State Voices is a national network – built from the states up – that helps grassroots organizations win civic engagement victories and build long-term political power. Since 2008, we’ve been employing the principles of collective impact, building the capacity of partners with data analysis and shared resources, and strengthening our democracy by amplifying the voices of marginalized communities.
State Voices sustains a dynamic ecosystem of 23 state tables and organizations in every state, comprising over 1,200 partner organizations. We provide the organizations in our network with the data, tools, and support they need to help create a healthy and thriving democracy through a racial equity lens. We advance this work through three national programs: Civic Engagement (voter education, registration and turnout, issue advocacy and constituency engagement), Civic Access (voting rights and election administration), and Civic Representation (census and redistricting).
It’s our collective duty to end the systemic, relentless disenfranchisement targeting Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI, and all communities of color, young adults, LGBTQ people, women, low-income, and all oppressed people. That’s why State Voices works year-round to create a more accessible, inclusive, and representative democracy.
State Voices seeks a policy professional with a record of success providing support for democracy or other issue campaigns to serve as a Senior Policy Attorney. The Senior Policy Attorney will work with other policy department staff, national staff and state tables to assist with program planning and offer technical assistance, with a focus on research and analysis. In this role, the Senior Policy Attorney will focus primarily on Civic Access and Representation work including voting rights, voter protection, redistricting, and other issue areas as needed. The Senior Policy Attorney will have the opportunity to work on pressing issues impacting historically underrepresented and marginalized populations including Black people, Indigenous people and other people of color, TLGBQ+ people, low-income individuals, and young people throughout the country.
- Develop strong relationships with state staff and serve as the policy department’s lead point of contact for state staff in assigned states; represent State Voices on calls with state staff, state partners, and national partners and coalitions
- Track and review legislation in assigned states; help identify and share legislative trends with the network.
- Conduct research on existing and proposed statutes, legislation, constitutional provisions, administrative rules, legal cases, and policies and practices to support states’ affirmative and defensive advocacy and voter protection programs.
- Conduct research on state and local elections, redistricting, and other issue-specific areas to support reform and implementation advocacy and state program planning.
- Serve as the policy department’s lead point of contact for the voter registration verification program, working with state staff in select states to monitor whether those registered to vote through our Tables are ultimately added to voter rolls and, if potential issues are identified, assisting in developing a responsive plan that might include election official outreach and advocacy, legal strategies, direct voter contact for impacted voters and other grassroots advocacy and mobilization and voter education strategies.
- Develop and lead internal and external working groups and meetings, and conference sessions.
- Assist in developing rights restoration working groups and related support such as developing materials and training to help states in the network take on or expand work related to the restoration of voting rights to people with prior felony convictions, civic engagement for formerly incarcerated people, and jail voting advocacy.
- Draft toolkits and materials like fact sheets, talking points, testimony, and correspondence for officials for advocacy, as well as general network-wide guidance documents on policy and program execution.
- Create and compile public-facing voter education materials, including “know your rights” for voters on new laws, frequently asked questions, etc.
- Support Tables and partners with issue campaign strategy and provide legislative and policy “101” training and support as needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will possess many, if not all, of the following qualifications:
- 5+ years of related experience.
- Juris Doctor (JD) required.
- Experience with direct advocacy or supporting advocacy efforts to advance progressive policies is strongly preferred.
- Strong research and writing skills, including but not limited to, legal research
- Strong interpersonal communication skills in person, on the phone, and in writing.
- Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
- Demonstrated commitment to racial equity, social justice, and public interest law.
- Familiarity with the National Voter Registration Act, Help America Vote Act, and Voting Rights Act is preferred, but not required.
- Experience organizing in state/national non-partisan, issue-based, or political, candidate campaigns, coalition building, or civic engagement work is preferred, but not required.
- Occasional travel to the DC Office required.
- Knowledge of state-level policy is a plus.
- Please use our application portal to submit your cover letter, resume, and references.
Reports To: Deputy Director of Policy
Compensation: $75,000 – $90,000
State Voices is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established under law.