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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. 

Recruitment Commitment Statement

CLC seeks to be an employer of choice for individuals passionate about, and committed to, the work of protecting and strengthening the U.S. democratic process. In that pursuit, we make the following commitment to our applicants:

  • Respect: for the effort you have made in submitting a thoughtful cover letter and a complete resume
  • Courtesy: we will acknowledge your application and, if you are selected for an interview, we will be courteous of your time
  • Flexibility: we will be as flexible as we can in the scheduling of your interview. If an Illness or family/work crisis requires you to reschedule your meeting with us, we will do our best to accommodate you.
     

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Job Opportunities: 

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.

General Counsel

Position Summary

CLC’s General Counsel provides advice and guidance regarding legal issues involving the organization’s work and operations. This includes advising on best ethics practices, legal compliance with applicable laws and advising on risk management. CLC’s General Counsel will also serve as a senior litigator in the Voting Rights & Redistricting programs which engage in litigation 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.

The General Counsel will:

  • Engage key stakeholders, both internally and externally, in the planning and execution of CLC’s overall strategic vision.

  • Serve a central role in the development and implementation of CLC’s litigation strategy in voting rights and redistricting cases. 

  • Work 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. 

  • Articulate a clear vision and goals, align trial and appellate strategies with those goals, and mentor and develop the litigation skills of CLC’s attorneys at all levels.  

Key Responsibilities

General Counsel

  • Provide strategic legal advice to managers and staff on application of organizational policy and IRS, lobbying, and non-profit rules.

  • Ensure the organization’s decision-making process is consistent with legal ethical guidelines and high standards of integrity.

  • Review and revise corporate documents, with appropriate guidance from outside counsel.

  • Provide legal review of financial documents.

  • Draft, review, and comment on internal governance policies and advise management on implementation.

  • Provide legal risk analysis for organizational decisions.

  • Oversee compliance with state registration laws, where appropriate.

  • Review, negotiate, and draft contracts, agreements, engagement letters and memoranda of understanding with third parties.

  • Identify and anticipate legal issues and propose strategic resolutions to eliminate or mitigate risks.

  • Research unique legal issues impacting the organization by identifying applicable statutes, judicial decisions, and codes.

  • Advise on communications materials to ensure compliance with legal requirements.

  • Identify issues and situations that require the assistance of outside counsel and oversee work of outside counsel.

  • Liaise with external parties (regulators, external counsel, partners, other organizations and clients), as appropriate.

  • Keep abreast of legislative changes that impact CLC

Voting Rights and Redistricting Litigation

  • Collaborate with CLC’s senior leadership on the development and articulation of CLC’s trial court litigation goals and strategies.

  • Provide strategic direction and guidance within a team of eight litigators.

  • Advise on prioritization of staffing and other resources necessary to deliver on program goals.

  • Review attorney work product, including discovery, motion practice, dispositive briefing, and appeals.

  • Conduct and supervise oral arguments and bench trials.

  • 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

  • Experience in areas of general corporate practice, such as contract negotiation, labor law, or tax law, is desirable, but not required

  • 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 DC bar

  • Commitment to the nonpartisan nature and overall mission of CLC

 

To Apply

Please contact Debbie Tang (debbie.tang@bridgepartnersllc.com) or Tory Clarke (tory.clarke@bridgepartnersllc.com) for more details about this opputunity. 

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.

 

Legal Counsel, Voting Rights

Position Summary
CLC’s voting rights team engages in various forms of advocacy—including administrative and local advocacy, legal research and reporting, educational efforts, legislative drafting, amicus filings, and trial and appellate litigation—to protect the fundamental right to vote. CLC has recently co-created a collaborative project, All Voting is Local, with the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU), the American Constitution Society (ACS), the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), and The Leadership Conference Education Fund (and its project, Access Democracy) (LCEF). The project seeks to identify, prevent, and remedy voting barriers at the local level in targeted jurisdictions. 
 
Reporting to the Senior Legal Counsel, Voting Rights & Redistricting, the Legal Counsel will play an integral role in the voting rights team. Legal Counsel will be the primary staff member assigned to providing legal support and research for the All Voting is Local project. This work will include developing and drafting affirmative policy and legislative proposals, and conducting research and drafting advocacy letters to counter negative proposals. Legal Counsel will also participate in the voting rights program’s docket, including identifying litigation opportunities, drafting pleadings, motions, and briefs, managing discovery, and assisting with trial and appellate proceedings. 
 
This position is currently fully funded for one year. Continuation of the position is anticipated but contingent upon renewal of dedicated funding.
 
Responsibilities and Duties
Research and report on election administration issues at the local level.
Advise All Voting is Local staff on voting rights issues as they are addressed.
Draft administrative and local advocacy materials for the All Voting is Local project.
Draft pleadings, motions, and briefs in federal and state cases
Research legal issues and draft legal memoranda in support of CLC’s litigation strategy
Monitor and identify litigation opportunities and needs in area of voting rights
Participate in trial proceedings
Other duties as assigned
Some travel required
 
Qualifications and Skills 
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 voting rights is preferred but not required
 
Benefits
CLC provides a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, prescription, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance, as well as flexible spending account and retirement programs.
 
To Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume addressing your interest in and relevant experience for this role with “Legal Counsel, Voting Rights” in the subject line in an email 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 applications for our Summer 2018 internships are now closed. 2019 opportunities will be posted here in the fall. 

 

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