Civil Rights Area Counsel - National Position Based in Boston
Anti-Defamation League - Boston, MA

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Join the nation's premier human relations/civil rights organization.We have a mission to fight anti-Semitism and hate,and to secure justice and fair treatment for all.ADL is looking for talented, passionate people who wantto make a difference today…and tomorrow!

CIVIL RIGHTS AREA COUNSEL

NATIONAL POSITION BASED IN BOSTON

PRIMARY FUNCTION:

Based in Boston, and serving ADL's Regional Offices in Boston, Connecticut, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, the Civil Rights Area Counsel will provide oversight, advice and guidance to Regional Directors and regional staff on all civil rights legal issues, activities and programs; provide expertise that drives decisions in core functions on the League's domestic agenda. Identify and build relationships with local attorneys and law firms with regard to preparation of amicus briefs for ADL. Organize, coordinate and implement advocacy campaigns in support of or opposition to relevant state and local legislative proposals, including preparing and delivering testimony on ADL's behalf and lobbying key decision-makers. Establish and develop critical relationships with key government, school and law enforcement officials and deliver training programs. Represent the agency at regional conferences and programs. Serve as spokesperson at events and as media contact on civil rights issues, and work closely with national and regional lay leadership.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • As a member of ADL's national legal team and one of six area counsels nationwide, direct and guide Regional Directors and other regional staff on the handling of complaints alleging civil rights violations, including school based complaints, for the entire multi-state area. Undertake research, engage in correspondence and follow up with complainants and government officials. Build relationships with local attorneys and law firms with regard to preparation of amicus briefs for ADL.
  • Review and research legislative initiatives for the area including advising regional staff on pending legislation and its impact on ADL's mission and policies. When appropriate, organize, coordinate and implement advocacy campaigns, sometimes involving multiple regional offices in the same state, in support of or opposition to relevant legislative proposals, including preparing and delivering testimony on ADL's behalf and lobbying key decision-makers. Work with national Legal Affairs staff to draft new legislative initiatives, and take the lead in promoting such initiatives to applicable stakeholders.
  • Serve as a critical resource on separation of church and state and freedom of religion issues for regional staff, lay leaders, constituents, government and school officials and the media. Develop and provide training programs on First Amendment issues, especially on school-related issues.
  • Develop and deliver training programs on hate crimes, bullying and other relevant issues for key law enforcement personnel. Initiate and cultivate a proactive working relationship with local law enforcement agencies and regional leaders of national law enforcement agencies. Work with Regional Office Law Enforcement Coordinators to ensure that relationships with participants in ADL law enforcement programs are maintained and cultivated.
  • Represent ADL by speaking at regional conferences, local public events, colleges and community forums and other platforms on discrimination, hate crimes, civil liberties, separation of church and state, anti-Semitism and other relevant issues. Participate in community coalitions and create a nexus with other Jewish and civil rights organizations.
  • Assist in developing agendas and programs for regional Civil Rights Committee/s. Work closely with national Civil Rights Vice-Chairs, including organizing and conducting conference calls with regional civil rights chairs and Regional Directors 3-4 times a year.
  • Respond to media inquiries about ADL's position on local issues. Draft op-ed articles, letters to the editor and press releases.
  • Work with Summer Associate Research Program (SARP) coordinators in each regional office to ensure smooth running of ADL's SARP program, which involves recruiting firms to participate, developing research topics, working with students and reviewing research memoranda.
  • Support and assist in development events and activities.
  • Frequent travel within the region.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Juris Doctorate.
  • Five to seven years of related experience in public policy agency or civil rights law practice.
  • Depending upon the jurisdiction, this responsibility often requires the individual to become a registered lobbyist.
  • Subject matter expertise to guide regional staff.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills including public speaking experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Legal analytical and legal drafting skills.
  • Familiarity with word processing software.
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as necessary to represent ADL.
  • Occasional overnight travel may be required.
For immediate consideration, please send resume and cover letter to bostonjobs@adl.org

Subject: Civil Rights Area Counsel.

ADL offers a very generous benefits/vacation package. EOE.

Learn more about ADL at www.adl.org.

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