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Policy and National Campaign Staff Attorney

Policy and National Campaign Staff Attorney
Organization: Equal Rights Advocates
Location: San Francisco, CA
Date Posted: 10/27/2023

Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) is seeking a Policy and National Campaign Staff Attorney to help support ERA’s two strategic functions – policy advocacy and national campaigns and coalitions, which are centered on defending civil rights, advancing gender justice, and accelerating the pace of reform for women and people across genders.

Job Responsibilities

Legislative Policy Research and Analysis:

  • Conduct in-depth research and analysis of local, state, and federal legislation, including tracking legislation relevant to the organization’s campaigns and broader advocacy work.
  • Monitor, analyze, and synthesize information on legislation introduced across the US.
  • Update ERA’s Digital Policy Hub with thorough bill research and comprehensive write-ups.
  • Write blogs and help draft legislative analysis.

Legislative Advocacy Support:

  • Create and update fact sheets, reports, and other written materials to support legislative advocacy efforts.
  • Draft letters in support of legislation and craft compelling testimony and talking points.
  • Coordinate the planning and organization of organizing legislative advocacy meetings and community events.
  • Support ERA’s leadership of the Stronger California Advocates Network, including coordination of meetings, convenings, and lobby days
  • Support Policy Director in researching and drafting talking points and remarks for public presentations.

Support ERA-Led Campaigns and Coalitions:

  • Collaborate on developing work plans and strategy memos for national campaigns.
  • Assist in material production, project management, and committee calls for ERA’s campaigns, including Equal Pay Today, Stop Harassment State Network, and other national campaigns.
  • Work closely with the National Campaign Director in researching and drafting talking points and remarks for public presentations.
  • Draft blogs, fact sheets, sign-on letters, and other collateral in support of campaigns.
  • Aid in federal agency outreach and in drafting regulatory comments and advocacy materials for the federal executive branch advocacy.
  • Track executive branch and legislative progress on Equal Pay Today Policy Agenda
  • Coordinate with organizational and individual members of coalitions and networks that form the core of ERA’s economic security and educational equity campaigns and emerging initiatives.
  • Help in cultivating and managing relationships with ERA’s current and prospective partners.
  • Conduct research related to community outreach, potential partnerships, and fundraising opportunities.
  • Update Equal Pay Today’s website with research and comprehensive write-ups.
  • Provide administrative and logistical support for the National Campaign Director.

Qualification and Skills

  • A law degree with 1 to 3 years of relevant experience.
  • An understanding of legislative and regulatory processes.
  • Ability to research, analyze, and synthesize policy-related information and related materials.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to civil rights, gender equity, and social justice; and dedication to advancing policies that will improve the lives of women and other marginalized communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and follow through.
  • A collaborative, flexible mindset, with a demonstrated capacity to work on teams, take on different roles, and have a solution-oriented approach.
  • Strong organizational, project and time management skills, including demonstrated capacity to manage and prioritize competing projects and deadlines on fast-paced, quick turnaround environment.
  • Self-motivated, curious and have a growth mindset.
  • Exceptional work-ethic and sense of responsibility; detail-oriented, with focus on quality and accuracy; resourceful at getting to the root of problems and finding solutions.
  • Comfortable in a tech-oriented, paper-less environment and adept at navigating various systems and Apps, including but not limited to Microsoft 365 product, internal messaging (i.e. Slack), expenses (i.e. Concur), time tracking (i.e. Paylocity Timesheets), virtual telecom and video meetings (i.e. RingCentral, Zoom, Teams), and other cloud-based systems/applications.
  • Committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism.
  • Willingness to travel 25% of the time.


  • Position location is San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area, in a hybrid office-remote work environment.
  • Candidate must have a valid authorization to work in the United States. ERA is unable to sponsor work visas.


The Policy and National Campaign Staff Attorney position has an annual salary range of $75,000- $85,000, dependent on experience and skill set. ERA offers a comprehensive benefits package, and the information can be found here.

About ERA

Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) is a national civil rights organization founded in 1974 to expand economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls. ERA embraces an inclusive and intersectional view of gender justice, inclusive of trans, non-binary, and gender expansive people.

Our talented and fierce team includes litigators, policy reformers, and movement builders working at the state, multi-state, and national level promoting gender equity and racial justice, expanding economic security, and growing community power. ERA’s legal initiatives include the Initiative to End Sexual Violence in Education (including a pro bono network of volunteer attorneys), and several campaigns chaired by ERA and led in partnership with hundreds of partner organizations across the country driving gender justice reform and enforcement. These include the Equal Pay Today campaign, the Women’s Agenda Initiative, the Network of States to Stop Harassment, and the Stronger California Women’s Economic Security Campaign.

ERA’s home base is in San Francisco, California, with team members also located in Washington D.C. and other locations. Our annual operating budget is approximately $4 million, and we have prioritized significant growth in the near future.

For more information on Equal Rights Advocates, please visit our website.

How to Apply

Please submit a résumé and cover letter describing your interest in this particular position and your personal connection to ERA’s mission by clicking HERE TO APPLY. A writing sample must also be provided in order to be considered for the position.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and candidates will be contacted based on decision. Please note that final round candidates will be asked to provide professional references.

An Equal Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

ERA advances equity and inclusion in the workplace by providing equal employment opportunity to support a work environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, arrest or conviction record, and any other basis prohibited by law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Accommodation: We reasonably accommodate staff members and applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job. Individuals who need assistance or accommodation due to a disability may contact us at

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