Legislative Counsel

Job Type

Full Time




125 Broad Street
19th Floor
New York
United States


Legislative Counsel


Position: Legislative Counsel

Terms of Employment: Full-time, salaried (salary subject to fixed NYCLU scale)

Location: 125 Broad Street, New York, N.Y.

Application deadline: Friday, September 7, 2018 (with applications considered until the position is filled)


The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation's leading advocates on behalf of constitutional rights and liberties. Founded in 1951, as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with more than 200,000 members and supporters, and eight offices statewide. We work in the courts, in the legislatures and on the streets to advocate for racial and economic justice, free speech, freedom of religion, privacy and equality before the law for all New Yorkers. For more information please visit our website: www.nyclu.org.




The NYCLU is seeking a Legislative Counsel who will play an important role in the organization’s efforts to promote and defend civil rights and civil liberties in legislative and public policy arenas. The NYCLU’s Legislative Counsel staff conduct research, writing and advocacy on a wide range of civil rights and civil liberties issues in the New York State Legislature and on selective issues at the municipal or county level. They also participate in the advocacy and communications work of the NYCLU. This position will be based in NYCLU’s main office in New York City, but some travel is required between the Albany legislative office and New York City, and on occasion to other locations in New York State. The Legislative Counsel reports to the Policy Director, and for certain tasks to the Deputy Legislative Director.  



·        Track and analyze legislation introduced in the New York State Legislature and before local governments across the state, including the New York City Council.

·        Produce bill memoranda based on research and analysis of state and local legislation that implicate civil rights and civil liberties, as well as more detailed supplementary briefing memoranda as needed, and memoranda on proposed rules and regulations;

·        Draft legislation and regulations, as well as proposed amendments to bills and regulatory proposals;

·        Win support for NYCLU’s positions on legislative and public policy matters through direct lobbying of state and local legislators, public officials and their staffs;

·        Produce and deliver testimony at public hearings conducted by the New York State Legislature, New York City Council, and other policy-making bodies;

·        Produce briefing papers and draft public education materials on pending legislation and legislative proposals;

·        Work with NYCLU Policy Staff and Chapter Directors on local legislative matters;

·        Comply with lobbying record-keeping and reporting requirements;

·        Work with allies and coalitions as appropriate;

·        Assist as needed in strategic planning and the development of annual work plans.


These tasks will include managing confidential and sensitive information responsibly. Specific tasks and areas of responsibility may change based on organizational needs.




The ideal candidate for this position will have outstanding writing and analytical skills; strong inter-personal communication skills; experience working with spreadsheets; experience working on a range of issues, and some experience related to civil liberties or constitutional law research or advocacy. Experience working within the State Legislature, New York City Council or other legislative body would be desirable, although not required. Experience working successfully with a multicultural workforce or communities that are diverse with regard to age, race, disability, gender and gender expression is helpful. Demonstrated experience engaging in creative problem solving, exhibiting good judgment and the ability to shift course when the organization deems it necessary is very helpful. The ideal candidate will bring a diversity of experience and perspective to the position and will have a demonstrated ability to work well with a team.


Minimum Qualifications:

·        Excellent writing, research, analytical, and communication skills;

·        Three years of substantial experience in lobbying or legislative work;

·        Detail-oriented, with a strong commitment to accuracy;

·        Strong ability to prioritize and complete tasks, with a proven ability to meet deadlines;

·        A demonstrated ability to advocate effectively, including an ability to initiate and follow through on a lobbying or legislative effort;

·        Demonstrated knowledge of civil liberties and civil rights;

·        A demonstrated commitment to the goals and priorities of the NYCLU;

·        Self-motivation and an ability to work collaboratively;

·        Willingness to travel within New York State for work-related meetings and events, including areas that are not well-served by mass transportation (a driver’s license is required).


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply




E-mail your resume to jobs@nyclu.org with “Legislative Counsel” in the subject line. 


Please submit a resume with a cover letter (up to two pages) describing:

1.     Your unique qualifications for this position

2.     Where or how you learned of this job posting

3.     Your salary requirements


The NYCLU will accept applications until midnight, September 7, 2018, or until the position is filled and will review applications as they are received. Qualified candidates may be asked to submit additional information, including performance samples and references from people they have worked with in the past.

The NYCLU is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the population that we serve.