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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.

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Chief Development Officer 

Position Summary

The Chief Development Officer will be instrumental in leading the Campaign Legal Center to meet its current annual fundraising goals, while continuing to grow and diversify its funding base. This individual will be responsible for formulating and implementing an overall development strategy that includes a robust foundation portfolio (representing 90% of CLC’s annual revenues), a growing major donor program and online fundraising presence, and enhancing an organizational culture of philanthropy. The Chief Development Officer will supervise two Development staff, oversee and manage day-to-day development operations, and engage staff and board in expanding revenue streams to support current and new initiatives. The CDO is part of the senior management team and will report to the President and the Vice President of Litigation & Strategy. 

Responsibilities

General Development Strategy and Implementation:

  • Develop a comprehensive development strategy, including annual and longer-term revenue goals and plans to diversify and increase organizational budget from foundation and individual donors (major donor, smaller-level donors, online, etc.), as well as other appropriate sources. 
  • With Communications, lead and engage senior management team in developing effective, coordinated development messages and campaigns for new and broader donor audiences.
  • Support and mentor Board, leadership, and staff in their development efforts. 
  • Foster a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization that educates and effectively engages staff and board members in the development process. 
  • Serve as a member of the senior management team and provide key development insights as CLC’s programmatic goals are crafte

 

Foundations:  

  • Work with Foundations Manager and senior team to craft annual foundation philanthropic goals and implementation strategies.
  • Manage key foundation relationships as appropriate, including outreach and substantive presentations to prospective funders about CLC’s current programs and future projects. 
  • Oversee the Foundations Manager’s work in stewarding current foundation funders and identifying and securing new foundation support. 
  • Coordinate, develop and track budgets and budget narratives with relevant CLC staff and Foundations Manager for existing and proposed grant projects.  

 

Individual and Major Donors:  

  • Work with CLC senior leadership team to formulate yearly individual donor philanthropic goals and implementation strategies.
  • Lead efforts to identify and secure new donors at all levels. 
  • With the President, Vice President, and other relevant staff, maintain and strengthen relationships with current donors to increase gift size, frequency and retention through individualized stewardship, donor events, social media, online and direct mail streams and informal communication. 
  • Support President, Vice President, other staff and board members in their efforts to build and strengthen donor and prospect relationships and soliciting gifts. 
  • Build and hold direct relationships with appropriate prospects and individual funders.

 

Board Relations: 

  • Prepare development reports including plans, accomplishments and challenges for the President in advance of board meetings. 
  • Coach, support and encourage the Board’s development efforts. 

 

Management and Administration:  

  • Supervise and strengthen the capacity of the Development team.
  • Coordinate all development activities with staff and track progress against annual development work plan and calendar. 
  • Manage and strengthen development processes, infrastructure and systems, including recordkeeping, database management, gift acknowledgments, renewals, mailings and calendar. 
  • Develop an annual budget for development department and work with the finance department to develop an annual organizational budget and track progress against revenue goals.  

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • A minimum of 7-10 years of senior development experience. 
  • Mission-driven, creative results-focused, with a deep commitment to a fair and just democracy.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and implementing a successful, comprehensive fund development program and preparing an annual development work plan and calendar to achieve goals for an actively evolving organization.
  • Hands-on fundraising experience in the policy, research, legal and/or democracy building arena is preferred.  
  • Experience with coordination and preparation of organizational and project budgets. 
  • Demonstrated success in identifying and securing new foundation grants of five-figures and up.  
  • Demonstrated success with generating increased funds from individual donors, both major donors ($10,000 and higher) and annual appeals, through a coordinated, strategic approach. Knowledge of planned giving and experience with online fundraising preferred.  
  • Hands-on experience with one or more donor databases/software, such as DonorPerfect, Raiser’s Edge, etc., as well as with Microsoft Office suite and QuickBooks. Experience with wealth screening software preferred.
  • Understanding of and experience with digital fundraising landscape and approaches. 
  • Demonstrated success in arranging for organizational leadership to meet with prospective donors, successfully preparing them for those meetings and determining follow-up steps.    
  • Demonstrated success in developing and implementing strategies to engage prospective donors and audiences, retain current donors and move them to increased giving levels. 
  • Exceptional writing skills, especially for grant proposals, reports and related fundraising materials. 
  • Strong oral communication, relationship building and “people” skills. 
  • Honed organizational skills, ability to manage multiple deadlines simultaneously and work independently. 
  • Direct experience working with nonprofit boards is preferred. 
  • Ability and availability to travel.  

