Civil Justice and Consumer Lobbyist

Posted by: Public Citizen

Washington, DC, US

Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division

Public Citizen is a national, non-partisan, public interest group with more than 400,000 members and supporters. The Congress Watch division conducts public education campaigns and advocates before the Congress and administrative agencies on money in politics, open government, corporate accountability, financial regulation, public health and safety and access to justice.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION: The Consumer and Civil Justice Counsel will coordinateCongress Watch’s administrative and legislative advocacy on consumer and civil justice issues while assisting the development and execution of associated public education and outreach. The work will focus on protecting the right of victims of corporate violence and wrongdoing to seek redress in court, including through class actions; promoting a strong, fair, and accessible justice system; ensuring safe consumer products; and encouraging the government to serve the public interest.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Policy and Campaign Development: Identify emerging issues and advocacy opportunities, and take a lead role in developing policy. Plan and manage legislative advocacy campaigns.
  1. Outreach and Collaboration: Represent Congress Watch in public forums. Work in coalitions of national and state advocacy groups. Collaborate with other Public Citizen staff. Supervise volunteers and interns as needed.
  1. Advocacy: Advocate on behalf of consumers in Congress, administrative agencies, and select state legislatures. Draft legislation, amendments, and congressional testimony. Analyze and track bills throughout the legislative process. Write legal and policy memoranda, support letters, talking points, and other legislative advocacy materials.
  1. Media and Public Education: Respond to press inquiries and serve as a spokesperson. Help develop research and media strategies in coordination with other staff. Contribute to news advisories, press releases, editorial board memoranda, opinion-editorials, letters to the editor, and Congress Watch’s website and blog.
  1. Organization building: Assist the director in writing grant proposals and reports. Establish relationships with foundation officers and individual donors.

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Education & Expertise: J.D. required. We seek someone with expertise on as many civil justice issues as possible, including federal preemption of state law, binding mandatory arbitration, attorneys’ fees, class action rules, tort and contract law, and knowledge of consumer law and administrative law. Strong initiative and the ability to quickly learn new areas of law can substitute for pre-existing expertise.
  1. Experience: Five to ten years of litigation, legislative advocacy, or congressional staff experience strongly preferred. Media relations experience also preferred.
  1. Skills: Outstanding analytical and communication skills. Ability to learn new, often complex, material quickly and to execute planned strategy while responding to unexpected developments. Ability to work well with others.
  1. Characteristics: Strong motivation, resourcefulness, initiative, and leadership capacity. Intellectual curiosity and innovative thinking. Friendly, team-oriented approach.
  1. Conditions: A passion for public interest advocacy. Willingness to work long hours when necessary.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Competitive non-profit salary commensurate with experience; good medical and dental coverage; three weeks paid vacation for new employees.

TO APPLY: Please send letter of interest, resume and writing sample to Susan Harley atsharley@citizen.org. Please no phone calls.

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