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Associate Director of Law & Policy
The Associate Directors of Law & Policy manage the policy work for an assigned set of states and program areas. They combine strategic intelligence and guidance from the Advocacy Department with the policy expertise of the Law & Policy department and outside thought leaders to craft state-specific, and program-specific policy solutions that increase voting rights, build towards VRL’s long term goals, and are politically possible in the given context.
In addition to proactive legislative and programmatic work, Associate Directors of Law & Policy also identify and assess the impact of legislative, and other policy, threats in states. They are responsible for designing and creating policy content for VRL’s campaign work, and for understanding the impact of each policy and its variations.
This position manages two Legislative Counsel and reports to the Senior Director of State and Federal Policy. This is a completely remote position. Candidates across the country encouraged to apply.
Serve as policy expert for designated states and, In collaboration with the Advocacy Department, identify and develop policy solutions and priorities for each assigned state and program area that are politically feasible and build towards VRL’s long term goals.
Design and deliver policy content for VRL’s campaign work, including
Draft legislation, amendments, executive actions, regulations, and guidance that merge strong policy with political reality
Internal documents translating complicated concepts into plain English, such as bill summaries and descriptions of policy impact
External documents, such as branded fact sheets, that concurrently persuade and inform the intended audience
Adapting documents and policy arguments for a wide variety of audiences, including colleagues, partners, and elected officials and influencers from across the political spectrum
Develop deep expertise in voting rights policy, including a comprehensive understanding of
The impact of each policy, and how variations in the law affect that impact
How elections work on the ground in each assigned state; and
Available research and data on voting rights issues.
Collaborate with Senior Legislative Counsel to identify and develop internal legal research projects to be completed by Legislative Counsel to support and inform VRL’s advocacy efforts
Identify and assess threats in each assigned state and program area
Talk to partners and lobbyists as needed to explain policy and understand political and policy implications
In collaboration with the Advocacy Department, design implementation strategies to ensure our legislative successes translate into real world change
Manage two Legislative Counsel to operate by VRL’s values and theory of change
6 to 8 years of relevant experience developing policy and legislation. Law degree preferred but not required
Experience analyzing, interpreting, and drafting legislative language.
Ability to articulate legal concepts and other complex issues and to communicate them to a variety of audiences.
Familiarity with election laws and voting rights issues.
The ability to produce consistent, quality work in a fast-paced environment- managing multiple projects simultaneously and adjusting to frequently changing demands.
Experience working with diverse communities and committed to acting on the belief that racial equity and social justice are critical components of our work.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Voting Rights Lab is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.
Compensation & Benefits:
The salary range for the Associate Director of Law and Policy will be $99,000 – $132,000.
At this time, NVF provides the following benefits for eligible employees:
Medical, dental, and vision insurance
Access to NVF-funded health reimbursement account (HRA) to help offset co-pay, deductible, and vision/dental expenses
401(k) retirement plan, with up to 3% match
Short-term and long-term disability insurance
Base-term life and accidental death and dismemberment (ADD) insurance, with an employee buy-up option
Flexible spending account for medical and dependent care
Cell phone benefits
Work from home benefit