Thursday, October 6, 2011

Rule of Law Policy Counsel at The Constitution Project

The Constitution Project, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC, seeks a Policy Counsel to work on a variety of issues relating to the Rule of Law.
About Us
The Constitution Project promotes and defends constitutional safeguards. Through its Rule of Law and Criminal Justice Programs, the Project promotes dialogue across ideological and partisan lines, bringing together prominent individuals from a variety of experiences to develop consensus recommendations for policy reforms. Working with these influential and unlikely allies, the Project conducts strategic public education campaigns and helps create the political majorities needed to transform this consensus into sound public policy.
The Rule of Law Program addresses threats to the rule of law and to our constitutional safeguards, including national security polices developed after September 11 that reduce transparency and accountability and undermine fundamental principles of fairness and due process. Current issues include preventive detention for accused terrorists; the legal process for bringing terrorist suspects to justice; the responsibilities of the legislative and executive branches in determining whether to use force abroad; the impact of immigration programs and policies on individual constitutional rights; government secrecy, including the state secrets doctrine; the civil liberties implications of government data mining and surveillance programs; extending Fourth Amendment safeguards into the Digital Age; the abuse of immigration laws as a counter-terrorism tool; and due process protections and access to counsel for immigrants in removal proceedings.
About the Job
The Policy Counsel will work with high-level experts to develop consensus reports and recommendations for policy reforms, and promote the reforms through advocacy and public education campaigns. The Policy Counsel will also work with major law firms on amicus briefs supporting the Project’s policy goals in the courts, with allies in the advocacy community, and with Members of Congress and congressional staff in support of those goals. A competitive salary and benefits are available.
The position presents the opportunity to work on issues in the headlines in a challenging, fast-paced environment. Applicants should have:
  • A law degree from an accredited law school
  • At least 3 years experience in legal and/or policy work
  • Experience with policymaking or policy analysis
  • Outstanding research and writing skills
  • A proven ability to work as a member of a team
  • The ability to manage competing demands
Ideal candidates will have some combination of:
  • Experience working on constitutional issues
  • Experience in bipartisan environments
  • Experience on Capitol Hill or as a public policy advocate
  • Experience with public speaking
The Constitution Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome candidates who contribute to the diversity of our staff. More information about The Constitution Project is available at
Please submit a cover letter, resume, references, and a writing sample to the attention of Francine Wargo, via email at (including “Rule of Law Policy Counsel Application” in the subject line).
No phone calls please

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