This position will be based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

About FIRE

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending liberty, freedom of speech, due process, academic freedom, legal equality, and freedom of conscience on our nation’s college campuses. Please visit www.thefire.org to gain a sense of our work and mission.

Position Description

The Legal and Legislative Policy Advocate will work with policymakers nationwide to further FIRE’s legislative goals at the state and federal level. Specific responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitoring, analyzing, drafting, and reporting on legislation and regulations that affect student and faculty rights;
  • Conducting legal research and authoring position papers on issues affecting student and faculty rights;
  • Meeting with policymakers at the state and federal level to communicate FIRE’s legislative priorities;
  • Developing strategies to reform and/or amend legislation or regulations that would negatively impact student and faculty rights;
  • Creating legislative opportunities for FIRE at the state and federal level;
  • Ensuring compliance with legal and ethical lobbying requirements;
  • Writing for FIRE’s blog and outside publications regarding issues related to legislative and policy matters, as needed;
  • Assisting with other various legal and public advocacy tasks as needed.

This position is supervised by the Vice President of Legal and Public Advocacy, with assistance from the Executive Director and the Legislative & Policy Director.

This position will require business travel, most frequently to Washington, DC. Most travel will be scheduled in advance; however, from time to time travel on short notice might be required. It is envisioned that no more than 30% of overall time will be spent on travel. The hours for this position are customary office hours. Work on weekends and evenings is envisioned to be minimal but may be necessary from time to time.

The start date for this position is negotiable.

Qualifications

A successful candidate must have the following qualifications:

  •      J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school;
  •      Experience with the legislative process and regulatory procedures;
  •      Demonstrated ability with civil liberties advocacy and a commitment to FIRE’s mission;
  •      An interest in nonprofit work;
  •      Superior written and oral communication skills;
  •      Excellent research and organizational skills;
  •      Ability to work independently.

Candidates also must demonstrate a full and complete understanding of FIRE’s mission and be willing to enthusiastically advocate for the principles contained within that mission.

Salary and Compensation

Starting salary is negotiable and depends upon experience and education level. FIRE conducts periodic evaluations where employees may receive raises or bonuses for outstanding and excellent work. FIRE also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes employer-paid comprehensive health insurance, a Section 125 Flexible Spending Account option, dental insurance, life insurance, matching retirement contributions, and a generous paid time-off plan.

Applications

Applicants should provide a resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and at least two professional references. All applications are confidential. Please address applications to Peyton Cudaback, Director of Human Resources. Applications can be emailed to peyton@thefire.org.

FIRE is an equal opportunity employer.