Executive Vice President, Institute for Legal Reform (ILR)

Washington, DC
Full Time
Job #: 133 Exp.: 15+ Years
Provide strategy, policy development and management, fundraising, and leadership support to the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform’s (ILR’s) chief operating officer; provide conceptual, programmatic, and administrative leadership; generate and implement political and legislative strategies; develop policy work plans and programs to execute ILR initiatives; represent the organization at events; coordinate activities with associations and other partners; lead coalitions; and represent ILR in the media and other relevant audiences.

  • Develop, implement, and manage programs and initiatives that fulfill ILR’s mission with particular focus on state and federal programs.
  • Establish and manage vendor and donor relationships under federal and state programs.
  • Proactively fundraise as directed by the COO and the Chamber’s Executive Vice President of Fundraising.
  • Work with the COO to manage lobbying and policy development efforts and oversee prioritization of the issues (being mindful of long- and short-term goals and implications).
  • Identify, cultivate, maintain, and leverage strategic relationships with federal and state policymakers, including members of Congress and staff on both sides of the aisle; “Washington insiders” and thought leaders; key federal and state agencies, state officials, representatives, constituents, and in-state allies.
  • Proactively position the ILR on issues and represent its interests to public policy experts, legislators, and regulators through direct lobbying and coalition building.
  • Represent ILR at events and to a variety of audiences.
  • Deliver and set the bar for high-quality work both internally and externally (e.g., well-written, with a strong attention to substance, clarity, and detail).
  • Supervise ILR staff as determined by COO.

  • Juris doctor and 15+ years’ experience in policy development and advocacy in a legal or political environment, corporation, or trade association.
  • Knowledge and experience in the litigation process, including strong legal analysis.
  • Solid track record in conceptualizing and executing strategic initiatives.
  • Thorough understanding of national advocacy campaigns focused on reform, especially on legislation and strategic communications; a creative strategist with proven ability to develop and implement complex issue campaigns.
  • Self-confident team player with strong interpersonal skills who prefers to work in a collaborative professional services environment (as distinguished from a more hierarchical command-and-control organization).
  • Able to take the lead in suggesting new approaches, procedures, and processes, while sharing credit for accomplishments with others.
  • Strong leader with sound judgment who values colleagues and subordinates and becomes the go-to person.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, including editing and document review.
  • Highly organized.
  • Experience with budget planning and management.
  • Flexibility for frequent overnight travel.

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