Policy Counsel


The Organization:

Founded in 1969, The Education Fund builds public will for federal policies that promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. The Education Fund’s campaigns empower and mobilize advocates around the country to push for progressive change in the United States. The Education Fund enjoys a close relationship with The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (The Leadership Conference), a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Education Fund assists the coalition by providing research, education, and strategic communications outreach regarding the need for public policy that ensures equality, equal opportunity, and justice for all. For more information on The Leadership Conference visit www.civilrights.org. 

Position Summary:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund seek a Policy Counsel to advance civil rights and social justice policy for the nation. This full-time 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 taskforces and will work within the civil rights coalition priority issues framework. The primary focus of the position will be on a designated portfolio of issues, which may change from time to time depending on organizational priorities. At the outset, the portfolio will include issues related to criminal justice, policing, and fighting hate and bias. The Counsel will be knowledgeable about a wide range of civil rights issues, and will also be responsible for responding to emerging priorities as identified by the Executive Vice President (EVP) of Government Affairs. This position is exempt from overtime pay.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Researches and drafts legal memoranda on federal bills and proposed administrative rules and regulations affecting civil rights
  • Lobbies members of Congress, their staff and administration officials to support coalition positions on pending legislation and policy initiatives
  • Coordinates legislative policy briefings for Congressional and Executive Branch staff
  • Provides in-depth analysis of current federal civil rights issues and legislation
  • Writes and/or edits position papers and coalition advocacy letters
  • 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
  • Drafts written testimony on pending legislation before Congressional committees
  • Works with program directors to convene and facilitate meetings of civil and human rights organizations to address timely public policy issues and to reach consensus positions
  • Provides staff support for various coalition task forces (specializing in The Leadership Conference issue areas) and the task force chairpersons
  • Provides Hill strategy expertise to relevant issue area teams
  • Serves as a liaison to relevant issue area teams as assigned

Skills and Qualifications:

  • JD degree
  • Three (3) or more years of combined experience working on legislative and policy matters.
  • Experience in criminal justice reform, policing and/or hate and bias
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze legislative and administrative policy
  • Strong legal research analytical skills, including drafting and analyzing legislative language
  • 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 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
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment

Management Responsibilities: This position does not manage any direct reports.

Reports to: The Policy Counsel reports to the EVP of Government Affairs.

Salary and Benefits:

This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

To Apply:

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter detailing your fit with the position’s responsibilities, and salary requirements to: [email protected] with Policy Counsel 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 salary band for this role is $85,000 – $93,825.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights 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. The Leadership Conference strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented applicants.

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