Job Posting:  Washington Bureau Counsel

Vacancy Announcement – July 16, 2012

Position Location:     Washington, DC                                                                  
FLSA Status:                 Exempt
Travel:                            Moderate                                                                              
Reports to:                   Director of the Washington Bureau


Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

We are seeking a dynamic and experienced professional to assist in advancing the NAACP’s federal policy agenda.

Summary of Duties:

Reporting into the Director of the Washington Bureau, the Bureau Counsel’s principal duties and responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

  • Advise the Director of the Washington Bureau and the Association on the legal implications of proposed Federal Communications Commission’s legislation and federal government administrative regulations, as well as other assigned issues.
  • Draft proposed regulations, legislation, and amendments.
  • Analyze pending federal regulations and legislation in light of NAACP’s policies.
  • Prepare congressional testimony and comments on proposed regulations or legislations as requested.
  • Monitor congressional and administrative hearings and analyze testimony as directed.
  • Assist Director in preparation for meetings with members of Congressional and administrative staff.
  • Assist Director in preparing for meetings with members of the Executive Branch up to Cabinet level on policies affecting communities of color.
  • Draft policy positions for National Board of Directors and National Convention.
  • Serve as the Washington Bureau’s liaison on federal communications policy to other organizations supporting the Association’s positions legislatively and administratively as designated by the Director.
  • Represent the Association on various civil rights and civil liberties coalition task forces as designated by the Director.
  • Provide legal counsel and support to Director for federal legislative advocacy filing and maintenance of lobby activity reports to Congress.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Bureau Director in fulfilling the mission of the Washington Bureau.


The ideal candidate for this position will possess many, if not all, of the following professional qualifications, competencies and personal qualities:

  • Active member of the District of Columbia Bar
  • At least five years work experience in public interest law firm, civil rights or civil liberties association, Congressional legislative committee, congressional office, and/or government agency preferred.
  • Background and experience in federal communications policy is a plus
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Experience with and knowledge of current federal policies affecting 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizational activities in the federal government and civic engagement arenas
  • Experience in complying with current laws applying to not for profit organizations.
  • Ability for high performance in a fast-pace environment
  • Excellent research, analysis, and writing skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Capacity for strategic and creative thinking
  • Experience in or demonstrated commitment to civil rights matters
  • Ability and willingness to work non-standard work hours


It is the continuing policy of the NAACP to take affirmative action to assure equal opportunity for all current and prospective employees without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, marital status, familial status, family responsibility, pregnancy or other pregnancy-related conditions, childbirth, disability, military/veteran status, citizenship status, religion or political affiliation, past convictions or incarceration, prior psychiatric treatment, or any other status protected by federal or state law, local ordinance or Executive Orders. The NAACP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To Apply:  Resume, cover letter, and salary requirements should be sent to NAACP:
Email: (preferred method)
Mail: NAACP – Human Resources, 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215
Fax:  (410) 580-5735

Please note that this position is grant-funded and employment is contingent upon the continuation of such funds.