Director of Policy

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Organization name: 
Legal Aid Justice Center
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Position Description: 

LAJC is seeking an experienced advocate to serve as the Director of Policy. This position will work closely with LAJC advocacy teams and community partners to advance our ambitious agenda to achieve economic, social, and racial justice throughout the Commonwealth.

LAJC combines individual legal representation, organizing, communications, policy advocacy, major litigation, and community to achieve community goals. This position will help advocacy teams develop and implement multi-faceted campaigns by advising them on a range of local, state, and federal legislative and administrative policy outcomes and strategies.

The Director will ensure that policy advocacy goals are community-driven to the extent possible, identifying and pursuing opportunities for more public access, transparency, and input in policymaking processes and, in collaboration with the Director of Organizing, will help educate communities about legislative and administrative processes and opportunities for engagement. With a bird’s eye view of the advocacy, the Director will cultivate collaboration across programs and integrate policy work with LAJC’s other strategies.

The Director of Policy will also have primary responsibility for developing LAJC’s policy advocacy infrastructure, including promoting policy advocacy skills development in the organization, assisting staff in developing relationships with legislative and administrative policymakers, developing systems that facilitate information-sharing, and ensuring that LAJC complies with all lobbying laws and regulations.

In collaboration with the advocacy leadership team, the Director will also have primary responsibility for ensuring that staff receive any necessary trainings, mentorship, and technical assistance on legislative and administrative advocacy.

Finally, the Director of Policy will serve as a key member of LAJC’s management team, which advises senior leadership in setting organizational priorities for all programmatic work and stewarding of organizational resources. In the future, the Director may supervise one or more policy advocates.


Strong commitment to social, economic, and racial justice.
A track record of developing, analyzing, and advocating for major policy initiatives at state or federal levels.
Excel at working effectively in teams and communicating across lines of identity and difference.
Mission-aligned experience (work or lived) partnering with and advocating in low-wealth communities and communities of color.
Interest in building systems for collaboration and information sharing and skill building for LAJC staff to be familiar with policy advocacy.
An openness to explore ways to democratize legislative and policymaking spaces.
Strengths in organization, time management, oral and written communications, and demonstrating initiative.
Willingness to work a flexible schedule that may include evening and weekend events, as well as travel (primarily within Virginia)

To apply: 

Email a cover letter, resume, three references, and a relevant writing sample to Elaine Poon, Deputy Director of Advocacy, at [email protected]. If you’re able, please submit your application as a single PDF titled “[date submitted in format][last name][first name][position sought][preferred location].” Please include “Director of Policy” in the email subject.

The Legal Aid Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, and communities to apply. The Legal Aid Justice Center is committed to strengthening the voices of our low-income clients, working in collaboration with community partners, and rooting out the inequities that keep people in poverty. We strive to take on the issues that have broad impact on our client communities and to be responsive to client input. Recognizing the particular impact of racism on our clients and staff, we devote special attention to dismantling racial injustice. All applicants must be dedicated to working in and sustaining an environment that enables staff and clients to feel empowered, valued, respected, and safe. In reviewing applications, we look for evidence that applicants have experience and/or thoughtfulness in working with traditionally marginalized populations.
Salary range: 
Salary range is $90,000 to $115,000 based on years of relevant experience and LAJC’s formal salary scale, upward 12% cost-of-living adjustment is available for positions based in Falls Church.