EEO Statement

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.

To Apply 

CLC has engaged S+R Consulting to undertake the search for this position. In one document (PDF preferred), please send to jobs@srconsultingsolutions.com: a cover letter that includes how you heard about the position and provides your salary requirements, along with your resume. Please use the following subject line: CLC-CDO-[insert your last name]. 

No phone calls please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only qualified candidates will be contacted after submitting a full application.

Communications Campaigns Manager

Position Summary

Campaign Legal Center is seeking an experienced communicator to serve as the organization’s Manager, Communications Campaigns.

CLC’s Manager, Communications Campaigns, will help develop proactive, multi-faceted communications campaigns to advance CLC’s policy initiatives and litigation.

The Manager, Communications Campaigns, will join a talented and ambitious team of communicators working cross-organization on voting rights, redistricting, money-in-politics and ethics. The Manager, Communications Campaigns, will serve as a thought partner to the current communications team, which consists of a Senior Director of Strategic Communications, a Communications Associate, who handles press relations, and a Digital Manager, who manages online engagement. This position will report to the Senior Director, Strategic Communications.

The ideal candidate will have experience running issue-based communications campaigns, building and working in coalition, and the knowledge and ability to work across communications platforms – both digital and press. This position requires strategic thinking, innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit. In addition, a successful candidate will have strong writing skills, and the proven ability to convey complex ideas clearly using consistent messaging and storytelling tactics. 

This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Responsibilities 

  • Manage communications issue-based campaigns
    • Increase the organization’s capacity to write and release impactful communications products that will influence media coverage of issues relating to CLC’s policy and litigation programs.
    • Develop messaging and storytelling framework for campaigns
    • Develop content for the campaigns, including conducting research, identifying and defining messengers, and managing the production by outside vendors of digital products such as videos and infographics
    • Work with/build a coalition around communications campaigns to elevate messaging
    • Work with staff to develop ideas for reports, issue briefs, blogs and toolkits; assist staff in drafting these products to be clear, concise and user-friendly
    • Work with the full communications team to map out communications plans to release these products
  • Lead communications around CLC project-based events and webinars
    • Help to frame and message events and webinars
    • Write and present a communications plan/strategy
    • Hire and supervise vendors to support events
  • Assist in drafting content for the website and social media
    • Work with CLC’s digital manager to tell a cohesive story on the website and on social media of CLC campaigns
    • Draft case pages and updates
  • Assist in other aspects of communications, including fielding press calls, contributing to social media posts and tending to administrative tasks as necessary 

Qualifications

  • 4-6 years of communications or organizing experience for a nonprofit or political campaign 
  • Strong organizational skills, be detail-oriented and have the proven ability to follow projects through to completion
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with others in a team environment
  • Experience working in coalition with allied groups
  • Experience communicating complex issues to varied audiences
  • A demonstrated interest in reforming our democracy 

EEO Statement

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.

To Apply
Please submit a cover letter and résumé addressing your interest in and relevant experience for this role with “Communications Campaigns Manager” in the subject line to info@campaignlegalcenter.org

Foundations Manager

Position Summary

The Foundations Manager will play a key role in continuing CLC’s fundraising growth and success. In this newly created position, the Foundation Manager will oversee all aspects of the portfolio of foundation funders, track and monitor grant compliance and reporting, have responsibility for identifying new foundation prospects, and work collaboratively with CLC colleagues to begin and advance relationships with new foundation leads. The Manager reports to the Chief Development Officer and will work closely with program staff, as well as the President. CLC has grown significantly in the last three years and has an annual budget of approximately $7 million. Approximately 90% of revenues are derived from foundations.

