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Interested in joining the Campaign Legal Center’s (CLC) staff as we protect the right to vote and defend our democracy from the corrupting influence of big money? CLC is an equal opportunity employer, which welcomes qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, physical abilities, genders, and sexual orientations.

CLC offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits. Please review the current job openings. We encourage you to revisit this page regularly, as we post new positions here first.

Meet CLC's 2017 summer intern class!


Job Opportunities: 

​Operations Assistant

Organizational Overview
The Campaign Legal Center (CLC), a nonpartisan democracy reform organization based in Washington, D.C., seeks to improve American democracy and protect the fundamental right every citizen to participate in the political process. CLC is home to the nation’s premier election law experts and is the only organization in the field exclusively dedicated to working through the entire cycle of democracy reform including: conceptualizing and advising on the drafting of laws, fighting for enforcement of the laws once passed and defending these laws when challenged. Through our work, CLC aims to ensure that every American has the right to fully participate in shaping the laws and policies that directly impact their lives.  

Position Summary
CLC is seeking a full-time Operations Assistant to assist with and support cross-cutting core function needs in a growing and increasingly complex organization. Reporting to and in close collaboration with the Managing Director, the Operations Assistant will be responsible for administrative duties and clerical functions in order to streamline CLC’s day-to-day business operations, including office management, HR administration, vendor management, IT support, and supporting special projects. In particular, this position will play a pivotal role in supporting and coordinating an office expansion to new floor space in our building.  

CLC is looking for someone who is self-directed, flexible, detail-oriented, excels in a fast-paced environment, is committed to nonprofit administration and organizational effectiveness, and is passionate about strengthening our democracy.

Responsibilities
Facility

  • Assess office space use needs; develop, institutionalize, administer and evaluate office space policies and practices, in coordination with MD/OM.
  • Troubleshoot facility challenges and escalate.
  • Support and track inventory management, including procurement and repair.
  • Coordinate office supply procurement.


Human Resources

  • Support Operations Manager in tracking recruitment steps and onboarding processes.
  • Act as HR file clerk and support knowledge management for personnel files
  • Assist with and support benefits administration.


Other Operations

  • Act as primary point of contact/liaison with vendors; support vendor tracking systems.
  • Act as IT liaison, building management liaison, and receptionist 
  • Assist with the internal operations including answering main phone line, scheduling conference rooms, receiving and routing packages and mail, and managing distribution lists.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with Executive Assistant on miscellaneous projects.
  • Track and monitor programmatic administrative processes like conflict checking process.
  • Support planning and program assessment across teams.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Qualifications

  • BS or BA or equivalent.
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills with a proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Strong administrative, time-management, and organizational skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Experience working with nonprofit organizations is preferred, but not required.
  • Demonstrated interest in nonprofit operations.


The Campaign Legal Center (CLC) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services and benefits.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and résumé addressing your interest in and relevant experience for this role with “Operations Assistant Application” in the subject line to info@campaignlegalcenter.org.

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Paralegal


Position Summary
CLC participates in a variety of trial and appellate court cases around the country involving campaign finance, voting rights, redistricting, and other aspects of election and ethics law, both to ensure the proper implementation of laws and to defend laws against legal challenges.  

The Paralegal will be a key member of CLC’s litigation team, supporting all of CLC’s trial and appellate litigation.  The Paralegal will work with CLC’s litigation attorneys to finalize and submit court filings, prepare documents for depositions and trials, and maintain CLC’s litigation case files.

Responsibilities

  • Prepare documents for court filing, including by:
    • Citation-checking.
    • Formatting documents according to court-specific requirements.
    • Creating tables of contents and tables of authorities.
    • Attaching exhibits and appendices.
    • Preparing final electronic and paper filings pursuant to applicable court rules.
  • File court documents.
  • Contact court clerks’ offices when necessary.
  • Assist with deposition, pretrial, and trial preparation (e.g., preparing exhibits and attachments).
  • Create and maintain electronic case files.
  • Provide similar legal assistance to non-litigation attorneys as required, such as reviewing draft legislative language and citation-checking documents to be filed with government agencies.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Qualifications

