About the Southern Poverty Law Center:
The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.
Our lawsuits have destroyed some of the nation’s most violent white supremacist groups. and our litigation and legislative advocacy has protected the civil rights of children, women, people with disabilities, immigrants and migrant workers, the LGBT community, people who are incarcerated, and many others who face discrimination, abuse, or exploitation.
In addition to our legal work, our Intelligence Project is internationally known for tracking and exposing the activities of hate groups and other domestic extremists. Our Teaching Tolerance program produces and distributes – free of charge – anti-bias documentary films, books, lesson plans and other materials that reduce prejudice and promote educational equity in our nation’s schools.
The Immigrant Justice Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center works to: fight against practices that funnel people into the deportation machine; free immigrants from detention through individual representation and systemic reform; change immigration and enforcement systems so they operate fairly and sensibly; enforce laws protecting immigrants from mistreatment by governments or employers; support immigrant communities as they demand respect for their dignity and humanity; and end discrimination based on immigration status or national origin.
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Legal department seeks a Policy Counsel who will be based in our newly established Washington, D.C. office. The Policy Counsel works under the supervision of the Deputy Legal Director to advance SPLC’s federal policy objectives via multi-strategy campaigns. The Policy Counsel is an outgoing, results-driven, and experienced advocate who is passionate about advancing civil rights for immigrants and immigrant communities. The Policy Counsel works to advance SPLC’s federal policy objectives via multi-strategy campaigns. The Policy Counsel works with teams of attorneys, paralegals, advocates, and members of the SPLC communications department. The Policy Counsel coordinates directly with elected and appointed officials, agencies, staff, and other non-profit organizations.
Primary Job Functions:
- Develop and maintain relationships with elected legislators and their staff, progressive allies, immigrant community leaders, and grassroots groups;
- Identify, secure, and prepare opportunities for SPLC to influence legislation and policy at the federal level, including commenting on proposed legislation and rules, submitting statements and letters, preparing advocacy materials, and organizing and conducting meetings with elected and administrative officials and their staff;
- Secure, draft, and deliver or coordinate delivery of legislative testimony at the federal level;
- Assume a strategic role in and work in partnership and in solidarity with coalitions representing diverse groups of stakeholders to develop and implement strategies to advance SPLC’s immigrant justice priorities;
- Research, monitor, review, and summarize the constitutional and practical impact of proposed legislation that will affect immigrant communities and develop strategies to defeat or advance legislation;
- Assume a leading and strategic role in coalition campaigns on advocacy issues consistent with SPLC’s priorities;
- Develop or work in partnership with coalitions representing diverse group of stakeholders. Represent the SPLC’s interests and cultivate relationships with partners to advance reform;
- Work collaboratively with SPLC’s attorneys, advocates, the anti-immigrant desk of the Intelligence Project, and our communications staff to write, publish, and widely disseminate policy briefs, fact sheets, talking points, score cards, reports, and other documents that will educate legislators, agency officials, stakeholders, and the public about immigrants’ contributions to the economy, culture, and communities.
Other Special Considerations:
This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.
An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.