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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
ProfileStaff Attorney (Education Equity) Duties: Focused on policy research and advocacy regarding education equity. Will report directly to the union of Director and will work with other union staff involved in education advocacy. Will focus on policy research and advocacy, and strategic planning to support the union education equity priorities, which include challenging inequities resulting from privatization and voucher programs and racial and ethnic bias and discrimination; opposing federal and state funding cuts; eliminating policies that discriminate against vulnerable student groups; reducing law enforcement on school campuses; abolishing policies that contribute to school pushout; and increasing resources and supports for high need students and students of color. May also support litigation. Help plan overall legislative priorities, and strategically develop pro-active strategies to achieve legislative goals; Serve as a legal and policy expert and draft legal advocacy letters, legislation, regulatory comments, reports, policy briefs and coalition sign-on letters. Participate as the union representative in legislative coalitions; Track local and state legislative and policy initiatives related to public education; Prepare and deliver testimony on pending legislation; write letters stating the union’s position on legislation; negotiate with legislators, staff, and other advocates; research and draft bills and amendments; Work with the Director, the statewide union Education Equity team, and other union staff to advance statewide policy priorities related to public education; Coordinate with union’s Washington D.C. Legislative Office to pursue federal legislative advocacy; Serve as a spokesperson on union issues in the media and at public events; and, Work with affiliate staff, respond to requests, participate in issue team meetings, and prepare written summaries of the work; Develop and cultivate strategic partnerships with organizational allies, community partners, coalitions, and stakeholders to advance policy objectives; and other related duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Law degree and 3+ years of legal experience required; Strong state legislative experience or experience working on legislative matters, preferably involving civil rights or civil liberties; Experience working with, and advancing organizational priorities through, coalitions; Strong strategic and analytic skills; Ability to analyze and articulate legal concepts and communicate them to a variety of audiences; Excellent research, writing, and analytic skills and skills as an articulate, emotionally intelligent, and culturally competent public advocate; Comfortable working independently and taking initiative; Ability to motivate and interact with multi-racial, multi-generational staff, activists, and leaders; Must have a demonstrated record of working collaboratively with others and being a team player; Demonstrated ability to work effectively in large coalitions and with diverse staff, activists, and legislators; Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of issues relating to civil liberties and civil rights; Must be available to work on evenings and weekends; and Personal enthusiasm, optimism, and a sense of humor.
DEADLINE: October 6, 2017, or until filled
Send resume, a cover letter, 3 references, and a writing sample.