The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative–to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

LDF’s litigation, public policy advocacy and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek 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 and just judicial system.

Given the fundamental role that residential segregation plays in driving economic inequality and depressing social mobility in the Black community, the Thurgood Marshall Institute embarked on the development of the Redressing Housing Segregation Initiative that targets local housing policy on land use, zoning, siting, subsidy for affordable housing, and land forfeiture (such as tax and water liens and heir’s property policies) in specific local jurisdictions. The initiative envisions utilizing LDF’s expertise in research, public education, organizing, policy advocacy, and potentially litigation to develop an interdisciplinary approach to reducing residential segregation and the Black-White wealth gap through local housing policy. Due to the integrated nature of this initiative, and its potential to incubate transformative advocacy efforts for fair housing, it will move from the Thurgood Marshall Institute to SID to take full advantage of LDF’s multi-faceted resources and expertise. The Redressing Segregation Counsel will report to the Senior Deputy Director of Strategic Initiatives.


  • Identify possible solutions to redress historic segregation in a particular jurisdiction – including policy or ordinance changes, zoning changes, community investments and identify potential discrimination and solutions;
  • In collaboration with Redressing Housing Engagement Specialist, local residents, and stakeholders in LDF departments, determine LDF resources available to redress housing segregation;
  • Develop a strategic plan to identify priorities in partnership with community leaders and organizations, consult with relevant stakeholders within LDF to ascertain advocacy resources, develop and implement advocacy plans for each priority in consultation and collaboration with relevant LDF stakeholders, develop educational curriculum and outreach materials regarding identified priorities. Identify, in collaboration with community and internal LDF stakeholders, 1-3 winnable solutions and develop a strategy to ensure victory;
  • Oversee, supervise, and support the Redressing Housing Engagement Specialist, as they develop and implement strategies for events, communications, relationship building, and coalition-building that further the project's vision and strategic direction;
  • Coordinate with TMI Researchers to measure impact of potential solutions and impact of solutions implemented. Collaborate with and support LDF Litigation, Policy, Organizing, and Communications Departments to advance agreed-upon solutions; and
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


  • Juris Doctor degree;
  • Minimum of 5 years of litigation experience related to Fair Housing Act, Title VI, CRA, Affordable Housing Development, Community Finance, or Zoning and admission to the District of Columbia Bar (or eligibility to waive in);
  • Commitment to the racial justice mission of LDF. 

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts or requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This description does not constitute a contract of employment and LDF may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.

The salary range for this position is $110,000 to $121,000. LDF offers a rich platform of benefits including medical (Empire), dental (Cigna), vision (NVA), flexible spending accounts (Flex Facts), transit/commuter plan, life insurance, AD&D, voluntary life & AD&D (UNUM), AFLAC, Employee Assistance Plan, and Health Advocate.  As well as the many healthcare benefits, LDF offers a 403b plan with employer match, and a robust vacation, sick, and personal time program to ensure employees have a healthy work-life balance.

Please note that LDF requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination prior to the commencement of employment, unless they qualify for a reasonable accommodation for bona fide medical or religious reasons.

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