The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation's first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Since its founding under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall in 1940, LDF has been committed to transforming this nation's promise of racial equity and justice into reality for all Americans.
LDF uses litigation, public policy advocacy, community organizing and strategic communications programs to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair criminal justice system.
LDF seeks an experienced Policy Counsel or Associate to join its Policy team to advance its Education Policy work.
Identify, develop and implement policy reform strategies at the federal, state, and local levels, including LDF's efforts to ensure quality educational opportunities for public school students, particularly students of color, including through the promotion of positive school climates, fair school discipline practices, and the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015;
Conduct policy and other forms of research;
Monitor and respond to developing civil rights issues in proposed federal, state and local legislation or agency action relating to education reform;
Identify, secure and prepare for opportunities for LDF to influence policies at the federal and state levels, 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;
Partner with national, state or local education advocates and activists to develop and carry out campaigns on education advocacy issues consistent with LDF's priorities, including efforts to promote positive school climates and eliminate the school-to-prison pipeline;
Work collaboratively with LDF's attorneys, organizers and multidisciplinary teams to advance national, state and local education reforms;
Work collaboratively with LDF's attorneys and researchers to write, publish and widely disseminate policy briefs, fact sheets, talking points, infographics, reports, and other documents that will educate legislators, agency officials, stakeholders and the public about the need for policy changes to address issues and propose solid recommendations for change;
Other duties as requested by the Director of Policy, the Deputy Director of Policy, or other senior management.
The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following:
Juris Doctor degree or other relevant graduate degree;
Five or more years of experience in education policy reform or advocacy at the federal, state, or local level;
A demonstrated commitment to civil rights and racial justice;
A demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong relationships and partnerships with coalitions of organizations, community members/leaders, and public officials;
A demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically, including an ability to lead and manage complex policy reform efforts involving multiple issues and parties;
Ability to work independently and on teams;
Ability to travel.
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About NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has always been transformative: to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society. LDF’s litigation, public policy advocacy and public education programs in the areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system.
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