Alliance for Justice (AFJ) is a national association of over 120 organizations, representing a broad array of groups committed to progressive values and the creation of an equitable, just, and free society. AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy program is the nation’s leading resource for foundations and nonprofits who want to engage more actively and knowledgeably in the policymaking process. Bolder Advocacy’s legal experts help organizations move from cautious to courageous across lobbying, election-related activity, ballot measures, grantmaking, and other efforts necessary to change the world. AFJ is headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in Texas and California. For more information about Bolder Advocacy, please visit www.bolderadvocacy.org.
The Bilingual Counsel, as part of AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy team, will provide training, technical assistance, write plain language legal guides, and engage in a variety of other communications with nonprofit and foundation staff, board members, and volunteers to help them understand their rights and abilities to advocate, lobby, engage in election related activities, and fund advocacy.
This position will preferably be based in Houston but can be held remotely by an attorney in the Greater Houston / Gulf Coast / South Texas region. Regardless of whether the employee is based in Houston or not, they will be expected to participate in in-person meetings and trainings regularly in the Houston area when it is safe to do so. Bilingual Counsel reports to Bolder Advocacy’s Houston-based Senior Counsel.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide technical assistance to nonprofits and foundations in Houston and throughout the state of Texas on federal tax and federal election law as well as Texas state law and relevant local law that impacts advocacy organizations.
- Formulate and execute AFJ’s strategy for Bolder Advocacy growth in Houston and collaborate with AFJ’s Texas team in planning for BA growth along the Gulf Coast and in the Southwest.
- Travel to, plan, and conduct workshops for nonprofit organizations and foundations on federal tax and election rules, Texas state law, and relevant local laws governing their ability to participate in public policy, as well as on capacity assessment for advocacy and community organizing. Also conduct publicity/outreach and manage logistics for the trainings.
- Write relevant technical assistance guides, blog posts, factsheets, articles, op-eds, regulatory comments, and update Texas state and local law resources.
- Master and stay up to date on federal tax, lobbying, and election law for tax exempt organizations and effectively convey the material for a non-legal audience.
- Master and stay up to date on Texas state and local laws on lobbying disclosure, campaign finance, and election law issues impacting advocacy organizations and effectively convey the material for a non-legal audience.
- Advocate for nonprofits and foundations around legislation, rulemakings, or other policies that might impact their rights to participate in the policymaking process.
- Assist with grant proposals, reports, and other fundraising efforts.
- Represent the organization at conferences of nonprofits and foundations.
- Serve as a thought leader by writing and speaking about trends, challenges, opportunities, or other developments regarding advocacy.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Law degree, Texas bar membership, and at least one to five years of experience in a related law field or as a nonprofit advocate.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills, including the ability to write clearly and quickly in both English and a secondary language (Spanish preferred).
- Commitment to social justice causes.
- Knowledge of the nonprofit sector, especially in relation to nonprofit advocacy campaigns and / or nonprofit engagement in GOTV and voter registration activities.
- Strong desire to participate in networking and communications (e.g. podcasting, blog writing, social media, public presentations, and attendance at coalition meetings).
Additional Desired Qualifications
- Knowledge of federal tax and election law and Texas state lobbying, campaign finance, and election laws.
- Experience conducting training programs.
- Experience with coalition building, community organizing, and working with or at nonprofit organizations.
- Experience with nonprofit lobbying or advocacy campaigns.
Compensation and Benefits
Salary range is $70,000-90,000 commensurate with experience. Taking care of people is important to what we do. We offer a comprehensive and generous benefits program:
We offer medical, dental, vision benefits, as well an employee assistance program for physical and mental well-being.
Save for retirement with our 401K plan with employer matching. Other insurances include life and disability.
We have a generous paid time off policy.
We provide 12 weeks of parental leave and a range of paid and unpaid family leave programs that allow our employees to bond with and care for their children and other dependents.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so. On occasions, travel by train and airplane. Ability to work long hours when needed. All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job
This is a full-time position. Some occasional evening and weekend hours may be required.
This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities. AFJ’s non-management staff members are unionized with the Washington-Baltimore News Guild, CWA Local 32035 and this position will be covered by a collective bargaining agreement when one is reached.
Our employees share our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization, integrating justice and equity into the work we do and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture.
How to Apply
Qualified applicants please reference Bolder Advocacy Bilingual Counsel – Houston in your subject line and submit a letter of interest and resume to [email protected] (NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Alliance for Justice provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type based on race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
This description is intended to provide an overview of this position and is not all-inclusive. The incumbent in this position will be expected to perform other duties as required. Responsibilities may change over time. This description is provided for informational purposes only and does not form the basis of a contract.