Voting Rights Policy Counsel/Policy Associate

31 Aug, 2020

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Voting Rights Policy Counsel/Policy Associate

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Washington, DC

Voting Rights Policy Counsel/Policy Associate
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is one of the leading
national civil rights legal organizations, with the principal mission of fighting
racial discrimination faced by African Americans and other racial and ethnic
minorities. The Lawyers’ Committee was formed in 1963 at the request of
President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar’s leadership and
resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of
opportunity – work that continues to be vital today.
The Lawyers’ Committee seeks a talented, dynamic and enthusiastic policy
advocate with a demonstrated commitment to racial justice to serve as a
Voting Rights Policy Counsel or Policy Associate in the Public Policy Project.
The successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced environment and will be
flexible, creative and comfortable working independently, as well as within a
team.
The Voting Rights Policy Counsel/Associate will manage a portfolio focused on
Voting Rights, Election Protection and other related topics, including
redistricting. The Policy Counsel/Associate will also develop strategies to
advance legislative and administrative Voting Rights priorities, and to
cultivate and manage relationships on Capitol Hill and among coalition
partners.
This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC. The Voting Rights Policy
Counsel/Associate will work under the supervision of the Director of the
Public Policy Project. Very limited travel is required.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
• Analyze federal policy proposals and draft reports and white papers
designed to influence policymakers and other stakeholders on Voting
Rights issues;
• Monitor and support policy efforts around the Election Protection
program;
• Develop and produce advocacy tools for various audiences concerning
important Voting Rights litigation and federal policies;
• Work with federal agencies to ensure that the principles of our mission
are reflected in the Voting Rights policymaking process;
• Attend Congressional hearings, briefings, and meetings, and represent
the Lawyers’ Committee in external and internal Voting Rights and
related meetings, including responding to questions from external
sources regarding pending federal voting rights legislation and
initiatives;
• Work closely with the Voting Rights Project to help identify shared
advocacy objectives;
• Draft testimony, talking points and other material for congressional
hearings, meetings, briefings and other public speaking engagements
on Voting Rights legislative, policy and regulatory matters;
• Research and draft memoranda, letters and analyses of federal bills,
and comments on proposed administrative rules and regulations
regarding Voting Rights;
• Plan and execute advocacy events such as congressional briefings,
panel discussions, advocacy days on Capitol Hill and webinars to
further advocacy goals;
• Work with communications staff to coordinate Voting Rights focused
communications strategy and to elevate Voting Rights legislative
activity in the media;
• Track and summarize legislation, regulations and other Voting Rights
policy developments using databases, as well as monitoring media,
social media and government websites;
• Lead and participate in national coalition meetings focused on Voting
Rights issues;
• Train and coordinate the work of Interns on Voting Rights issues; and
• State legislative and policy advocacy, including registration as a state
lobbyist, may be required.
Minimum Experience and Qualifications:
• Commitment to the mission and goals of the Lawyers’ Committee for
Civil Rights Under Law;
• Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of two (2) years of work
experience, preferably working on Voting Rights or other related
federal policy (JD or Master’s Degree preferred);
• Must be willing to register as a federal lobbyist;
• Working knowledge of the federal legislative, regulatory and policy
process (Hill experience a plus);
• Exceptional writing, oral and interpersonal skills;
• Strong analytical thinking and problem-solving skills;
• Strong organizational skills with superb attention to detail;
• Ability to synthesize information and follow through and complete
assignments;
• Ability to multitask, take direction and meet strict deadlines;
• Ability to work independently as well as part of a team; willing to take
instruction and guidance from senior team members;
• Ability to be flexible, responsive and a team player;
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office software and Internet research tools;
• Knowledge of Bluebook forms for legal citations a plus; and
• Knowledge of basic research tools, such as LEXIS/NEXUS, Westlaw,
CQ, Bloomberg, Gallery Watch is a plus.
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume
to https://podio.com/webforms/24961049/1831942. No calls will be
accepted. The position will remain open until filled and applications will be
reviewed on a rolling basis. Salary and benefits are competitive for a
nonprofit legal organization. Staff Benefits include Employer Sponsored
(Medical, Dental and Group Life & AD&D); Voluntary Benefits (Vision
Insurance, Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability and Supplemental
Life) coverage; the opportunity to participate in the 403(b) Retirement Plan;
Voluntary Flexible Spending (Medical and/or Dependent Care) and Stipends
(Cell Phone and Commuter/Parking Benefits); 11 paid Holidays and
Vacation/Sick days.
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: The Lawyers’ Committee
embraces diversity and inclusion in our workplace. We strongly encourage
candidates of color and candidates from underrepresented communities to
apply. The Lawyers’ Committee does not discriminate on the basis of actual
or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical
condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or
expression, family responsibility, personal appearance, genetic information,
matriculation, political affiliation or any other status protected under law.
Accessibility Assistance: Although calls will not be accepted regarding
questions about the position, if you are an individual with a disability and
need assistance completing the online application, please call 202-662-8600
and ask for an applicant accommodation or send an email with the subject
line “Applicant Accommodation” to kcoates@lawyerscommittee.org.

Job posted: 2020-08-31