Senior Counsel, Policy and Legal Affairs

13 Jun, 2019


Senior Counsel, Policy and Legal Affairs

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Alexandria, VA

Minimal, less than 10%.

Generally Monday – Friday, 9:00am to 5:30pm (minimum 37.5 hours within five (5) days per week); unless otherwise required or approved by management.

This position reports to the Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Daily contact requiring courtesy, discretion, and sound judgment.

This position will primarily focus on strategy and advocacy relating to legislative affairs and policy issues in support of NCMEC’s mission, and will also assist the Office of Legal Counsel with substantive legal matters on NCMEC’s behalf.

The Senior Counsel will participate in developing and implementing the organization’s strategy for legislative advocacy relating to issues that align with and support NCMEC’s mission and policy agenda at the federal, state and local levels. The position is responsible for communicating with legislators, legislative staff, government and private entities, the general public, and internal staff on legislative issues that may impact or relate to NCMEC’s core programs of work.

The Senior Counsel also will provide legal and strategy support relating to a broad spectrum of issues that arise within the Office of Legal Counsel, including litigation, governance, and internal policy issues.


Partner with the General Counsel and other senior management and internal staff to develop the organization’s advocacy agenda and strategy relating to child protection legislation and issues supporting NCMEC’s non-profit mission.

Collaborate with internal staff to achieve implementation of NCMEC’s legislative and governmental affairs agenda and strategy.

Represent the organization when interacting with governmental bodies; federal, state and local officials; and non-profit and corporate entities, working groups, and coalitions.

Work closely with internal staff to craft organizational responses to third party requests for guidance concerning proposed or pending policy issues and legislation relating to NCMEC programs of work.

Assist in drafting written testimony and briefing documents relating to the organization’s legislative priorities and positions, including internal NCMEC policy and legislative positions.

Liaise with the Public Policy Committee of the Board of Directors on discussion and action items that arise for consideration.

Provide general legal support to the General Counsel on legal issues, including but not limited to litigation matters; governance issues; and non-profit best practices.

Promote a professional image and communicate with co-workers, management, external partners and entities, and members of the public in a courteous and professional manner.

Respond promptly when returning telephone calls and replying to correspondence.

Registration as a federal lobbyist required.

Other duties and special projects as required and assigned by the General Counsel.


Comprehensive working knowledge and experience with Capitol Hill protocols and processes.

Ability to perform as high-level strategic thinker, communicate persuasively verbally and in writing, and act decisively.

Skilled at drafting briefing documents, correspondence, and presentations.

Excellent judgment in setting priorities and interacting with internal and external contacts.

Demonstrated ability to effectively perform research and prioritize multiple tasks.

Diligence and past success in pursuing positive outcomes in difficult situations.

Demonstrated word processing, spreadsheet and database software proficiency.

Adaptability, flexibility and ability to work as part of a team or in an individual capacity

Ability to handle and maintain the integrity and confidentiality of highly sensitive material and information.



Bachelor’s and JD degrees required.

Minimum of 5 years of substantive experience relating to government relations, legislative affairs, and policy matters required.

Minimum of 5 years of experience handling legal matters in a law firm and/or non-profit organization environment preferred.

Exposure to working on non-profit legal issues, civil legal matters, and criminal prosecutions preferred.

Demonstrable experience developing and maintaining strategic relationships with and working with Congress and federal government agencies.

Experience working with non-profit organizations relating to developing and coordinating national and state policies on mission-related issues preferred.

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Job posted: 2019-06-13