandemic, staff may opt in to work from the office. Most staff have chosen the option to work remotely. Through an internal working group and staff input, we are assessing how and when we will return more fully to the office. We anticipate that staff will return to the office in some capacity later this year. For now, there is no requirement to work from the office through the end of 2022.

To apply, please visit our Career Center and submit your resume and attach a 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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