Responsibilities 

  • Work with Chief Development Officer to set foundation revenue raising goals and monitor progress toward such goals.
  • Manage entire proposal and report writing process: including creating and tracking progress against schedules, compiling project-relevant information, generating drafts, and coordinating with relevant staff to ensure high-quality, timely submissions.
  • Coordinate with finance, grants adherence and other appropriate staff to produce and monitor budgets reflecting reasonable use of grant funds and ensure timely and accurate spenddown of such funds.
  • Track progress and coordinate with key staff to ensure timely completion of funded activities, approved deliverables, and reporting requirements.
  • Research and identify prospective foundations and work closely with program staff to develop and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies.
  • Prepare correspondence (including acknowledgements), progress reports, and informal updates to advance cultivation and stewardship efforts with funders and prospects.
  • In coordination with the Chief Development Officer, provide updates to the board and its development committee on foundation-related advancements and encourage their engagement in meeting established fundraising goals.
  • Ensure proper database management and oversee proper entry of relevant foundation information (e.g., due dates, grant terms, grant payment schedule, contact info, etc) by Development Assistant.
  • Keep abreast of philanthropy news and trends and inform CLC of such trends and how the organization can leverage to identify and pursue new funding opportunities.
  • Prepare appropriate staff and board for foundation meetings and/or calls.
  • Attend and actively participate in weekly meetings, including project meetings.
  • Organize foundation funder briefings and attend (some out of town).

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ non-profit experience writing successful proposals and grant reports.
  • Mission-driven and results-focused, with a deep commitment to a fair and just democracy.
  • The ability to adapt to quickly changing priorities and to recognize repeating patterns to help develop protocols for a growing department.
  • Documented success in fund development, with a focus on foundation fundraising and grants management.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects independently.
  • Capacity to take initiative, prioritize duties, and work independently while functioning as a member of a team.
  •  Highly organized, superior attention to detail and follow-through; ability to organize others.
  • Creative, energetic thinker, willing to jump in as a team member on diverse efforts.
  • Resourcefulness and ability to think independently.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including Word and Excel.
  • Familiarity of database software programs, preferably DonorPerfect.
  • Ability to travel.

EEO Statement

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.

To Apply 

CLC has engaged S+R Consulting to undertake the search for this position. In one document (PDF preferred), please send to jobs@srconsultingsolutions.com: a cover letter that includes how you heard about the position and provides your salary requirements, a resume, and a brief writing sample (no more than 3 pages, preferably from a recent inquiry letter or proposal). Please use the following subject line: CLC-Foundations-[insert your last name].

No phone calls please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only qualified candidates will be contacted after submitting a full application.

Legal Counsel, State and Local Reform Program

Position Summary

Working in administrative, legislative and legal proceedings, CLC shapes our nation’s laws and policies at every level of government. CLC engages with government officials and reform advocates across the country to support robust pro-democracy laws and to serve as a watchdog to help ensure the proper implementation and enforcement of these laws. In addition to our policy work, CLC litigates to defend and ensure enforcement of federal and state campaign finance laws, to protect the fundamental right to vote, to challenge redistricting plans that discriminate against voters on the basis of their race or political beliefs, and to ensure compliance with government ethics laws.

Reporting to the Director of Policy & State Programs, the Legal Counsel will play an integral role in advancing democracy reform efforts across the country. The Legal Counsel will work with reform advocates in the states to develop and draft policy and legislative proposals. The Legal Counsel may also provide legal research, analysis, and drafting to support CLC’s litigation efforts.

