About

Senior 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. This position is full-time at the Washington, D.C. office, though temporarily primarily virtual; the successful candidate must live in the Washington Metropolitan area. More information at http://www.thetaskforce.org

Location: Washington, DC

Reports to: Policy Director

Supervises: State Policy Counsel, Federal Regulatory Counsel

Travel: up to 40%

Summary: The Senior Policy Counsel of the National LGBTQ Task Force and its sister organization the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund supervises policy and regulatory counsel and legislative staff to advocate for and secure legislative and policy advances for LGBTQ+ people in our three pillars: Queering Democracy, Queering Equity, and Queering Faith. This is a middle management position that includes supervision as well as research, writing and advocacy. Across issues of vital importance to queer people, the Sr. Policy Counsel will lead staff to press for racial, gender, economic and disability justice. 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 justice, religious exemptions, health equity and more. We set annual goals tied to our strategic plan, driving clarity, alignment, accountability and impact.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Senior Policy Counsel uses management best practices, leadership abilities, collaboration skills, public speaking, and community engagement to:

  • Supervise policy and regulatory counsel and senior legislative manager, ensuring that they have the training, tools, guidance, and resources to succeed and grow in their roles;
  • Liaise with governmental agencies to develop strong, productive connections that facilitate effective advocacy on substantive policy proposals;
  • Lead advocacy with federal agencies on substantive policy proposals;
  • Collaborate  to build the Religious Equality and Liberty (REAL) Coalition and lead or participate in other coalitions in partnership with the steering committee and engaged organizations;
  • Lead and perform legal research and writing work for substantive proposals, regulations and policies to achieve policy advances for LGBTQ+ people;
  • Lead and participate in policy coalitions, centering the voices and experiences of BIPOC, immigrants, people living with disabilities, and people living in poverty;
  • Serve as lead on Presidential Appointments Initiative work, track and maintain nominations and appointments agenda and actively recruit diverse queer candidates;
  • With Policy Director, lead efforts to produce policy workshops and other efforts at Creating Change (CC) and CC365, a year-round virtual event series;
  • Take the lead with policy counsel to recruit, select, train and supervise year-round cohorts of law fellows and establish and maintain an engaged law fellow alum cohort;
  • Working with the Policy Director, update and lead efforts to ensure a balanced  policy agenda and communicate the agenda through effective channels in partnership with internal and external stakeholders;
  • As required, evaluate and make recommendations on legal briefs in potential amicus advocacy cases, managing the tracking system, providing feedback to brief authors to reflect Task Force values;
  • 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.

QUALIFICATIONS

In this role, legal policy supervision experience, 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 bar license. Strongly prefer a D.C. bar license (or qualified to waive into D.C. Bar) for supervising law clerks and fellows.
  • 7+ years of experience, including attorney supervision. Federal and state legal policy advocacy required; strategizing and advocating for change with an in 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 supervise and work 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.
  • Intersectional and deep racial justice and LGBTQ justice analysis. Understanding how multiple marginalized identities impacts a person’s lived experience will help you be a more effective strategist.
  • Top-notch organization skills.  Meeting quick deadlines is key and so is long-term strategy and 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 management part of this position.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Commensurate with experience. Provides excellent benefits — health, dental and vision insurance; flex spending accounts, annual and sick leave; 403(b) plan.

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 National LGBTQ Task Force – Job Opportunities (paylocity.com) 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.