Senior Policy Counsel, Eradicating Poverty

05 Aug, 2022


Senior Policy Counsel, Eradicating Poverty

Southern Poverty Law Center
Washington, D.C.

Senior Policy Counsel, Eradicating Poverty

at Southern Poverty Law Center

This position will work in Washington, D.C.

The SPLC Policy team works to advance the SPLC’s agenda with government officials, advocating policy, legal, and legislative recommendations in alignment with the SPLC’s Impact Statement. Reporting to the Chief Policy Officer, the Senior Policy Counsel, Eradicating Poverty is responsible for developing strong relationships with policymakers and their staff, working with colleagues to craft legislation and policy recommendations to address predatory business practices and unequal access to opportunity that have prevented significant portions of the U.S. population, particularly Black and Brown people in the Deep South, from fully participating in the economy as business owners, workers, homeowners, and students.  The Senior Policy Counsel will also help lead SPLC coalition building initiatives among partners and allies to mobilize public support and action for SPLC’s policy recommendations. 

Primary Job Functions:

  • Develop strong relationships with key members of Congress, their staff, and federal administration officials who oversee, develop, and implement U.S. policy designed to address food insecurity, protect access to social safety nets for the poor, including Medicaid and SNAP, and ensure people living in poverty are not punished or exploited because of their economic status;
  • Work closely with Policy Department colleagues in SPLC’s five state offices and staff in the SPLC Economic Justice legal practice group to develop policy materials and legislative initiatives, respond to administration initiatives and regulations, and provide relevant policy recommendations to key officials and legislators designed to ensure that people living in poverty are not punished or exploited because of their economic status;
  • Organize briefings and facilitate SPLC testimony and statements before relevant Congressional committees and federal agencies;
  • Coordinate and facilitate meetings and collaborate with key stakeholders, ally organizations and coalition partners to strategize on workers’ rights, food insecurity, and race, health, education, and economic inequalities;
  • Maintain knowledge and professional expertise on relevant policy issues to support advocacy efforts;
  • Work with the Communications Department, develop and help implement communication strategies and messaging for social media and advocacy efforts and serve as spokesperson upon request;
  • Communicate regularly with SPLC staff across the organization to ensure familiarity with the work and SPLC’s policy goals;
  • Comply with all federal and state lobbying and ethical rules and requirements; ad
  • Other duties as may be assigned to meet SPLC needs.

 Qualifications –

 Education and Related Work Experience:

  • At least ten (10) years of experience in public policy, with demonstrated knowledge and advocacy expertise on issues related to workers’ rights, food insecurity, and race, housing, health, and education discrimination, and economic inequalities;
  • Significant experience working with members of Congress, their staff, and administration officials on crafting legislation and policy;
  • Demonstrated experience building and working with coalitions;
  • Policy experience for an advocacy non-profit organization is preferred; and
  • Juris Doctorate Degree or advanced degree.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent communication – verbal and written – and interpersonal skills;
  • Capacity to facilitate strategic meetings with high-level stakeholders;
  • Ability to manage fast-moving complex advocacy campaigns with a high degree of independence; strong time management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines and work with different teams in the organization; 
  • Keen political awareness and ability to work both sides of the aisle. Demonstrated ability to build relationships among individuals and organizations with a range of interests and perspectives;
  • A sense of humor and collegiality; strong aptitude for being a team player;
  • A strong commitment to the SPLC mission of pursuing racial justice in the South and beyond and to the principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace; and
  • Commitment to fostering an anti-racist work culture and to anti-racist principles and learning.

To apply:

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Application Deadline: 

November 5, 2022 

Other Special Considerations:

This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.

This position is represented by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild.


The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position.  These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.

Job posted: 2022-08-05