Responsibilities

  • Draft legislation related to CLC’s four program areas
  • Research legal issues and draft legal memoranda in support of CLC’s policy priorities
  • Represent the public interest in proceedings before state and municipal legislative bodies and agencies, including by testifying on legislation and participating in administrative proceedings
  • Monitor state and local democracy reform efforts and work with coalition partners to support these efforts
  • Develop white papers, blogs, op-eds and related policy and public education materials
  • Other duties as assigned 
  • Some travel required

Qualifications & Experience

  • Active membership in the DC bar in good standing, or eligibility to waive into the DC bar
  • At least two years of legal experience, including at least one year in a position that involved drafting legislation and/or regulations
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills with a proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Commitment to the nonpartisan nature and overall mission of CLC
  • Demonstrated interest in campaign finance, voting rights, redistricting, or government ethics issues is preferred but not required  

EEO Statement

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.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume addressing your interest in and relevant experience for this role with “Legal Counsel, State & Local” in the subject line to info@campaignlegalcenter.org. Please submit applications by January 19, 2018.

Legal Counsel, Litigation 

Position Summary

CLC engages in trial and appellate litigation around the country as one of our tactics to advance Democracy through law. CLC litigates cases to defend and ensure enforcement of federal and state campaign finance laws, to protect the fundamental right to vote, to challenge redistricting plans that discriminate against voters on the basis of their race or political beliefs, and to ensure compliance with government ethics laws. CLC also participates in trial and appellate cases through friend-of-the-court briefs, engages in educational efforts (such as know-your-rights trainings), and provides legislative drafting assistance to legislatures and organizations seeking to improve election law.

Reporting to the Senior Legal Counsel, Litigation, the Legal Counsel will play an integral role in litigating cases in federal and state courts, including identifying litigation opportunities, drafting pleadings, motions, and briefs, managing discovery, and assisting with trial and appellate proceedings. The Legal Counsel may also participate in developing and drafting policy and legislative proposals.

Responsibilities

  • Draft pleadings, motions, and briefs in federal and state cases
  • Research legal issues and draft legal memoranda in support of CLC’s litigation strategy
  • Develop discovery strategy and draft discovery requests and responses, ensuring compliance with court-ordered discovery deadlines
  • Monitor and identify litigation opportunities and needs in areas of campaign finance, voting rights, redistricting, and government ethics
  • Take and defend witness depositions, participate in conferences with opposing counsel, and participate in court hearings
  • Participate in trial proceedings
  • Participate in record-building activities and the development of policy and legislative proposals
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Some travel required

Qualifications

  • At least one year of legal experience (a judicial clerkship satisfies this requirement)
  • Experience drafting legal memoranda
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills with a proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Active membership in the DC bar in good standing, or eligibility to waive into the DC bar
  • Commitment to the nonpartisan nature and overall mission of CLC
  • Demonstrated interest in campaign finance, voting rights, redistricting, or government ethics issues is preferred but not required

EEO Statement

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.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume addressing your interest in and relevant experience for this role with “Legal Counsel, Litigation” in the subject line to info@campaignlegalcenter.org Please submit applications by January 19, 2018.

Operations Assistant 

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 head of administration, 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, IT support, HR administration, vendor management, scheduling and executive support, and special projects.  As a growing organization, CLC’s operational needs are constantly evolving and the Operations Assistant, in coordination with administrative leadership and other staff, is essential in maintaining regular order that enables the expected high level of programmatic work and in identifying areas for improvement.

CLC is looking for someone who is self-directed, flexible, detail-oriented, with strong time management skills and an interest in nonprofit administration and organizational effectiveness. 

