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 Advocacyprogram 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 Northern and Southern California and Texas. For more information about Bolder Advocacy, please visit www.bolderadvocacy.org.

Job Purpose

The Senior Counsel, as a 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 can be based in AFJ’s Northern California office in San Francisco, CA or remote in Northern California. Regardless of whether the employee is based in the office or not, they will be expected to participate in in-person meetings and trainings regularly in the San Francisco Bay Area when it is safe to do so. All staff are currently working remotely until at least the end of 2021. This position reports to the California Director, who is based in AFJ’s Southern California office in Los Angeles.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical assistance to nonprofits and foundations on federal tax and election law, as well as relevant California state and local law that impacts advocacy organizations.
  • Plan, conduct, and travel (when safe) to trainings throughout California and the US on laws impacting advocacy organizations, as well as on capacity assessment for advocacy and community organizing.
  • Write relevant technical assistance guides, blog posts, factsheets, articles, op-eds, and regulatory comments.
  • Develop resources to meet the needs of the nonprofit advocacy community.
  • Lead policy advocacy efforts to protect the rights of nonprofits to engage in advocacy and other subjects as relevant opportunities arise.
  • Develop programs to meet the needs of the nonprofit advocacy community.
  • Train and mentor less senior staff on topics including substantive legal issues and the nonprofit advocacy landscape.
  • Maintain expertise in at least one relevant policy area or jurisdiction in addition to the state of California.
  • Represent the organization at conferences and other gatherings of nonprofits and foundations.
  • Network and build relationships with nonprofits and foundations representing priority constituencies and issue areas.
  • Assist with publicity/outreach and logistics as needed to reach the desired audience.
  • Collaborate with staff from other AFJ programs to deliver appropriate program content, program activities, and special events.
  • Support the Development team and the California Director in fundraising and grants management efforts.
  • Master and stay up to date on federal tax and election law for tax-exempt organizations and effectively convey the material to a non-legal audience. 
  • Master and stay up to date on California state law on lobbying disclosure, ballot measure, and campaign finance issues impacting advocacy organizations and effectively convey the material for a non-legal audience.
  • Become familiar with local lobbying disclosure ordinances and other local advocacy laws in California, with an emphasis in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Law degree, California bar membership, and 5 or more years specializing in lobbying and/or campaign finance law.
  • Experience working at or representing nonprofit organizations.
  • Experience handling federal or state compliance for advocacy organizations.
  • Experience conducting training programs and working with coalitions and community organizing groups.
  • Experience with policy advocacy efforts.
  • Knowledge of federal tax and election law and California Political Reform Act.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including the ability to write quickly in plain English.

Additional Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of Northern California state or local nonprofit lobbying or advocacy campaigns.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in Spanish or other relevant non-English languages, including the ability to write clearly and quickly in a professional setting.
  • Ability to draft technical assistance guides, blog posts, factsheets into Spanish or other relevant non-English language or to supervise the translation of such documents.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary range for a Senior Counsel position is $95,000-115,000 commensurate with experience. Taking care of people is important to what we do. We offer a comprehensive and generous benefits program, including:

Health

We offer medical, dental, vision benefits, as well an employee assistance program for physical and mental well-being.

Savings

Save for retirement with our 401K plan with employer matching. Other insurances include life and disability.

Time

We have a generous paid time off policy.

Family

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.

Physical Demands

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

Work Environment

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 under the Baltimore-Washington Newspaper Guild.

Racial Equity

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 Senior Counsel – Northern California in your subject line and submit a letter of interest and resume o [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.

Disclaimer

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.