Policy Counsel/Associate

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience



Start Date


Application Deadline



700 14th Street Northwest
Suite 800
District of Columbia
United States


The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation's first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Since its founding under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall in 1940, LDF has been committed to transforming this nation's promise of racial equity and justice into reality for all Americans.

LDF uses litigation, public policy advocacy, community organizing and strategic communications programs to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair criminal justice system.

LDF seeks an experienced Policy Counsel or Associate to join its Policy team to advance its Education Policy work.    


·        Identify, develop and implement policy reform strategies at the federal, state, and local levels, including LDF's efforts to ensure quality educational opportunities for public school students, particularly students of color, including through the promotion of positive school climates, fair school discipline practices, and the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015;

·        Conduct policy and other forms of research;

·        Monitor and respond to developing civil rights issues in proposed federal, state and local legislation or agency action relating to education reform;

·        Identify, secure and prepare for opportunities for LDF to influence policies at the federal and state levels, including commenting on proposed legislation and rules, submitting statements and letters, preparing advocacy materials, and organizing and conducting meetings with elected and administrative officials and their staff;

·        Partner with national, state or local education advocates and activists to develop and carry out campaigns on education advocacy issues consistent with LDF's priorities, including efforts to promote positive school climates and eliminate the school-to-prison pipeline;

·        Work collaboratively with LDF's attorneys, organizers and multidisciplinary teams to advance national, state and local education reforms;

·        Work collaboratively with LDF's attorneys and researchers to write, publish and widely disseminate policy briefs, fact sheets, talking points, infographics, reports, and other documents that will educate legislators, agency officials, stakeholders and the public about the need for policy changes to address issues and propose solid recommendations for change;

·        Other duties as requested by the Director of Policy, the Deputy Director of Policy, or other senior management.


 The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following:

·        Juris Doctor degree or other relevant graduate degree;

·        Five or more years of experience in education policy reform or advocacy at the federal, state, or local level;

·        A demonstrated commitment to civil rights and racial justice;

·        A demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong relationships and partnerships with coalitions of organizations, community members/leaders, and public officials;

·        A demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically, including an ability to lead and manage complex policy reform efforts involving multiple issues and parties;

·        Ability to work independently and on teams;

Ability to travel

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply


To Apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to:



Monica Garcia

Director of Human Resources/Administration

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

40 Rector Street, 5th floor

New York, New York 10006


The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, disability or genetic information.