Policy Counsel

Exp.: 5+ Years
About the Role
Civil Rights Corps seeks an experienced and passionate Policy Counsel to support the Policy Department, which leads Civil Rights Corps’ efforts to design—and bring to fruition—cutting-edge policies that decarcerate the U.S. criminal-legal system, deconstruct systemic racism, and support movement organizers. The Policy Counsel reports to the Policy Director.

The Policy Counsel will:
  • Conduct legal research to support policy development, including at the local, state, and federal levels;
  • Devise model local, state, and federal policies and pilot projects, including by drafting model legislation;
  • Conduct policy research to support new proposals, bills, and advocacy materials;
  • Draft high-quality policy and advocacy materials, including briefs, reports, memos, and toolkits;
  • Build, participate, and seek feedback in advocacy coalitions seeking local, state, or federal policy change;
  • Collaboratively develop policy proposals, working with movement leaders and other stakeholders;
  • Provide technical assistance, including legal support, to grassroots community-based organizations and advocates;
  • Facilitate trainings on legislative drafting, policy design, and related skills for movement advocates;
  • Conduct interviews and make site visits to observe innovative programs, see specific policies in action, or meet local stakeholders;
  • Work closely with Civil Rights Corps litigating attorneys to support the policy aspects of their litigation efforts, including proposals for injunctive relief; and
  • Work with other CRC departments in creating advocacy campaigns that integrate policy with litigation, organizing, public education, and strategic communications.

The ideal applicant is passionate about justice, a team leader, proactive, thoughtful, able to juggle multiple tasks, and able to work well in a collaborative environment. Specific qualifications we are looking for include:
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in law and/or policy work in non-profit organizations or government;
  • Innovative thinking, an unwillingness to accept things as they are, and an excellent work ethic;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission, purpose, and values of CRC;
  • Experience developing, creating, and implementing new policy proposals, platforms, and interventions, including as part of multi-organization or multi-stakeholder teams;
  • A strong background in administrative, local government, and/or constitutional law is a plus, though not required;
  • Strong foundation in legal and policy research;
  • Exceptionally strong writing skills, including some background in legislative drafting;
  • Proven ability to learn quickly, stay flexible, take initiative, establish priorities, work independently, and self-motivate; and
  • The capacity for out-of-the-box, creative, dream-big-or-go-home thinking that brings a get-to-yes mentality to all policy projects.

Civil Rights Corps is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. Civil Rights Corps is committed to promoting an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices for its clients, partners, and staff.

Salary, Benefits, and Logistics
Salary range is between $88,000 to $106,000, commensurate with prior experience. Civil Rights Corps offers an outstanding and generous benefits package, including employer-paid health, vision, and dental benefits; transit benefits; an annual wellness benefit; retirement matching; and paid sick, family, and vacation leave. This position is based in Washington, DC; remote working arrangements are available while CRC’s physical office is closed or partially closed because of COVID-19.

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