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Policy Counsel

Washington D.C.

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) seeks an experienced Policy Counsel to join its policy team.

LDF is the nation's first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Since its founding under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall in 1940, LDF has been committed to transforming this nation's promise of racial equity and justice into reality for all Americans.

LDF uses litigation, public policy advocacy, organizing and public education programs to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair criminal justice system.

LDF seeks an experienced Policy Counsel to advance its education policy reform work.



  • Identify, develop and implement legislative and policy reform strategies at the federal, state, and local levels, with a concentration on LDF's efforts to ensure quality educational opportunities for public school students, particularly students of color, including through the promotion of positive school climates, fair school discipline practices, project-based instruction and performance assessment, and the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015;
  • Conduct policy and other forms of research;
  • Monitor and respond to developing civil rights issues in proposed federal, state and local legislation or agency action relating to education reform;
  • Identify, secure and prepare for opportunities for LDF to influence legislation and policy at the federal level, including commenting on proposed legislation and rules, submitting statements and letters, preparing advocacy materials, and organizing and conducting meetings with elected and administrative officials and their staff;
  • Secure, draft and deliver legislative testimony at the federal, state, and local levels;
  • Participate in and/or organize briefings with Members of Congress, state and local legislators, and federal or state agency officials on LDF's substantive priorities;
  • Build and/or participate in national coalitions, partnerships and task forces working to advance education reforms;
  • Assume a leading and strategic role in national, state or local coalition campaigns on federal education advocacy issues consistent with LDF's priorities, including lobbying, communications and grassroots outreach;
  • Work collaboratively with LDF's attorneys, organizers and multidisciplinary teams to advance national, state and local reforms;
  • Work collaboratively with LDF's attorneys and researchers to write, publish and widely disseminate policy briefs, fact sheets, talking points, infographics, reports, and other documents that will educate legislators, agency officials, stakeholders and the general public about the need for policy changes to address issues and propose solid recommendations for change; and
  • Other duties as requested by the Director of Policy, the Deputy Director of Policy, or other senior management.



 The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following:

  • Juris Doctor;
  • Five or more years of experience in policy reform or advocacy at the federal, state or local level in the areas of racial justice and education reform;
  • Excellent research, writing and public speaking skills;
  • A demonstrated commitment to civil rights and racial justice;
  • A demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong relationships and partnerships with coalitions of organizations, community members/leaders, and public officials;
  • A demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically, including an ability to lead and manage complex policy reform efforts involving multiple issues and parties; Ability to work independently and on teams; and
  • Ability to travel.

To Apply:

Please submit your resume, cover letter, writing sample, list of references, and salary preference to: 


Monica Garcia

Director of Human Resources/Administration
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
40 Rector Street, 5th floor
New York, New York 10006





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