The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas—assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. In addition, it provides capacity-building assistance to its Affiliates who work at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families. Founded in 1968, NCLR is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization headquartered in Washington, DC, serving all Hispanic subgroups in all regions of the country. It has regional offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, and San Antonio and state operations throughout the nation.
NCLR is seeking a Director of Legislative and Congressional Affairs in its Washington, DC office. This position is charged to work with senior leadership within NCLR’s Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation’s (ORAL). NCLR’s Legislative and Congressional Affairs Department seeks to build and nurture relationships with Congressional offices and the Executive branch, provide relevant and timely information about public policy issues that matter to the Latino community, and lobby on behalf of NCLR. NCLR works with a variety of coalition partners to achieve its major policy and legislative goals in key areas such as civil rights, education, housing, jobs, and health care. The Director will develop strategy and execute tactics to advance legislation on Capitol Hill and produce policy outcomes in administrative agencies.
NCLR offers a collaborative, team-based environment that fosters a culture of ideas and debate. We approach our work from multiple perspectives and methods, understanding both the specific issues and the larger interrelated systems. The Director will report to the Vice President and may
supervise staff. In addition, the position will entail working closely with other members of the
policy team and co-workers with extensive expertise in communications, editing/production,
media, fundraising, special events and marketing.
- Develop legislative strategy and carryout activities and tactics to advance legislation or
proposals in administrative agencies.
- Set legislative priorities, in consultation with leadership.
- Responsible for establishing and strengthening relationships with policy-makers, lawmakers,
key decision-makers, coalition partners, and allies.
- Represent NCLR on Capitol Hill.
- Responsible for component reporting on lobbying, including federal and state lobbying
- Advise NCLR President and Executive Management on legislative portfolio.
- Responsible for briefing and reporting to NCLR leadership, NCLR Board, and Affiliate
leaders on federal legislative progress, developments, and opportunities.
- Provide input in policy and communications reports and materials.
- Bachelor’s degree. Master’s in public policy or related area or law degree highly preferred.
- 10+ years on work on federal legislative affairs issues with 3-6 years demonstrated
experience directing national legislative campaigns. Capitol Hill experienced required.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills that can promote discussion persuasive
enough to move legislative activity in the direction of NCLR positions.
- Strong public speaking and presentation skills.
- Expertise in legislative procedure and experience drafting and analyzing legislative language.
- Command of federal lobbying and ethics laws.
- Working knowledge of key public policy areas that NCLR prioritizes.
- Demonstrated commitment to Latino and immigrant communities.
- Proficiency in common software systems, including the Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook.
Familiarity with legislative tracking systems and Congressional databases.
- Experience in leadership or supervisory roles.
- Bilingual English/Spanish, preferred.
Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants