Restore Your Vote Policy or Legal Advocate
CLC is seeking a policy or legal advocate for the Restore Your Vote program. Under problematic state laws, millions of Americans have been stripped of the right to vote because of a past felony conviction. Progress is being made across the country to reform these policies, but the problem is even larger than the 5 million people who are legally disenfranchised. Across the country, there are an estimated 23 million people with felony convictions. Because of complicated laws, misinformation, and poor administration, a huge portion of the 18 million Americans with felony convictions who are not directly disenfranchised remain de facto disenfranchised.
CLC’s Restore Your Vote program fights both de jure and de facto felony disenfranchisement by working closely with grassroots organizations and emphasizing direct services, community empowerment, and public education. Our on-the-ground work guides our systemic efforts to break down barriers to the franchise through litigation, administrative advocacy, and policy changes.
The policy or legal advocate will engage in all facets of Restore Your Vote’s work, but with a focus on building out Restore Your Vote’s state and local legislative advocacy work. Working closely with our grassroots allies and taking lessons from our direct services experience, the advocate will develop and execute a policy agenda for each of our target states.
Key Areas of Responsibility
· Provide direct voting rights restoration services to individuals with past felony convictions
· Develop dynamic, multi-strategy plans for reforming felony disenfranchisement in target states
· Cultivate partnerships with community groups, particularly groups run by and for citizens directly impacted by felony disenfranchisement
· Draft reform legislation
· Work in teams within the organization and in coalition with external organizations
· Assist with Restore Your Vote-related litigation
Qualifications and Experience
· Three years of policy advocacy experience and/or a law degree
· Two or more years of grassroots organizing or campaign experience (preferred, not required)
· Legislative lobbying, drafting, or staffing experience (preferred, not required)
· Commitment to the nonpartisan nature and mission of CLC
· Demonstrated interest in campaign finance, voting rights, redistricting, or government ethics issues is preferred but not required
· Strong research and writing abilities
· Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
· Ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team
· Spanish-language fluency a plus
CLC provides a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, prescription, dental, vision, short-and long-term disability, and life insurance, as well as flexible spending account and retirement programs.
Please submit a cover letter and resume addressing your interest in and relevant experience for this role with “Restore Your Vote Policy or Legal Advocate” as the subject line in an email to [email protected] Applications that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered. Please no phone calls about this position.
Please submit applications by February 22, 2021.
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