Job Details

Policy Counsel

Company name

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

May 04, 2021

Valid Through

Aug 17, 2021

Posted on

Oct 26, 2020

Years of Experience

Min 3 yrs required


Washington, DC, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Criminal Law >> Criminal Law
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Policy Counsel
The candidate will advance civil rights and social justice policy for the nation. Provides support for coalition taskforces and will work within the civil rights coalition priority issues framework. The primary focus of the position will be on a designated portfolio of issues, which may change from time to time depending on organizational priorities. At the outset, the portfolio will include issues related to criminal justice, policing, and fighting hate and bias. Will be knowledgeable about a wide range of civil rights issues, and will also be responsible for responding to emerging priorities as identified by the Executive Vice President (EVP) of Government Affairs. This position is exempt from overtime pay. Researches and drafts legal memoranda on federal bills and proposed administrative rules and regulations affecting civil rights. Lobbies members of Congress, their staff and administration officials to support coalition positions on pending legislation and policy initiatives. Coordinates legislative policy briefings for Congressional and Executive Branch staff. Provides in-depth analysis of current federal civil rights issues and legislation. Writes and/or edits position papers and coalition advocacy letters. Assists in the development of educational materials, including reports, policy statements, congressional testimony, and talking points to educate policymakers and the general public on coalition priority issues. Drafts written testimony on pending legislation before Congressional committees. Works with program directors to convene and facilitate meetings of civil and human rights organizations to address timely public policy issues and to reach consensus positions. Provides staff support for various coalition task forces (specializing in The Leadership Conference issue areas) and the task force chairpersons. Provides Hill strategy expertise to relevant issue area teams. Serves as a liaison to relevant issue area teams as assigned.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have JD degree. Must have 3+ years of combined experience working on legislative and policy matters. Experience in criminal justice reform, policing and/or hate and bias is required. Excellent verbal and written communications skills are required. Must have demonstrated ability to analyze legislative and administrative policy. Strong legal research analytical skills, including drafting and analyzing legislative language are required. Must have ability to work effectively independently and with a broad cross section of organizations, and internally across functional and operational departments. Should have an understanding of issues relating to law, public policy and the strategies and tools needed to achieve policy change using federal legislative, administrative and regulatory processes.

Additional info

Send resume, cover letter detailing fit with the position’s responsibilities, and salary requirements.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights/The Leadership Conference Education Fund
1629 K Street NW
10th Floor
Washington, DC 20006

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