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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington: Senior Policy Counsel or Advisor

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Washington, USA · Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington: Senior Policy Counsel or Advisor




$85,000-$125,000 / Yearly


Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington



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Please email a resume and cover letter to jobs@citizensforethics.org. Please include your last name and “Senior Policy Counsel/Senior Policy Advisor” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. We are only able to respond to candidates we are contacting for an interview. CREW is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in our workplace and in our work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. We strongly encourage candidates from all groups and communities to apply.

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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) seeks a passionate and creative advocate to join our policy team and help us secure our democracy and build a better Washington. This position is a unique opportunity to be on the front lines of the fight for a more ethical, equitable and accountable government, while working alongside smart, dedicated and kind people.
As a leading nonpartisan nonprofit government watchdog, CREW is dedicated to defending our democratic institutions, rooting out government corruption, building an ethical and accountable judiciary, and fighting the influence of money in politics through legal action and communications grounded by in-depth research. CREW is looking for a creative, results-driven colleague who is committed to our mission and cares deeply about protecting our democracy. We welcome diverse skills and experiences.

The Senior Policy Counsel/Senior Policy Advisor will play a key role in setting CREW’s policy agenda and will serve as a strategic thought leader to the Policy Director, President, Chief Counsel, and policy staff. This position will work collaboratively with the rest of the CREW team to work towards a more ethical, equitable, and accountable government.
- _Policy Development: _Work in conjunction with the Policy Director, President, Chief Counsel and policy staff to develop CREW’s policy agenda and long-term policy strategy to change laws, rules, and enforcement to uphold the rule of law, protect our democratic institutions, push for judicial ethics, and ensure accountability for abuses of power.
- _Legislative Advocacy: _Keep apprised of relevant legislation, committee activities, White House actions, and agency consideration. Work closely with congressional offices, executive branch staff, and agency personnel to encourage positive policy action and provide technical advice on legislation and oversight agendas.
- _Writing and communications:_ Write reports, articles, OpEds, blog posts, hearing testimony, letters, and comments on rulemaking. Work with a communications team to coordinate media responses and web presence on policy issues.
- _Monitoring legal developments_: Track legal developments related to democracy and accountability for abuses of power including criminal and civil court cases. Write reports, articles, and blog posts analyzing legal developments.
- _Collaboration:_ Represent CREW in coalitions working to protect the rule of law, ensure accountability for abuses of power, and build an ethical and accountable judiciary. Coordinate with CREW’s litigation, research, and communications teams to ensure a consistent policy message.
- _Complaints and Litigation:_ As needed, assist with CREW’s filing of complaints with agencies and legislative committees and/or with civil lawsuits.

- J.D. (preferred).
- A minimum of 7 years policy experience in non-profit, executive branch, Capitol Hill, or comparable setting
- Familiarity with and interest in democracy reform, judicial ethics, money in politics, and/or government transparency issues.
- Experience with rule of law and democracy reform efforts, including legislative and litigation strategies to reform our democratic institutions and ensure public accountability for efforts to undermine our democracy.
- Excellent organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks.
- The ability to work collaboratively.
- Outstanding research and analytical skills.
- Great writing and communication skills.
- Initiative to identify needs, take charge of tasks, and get things done in an exciting, fast-paced environment.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and sound judgment, including the ability to work effectively with outside counsel.
- The position is based in Washington, D.C. but will be hybrid with employees splitting their time between working at home and working in the office.

The salary range for this position is $85,000-$125,000 based on experience and qualifications. CREW offers a compensation and benefits program that creates a supportive, respectful, sustainable environment that allows our employees to thrive. We’re in this work for the long-haul, and that means investing in our most important asset: our staff. Our benefits include:
- Generous paid time off
- Platinum medical insurance (100% of premium covered for employees; 55% of premium covered for dependents and spouses)
- Dental and vision insurance (99.9% of premium covered for employees and 55% of premium covered for dependents)
- 10 weeks paid family leave for non-birthing parent and 16 weeks paid family leave for birthing parent
- Family planning benefits that includes a $6k annual employer contribution with up to $12k over the term of your employment for employees AND their partners
- Option to enroll in FSA and dependent care FSA accounts with a $2,500 employer contribution to dependent care FSAs
- Option to enroll in commuter benefits
- Flexible, hybrid work environment
- Fully vested 401k with 3% employer contribution
- One week of organization-wide paid holiday closures between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, as well as major national holidays
- Employee assistance program
- Summer Fridays all year long
- Free in-office lunches weekly
- Free virtual yoga classes