Legal Voice comprises a small-but-mighty team of dedicated and creative social justice advocates. We value the individuals in our workplace, and honor their commitment to social justice work as well as to their personal lives and families. We strive to make our workplace inclusive, supportive, and reflective of the social change we seek. See below for opportunities to join our team!
Reports to: Advocacy Director
Position status: Part-time, Consultant
About Legal Voice: Legal Voice pursues justice for all women and LGBTQ people in the Northwest, through groundbreaking litigation, legislative advocacy, and legal rights education. As a progressive feminist organization with an intersectional approach to gender justice, Legal Voice practices community lawyering, centering the most impacted community voices across all levels of our advocacy, and rooting all our work in our race equity values.
Position summary: In partnership with the program team, Legal Voice’s contract lobbyist will serve as the primary representative in Olympia tasked with advancing our legislative and administrative agenda, maintaining and cultivating relationships with elected officials and agency staff, and developing strategies in collaboration with BIPOC communities and other impacted groups to understand and elevate community priorities and advance legislative goals.
Legal Voice is in the process of developing internal and external structures that support our efforts to responsibly and meaningfully center race equity in our work and become an anti- racist organization. Our organization is early in its journey to repair past harm and nurture and support leadership of color. The ideal candidate for this position will have a well- developed equity lens that includes an understanding of systemic racism and oppression, and will be self-reflective and willing to grow and learn around these topics.
Develop legislative priorities and advocacy strategies in partnership with the program team to advance in Olympia. Identify, analyze, and monitor legislative proposals and policies of interest to Legal Voice at the state and local levels, and coordinate legal analysis and drafting of legislative proposals with the team.
Work in partnership across the organization to develop strategies for working directly with impacted stakeholders, communities, and other groups to achieve legislative goals. Participate in coalition, partner, community, and government-related meetings, as necessary.
Represent Legal Voice before lawmakers, executive agencies, and other stakeholders. Testify before legislative committees and help coordinate the development of educational materials, as necessary.
Build trusting relationships between Legal Voice and legislators, agency officials, and other executive staff.
Ensure a coordinated approach to lobbying through consistent communication and strategic conversations with staff.
Minimum three years of local, state, or federal legislative experience and/or policy advocacy.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
with tight timeframes, adjust to changing strategies and demands, and prioritize and manage
A demonstrated ability to foster relationships with diverse groups, including lawmakers from
across the political spectrum. Ability to develop trust and relationships with individuals from marginalized and BIPOC communities.
Excellent leadership skills to facilitate communication and collaboration. High level of judgment and ability to manage sensitive political topics and situations.
An understanding of racial justice issues and experience with developing advocacy strategies that center the voices and lived experiences of directly impacted communities. Commitment to community lawyering and Legal Voice’s race equity values.
Compensation & Benefits: This part-time and short-term contract position will run from approximately mid-October through the end of the 2021 legislative session (end of April), with the possibility of extension. The compensation range is $2,000 - $3,000 per month, depending on experience.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; those submitted by September 30, 2020 will receive first consideration. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-discrimination: As an organization committed to prioritizing reproductive justice, economic justice, and racial justice, Legal Voice believes in fostering the leadership of all women and LGBTQ persons, particularly those from underrepresented and marginalized communities. Legal Voice follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, or marital status.
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