Assistant to Chief Counsel and Deputy Chief Counsels

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1500 K ST NW
Washington DC, DC 20005
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Street address: 
1500 K ST NW
Washington DC
District of Columbia
Job type: 
Position Description: 

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is one of the nation’s leading national racial justice legal organizations. Formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy, the Lawyers’ Committee uses legal advocacy to achieve racial justice, fighting inside and outside the courts to ensure that Black people and other people of color have the voice, opportunity, and power to make the promises of our democracy real.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (“Lawyers’ Committee”), one of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations based in Washington D.C., seeks a collaborative, detail-oriented, and highly organized individual to serve as a Confidential Assistant to the Chief Counsel and the Deputy Chief Counsels. The Chief Counsel, with the assistance of the Deputy Chief Counsels, oversees the Lawyers’ Committee’s legal units, which include six subject matter areas in addition to the General Legal Project and a staff of around forty.

The Assistant will provide support to the Chief Counsel and the Deputy Chief Counsels in several aspects of their work. The position works under the supervision of the Chief Counsel and Deputy Chief Counsels.

This is a full-time, exempt position based in Washington, DC. The Confidential Assistant to Chief Counsel and Deputy Chief Counsels will work under the supervision of the Chief Counsel.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Essential responsibilities of the Assistant to the Chief Counsel and Deputy Chief Counsels include but are not limited to the following:

Prepares compiles, edits, and/or proofs internal and external reports, including weekly reports and Board Books;
Aids in the planning, organization, and coordination of internal and external events, conferences, convenings, and
Provides general administrative support, including arranging travel and accommodations, assisting in the preparation of
expense reports, and scheduling meetings;
Manages listservs, collaborative documents, and meeting agendas and minutes;
Maintains confidential labor relations information on behalf of management regarding union negotiations, including
organizing files and materials, preparing notebooks, and circulating materials among the management negotiating team
and outside labor counsel;
Supports management team in the development and tracking of proposals and counter-proposals in the bargaining
Following the implementation of a collective bargaining agreement provides coordination and support to the Chief
Counsel and Deputy Chief Counsels in the handling of and response to any grievances within the legal units;
Serves on development and implementation teams regarding office technology used by the legal units;
Provides limited general litigation support in discrete matters, including formatting and preparing legal documents for
filings and maintaining files of litigation matters;
Assists in researching, identifying, and coordinating with potential outside services consultants and/or vendors, as
Researches topics and issues relevant to the substantive work of the organization as requested;
Takes detailed notes during meetings.

No calls will be accepted. The position will remain open until filled, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Salary and benefits are competitive for a nonprofit legal organization. Staff Benefits include Employer Sponsored (Medical, Dental, and Group Life & AD&D); Voluntary Benefits (Vision Insurance, Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability, and Supplemental Life) coverage; the opportunity to participate in the 403(b) Retirement Plan, Voluntary Flexible Spending (Medical and Dependent Care) and Stipends (Cell Phone and Commuter/Parking Benefits); 12 paid Holidays; and Vacation/Sick days.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: The Lawyers’ Committee embraces diversity and inclusion in our workplace. We strongly encourage candidates of color and candidates from underrepresented communities to apply. The Lawyers’ Committee does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, personal appearance, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other status protected under law.

Accessibility Assistance: Although calls will not be accepted regarding questions about the position, if you are an individual with a disability and need assistance completing the online application, please call 202-662-8600 and ask for an applicant accommodation; send an email with the subject line “Applicant Accommodation” to [email protected].

Important Vaccination Requirement: The Lawyers’ Committee requires employees to be fully vaccinated (including all eligible boosters) against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination.


Minimum Requirements and Competencies:

Bachelor’s degree or two or more years of work experience as a confidential assistant, program assistant, legal assistant,
or program coordinator;
Commitment to civil rights and racial justice;
Excellent organization, oral and written communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills;
Facility with the technology used by legal organizations, including mastery of Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Excel, Word,
PowerPoint, etc.);
Experience working in diverse environments;
Strong attention to detail, including outstanding proofreading skills;
Self-starter that can effectively multitask and;
Ability to maintain confidential and sensitive information.

To apply: 

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume, including graduation completion dates.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Submission deadline: 
Friday, September 29, 2023