Position Title: Counsel
The Counsel position works in the office of the General Counsel and will interact with and support various departments across the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). The principal responsibility will be ensuring compliance with federal, state and local laws with regard to political activities, including campaign finance, lobbying, tax and ethics laws. Additionally, the position will provide corporate counsel support to the organization as needed.
• Maintain primary responsibility for providing political law counsel across the organization
o Ensure that HRC and its affiliated political action committees (PACs) comply with federal, state and local campaign finance laws, including laws governing coordinated and independent expenditure candidate activities, membership communications, political fundraising and ballot measure campaigns
o Provide legal support for HRC’s federal, state and local lobbying activities, including ensuring compliance with disclosure requirements and gifts and ethics rules
o Ensure that HRC and the HRC Foundation conduct activities consistent with tax laws governing exempt organizations, including operation of affiliated 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(3) organizations
o Conduct legal review of grants and contributions to other exempt organizations
o Collaborate with HRC’s political departments to develop compliant strategies that help achieve electoral and legislative objectives
o Conduct clearance of communications related to electoral and legislative activities
o Review campaign finance, lobbying and tax filings, including Federal Election Commission and Lobbying Disclosure Act reports, state campaign finance and lobbying disclosures, and Form 990s
• Provide legal advice and counsel on a variety of legal issues, including other regulatory matters
• Advise on legal risks and liabilities associated with the organization’s strategic priorities
• Research, anticipate, and advise on discrete legal issues for the organization
• Draft policies and procedures
• Draft, negotiate, and review a broad range of contracts and agreements on behalf of the organization
• Conduct trainings on a broad range of legal issues
• Support HRC’s General Counsel’s office on other functions as needed
• Manage outside counsel as needed
• Other duties as assigned
Position Qualifications/Minimum Requirements:
• At least four years’ experience working at a law firm and/or in-house legal department
• Previous political law experience (campaign finance, election, lobbying) at a law firm and/or in-house legal department required; non-profit tax law experience a plus
• A law degree (J.D.) from an ABA-accredited law school
• Admitted to practice and in good standing in at least one U.S. state bar (D.C. preferred)
• Strong interpersonal and presentation skills, along with ability to communicate with others at all levels of the organization
• Strong negotiating skills
• Excellent analytical skills
• Excellent writing skills
• Excellent judgment, high emotional intelligence, political sensitivity, and ability to maintain confidentiality and act collaboratively and discreetly.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word) and Google Apps (Gmail, Google Docs and Drive)
• Experience with LexisNexis, Westlaw and other web-based research tools.
• Ability to establish and maintain strong relationships across all business units
• Ability to work independently with little or no supervision
• Ability to work in a fast paced, high activity environment
• Exceptional time-management skills, work ethic and ability to work under tight deadlines and multi-task.
• Ability to think creatively to provide business-oriented solutions that limit legal risks
• Flexibility with work schedule
• Commitment to HRC’s mission of promoting equality for all LGBTQ people.
• Strong interest in and knowledge of the rapidly changing LGBTQ equality movement.
*Must provide cover letter, resume and writing sample
All positions at the Human Rights Campaign may require travel on a regular basis or periodically. Where the need arises for business travel, appropriate compensation as outlined by the Fair Labor Standards Act will apply.