Federal Policy Counsel
The National LGBTQ Task Force builds power, takes action and creates change to achieve freedom and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer people, and their families. As a progressive racial, economic, and social justice organization, the Task Force works toward a society that values and respects the diversity of human expression and identity and achieves equity for all. The Task Force has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, and Miami. More information at http://www.thetaskforce.org
Job Title: Federal Policy Counsel
Position Location: Washington, DC
Reports to: Policy Director
Summary: The Federal Policy Counsel takes the lead for the National LGBTQ Task Force and its sister organization the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund to advocate for and secure federal policy advances for LGBTQ+ people in our three pillars: Queering Democracy, Queering Equity, and Queering Faith. Across issues of vital importance to queer people, the Federal Policy Counsel will press for racial, gender, economic and disability justice at the federal level. Some key policy issues include non-discrimination, racial justice, immigrant rights, voting rights, reproductive freedom and justice, queering the Census and other surveys, disability justice and access, ending hate violence, economic issues, religious exemptions, health equity and more. We set annual goals tied to our strategic plan, and this process drives clarity, alignment, accountability and impact.
The Senior Policy Counsel uses research, writing, leadership abilities, collaboration skills, public speaking, and community engagement in working to:
· Lead and continue to build the Religious Equality and Liberty (REAL) Coalition in partnership with the steering committee and engaged organizations;
· Liaise with the White House and federal agencies to develop strong, productive connections that facilitate effective advocacy on substantive policy proposals;
· Lead and perform legal research and writing work for substantive federal regulatory proposals and policies to achieve policy advances for LGBTQ+ people;
· Lead and participate in federal policy coalitions, centering the voices and experiences of BIPOC, immigrants, people living with disabilities, and people living in poverty;
· Lead advocacy with the White House and federal agencies on substantive policy proposals;
· Serve as co-counsel with Policy Director on Presidential Appointments Initiative work, track and maintain nominations and appointments agenda;
· Lead efforts on federal policy workshops and other efforts at Creating Change (CC) and CC365, a year-round virtual event series;
· Rotating leadership with co-policy counsel, collaborate to recruit, select, train and supervise year-round cohorts of law fellows and establish and maintain an engaged law fellow alumnus cohort;
· Update and lead efforts to ensure a balanced federal policy agenda and communicate the agenda through effective channels in partnership with internal and external stakeholders;
· Evaluate and make recommendations on legal briefs in potential amicus advocacy cases, contributing to the tracking system;
· Collaborate closely with the Field Team, the Communications, Marketing and Branding and Development Departments to ensure alignment, perform public speaking, research and writing, and otherwise serve as a strong organizational ambassador; and
· Adopt organizational community practices, integrate learnings from staff and other trainings, and perform other duties as assigned.
In this role, strategic thinking, strong research and writing skills, and organization are critical. A commitment to racial, economic, gender, and disability justice and a belief in our collective ability to create change in systems of power is mandatory.
A qualified candidate should have:
· A law degree. And preferably a bar license for supervising legal interns.
· 5+ years of experience. Strategizing and advocating for change in your community.
· Strong research and writing skills. The ability to develop and communicate information clearly is fundamental to this role. You will write legal policy research analyses and proposals as well as campaign and program materials, professional edit the work of others, and communicate with internal and external stakeholders to develop and communicate campaign assets.
· Exceptional communication skills. The ability to clearly communicate with the staff you are working with within the organization as well as external partners, consultants, and media is paramount; especially in fast-paced moments, you will need to be on message, clear and ask for clarity in return.
· A deep LGBTQ justice analysis. Understanding how LGBTQ identity impacts a person’s lived experience will help you be a more effective strategist.
· Top-notch organization skills. If you enjoy using cool software programs to keep yourself organized and you find long to-do lists energizing, then we want to talk to you! There is a lot to keep track of in this role, and nothing can fall through the cracks (and when things do, you recognize the impact and proactively plan to recover). Meeting quick deadlines is key and so is long-term advocacy to deliver impact, meaning positive change in people’s lives.
· Leadership skills. While management experience is not a prerequisite for this role, skills in developing talent, training, coaching, planning, delegation, and accountability are important to development in the legal intern
Commensurate with experience. Provides excellent benefits — health, dental and vision insurance; flex spending accounts, annual and sick leave; 403(b) plan.management part of this position.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter and resume addressing your qualifications, experience relevant to these responsibilities and describing your interest in being a member of the Task Force staff. We also ask that you submit two legal policy writing samples, one of which must be unedited by others. If possible, please submit the names, affiliations, and contact information for three references. Applications will be accepted via e- mail for this position at hr@theTaskForce.org; please write ” Federal Policy Counsel” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.
The Task Force is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable law. Women, transgender people, veterans, and people of color are encouraged to apply.