Alliance for Justice is a national association of more than 130 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy. For nearly 40 years we have been leaders in the fight for a more equitable society on behalf of a broad constituency of environmental, consumer, civil and women’s rights, children’s, senior citizens’ and other groups. Alliance for Justice is premised on the belief that all Americans have the right to secure justice in the courts and to have their voices heard when government makes decisions that affect their lives.

Over the course of four decades our vision has remained steadfast—to protect and expand pathways to justice and the democratic process—while our programs and tactics have been nimble and resilient, evolving with changing times and the needs of our members and the progressive community. AFJ is known for identifying and addressing threats to public interest and civil rights organizations, as well as opportunities they can seize. We pool resources and talents, organize campaigns, mobilize constituencies and drive strategies.

Bolder Advocacy is a program of the Alliance for Justice that works to advance and protect the role nonprofits play in influencing public policy by helping organizations fully understand the legal rules governing advocacy activities and become assertive in their right to pursue their policy goals. Bolder Advocacy also offers capacity assessment tools for nonprofits and foundations looking to build strength in advocacy and/or community organizing. By tracking and responding to legislation that affects nonprofit advocacy, fighting for the rights of nonprofits and foundations to conduct advocacy, and responding to potential threats to nonprofit advocacy, we lay the groundwork for more nonprofit organizations to advocate effectively on behalf of their communities. AFJ is headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in Northern California, Southern California, and Texas.

AFJ is headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in Northern California, Southern California, and Texas. Since its establishment in 2015, AFJ’s Dallas-based Texas staff has worked with hundreds of nonprofit groups across the state, providing them with Bolder Advocacy training, technical assistance and legal resources. In recent months, demand for our services has increased dramatically in Texas, prompting the decision to open a secondary office in Houston. Houston, the fourth largest city in the U.S. and the largest in Texas, is home to hundreds of nonprofit organizations and provides easy access to Texas’s coastal and border communities. Our new Houston office will address the needs of the region’s diverse nonprofit population by providing bilingual assistance and training to local nonprofits, helping them to amplify the voices of their communities and constituents.

Job Purpose

The position will be an integral part of AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy team. The Counsel reports to the Director of Texas Programs based in Dallas. This position is based in Houston, Texas.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical assistance to nonprofits and foundations on federal tax and federal election law as well as Texas state law and relevant local law that impacts advocacy organizations.
  • Travel to, plan, and conduct workshops for nonprofit organizations and foundations on federal tax and election rules, Texas state law, and relevant local laws governing their ability to participate in public policy, as well as on capacity assessment for advocacy and community organizing. Also conduct publicity/outreach and manage logistics for the trainings.
  • Write relevant technical assistance guides, blog posts, factsheets, articles, op-eds, regulatory comments, and occasional amicus briefs.
  • Master and stay up to date on federal tax and election law for tax exempt organizations and effectively convey the material for a non-legal audience.
  • Master and stay up to date on Texas state and local laws on lobbying disclosure, ballot measure, and campaign finance issues impacting advocacy organizations and effectively convey the material for a non-legal audience.
  • Support the Development team in fundraising and grant management efforts.
  • Outreach to local nonprofits and philanthropic networks to build relationships and steward/develop partnerships.
  • Advocate for nonprofits and foundations around legislation, rulemakings, or other policies that might impact their rights to participate in the policymaking process.
  • Collaborate with staff from other AFJ programs to deliver appropriate program content, program activities, and special events.
  • Represent the organization at conferences of nonprofits and foundations.
  • Be a thought leader by writing and speaking about trends, challenges, opportunities, or other developments regarding advocacy.
  • Actively participate in AFJ’s membership program by recruiting new members and developing relationships with existing members.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Law degree, Texas bar membership, and 2 to 5 years of experience as a lawyer.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with federal tax or election law, and Texas state lobbying and election laws.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including the ability to write clearly and quickly (Spanish or other relevant non-English language skills strongly preferred).
  • Strong collaborator with an ability to work with a wide range of individuals and interests.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Highly organized and detail oriented.
  • Commitment to social justice causes.
  • Experience conducting training programs
  • Experience with coalition building, community organizing, and working with or at nonprofit organizations preferred.
  • Experience with lobbying or advocacy campaigns preferred.

Direct Reports

This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment

This is a full-time position and requires heavy use of computer and phones.  Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Some occasional evening and weekend hours may be required.  Frequent local and occasional national travel.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this position.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Compensation

Salary range is $70,000-85,000, commensurate with experience. Position includes health and other benefits.

Application Instructions

Qualified applicants please reference Bolder Advocacy Counsel – Houston in your subject line and submit a letter of interest, resume and writing sample to Alicia Peyton at [email protected] or click below to apply online.  (NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE).

AFJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. AFJ prohibits discrimination against its employees and applicants for employment based on race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, sero-status and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or income.

Disclaimer

This description is intended to provide an overview of this position and is not all-inclusive.  The incumbent in this position will be expected to perform other duties as required.  Responsibilities may change over time.  This description is provided for informational purposes only and does not form the basis of a contract.