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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 want to make a difference
RIGHTS AREA COUNSEL
POSITION BASED IN BOSTON
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
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
media inquiries about ADL’s position on local issues. Draft op-ed
articles, letters to the editor and press releases.
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
and assist in development events and activities.
travel within the region.
seven years of related experience in public policy agency or civil rights law
upon the jurisdiction, this responsibility often requires the individual to
become a registered lobbyist.
matter expertise to guide regional staff.
oral and written communication skills including public speaking
analytical and legal drafting skills.
with word processing software.
to work evenings and weekends as necessary to represent ADL.
overnight travel may be required.
immediate consideration, please send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org Subject:
Civil Rights Area Counsel.
a very generous benefits/vacation package. EOE.
about ADL at www.adl.org.