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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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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. 


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



  • 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.  



  • 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 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.

Senior Director, Finance

Position Summary

The Senior Director of Finance is responsible for the organization’s annual budget process, financial strategy, analysis, and compliance. The Senior Director will work closely with the President and executive team to develop a robust financial plan that drives decision-making around CLC’s short- and long-term objectives, fundraising strategy, and cost management. The ideal candidate will bring previous experience in a similar role, ideally at a high-growth nonprofit. S/he also will bring exceptional communication skills, including an ability to translate technical concepts and terms to non-financial staff members.


  • Financial Management: Effectively support the day-to-day financial systems, planning, and analysis for a growing organization
  • Annual Budget Development and Management: Create and administer a clearly defined annual and long-term budgeting process; work closely with the program heads in developing their budgets, and monitoring their department status during the budgeting cycle
  • Financial Strategy, Analysis, and Forecasting: Review and analyze past and current financial statements, provide reports, and make informed recommendations to the staff and Board
  • Grant Budgeting and Reporting: Work collaboratively with the Chief Development Officer and Grants Manager to develop, track, and report on grant budgets
  • Training and Coaching: Provide training to non-financial staff on key elements of the budgeting process and how to translate financial data to drive programmatic decisions
  • Manage Relationship with Accounting and Auditing Firms: Liaise directly with external accounting and auditing firms to ensure accurate and timely data exchange and reporting
  • Compliance: Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local law requirements for all accounting and financial reports


  • 10+ years of relevant experience managing the financial strategy, analysis, and systems of a high-performing nonprofit organization
  • Excellent financial acumen and analytical skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills with a proven ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with others
  • Ability to learn quickly, adapt, and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Outstanding attention to detail and highly organized
  • Commitment to the nonpartisan nature and overall mission of CLC

To Apply
CLC has engaged LeaderFit to undertake the search for this position. Please visit LeaderFit's website to apply. 

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.


  • 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


  • 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

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 internship has closed. Future oppurtunities will be posted here when the application opens. 


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