Responsibilities

Facility

  • Monitor office space use needs; develop, institutionalize, administer, and evaluate office space policies and practices
  • Troubleshoot and resolve facility, furnishings, and equipment challenges and escalate as appropriate
  • Support/coordinate inventory tracking and management, including procurement and repair
  • Act as receptionist and assist with internal operations including answering main phone line, scheduling conference rooms, receiving and routing packages and mail, and managing distribution lists
  • Act as building management liaison

Human Resources

  • Support HR Manager in tracking recruitment steps and onboarding processes, including readying technology resources for new hires
  • Act as HR file clerk and support knowledge management for personnel files
  • Assist with and support benefits administration

Other Operations

  • Provide basic Help Desk support and act as liaison with outsourced IT firm 
  • Support financial processes, including entering accounts payable information into accounting software and following up on payments as appropriate
  • Act as primary point of contact/liaison with vendors; support vendor and subscription tracking systems
  • Support programmatic administrative processes like conflict checking process
  • Support executive scheduling and meeting preparation

Disclaimer: This description is intended to provide an overview of this position and is not all inclusive. The incumbent in this position will be expected to perform other duties as required. Responsibilities may change over time. This description is provided for informational purposes only and does not form the basis of a contract.

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
  • Passionate about strengthening our democracy.
  • Experience working with nonprofit organizations is preferred, but not required

To Apply

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

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.

Senior Director, Voting Rights & Redistricting

Position Summary

CLC engages in litigation involving voting rights and redistricting around the country, both to ensure the constitutional implementation of existing laws and to defend new reforms against legal challenges. CLC also participates in trial and appellate cases through friend-of-the-court briefs, engages in educational efforts (such as know-your-rights trainings), and provides legislative drafting assistance to legislatures and organizations seeking to improve election law.

Reporting to the Vice President, the Senior Director, Voting Rights and Redistricting is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of CLC’s litigation strategy in voting rights and redistricting cases.  Managing a team of six to eight attorneys, the Senior Director works in close collaboration with other attorneys and staff throughout the organization to direct the identification, commencement, and litigation of proceedings relating to voting rights and redistricting.  The Senior Director articulates a clear vision and goals, aligns trial and appellate strategies with those goals, and mentors and develops the litigation skills of CLC’s attorneys at all levels.  The Senior Director also engages key stakeholders, both internally and externally, in the planning and execution of CLC’s overall strategic vision.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with CLC’s senior leadership on the development and articulation of CLC’s trial court litigation goals and strategies
  • Provide leadership, strategic direction, and day-to-day supervision for team of six to eight litigators
  • Identify staffing and other resources necessary to deliver on program goals, and advise on prioritization
  • Manage case intake to maximize available resources
  • Review attorney work product, including all aspects of discovery, motion practice, briefing, trials, and appeals
  • Manage own caseload of litigation in federal and state courts
  • Advise on proposed state and local legislation, particularly with respect to litigation risks; assist in building legislative records, including through written and oral testimony
  • Collaborate with Development staff to support fundraising efforts
  • Work with Communications staff and other teams to develop messaging and strategic communications plans
  • Monitor public policy debates and make strategic recommendations regarding situations in which CLC can most effectively engage
  • Assist in budget development, approve expenses, and track spending
  • Participate in media appearances, social media activities, and other communication efforts, including responding to press inquiries
  • Represent CLC at conferences and events
  • Some travel required

Qualifications

  • At least ten years of post-JD experience, primarily or exclusively in federal litigation
  • Experience managing litigation teams and supervising the work of litigation attorneys
  • Exemplary writing, editing, and analytical skills
  • Outstanding attention to detail
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills with a proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Formal managerial experience, such as conducting performance evaluations and implementing organizational policies and procedures, is highly desirable
  • Litigation experience in voting rights or other election law areas is desirable, but not required
  • Active membership in the DC bar in good standing, or eligibility to waive into the DC bar
  • Commitment to the nonpartisan nature and overall mission of CLC

Disclaimer: This description is intended to provide an overview of this position and is not all inclusive. The incumbent in this position will be expected to perform other duties as required. Responsibilities may change over time. This description is provided for informational purposes only and does not form the basis of a contract.

To Apply
Please submit a cover letter and résumé addressing your interest in and relevant experience for this role with “Senior Director, Voting Rights & Redistricting” in the subject line to info@campaignlegalcenter.org

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.

Internship Opportunities:

The application for our Summer 2018 Legal Interns is now open! 

To learn more about the program, including application instructions, click here

 

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