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Legislative and Policy Specialist for Social Justice Reforms

About LWVUS

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, has fought for nearly 100 years to improve American systems of government and impact public policies through citizen education, advocacy, and litigation. The enduring vitality and resonance of the League as a trusted force for change and good government comes from its unique decentralized structure: a national organization with strong partnerships at the grassroots level with more than 750 state and local Leagues across the country including the District of Columbia. At the national level, League activities are coordinated and staffed by two distinct but complementary organizations: The League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) and the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF). 

Position Description 

The Legislative and Policy Specialist for Justice Reform will play an important role in the research and development of policy and legislative proposals relating to the League’s portfolio of federal and state issues. The Legislative and Policy Specialist For Justice Reform will be part of the Advocacy and Litigation department, which is responsible for working with other LWVUS staff and partner organizations to help develop and advance LWVUS’s legislative agenda before Congress and the Administration, as well as supporting LWVUS and its partners’ efforts to advance policy initiatives at the state and local levels through education, advocacy, and litigation, as needed. A portion of time may be spent doing work for LWVUS’s sister organization, LWV Education Fund. 

This is a newly created position intended to expand the League’s focus around justice reform at the national and state levels. This position will focus on justice issues in the legislative space and will also work closely with the Organizing team to raise visibility around these LWV policies and principles.  This position will include work on emerging issues like climate change, gun safety, and immigration reform through a racial justice lens. This is a two-year term position with a possible renewal based upon performance and funding.  

Principal Responsibilities

  • Play a key role in providing research and strategic advice around the development of LWVUS national policy priorities around justice reform, inclusion, and equity, and advocacy efforts to advance these priorities under the Making Democracy Work® campaign. 

  • Track national, state, and local policy activities relevant to LWVUS justice reform priorities. 

  • Present relevant policy/legislative developments to LWVUS field and coalition partners, national allies, and support community engagement. 

  • Work in close collaboration with LWVUS staff to develop national campaign strategy. 

  • Contribute to the development and execution of strategies to advance federal and state policy priorities. 

  • Develop and disseminate relevant information to national and local partners, policymakers, the media, and communities. 

  • Support the development and strengthening of relationships with the Administration and Congress, allies, and influencers. 

  • Support LWVUS and partners’ activities on Capitol Hill, including lobbying, setting up Congressional meetings for staff, preparing for meetings, testimony, or other activities. 

  • Conduct research and strategic analysis in support of grassroots initiatives to impact national, state, and local policies. 

  • Develop materials and programming to be used by state and local affiliates in all 50 states and DC. 

Qualifications

  • At least 3 years of experience in justice reform focused policy and legislative research, which may include experience on Capitol Hill, academic research, or community organizing around racial and social justice issues.  

  • Demonstrated commitment to or conviction about criminal justice reform. 

  • Well-developed, nuanced understanding of the experience of harm and oppression; well-developed analysis of power and supremacy. 

  • An understanding of the intersection between racial and social justice, democracy reform, and other issues within the League’s portfolio. 

  • An ability to identify and address problems that impede human dignity and justice and use power of evidence to drive effective policy development and guidance.  

  • Experience of working and building coalitions with community-based and advocacy groups. 

  • Understanding and willingness to commit to LWVUS’s mission of empowering voters and defending democracy, as well as passion for working with communities of color to build capacity to improve their communities and bring about broader social change. 

  • Deep understanding of the federal and state legislative processes. 

  • Solid written and oral communication skills are a must. 

  • The ability to produce consistent, quality work in a fast-paced environment is essential. 

  • Commitment to advancing racial, economic, and gender equality is essential. 

Salary and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $60,000 - $75,000 per year. We have a generous benefits package that includes 95 percent employer-sponsored health insurance, dental and vision insurance, paid holidays, vacation days, sick days, pre-tax transit benefits, and the opportunity to contribute to a 401(K) plan. 

This position is located in Washington, DC. 

ADA Specifications 

This position is primarily sedentary and is performed in an office setting. The physical demands of this position are limited to the ability to use a computer, telephone, and standard office equipment, lift up to 25 lbs., bend, stoop, and carry materials used in financial activities. Routine travel within the United States is necessary.  

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please send resumes to [email protected] with “Legislative and Policy Specialist for Justice Reform Application” in subject line. Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. If you have questions about this position, please direct them to the same email. No phone calls please.  

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

The League of Women Voters of the United States is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace based on equal opportunity. The League is committed to hiring staff that reflects this country's full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic identity; a workplace where true diversity is fostered, and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged. We actively seek and encourage women, minorities, persons with disabilities, immigrants, including DACA recipients and individuals from traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.