  • At least one year of experience as a paralegal — or in a comparable litigation-support position — at a law firm, advocacy organization, government agency, or other entity engaged in federal litigation.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Ability to organize, and assist others in maintaining, litigation case files.
  • Knowledge of legal citation formats.
  • Familiarity with federal court dockets (PACER) and filing systems (ECF).
  • Experience preparing exhibits for depositions and/or trials.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, including applying Styles and other formatting features, and Adobe Acrobat (e.g., redacting documents, Bates-stamping, etc.)
  • Demonstrated interest in public-interest legal work is desirable, but not required.


The Campaign Legal Center (CLC) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services and benefits.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and résumé addressing your interest in and relevant experience for this role with "Paralegal Application" in the subject line to info@campaignlegalcenter.org.

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Executive Assistant

Position Summary
The Executive Assistant will provide day-to-day administrative support to CLC’s President and Managing Director. A typical day will include scheduling meetings, booking travel, organizing electronic files, and communicating via email and phone to a variety of internal and external contacts. The Executive Assistant will also support special projects such as conference planning, Board meeting preparation, and various operational and organization development initiatives.
 
This role requires significant attention to detail, an ability to balance competing priorities, and the flexibility to respond quickly in a dynamic work environment. The ideal candidate will bring a positive, “can do” attitude, proven problem-solving skills, an interest in social enterprise/nonprofit core functions, and a strong work ethic.  Previous experience in a similar administrative support function at a fast-paced organization strongly preferred.

Responsibilities

  • Manage the President’s and Managing Director’s calendars; schedule and update internal and external meetings.
  • Book travel arrangements and manage travel logistics.
  • Communicate via phone and email to internal and external contacts
  • Coordinate staff meeting logistics
  • Organize and manage internal knowledge sharing systems
  • Write and edit Word and PowerPoint documents for use in speeches, presentations, internal team meetings, Board meetings, etc.
  • Support special projects as needed
     

Qualifications

  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Positive attitude and collaborative working style.
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to respond to needs quickly and efficiently.
  • Professionalism and discretion working with highly confidential information
  • Proactive and solutions-oriented
  • Fully proficient in all Microsoft products including Word, Outlook, PowerPoint
  • Ability to conduct internet research
  • Bachelors degree required


The Campaign Legal Center (CLC) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services and benefits.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and résumé addressing your interest in and relevant experience for this role with “Executive Assistant Application” in the subject line to info@campaignlegalcenter.org.

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Director, Ethics Program


Position Summary
Central to our mission is the protection of the right to a government free from both the reality and appearance of improper influence and corruption. To this end, CLC engages with federal regulatory agencies -- including the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), the Federal Election Commission (FEC), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) -- as well as state and local entities, to ensure vigorous and fair enforcement of ethics and campaign finance laws and to hold candidates and officeholders accountable for violating those laws. CLC additionally engages with Congress and state and local legislatures to support legislative reform efforts and to promote proactive measures to shine a spotlight on the problems with a broken system.

Reporting to and in close collaboration with the Senior Director of Regulatory Programs and General Counsel, this senior role will be responsible for the growth and direction of CLC’s Ethics Program. This position will be responsible for the strategic development and implementation of both responsive and proactive activities to advance Ethics team goals and CLC’s mission by conducting and overseeing the research to identify and inform ethics issues, drafting complaints, rulemaking petitions, letters, testimony and other public documents, as well as working with outside groups to advance those goals.  In addition, this position may work on campaign finance as well as other matters within Regulatory Programs.  As part of a dedicated and growing team, this senior position will collaborate with other CLC staff and be a part of the continuing effort to refine our strategy in the pursuit of our vision.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and orchestrate strategy and goals of the new Ethics program, within the context of CLC’s campaign finance work, and lead its implementation.
  • Research and write white papers, reports, blogs and other public documents exploring and explaining ethics issues and how ethics laws prohibit special interests from improperly influencing government decisions.
  • Monitor and report on the activities of government ethics agencies and committees to ensure they are actively and appropriately enforcing ethics laws.
  • Advise, assist, draft and comment on proposed ethics legislation and regulations. This may include drafting petitions for rulemaking and commenting on proposed regulations, and drafting and presenting testimony at administrative and legislative hearings.   
  • Promote effectiveness and transparency of ethics programs by ensuring that ethics information is publicly available.
  • Monitor and review public ethics filings of elected and appointed officeholders, as well as candidates for those positions, to identify and disclose potential conflicts of interest.
  • Research, draft and file letters and complaints regarding violations of the ethics laws, where appropriate.
  • Supervise and provide direction for reports and others involved in Ethics work.
  • Work on similar campaign finance issues and other matters within Regulatory Programs, as well as other areas of CLC.

