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LOCATION: This position is located in Washington, DC


SUMMARY/OBJECTIVE:
Work with legal, program, communications, and state staff to identify and manage legal research, litigation, policy analysis and public education needed to support Common Cause’s issue campaigns and strategic priorities, including fair representation, campaign finance reform, government ethics, voting rights, elections, redistricting, media law and other good government issues.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES/ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Perform legal and policy research;
  • Draft legal documents (e.g., complaints, briefs, comments) and otherwise facilitate participation in legal proceedings, including participation in litigation, administrative agency enforcement actions and administrative rulemaking proceedings;
  • Draft model legislation;
  • Draft testimony to legislative bodies and committees;
  • Draft reports, website content, social media, op-eds and other materials to help educate and mobilize government officials and the public;
  • Share supervision of interns;
  • Other work as needed.

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Law degree OR expected completion of law degree by June 2020;
  • Must be admitted to the bar OR sitting for the bar exam in July 2020 in one or more jurisdictions.

REQUIRED SKILLS/ABILITIES:

  • Strong legal research skills;
  • Able to grasp complex legal and policy issues;
  • Ability to work effectively with and build alliances among diverse communities and stakeholders, including but not limited to people of color, people of diverse political affiliations, business leaders, young people, and members of faith communities;
  • Collaborative working style and strong interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to handle a range of responsibilities;
  • Ability to work independently on multiple tasks with competing priorities in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.

COMPETENCIES:

  • Commitment to Common Cause issues and agenda;
  • Commitment to cultural competency, including the ability to work effectively with those belonging to groups of diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, language, ability, age and socioeconomic status;
  • Commitment to advancing racial equity through Common Cause’s issue agenda.

POSITION LOCATION/ TRAVEL REQUIRED:

  • Work at Common Cause’s Washington, DC National office.
  • Must be willing to travel and occasionally work evenings and weekends.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit resume AND cover letter to hr@commoncause.org and include DEMOCRACY LEGAL FELLOW- DC in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to respond as soon as possible. To ensure review of your application we strongly recommend including a cover letter.

WORK AUTHORIZATION/SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Must be authorized to work in the United States.

ABOUT US:

Common Cause (501(c)(4)) and Common Cause Education Fund (501(c)(3)) are nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots affiliate organizations dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

Founded in 1970 and headquartered in Washington, DC, Common Cause has more than 1.2 million members and supporters living in every Congressional district in the United States, and offices in 30 states around the country. More information can be found at: www.commoncause.org

Common Cause is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applicants of any race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, income class, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or marital status, as well as applicants who have been previously incarcerated.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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