Legal Policy Director
Pacific Legal Foundation—the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty—seeks an energetic and experienced legal policy and legislative professional to build and lead a new component to expand PLF’s positive influence on Capitol Hill, the federal executive branch, and in state capitals.
The legal policy component is a key part of the organization’s strategic plan, which will advance the next generation public interest law firm. This position provides an opportunity to play an important role that will increase PLF’s national prominence and expand its success outside the courts in advancing liberty. The Legal Policy Director will coordinate with the legal, research, and communications teams to develop and execute strategies directed at engaging Congress, federal agencies, and state governments. Because this is a new position, the Legal Policy Director’s first duty will be to collaborate with others and develop a strategic plan that will guide the foundation’s efforts to achieve increasing success in the political branches over time. The Legal Policy Director will also need a high degree of entrepreneurship and initiative to launch and execute new projects pursuant to the plan.
• Building and strengthening relationships with legislative and executive branch leaders at the federal level and in the states (outreach at the state level will be selective at first).
• Managing a team to effectively engage elected leaders and their senior staff concerning PLF ideas to expand liberty and stop serious threats thereto, especially by connecting such leaders with PLF experts and taking other actions to increase PLF’s influence in the political branches.
• Presenting PLF’s reform ideas effectively to elected officials and affinity partners in various settings, including facilitating testimony and rulemaking comments by others at PLF, preparing talking points and other written material, and leading discussions in working group settings.
• Developing and successfully executing strategies to increase lawmakers’ oversight and legislative agendas on PLF priority issues and expand PLF’s influence on those matters, while tracking other secondary issues and developments.
• Working with the legal team to draft model legislation on priority issues and promoting it effectively (with other components at PLF) in Congress, state legislatures, and with the public.
• Coordinating with the strategic research team and their engagement of outside scholars to produce and distribute materials that will support positive change in the political branches.
The ideal candidate has at least 5-10 years of relevant experience executing the key job duties, has extensive relationships of value (both within the political branches and the liberty movement), and is a natural at building and strengthening such relationships. The candidate also needs to be a tactician with a long-term strategic sense, who is a good coalition partner and can marshal others’ effort on our priorities. The Legal Policy Director will need to work well with every component at PLF, across several offices, and thus, should have a record of working productively and collaboratively in analogous settings.
Additional Skills/Preferred Experience
• A proven record of managing efforts to change policy or procedures in the political branches.
• Strong written and oral communication skills.
• Adherence to and knowledge of the principles of liberty.
• History of advancement over time in previous roles.
• A legal background or knowledge of legal issues is not required but is desired.
PLF identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedent that will benefit Americans nationwide and promotes the same principles of liberty outside the courtroom as well. Using strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research, we battle for freedom in the nation’s courts and the court of public opinion. Our attorneys have nine victories before the U.S. Supreme Court—a record unmatched in the liberty movement—plus additional cases currently before the High Court with decisions pending. Simply put, we know how to get cases to the Supreme Court and we know how to win.
A national nonprofit organization, PLF has offices in Sacramento, California; Arlington, Virginia; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; and Bellevue, Washington. The Legal Policy Director will work from the Arlington, Virginia office, at least most of the time, but the right candidates will have the ability to work virtually or from another office part of the time.
Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter. The cover letter should explain why PLF is the place for you, why you want to fight for liberty, what distinguishes you from the typical applicant for this position.
Qualified candidates should submit the following in one PDF attachment to an email:
• Cover letter discussing the matters identified above
Please include “Legal Policy Director–[Your Name]” in the subject line of your email.
While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.
This is a full-time, permanent position. We offer a competitive salary, health and dental benefits, and retirement plan. PLF has a flexible, collaborative, positive, and collegial work environment. We take pride in investing in your future and encourage internal advancement. PLF is the place for someone principled, tenacious, and determined to succeed in positively shaping the future of our country and restoring real limits on government power. Join us.