Organizational, Management and Supervision

  • Provide leadership, feedback and guidance, strategic direction, and day-to-day supervision for CLC Ethics Program staff, Fellows, and interns, as appropriate.
  • Monitor public policy debates and make strategic decisions about where CLC should engage most effectively, particularly regarding ethics.
  • Participate in team decision-making and senior leadership meetings.
  • Inform and advise budget development and manage program expenses.
  • Support fundraising efforts, including the identification and cultivation of new funding sources (e.g., foundation grants) and collaborating with development staff; contribute to proposals and reports.
  • Work with the Communications team to develop messaging and strategic communications plans.

Representational

  • Represent CLC, as appropriate and requested, in both internal and external meetings and public conferences that are strategically aligned with the development of the goals of the Ethics Program.
  • Participate in traditional media appearances, social media activities, and other communication efforts, including drafting press releases and newsletters.

Qualifications

  • At least 6 years of post-JD experience. (Outstanding applicants with lesser experience may be considered for a different position.)
  • Must be active member of a bar in good standing (preferably D.C.).
  • Proven ability to manage complicated matters and work with diverse stakeholders
  • Outstanding legal writing, editing, analytical, and oral presentation skills.
  • Commitment to nonpartisan government reform.
  • Knowledge of government ethics and campaign finance laws preferred.
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills with a proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team.


The Campaign Legal Center (CLC) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services and benefits.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter here.

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Researcher/Investigator, Ethics Program


Position Summary
Central to the Campaign Legal Center's (CLC) mission is the protection of the right to a government free from both the reality and appearance of improper influence and corruption, To this end, CLC engages with federal regulatory agencies -- including the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), the Federal Election Commission (FEC), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) -- as well as state and local entities, to ensure vigorous and fair enforcement of ethics and campaign finance laws and to hold candidates and officeholders accountable for violating those laws. CLC additionally engages with Congress and state and local legislatures to support legislative reform efforts and to promote proactive measures to shine a spotlight on the problems with a broken system.

The Researcher/Investigator, Ethics Program will conduct the research to identify and inform ethics issues and support the development and implementation of both responsive and proactive actions consistent with CLC’s mission. In addition, this position may conduct research and analysis on campaign finance as well as other matters within Regulatory Programs. 

Responsibilities

  • Conduct factual research to build a record and identify compliance issues regarding ethics laws.
  • Monitor and report on the activities of governmental ethics agencies and committees to ensure they are actively and appropriately enforcing ethics laws.
  • Advise, assist, draft and comment on proposed ethics legislation and regulations. This may include drafting petitions for rulemaking and commenting on proposed regulations, and drafting and presenting testimony at administrative and legislative hearings.   
  • Assist with ethics related litigation.
  • Promote effectiveness and transparency of ethics programs by ensuring that ethics information is publicly available.
  • Monitor and review public ethics filings of elected and appointed officeholders, as well as candidates for those positions, to identify and disclose potential conflicts of interest.
  • Research, draft and file letters and complaints regarding violations of the ethics laws, where appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned.
     

Qualifications

  • At least 2 years of research or journalism experience.
  • Exceptional writing and analytical skills and ability to write for a general audience.
  • Proven ability to manage a detail driven project management with diverse stakeholders.
  • Commitment to nonpartisan government reform.
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills with a proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team.


The Campaign Legal Center (CLC) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services and benefits.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter here.

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