Program Counsel – Voting Rights

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights seeks an attorney to serve in the role of Program Counsel. This position will focus on Voting Rights and will report to the Senior Counsel in the Voting Rights Team. Read the full job description here.

The Program Counsel position is an exciting opportunity for an attorney with litigation and policy/advocacy experience who can bring vision, talent, and enthusiasm to the role at a time when aggressive civil rights advocacy is needed. Candidates should have experience addressing voting rights and civic engagement issues, including a deep understanding of how civil rights laws can be used to address systemic barriers to voting rights and representation. Candidates should also have a strong commitment to community lawyering and be able to share examples of putting community lawyering principles to work in their practice. The Program Counsel must demonstrate a passion for civil rights, racial equity, and community empowerment.

Required Skills and Abilities

High degree of flexibility and willingness to work on a broad range of legal issues, ability to multi-task, significant initiative as a self-starter, and attention to details and accuracy

Ability to prioritize tasks and work effectively in a fast-paced environment

Excellent people skills, especially the ability to communicate effectively with a diversity of groups and individuals

Cross cultural competencies and self-awareness around issues of power, privilege, and difference

Excellent writing and communications skills

Skills in Spanish, or another language other than English, are valued but not required

Education and Experience

Law degree

Admitted to Illinois bar or willing to gain admission

4 to 8 years of relevant experience as an attorney and/or policy advocate

Experience working with community organizations, community organizers, and/or coalitions

Experience working on racial equity issues

Salary and Benefits: Salary range is $60,000 -$75,000 per year depending on experience. Generous benefits include PTO and paid leave; health, dental, and vision plans; employer-provided life and disability insurance; and a retirement savings plan.

To Apply: Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and 3 references to: Elesha Jackson, Director of Administration, [email protected] Please, no telephone inquiries. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, in order to receive full and timely consideration, candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by January 15, 2021.