Bolder Advocacy Counsel
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Alliance for Justice is a national association of more than 130 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy. For 40 years we have been leaders in the fight for a more equitable society on behalf of a broad constituency of environmental, consumer, civil and women’s rights, children’s, senior citizens’ and other groups. Alliance for Justice is premised on the belief that all Americans have the right to secure justice in the courts and to have their voices heard when government makes decisions that affect their lives.
Over the course of four decades our vision has remained steadfast—to protect and expand pathways to justice and the democratic process—while our programs and tactics have been nimble and resilient, evolving with changing times and the needs of our members and the progressive community. AFJ is known for identifying and addressing threats to public interest and civil rights organizations, as well as opportunities they can seize. We pool resources and talents, organize campaigns, mobilize constituencies and drive strategies.
Bolder Advocacy is a program of the Alliance for Justice that works to advance and protect the role nonprofits play in influencing public policy by helping organizations fully understand the legal rules governing advocacy activities and become assertive in their right to pursue their policy goals. Bolder Advocacy also offers capacity assessment tools for nonprofits and foundations looking to build strength in advocacy and/or community organizing. By tracking and responding to legislation that affects nonprofit advocacy, fighting for the rights of nonprofits and foundations to conduct advocacy, and responding to potential threats to nonprofit advocacy, we lay the groundwork for more nonprofit organizations to advocate effectively on behalf of their communities. AFJ is headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in Northern California, Southern California, and Texas.
Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy Program seeks a full-time experienced counsel based in our DC office, to provide a range of expertise on legal and effective advocacy activities for nonprofits and foundations. The Counsel will facilitate trainings and workshops that broaden advocacy work of funders and social justice organizations not just in D.C., but across the country. The position reports to the Bolder Advocacy Director.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Master the current federal tax and federal election law for tax exempt organizations and translate the material for a non-legal audience. The candidate will be responsible for continuing their education in federal tax and federal election law.
- Conduct workshops for nonprofit organizations and foundations on federal tax and federal election rules governing their ability to participate in public policy. Also, be active in the publicity/outreach needed to produce the desired audience for workshops.
- Provide technical assistance to nonprofits and foundations on federal tax and federal election law, and state law as appropriate.
- Represent the organization at conferences of nonprofits and foundations, including looking for opportunities to do so.
- Write relevant guides, articles, op-eds, and other resources that provide easy-to-understand information to nonprofits and foundations and provide thought leadership on our core issues.
- Lead Bolder Advocacy’s policy work on tax, lobbying, and campaign finance issues, and write, in collaboration with AFJ staff and/or outside attorneys, policy briefs, regulatory comments, and amicus briefs.
- Oversee implementation of BA grant proposals, assist on grant proposals, and prepare reports on behalf of the BA team.
- Promote AFJ content on social media platforms.
- Collaborate with staff from other AFJ programs to deliver appropriate program content.
- Work with AFJ’s California, Texas and DC staff on program activities and special events.
- Participate in work to increase AFJ’s racial equity capacity.
- Participate in AFJ’s membership recruitment and stewardship program
- Work with AFJ’s California, Texas, and DC staff on program activities and special events.
- Other duties as assigned
- Law degree, bar membership and at least 2-5 years of experience as a practicing attorney or advocate.
- Experience conducting training programs and working with coalitions.
- Experience advising nonprofits on compliance with tax and campaign finance law strongly preferred.
- Experience with lobbying or nonprofit advocacy programs preferred.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and quickly and comfort with public speaking.
- Spanish fluency is a plus.
- Strong collaborator, and able to adapt quickly to changing situations.
- Travel approximately 40-50 days per year.
- Ability to work with a wide range of individuals and interests.
- Knowledge of federal tax and election law; some familiarity with state lobbying and elections law and experience lobbying for a nonprofit a plus.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Highly organized and detail oriented.
- Commitment to social justice causes.