Director of Policy
Civil Rights Corps (CRC) is an innovative non-profit civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 2016, CRC challenges wealth-based and race-based systems of oppression. CRC has won groundbreaking litigation challenging the rise of debtors’ prisons, abusive private probation schemes, and wealth-based pre-trial detention. CRC works closely with community partners and is committed to fundamentally transforming the criminal system. CRC’s staff is comprised of passionate and dedicated advocates with a profound commitment to social justice and fighting inequality in all its forms. Learn more about our work at civilrightscorps.org.
About the Role
Civil Rights Corps seeks an experienced and passionate Director of Policy to lead, develop, and implement our policy advocacy strategy. The Director of Policy reports to the CEO.
The Director will:
- Be responsible for managing CRC’s policy development and advocacy strategy.
- Support the policy needs of the organization ensuring consistency in CRC policy positions across all departments.
- Generate ideas for persuasive products and, in close collaboration with CRC’s communications team, help supervise the execution of those products including reports, white papers, fact sheets, and op-eds.
- Work with the policy team to draft model legislation, analyze proposed legislation, and propose other policy interventions to transform the criminal-legal system.
- Be a trusted resource for policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels.
- Collaborate with grassroots leaders and partner organizations and seek to elevate the voices of those who have been directly impacted by the criminal-legal system in order to contribute to a broader movement to end mass human caging—and to ensure that those closest to the problem have a direct voice in shaping the solution.
- Act as public spokesperson for CRC representing the organization at conferences, in the media, in coalitions, and other public speaking venues.
- Bring existing relationships to CRC, both in the advocacy and policy communities, and establish and cultivate strategic partnerships to advance the work.
- Have exceptional people skills with the ability to work with talented colleagues up, down, and across an organization.
- Motivate and nurture a high-performing team, with attention to equity in all aspects of day-to-day work as well as in relationships with consultants, vendors, and partners.
The ideal applicant is passionate about justice, a team leader, proactive, thoughtful, able to juggle multiple tasks, and able to work well in a collaborative environment. Specific qualifications we are looking for include:
- Minimum of 5 years of experience in policy work in non-profit organizations or government.
- Experience managing and mentoring staff.
- Innovative thinking, an unwillingness to accept things as they are, and a smart work ethic are essential.
- Demonstrated commitment to the mission, purpose, and values of CRC.
- Experience developing, creating, and implementing new policy proposals, platforms, and interventions, including as part of multi-organization or multi-stakeholder teams
- The ideal candidate has prior policy experience related to the criminal-legal system.
- Experience in managing advocacy campaigns related to the criminal-legal system, racial justice, or economic justice is preferred.
- Excellent knowledge of the American criminal-legal system.
- Excellent communication, presentation, and public speaking skills.
- Excellent writing and critical thinking skills.
- Experience working with and on behalf of low-income and diverse communities.
- Demonstrated ability to direct and mentor, coordinate cross-department teams, and manage relationships with senior leadership.
- Proven ability to take initiative, establish priorities, work independently, self-motivate, and proceed with objectives with minimal supervision.
Civil Rights Corps is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. Civil Rights Corps is committed to promoting an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices for its clients, partners and staff.
Salary, Benefits, and Logistics
Salary range is between $95,000-130,000, commensurate with prior experience. Civil Rights Corps offers an outstanding and generous benefits package, including employer-paid health, vision, and dental benefits; transit benefits; an annual wellness benefit; retirement matching; and paid sick, family, and vacation leave. This position is based in Washington, DC; remote working arrangements are available while CRC’s physical office is closed or partially closed because of COVID-19.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of four references to Civil Rights Corps, including at least one reference from a peer or person who reported to you. Interviews will be conducted via a video teleconferencing platform and a reference check will be completed before an offer is made.
Applications will be accepted until a candidate is identified. Applications submitted by October 9, 2020 are guaranteed consideration. Materials should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and “Director of Policy Application” in the subject line.
Job posted: 2020-09-23