POSITION TITLE: Civil Rights Area Counsel
REPORTS TO: VP, Civil Rights/Director, Legal Affairs
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Legal Interns
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
Grade/Class: H, Exempt, PSA-Eligible
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:
ADL (Anti-Defamation League) is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its essential mission hasn’t changed in more than 100 years: to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. ADL is the first call when acts of antisemitism occur. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.
ADL’s CEO and National Director, Jonathan Greenblatt—an accomplished leader and entrepreneur in the corporate, public, and nonprofit sectors—was recruited to the organization in July 2015. He has injected new energy and brought a bold vision to the agency. Under Jonathan’s leadership, ADL is transforming itself, upgrading its capabilities, leveraging innovation, building partnerships, and pioneering new horizons.
Provide oversight, advice and legal, strategic, and public relations guidance to Regional Directors and regional staff on all civil rights issues, activities and programs; provide expertise that drives decisions in core functions on the League’s civil rights 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 (depending upon the jurisdiction, this responsibility may require the individual to become a registered lobbyist.)
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 leadership. Civil Rights Area Counsels may have a geographic indicator and/or a donor name attached to their job title for purposes such as business cards, etc. at the sole discretion of the VP, Civil Rights/Director, Legal Affairs. The word “Area” may be included or omitted as applicable based on the regional reference in the title. Titles with regional references may be structured as “Civil Rights Area Counsel, [Regional Reference]” or “[Regional Reference] Civil Rights Counsel.” Titles with donor names may be structured as needed and as approved by the VP, Civil Rights/Director, Legal Affairs.
- 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 provide guidance to regional offices concerning follow up with complainants and government officials. Build relationships with local attorneys and law firms with regard to preparation of amicus briefs for ADL.
- Review and 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 issues such as hate crimes, bullying, separation of church and state, immigration reform, discrimination, civil liberties, and free speech for regional staff, lay leaders, constituents, government and school officials and the media. Develop and provide civil rights training programs and workshops, including Continuing Legal Education courses, for educators, community members, lay leaders, law enforcement, and lawyers. Develop and deliver training programs on hate crimes, bullying and other relevant issues for key law enforcement personnel.
- Represent ADL by speaking at regional conferences, local public events, colleges and community forums and other platforms on discrimination, hate crimes, bullying, immigration, civil liberties, separation of church and state, racial justice, and other relevant issues. Participate in community coalitions and foster partnerships with other regional civil rights organizations.
- Assist in developing agendas and programs for regional Civil Rights Committee/s.
- Respond to media inquiries about ADL’s position on local civil rights issues. Draft op-ed articles, letters to the editor and press releases.
- Responsible for managing processes and programs and provide guidance to others to ensure end results are completed on time and achieve stated objectives.
- Decision making/Independent Judgment: Authority to make significant choices and decisions on civil rights procedural matters for the area.
- Make recommendations for significant civil rights policy strategies and typically confer and consult with the VP, Civil Rights/Director, Legal Affairs on these matters.
- Regularly initiate contact with staff in regions to obtain or communicate detailed, substantive information necessary to achieve work goals.
- External Relationships Substantive contacts with outside audiences such as lay leaders, community group leaders, legislators and ADL constituents to collaborate on planning and implementing work activities that are important to ADL’s image and effectiveness
- Work with regional offices on pro bono legal research and writing opportunities for regional law firms
- Support and assist in development events and activities.
Supervise legal interns.
- Subject matter expertise to guide regional staff. Strong oral and written communication skills including public speaking experience. Excellent interpersonal skills are needed. Legal analytical and legal drafting skills are essential. Familiarity with word processing software is needed.
Five to seven years of related experience in public policy agency or civil rights law practice.
Juris Doctorate. Admitted to a state bar, preferably in the state where the applicant will be based.
Flexibility to work evenings and weekends is necessary to represent ADL. POST COVID – When ADL travel policy resumes, frequent travel within the region is required. Occasional overnight travel may be required.
Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.
ADL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Recruitment, hiring, promotions and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment shall be maintained in a manner which does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, marital status, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or military status, or in violation of any applicable Federal, state or local legislation.