Senior Legislative Counsel for Legal Policy Research and Writing

  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
  • Jun 17, 2021
Full time Legal

Job Description

We strongly encourage people of color, transgender and non-binary people to apply. HRC is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone, including non-LGBTQ people, to join our team.

 

Position Summary:

The Senior Legislative Counsel for Legal Policy Research and Writing assists the Legal Director in providing responsive, comprehensive and high-quality legal services to all programs, activities and operations of the Human Rights Campaign and its educational affiliate HRC Foundation (jointly “HRC”) with a special focus on legal research and writing, including public regulatory comments and testimony. The Senior Legislative Counsel’s principal client areas are the Government Affairs Department, the Campaigns and Organizing Department, and the Project One America Department, as needed. Additionally, the Senior Legislative Counsel will provide advice and counsel, research and writing as necessary to provide legal resources to HRC’s other departments. Some travel will be required. This position will be based in Washington, D.C.

 

Position Responsibilities:

Legislative Law and Policy

  • Along with Legal Director and other legal staff, serves as legislative lawyer to the Government Affairs Department; providing research on selected issues, drafting proposed regulations as well as comments to proposed regulations, drafting supportive materials for lobbying efforts including fact sheets and talking points, drafting letters to relevant House and Senate committees, drafting testimony and proposed questions for hearings, participate in relevant coalition meetings and meetings with administrative offices, and others duties related to HRC’s federal legislative efforts as assigned.
  • Coordinates the Legal Departments efforts on regulatory research and drafting comments on regulations. 
  • Along with Legal Director and other legal staff, serves as legislative lawyer to the Campaigns and Organizing Department and Project One America; providing research on selected issues, drafting supportive materials for lobbying efforts including fact sheets and talking points, drafting testimony and proposed questions for hearings, participate in relevant coalition meetings and meetings with legislators, and others duties related to HRC’s state legislative efforts as assigned.
  • Coordinates the Legal Department reports and articles on nominees, policy developments, and legal theory including authoring and providing support to other attorneys in producing reports.
  • Contributes to Departmental strategic planning projects relating to policy development.
  • Serves as the point of contact for the HRC Communications Department on selected issues; assisting in drafting press releases in connection with legislation and regulations, as well as other communications upon request. 

 

Foundation Programs

  • As needed, provides research, analysis, and writing on legal issues for Foundation programs, including the Health and Aging and Workplace Programs, and for Foundation publications. 

 

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • May supervise legislative counsel dependent upon prior experience and seniority

 

Position Qualifications:

  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school; admitted to practice law and in good standing in District of Columbia. (or eligible to obtaining such a license) and have at least five years relevant practice experience. 
  • Experience in public policy and knowledge of civil rights laws is required. 
  • Work on civil rights issues from a legislative or administrative perspective is strongly preferred.  
  • Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Must also have excellent writing and communication skills, strong research skills, familiarity with Lexis, and computer and internet proficiency. 
  • Ability to travel at least 5-10% of the time.
  • A background or experience in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights is preferred; the successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to HRC and to advancing HRC’s goals and objectives.

 

All positions at the Human Rights Campaign may require travel on a regular basis or periodically.  Where the need arises for business travel, appropriate compensation as outlined by the Fair Labor Standards Act will apply.

 

No phone calls or emails, please. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to queries about application status.