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Director of Policy
The Voting Rights Lab is a campaign hub designed to supercharge the fight against voter suppression and build more equitable voting systems. In partnership with organizations across the country, we work to build winning state legislative campaigns to secure, protect, and defend the voting rights of all Americans.
The Director of Policy manages the policy work for an assigned set of states and program areas. They combine strategic intelligence and guidance from the Advocacy Department with the policy expertise of the Law & Policy department and outside thought leaders to craft state-specific, and program-specific policy solutions that increase voting rights, build towards VRL’s long term goals, and are politically possible in the given context.
In addition to proactive legislative and programmatic work, Directors of Policy also identify and assess the impact of legislative, and other policy, threats in states. They are responsible for designing and creating policy content for VRL’s campaign work, and for understanding the impact of each policy and its variations.
This position reports to the Senior Director of Policy. This is a fully remote position. Candidates across the country are encouraged to apply.
This position will require occasional travel.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Serve as policy expert for designated states and, in collaboration with the Directors of Advocacy, identify and develop policy solutions and priorities for each assigned state and program area that are politically feasible and build towards VRL’s long term goals.
- Design and deliver policy content for VRL’s campaign work, including
- Draft legislation, amendments, executive actions, regulations, and guidance that merge strong policy with political reality
- Internal documents translating complicated concepts into plain English, such as bill summaries and descriptions of policy impact
- External documents, such as branded fact sheets, that concurrently persuade and inform the intended audience
- Adapting documents and policy arguments for a wide variety of audiences, including colleagues, partners, and elected officials and influencers from across the political spectrum
- Develop deep expertise in voting rights policy, including a comprehensive understanding of
- The impact of each policy, and how variations in the law affect that impact
- How elections work on the ground in each assigned state; and
- Available research and data on voting rights issues.
- Collaborate with other law & policy staff to identify and develop internal legal research projects to support and inform VRL’s advocacy efforts
- Identify and assess threats in each assigned state and program area
- Talk to partners and lobbyists as needed to explain policy and understand political and policy implications
- Build and cultivate relationships with voting policy experts and elected officials across the political spectrum to further VRL’s mission and strategic objectives, work with them as needed to explain policy and understand political and policy implications
- In collaboration with the Advocacy Department, design implementation strategies to ensure our legislative successes translate into real world change
- Operate in accordance with VRL’s values and theory of change
What we are looking for in you:
- 5 to 8 years of relevant experience developing policy and legislation. Law degree preferred but not required
- Experience analyzing, interpreting, and drafting legislative language.
- Ability to articulate legal concepts and other complex issues and to communicate them to a variety of audiences.
- Familiarity with election laws and voting rights issues.
- The ability to produce consistent, quality work in a fast-paced environment- managing multiple projects simultaneously and adjusting to frequently changing demands.
- Experience working with diverse communities and committed to acting on the belief that racial equity and social justice are critical components of our work.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a non-partisan / bi-partisan manner and with non-traditional coalition partners across the political spectrum
Salary and benefits:
We value our staff by offering competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package, detailed below.
The Director of Policy is in the Director 1 pay band, and the annual compensation range for that band is $90,000 to $120,000. Pay will vary within this range to account for relevant experience and the cost of living in your part of the country.
We believe in equal pay for equal work, and to counter pay inequality on the team, we have moved to a non-negotiable compensation structure. We provide opportunities for advancement and performance increases in salary on an annual basis via our performance evaluation process.
At this time, we provide the following benefits for eligible employees:
- Medical, dental, and vision insurance that is 100% employer funded
- Access to an employer-funded health reimbursement account (HRA) that has a total amount equal to the full amount of your plan’s deductible. This can be used to help offset co-pay, deductible, and vision/dental expenses, among other things
- 401(k) retirement plan, with up to 6% employer match
- Generous paid time off package, including 5 weeks vacation leave and 2 weeks personal leave, in addition to paid holidays and other PTO opportunities
- Flexible spending account for medical and dependent care
- Short-term and long-term disability insurance
- Base-term life and accidental death and dismemberment (ADD) insurance, with an employee buy-up option
- Additional benefits including work from home benefits, cell phone benefits, and fitness benefits
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Voting Rights Lab is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.
Part of VRL’s mission is to ensure that people with records of arrest or conviction can vote. As such, we give full and fair consideration to all applicants, regardless of a past record of arrest or conviction.
Please visit votingrightslab.org for more information.
Job posted: 2021-12-22