Alliance for Justice is a national association of more than 100 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy. For over 30 years we have been leaders in the fight for a more equitable society on behalf of a broad constituency of environmental, consumer, civil and women’s rights, children’s, senior citizens’ and other groups. Alliance for Justice is premised on the belief that all Americans have the right to secure justice in the courts and to have their voices heard when government makes decisions that affect their lives.

Over the course of three decades our vision has remained steadfast—to protect and expand pathways to justice and the democratic process—while our programs and tactics have been nimble and resilient, evolving with changing times and the needs of our members and the progressive community. AFJ is known for identifying and addressing threats to public interest and civil rights organizations, as well as opportunities they can seize. We pool resources and talents, organize campaigns, mobilize constituencies and drive strategies.

The Counsel, based in AFJ’s Oakland office, will work primarily on AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy program.  Bolder Advocacy promotes active engagement in the democratic process by giving nonprofits and foundations the confidence to advocate effectively and by protecting their right to do so. The Counsel will be part of a team of skilled advocates and attorneys who provide nonprofits and foundations with the knowledge they need to become confident advocates, and with the resources and tools to help them navigate complex advocacy rules and regulations.

Alliance for Justice has its main office in Washington, D.C. and additional offices in Oakland, California, Los Angeles, California, and Dallas, Texas.  The Oakland office was established in 2004.

Position Summary:

The Counsel conducts workshops for nonprofits and foundations, and increases the reach and visibility of AFJ programs in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. This position is based in Oakland and reports to the Director of Bolder Advocacy in Washington, DC.

Essential Functions:

  • Build the capacity of nonprofit and foundation allies to advocate for policy and systemic change through presentations and trainings as well as providing technical assistance on nonprofit and foundation advocacy.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with organizations, individuals, and foundations that work on social justice issues in northern California and the Pacific Northwest that are currently engaged in policy advocacy or would like to conduct advocacy.
  • Initiate contacts with nonprofit organizations engaged in advocacy as well as donors and foundations engaged in funding advocacy and supporting our work.
  • Represent Alliance for Justice professionally in meetings, public events, trainings, and in coalitions with local nonprofits, foundations, allies and the public.
  • Write, edit, and review materials including fact sheets on legal topics, short blog posts, and reports to advocates, funders, AFJ’s board of directors, and others.
  • Organize local events including panel discussions, legal conferences, progressive community conferences, AFJ advisory groups, films screenings, fundraising events, and rallies and/or demonstrations.
  • Participate in federal and California tax and federal election law public policy work and other subjects as they may arise.
  • Stay current on federal tax and federal election law as well as California lobbying and election laws for tax exempt organizations and translate the material for a non-legal audience.

Other Functions:

Other responsibilities as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Abilities:

  • Law degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Admission to California Bar (or ability to waive in).
  • Expertise in California lobbying and campaign finance laws and federal tax and election laws.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice advocacy.
  • Public speaking skills, especially for making public presentations about technical legal issues, nonprofit advocacy, and the judicial selection process to community members with a variety of educational backgrounds.
  • Strong writing ability.
  • Experience working with nonprofit organizations on community organizing, advocacy, lobbying or grassroots lobbying.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and across distance.
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Ability to travel 1-2 times a month to conduct trainings.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with the nonprofit community in California/Pacific Northwest and the policy environment.
  • Understanding of current political issues in California and the Pacific Northwest
  • Strong legal research skills.
  • Proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite, especially, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Relationships with foundations supporting advocacy work.
  • Experience in low-income communities of color.


  • Self-driven, results-oriented with a positive outlook, and a clear focus on high quality work.
  • Mature, credible, and comfortable in dealing with a wide range of people.
  • Must be comfortable making public presentations.
  • A strong networker comfortable with “selling” AFJ and its programs.
  • Respectful of the boundaries between AFJ’s role supporting nonprofits and aggressive policy advocacy.  Reliable, tolerant, and determined.
  • Inspires others to engage in policy advocacy.
  • Keen for new experience, responsibility and accountability.
  • Strong interpersonal skills (one-on-one and in a group format), cultural competency, strong listening skills, patience, and sense of humor.

Reports to:   Director, Bolder Advocacy

Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

Alliance for Justice has retained Steven John & Associates, LLC to assist in the search for a Bolder Advocacy Counsel, Northern California. Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and salary history via email to [email protected] using the subject line: Bolder Advocacy Counsel, Northern California.

Alliance for Justice is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply.

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