Senior Counsel

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary will be commensurate with experience




District of Columbia
United States


The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a 501(c)(4) organization, is the country’s oldest and largest civil and human rights coalition of more than 200 national organizations. The Leadership Conference has coordinated national advocacy efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957. Learn more at The Leadership Conference Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, builds public will for federal policies that promote and protect civil and human rights in the United States. Founded in 1969 as the education and research arm of The Leadership Conference, The Education Fund’s campaigns inform, educate and empower local, state and national leaders to advance and protect civil and human rights and progressive change in the United States. To learn more about The Education Fund, visit

Position Summary:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund seek a Senior Counsel to join the Policy and Government Affairs Department. This is a full-time regular position that will work in collaboration with other Policy staff located in our Washington DC offices. The Senior Counsel will provide leadership within the coalition on priority issues, as assigned, and provides staff support for various coalition task forces including the Employment Task Force. The successful candidate will

coordinate policy development on issues including employment, workplace harassment, women’s rights issues, including reproductive health, and helps devise strategies for moving them forward.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Facilitating the development of a federal policy agenda for broad coalition of civil and human rights groups
  • Convening and presiding at meetings of civil and human rights organizations to address timely public policy issues and to reach consensus positions
  • Writing and/or editing position papers and coalition advocacy letters
  • Analyzing and monitoring current federal civil rights issues and legislation
  • Coordinating and providing staff support for various coalition task forces (specializing in Leadership Conference issue areas) and the task force chairpersons
  • Assisting in the development of educational materials, including reports, policy statements, congressional testimony, and talking points to educate policymakers and the general public on coalition priority issues
  • Representing The Leadership Conference in various coalitions focused on women’s rights issues, and undertaking outreach and strengthening relationships with women of color organizations
  • Developing funding proposals and grant reports on employment and harassment issues and other women’s rights issues, and initiating and maintaining relationships with funders in these fields.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • JD Degree
  • Hill or related experience
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Strong legal research analytical skills including drafting and analyzing legislative language
  • Ability to work effectively with a broad cross section of organizations
  • Strong background in employment and women’s rights issues

This position will report to the Managing Director for Policy. Ideal candidates should have strong writing skills, an attention to detail, strong project management skills, a desire and ability to work with diverse groups of people, the ability to work collaboratively, the ability to multitask, and share our strong commitment to civil and human rights and social justice issues. An ability to maintain confidentiality is a must.


Excellent benefits. Salary will be commensurate with experience.



Excellent benefits

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter detailing your fit with the position’s responsibilities, and salary requirements to: with Senior Counsel in the subject line. Only applications submitted by email will be considered. 

The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, status as a veteran, age or disability.