The Southern Poverty Law Center's legal department seeks a Policy Associate who will be based in our Montgomery, Alabama, office.
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.
The Policy Associate is an outgoing, results-driven, and experienced advocate, who is passionate about advancing civil rights for society's most vulnerable members and communities. The Policy Associate works under the supervision of the Alabama Policy Counsel, along with the Deputy Legal Directors, Senior Supervising Attorneys, and other legal staff, to advance SPLC's state and local policy objectives in Alabama via multi-strategy campaigns. The Policy Associate works with teams of attorneys, outreach paralegals, field organizers, and members of the SPLC communications departments. The Policy Associate may work directly with elected and appointed officials, agencies, judges, non-profit organizations, and affected individuals and communities.
Primary Job Functions:
- Conduct policy research and analysis on specific legislation and/or SPLC's policy priorities;
- Assist Policy Counsel in implementing policy campaigns, including but not limited to drafting legislation, ordinances, and/or administrative policy; identifying opposition and stakeholders; scheduling and meeting with policymakers and/or stakeholders; attending legislative committee meetings when needed; tracking legislation impacting policy goals; working with consultants, lobbyists, and/or allies to ensure policy goals are moving forward; and memorializing information for future campaigns;
- Assist Policy Counsel in reviewing proposed legislation, communicating with practice groups' legislative liaisons and DLDs, and maintaining the legislative tracking system;
- Work collaboratively with Policy Counsel, field directors and organizers, advocates, outreach paralegals, and communications, digital, and design staff to develop fact sheets, talking points, op-eds and LTEs, reports, social media and traditional media resources, and other documents that will educate legislators, agency officials, stakeholders, and the general public to advance SPLC's policy objectives;
- Coordinate meetings with SPLC supporters; assist with in-district meetings; build listserv(s); and communicate with participants regularly, including weekly during session, on the status of issues of interest to SPLC and relevant action items;
- Represent SPLC at coalition meetings and identify opportunities to expand and strengthen collaborative partnerships; attend and present at relevant conferences, as appropriate;
- Meet regularly with the PC and practice groups; attend policy planning and debrief meetings; maintain a presence on national, regional and state listservs to track issues of interest.
Education and Related Work Experience:
- College degree; master's degree in public policy or public administration preferred;
- At least five years of experience in policy campaigns or similar relevant experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to review and analyze proposed legislation and articulate persuasive advocacy positions to a variety of audiences;
- Familiarity with the legislative process, tracking legislation, developing campaign messaging, and political strategic planning;
- Familiarity with an expansive toolbox of strategies to move decision-makers;
- Initiative and ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a fast-paced work environment;
- Strong organizational skills, follow-through, and flexibility around changing priorities and deadlines;
- Ability to work on several campaigns at once and meaningfully contribute towards the development and implementation of policy campaigns;
- Articulate public advocate; strong communication and writing skills;
- Ability to develop thoughtful, multi-faceted action plans to approach difficult and complicated policy questions, research, and other strategies to develop a thorough understanding of the issues and build realistic solutions;
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with impact communities and partner advocacy organizations and with diverse staff and policymakers.