Director of Education Law & Policy, Senior Policy Counsel

Posted by
Family Equality
New York, NY
Published 10 days ago

Job Title:   Director of Education Law & Policy, Senior Policy Counsel

Location:   DC area preferred, but not required

Reporting to:  Chief Policy Officer

Compensation:  Salary commensurate with experience + generous benefits package


Family Equality advances legal and lived equality for current and future LGBTQ+ families through building community, changing hearts and minds, and driving policy change. We envision a future where:

  • All LGBTQ+ families and youth live in communities that recognize, respect, protect, and value them.
  • Everyone has the right and opportunity to form and sustain a loving family.
  • Systems of service and support are free of discrimination and maximize opportunities for LGBTQ+ families & youth.

As an organization, we have prioritized anti-racism and integrating racial equity into every facet of our work. We acknowledge our history as a predominately white organization and are committed to ending white supremacy. Doing so is essential to our objective of full equality for all LGBTQ+ people.

Family Equality is a distributed organization, with employees throughout the country. Director of Education Law & Policy, Senior Policy Counsel is a full-time position and may work remotely anywhere in the United States, though a primary residence in the Washington, DC area is preferred.

Position Summary:

The Director of Education Law & Policy, Senior Policy Counsel will lead Family Equality’s policy work for LGBTQ+ families in K-12 schools and higher education throughout the country. They will lead efforts to advance our legislative and public policy agenda at the federal, state, and local level, focusing primarily on equity and nondiscrimination for students with LGBTQ+ parents and family members. This includes legislative and administrative advocacy, grassroots calls to actions, community mobilization, and creation of written resources and materials to inform LGBTQ+ families of their rights in schools. The Director of Education Law & Policy, Senior Policy Counsel also will lead our work on amicus curiae briefs in key schools cases, which is done in collaboration with our pro bono law firm or other LGBTQ+ movement partners. As a senior attorney on the Policy team, they also may assist with other state and federal policy issues that affect the lives of LGBTQ+ families and those who wish to create and expand them as needed to further Family Equality’s organizational mission and the Policy Department’s mission and strategic plan.

The Director of Education Law & Policy, Senior Policy Counsel will report directly to the Chief Policy Officer. This position is highly collaborative, working closely with other members of the Policy, Communications, and Programs teams, as well as civil rights partners at the national and state level, state equality groups, federal and state lawmakers, and other stakeholders. All work will be done through a racial and economic justice lens, with intentional incorporation of the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color and low-income communities and in consideration of impacts and outcomes of policy advocacy.


  • Advocacy with federal agencies, the White House, Members of Congress, and state and local officials for protections for students with LGBTQ+ parents and family members.
  • Provide legislative drafting and other technical assistance (such as talking points, fact sheets, tool kits, and action alerts) to national, state, and local partners and elected officials.
  • Work with state leaders and other national partners to support LGBTQ+ families and students in states that have enacted legislation targeting LGBTQ+ students and those with LGBTQ+ families.
  • Work to empower and mobilize LGBTQ+ parents and allies to get involved in K-12 schools, school boards, and local government.  
  • Participate in and facilitate strategic workshops, panels, presentations, trainings, and webinars as a subject matter expert on education law and policy for LGBTQ+ families.
  • Conduct legal research and create and update written resources to inform and educate partners, allies, LGBTQ+ parents and families, and other constituents. 
  • Track and analyze state legislation, regulations and litigation impacting LGBTQ+ families in K-12 schools.
  • Engage with press and media on issues of local, state, and national concern related to the role.
  • Recruit and supervise legal and policy interns.
  • Occasional travel will be required.



All candidates must enjoy a fast-paced environment, be highly organized without losing sight of larger objectives, and be committed to justice and equality for LGBTQ+ families.

  • Law degree; licensed in at least one state; and a minimum of 7 years of post-law school legal or policy experience, which must include experience in education and schools law and policy.
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in advocating for LGBTQ+ students and families in K-12 schools.
  • Strong understanding of Title IX, and schools and education law and policy at the state and federal level; experience engaging lawmakers on these issues.
  • Proven success working with legislative bodies and government agencies at the state and/or federal level.
  • Strong legal research, analysis, and writing skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including experience with written legal, legislative drafting, and policy document development and analysis; ability to communicate complex legal and policy issues in accessible ways to a variety of audiences; and experience with lobbying or advocating with government officials and external partners.
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently in a remote work setting.
  • Willingness to collaborate with people who are mixed across race, income, gender identity, sexual orientation, abilities, and more.

Even if you don’t meet all of the qualifications, but feel you have something unique to contribute to Family Equality, we encourage you to apply.

Benefits Summary:

Family Equality is 100% committed to revolutionizing the workplace, with a goal of demonstrating to the larger LGBTQ+ Movement that a human-centered workplace based in equity and justice is an effective workplace, where we can thrive as we work to change the world.  Here is an overview of our benefits, plus below are some new ideas that we are working on:

  • 100% employer-paid health premium for individual employee
  • FSA / HSA options
  • 3 weeks paid vacation, 10 days health time, 3 personal days, 13 paid Holidays
  • Winter office closure between Christmas and New Year’s
  • A scheduled week off in the summer (Fourth of July week)
  • 1% employer 401k Match (plus discretionary 1% additional match when finances allow)
  • Paid Family Medical Leave
  • Monthly Day of Rest
  • “No meeting” Fridays

The entire staff is currently evaluating various options to radically transform our work lives.  These ideas are in the evaluation phase as they will require a radical transformation of how we define work and hold ourselves accountable:

  • A “take what you need” vacation policy (“We trust each other to care for each other”)
  • A 4-day minimum workweek (or a workweek with 5 shorter days)

To apply, please submit a resume and letter of interest, with any salary requirements you may have, and A WRITING SAMPLE (include as one single document with your letter) via Idealist. 

Anticipated Search Timeline:  Interviews will begin the week of June 27th, with the goal of making an offer by the end of July.

For questions, please contact Brandon Gill, Director of HR + People Operations, at - PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT APPLICATION MATERIALS VIA EMAIL AS THEY WILL BE DELETED.

Additional Details for Your Reference:

Family Equality provides a team-based environment and we value the benefits of a diversified workplace.

Family Equality provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, childbirth, (or related medical conditions, including, but not limited to lactation), physical disability, mental and/or intellectual disability, age, military status or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression), medical condition (including, but not limited to, cancer-related or HIV/AIDS-related), genetic information, or sexual orientation in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. 

Women, people of color, transgender individuals and members of other underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Family Equality performs background checks on all volunteers and staff members as a condition of employment.

However, Family Equality also supports and encourages people who were formerly convicted to be active in their community.

Background checks results that indicate a conviction do not necessarily disqualify you from employment – Family Equality reserves the right to request further information to fully assess an applicant’s candidacy in relation to the job duties associated with the position. 

For more information on Family Equality please visit our website at

Job Title:   Director of Education Law & Policy, Senior Policy Counsel

Location:   DC area preferred, but not required

Reporting to:  Chief Policy Officer

Compensation:  Salary commensurate with experience + generous benefits package…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    June 27, 2022
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Experience Level


Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
475 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016, United States
Suite 2100

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