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Senior Policy Counsel, Hate & Extremism

Company: Southern Poverty Law Center
Location: Washington
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Job Description:

The SPLC Policy team works to advance the SPLC's agenda with government officials, advocating policy, legal, and legislative recommendations in alignment with the SPLC's Impact Statement. Reporting to the Chief Policy Officer,--the Senior Policy Counsel on Hate and Extremism is responsible for developing strong relationships with policy-makers and their staff, crafting legislation and policy recommendations to counter extremist groups and white nationalism, and working with colleagues and building coalitions among partners and allies to mobilize public support and action for SPLC's recommendations.-- Primary Job Functions:

  • Develop strong relationships with key members of Congress, their staff, and federal administration officials who oversee, develop, and implement U.S. policy addressing hate and extremism;
  • Work closely with the staff in the Intelligence Project and the Special Litigation practice group to develop policy materials to address our research and findings on hate and extremism and provide relevant recommendations to key officials and legislators;
  • Organize briefings and facilitate SPLC testimony before relevant Congressional committees and federal agencies;
  • Coordinate and facilitate meetings and collaborate with key stakeholders, ally organizations and coalition partners to strategize on responses to hate and extremism;
  • Maintain knowledge and professional expertise on relevant policy issues to support advocacy efforts;
  • Working with the Communications Department, develop and help implement communication strategies and messaging for advocacy efforts and serve as spokesperson upon request;
  • Communicate regularly with SPLC staff across the organization to ensure familiarity with the work and SPLC's policy goals;
  • Comply with all federal and state lobbying and ethical rules and requirements; and,
  • Other duties as may be assigned to meet SPLC needs. Qualifications -
    • At least 10 years of experience in public policy, with demonstrated knowledge of issues related to white nationalism, hate and extremism;
    • Significant experience working with members of Congress, their staff, and administration officials on crafting legislation and policy;
    • Policy experience for an advocacy non-profit organization is preferred; and Knowledge, skills and abilities:
      • Excellent communication - verbal and written - and interpersonal skills;
      • Capacity to facilitate strategic meetings with high-level stakeholders;
      • Ability to manage fast-moving complex advocacy campaigns with a high degree of independence; strong time management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines and work with different teams in the organization;--
      • Keen political awareness and ability to work both sides of the aisle. Demonstrated ability to build relationships among individuals and organizations with a range of interests and perspectives;--
      • A sense of humor and collegiality; aptitude for being a team player;
      • A strong commitment to the SPLC mission of pursuing racial justice in the South beyond and to the principles of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace; and
      • Commitment to fostering an anti-racist work culture and to anti-racist principles and learning. Other Special Considerations: This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions. This position is represented by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild. Disclaimer: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position. An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction. This position requires that you work from Washington, DC. Can you work from this location? --*
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