Everyone says they want to change the world. Were looking for people who actually will.Alliance Defend...
Everyone says they want to change the world. Were looking for people who actually will.Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith. Please visit our careers page to view our Statement of Faith and Doctrinal Distinctives.Legal Counsel, Director of Legislative AffairsAlliance Defending Freedom is looking for a highly skilled Legal Counsel, Director of Legislative Affairs, located in the Washington, DC area. You will be responsible for promoting the strategic objectives of ADF via education and advocacy efforts involving direct government action. As a principal strategist, you will manage contact with the US Congress, the White House, and Federal agencies and facilitate the outreach and coordination with allies focused on government, legislative, and policy issues at the federal, state, and local level. You will also build and supervise a legislative affairs team that manages ADFs policy and legislative work at the federal and state level on behalf of ADF.Your Essential Responsibilities:In this position, you will:Develop and maintain effective working relationships with Members of Congress, the federal executive branch, other national policy-makers and key government and policy allies in the states.Advocate and coordinate support for the positions of ADF on governmental policies and legislation.Develop strategies and approaches for effective advocacy.Research, analyze, and evaluate issues related to government action.Oversee research, strategy and ADF efforts on legislative issues.Assist in the development of testimony, legislation, position papers, and reports.Provide legislative testimony on the legal implications of proposed legislation and administrative action.Travel to meet with policy groups, legislative staff, and other stakeholders to discuss policy, strategy, and how to effectively advocate to government officials and the public.Speak publicly to the media and before crowds.Work collaboratively within the ADF team and external allies.Position Specifications:Extensive working knowledge and experience on Capitol Hill or with Congressional and executive branch processes and procedures.Demonstrated knowledge of issues related to the ADF mission.Proven legislative advocacy skills, including demonstrated advanced verbal and written communication skills.Demonstrated experience researching, analyzing, and evaluating governmental issues, rules, regulations, and legislation.Demonstrated high-level and effective interpersonal skills, including ability to establish and maintain effective broad-range working relationships, and proven ability to work independently and collaboratively on internal and external teams.Experience in and willingness to work in a frenetic and fluid legislative/political environment.Proven flexibility and effectiveness in handling multiple and complex projects simultaneously under stringent timeframes and changing conditions.Knowledge of federal and state legislative process.Established relationships with key Congressional staff for both Democrats and Republicans, as well as other mission-related advocacy organizations.Proven awareness of current political environment and on-going strategic implications that affect the legislative activities of ADF.Demonstrated ability of reaching out and effectively using grassroots networks to advance a policy agenda.Knowledge of ADFs mission and strategic objectives.Education and/or experience:Bachelor's degree in Political Science, Public Affairs, or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills may be obtained. Relevant advanced degree preferred.J.D., license to practice law in either Virginia or Washington DC.Five years professional experience involving government relations at federal or state level. Experience in public policy advocacy at the state or federal level or experience in legislative or executive branch work at the state or federal level experience or combination of the above. (significant federal experience preferred)ARE YOU LOOKING FOR AN ORGANIZATION WITH A COMPETITIVE COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS PACKAGE, TOO?We have it! Alliance Defending Freedom offers team members a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes major medical insurance, dental care, medical and dependent care reimbursement, paid disability, long-term care insurance, and life insurance. We also offer a 401(k) plan with a generous company match. Work and life balance is important to the well-being of our team members. You will receive paid time off (PTO) that starts accruing from your hire date and 11 paid holidays per year.