Job Details

National Legal And Public Policy Director

Company name

American Atheists, Inc.

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Years of Experience

Min 10 yrs required


Washington, DC

Date Last Verified

Mar 07,2018

Posted on

Jun 02,2017
Practice Area
Civil Rights >> Civil Rights
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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National Legal and Public Policy Director The candidate will create and manage all aspects of Center; coordinate requests that are received by the legal center; oversees cooperating attorneys as they engage in litigation in state and federal court; head federal lobbying efforts; and engages with the legal and political community about legal and public policy issues related to atheist rights and religious freedom. Supervise all aspects of the legal docket; overseeing the staff attorney and cooperating outside counsel as they engage in litigation in federal and state courts in civil rights and constitutional cases, including overseeing amicus briefs. Recruit and collaborate with volunteer attorneys to build docket by engaging them in American Atheists-sponsored litigation, including research, brief writing, depositions, and trial work. Recruit legal interns and manage staff attorneys to assist in research and writing about cases and legal matters. Ensure that the legal program adheres to the highest standards of legal and professional ethics. Collaborate with the National Program Director, the President, and other staff to advance priority campaigns ensuring maximum media exposure, coordinating policy and legal advocacy tactics, and developing financial resources to grow. Develop and maintain relationships with attorneys and staff at non Center organizations and organizations with similar goals of religious liberty and separations of religion and government. Keep the President informed of significant legal developments; consult with President on priority and complex issues and resource requirements. Lobby federal officials about equality issues for atheists and separation of religion and government. Monitor state legislation for bills that work for or against mission and engage American Atheists staff and appropriate affiliates to support or oppose such legislation. Write legislation when appropriate to counter or satisfy civil rights intrusions. Represent Center in television and radio interviews, press conferences, and other media.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have J.D. degree from an accredited law school with 10+ years of experience practicing law, with preference given to those with experience in litigation, civil rights, or constitutional law. Must have current license to practice law in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; must be in good standing. Exceptional analytical, writing, and speaking skills are required. Should have substantive knowledge of constitutional law and civil liberties issues as well as the ability to think creatively and to use non-litigation strategies to promote objectives.

Additional info

Send resume, writing sample (up to 5 pages), and cover letter.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
American Atheists, Inc.
225 Cristiani Street
Cranford, NJ 07016

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