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, a flagship program of Alliance for Justice, advances and protects the role of nonprofits 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 Los Angeles, Oakland, and Dallas.

Position Summary

The position will be part of AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy team. The Counsel reports to the California Director. This position is based in AFJ’s Southern California office in Los Angeles, CA.

Responsibilities

  • 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 CA state law on lobbying disclosure, ballot measure, and campaign finance issues impacting advocacy organizations.
  • Become familiar with local lobbying disclosure ordinances and other local advocacy laws in Southern California.
  • Conduct workshops for nonprofit organizations and foundations on federal tax and election rules, CA state law, and relevant local laws governing their ability to participate in public policy. Also be active in the publicity/outreach and logistics for workshops.
  • Provide technical assistance to nonprofits and foundations on federal tax and federal election law as well as CA state law and relevant local law that impacts advocacy organizations.
  • Plan and conduct workshops on capacity assessment for advocacy and community organizing.
  • Write, in collaboration with AFJ staff and/or outside attorneys, relevant technical assistance guides, blog posts, factsheets, articles, op-eds, regulatory comments and occasional amicus briefs.
  • Participate in policy advocacy as relevant opportunities arise.
  • Collaborate with staff from other AFJ programs to deliver appropriate program content, program activities, and special events.
  • Support the Development team and the California Director in fundraising and grant management efforts, especially in Southern California.
  • Represent the organization at conferences of nonprofits and foundations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Law degree, CA bar membership, and a minimum of 2 years of experience as a practicing attorney or advocate. Additional years of experience will be rated higher in the salary range.
  • Experience conducting training programs and working with coalitions and community organizing groups preferred.
  • Experience with lobbying or nonprofit advocacy programs preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including the ability to write clearly and quickly (Spanish or other relevant non-English language skills a plus).
  • Strong collaborator, and ability to adapt quickly to changing situations.
  • Travel approximately 35-45 days per year.
  • Ability to work with a wide range of individuals and interests.
  • Knowledge of federal tax and election law and CA state lobbying and election laws preferred; some familiarity with other state lobbying and elections a plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Highly organized and detail oriented.
  • Commitment to social justice causes.

Salary Range
$60,000 – $95,000
Compensation is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

Alliance for Justice is an equal opportunity employer.