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Legal Counsel/Senior Legal Counsel, Policy

Campaign Legal Center

Campaign Legal Center

Legal
Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Monday, June 17, 2024

Position Summary

Reporting to the Senior Director, Policy & Strategic Partnerships, the Legal Counsel/Senior Legal Counsel, Policy helps CLC implement, advocate for, and defend policies that advance free and fair elections and protect against the threat of election sabotage. The Legal Counsel/Senior Legal Counsel will play an integral role on the Policy team, with their primary responsibilities involving the team’s legislative and administrative advocacy at the federal and state levels. The Legal Counsel/Senior Legal Counsel’s immediate responsibilities will include advocacy efforts to prepare for the 2024 election and preventing interference in election administration. The substantive portfolio for this position will expand in 2025 based on team and organizational priorities.

The Legal Counsel/Senior Legal Counsel provides legal expertise to stakeholders and policymakers, and advocates to strengthen and protect elections at the federal and state levels. This includes analyzing and drafting legislation and policy proposals, creating advocacy materials, testifying before legislatures and other governmental bodies, and working closely with coalitions and partner organizations. This position requires an interest in election law and the ability to blend legal knowledge with political insight to help develop and enact creative and innovative policies that strengthen our democracy.

This position is eligible to take part in CLC’s hybrid workforce policy.

A resume and cover letter are required to apply for this position; applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct legal research, analysis, writing, and advocacy in support of legislative and policy efforts
  • Draft legislation, policy proposals, and legal advocacy materials, including policy papers, rulemaking comments, legislative testimony, public-facing reports, and letters to government officials
  • Collaborate internally to develop organizational positions on emerging issues
  • Conduct administrative advocacy with election officials, including oversight through public records requests
  • Establish relationships with and advise state and national partners in support of legislative efforts
  • Monitor and track legislation and develop CLC's responses
  • Represent CLC at legislative and administrative hearings
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Some travel required

Qualifications and Skills

  • At least three years of legal experience
  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Excellent judgment and strategic decision-making
  • Experience developing and managing projects
  • Experience in legislative lobbying, drafting, or staffing
  • Proven ability to build and maintain good working relationships with a diverse range of partners
  • Excellent communication skills with a proven ability to explain legal issues to non- legal audiences
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Commitment to CLC’s mission
  • Election law experience (policy or litigation) is a plus but not required
  • Active membership in the DC bar in good standing, or eligibility to waive into the DC bar

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) is an equal opportunity employer committed to maintaining a nondiscriminatory work environment. CLC is proud to be an inclusive organization. It does not make hiring or advancement, or other employment decisions, based on race, national origin, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, familial status or responsibilities, personal appearance, pregnancy, political affiliation, ancestry, military or veteran status, genetic information, disability, record of arrest or conviction, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, District of Columbia, or local law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment including, but not limited to, recruitment, selection, job assignment, compensation, promotion, termination, benefits, and training.

This description is intended to provide an overview of this position and is not all inclusive. The incumbent in this position will be expected to perform other duties as required. Responsibilities may change over time. This description is provided for informational purposes only and does not form the basis of a contract.