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Senior Legislative Counsel/Strategist, Washington Office

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law seeks a strategic, creative, and insightful Senior Legislative Counsel/Strategist—reporting to the Director of the Washington Office—to help broaden the Brennan Center’s reach, influence, and impact in Congress and the Executive Branch. 

The Center—part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting edge communications hub—is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve systems of democracy and justice within the United States. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. The Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving constitutional protections in the fight against terrorism. 

Members of Congress and their staff, allies, and political leaders from across the political spectrum rely on our experts and research. Our policy proposals have been embraced by political leaders from both parties. Center staff appear widely in the media, testify at committee hearings, host and participate in Hill briefings, and help draft legislation. The Center’s work is routinely cited on newspaper front pages and in editorials, on television and radio, and in new media, including in the DC market. 

We now aim to deepen our reach in among congressional members and their staff, and increase our impact in the nation’s capital. This is a new position in the Brennan Center’s growing Washington Office, which will require the incumbent to work closely with staff in both Washington and New York, including the Washington Office’s Policy Associate. 

Core responsibilities: 

  • Play a leading role—in collaboration with the Washington Office Director, the Center’s program leadership, and other key staff—in identifying top federal legislative priorities and implementing effective strategies to move them forward. 
  • Develop and cultivate strong relationships for the Center with congressional leaders, members, and staff, and with non-governmental coalition partners from across the political/ideological spectrum; ensure coordination among Center staff in congressional outreach. 
  • Analyze, shape, and provide guidance on draft legislation. 
  • Conceive and host events and convenings to build support for the Center’s legislative goals. 
  • Strengthen the Center’s work with coalitions and partners in furthering our legislative priorities, and cultivate new allies. 


The ideal candidate would have: 

  • 7+ years of public policy and/or advocacy experience, ideally in the democracy, criminal justice, or national security/civil liberties realms. 
  • Strong ties with congressional members and staff in both the House of Representatives and Senate and proven ability to develop and advance advocacy strategies. 
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to develop strong relationships and work with ideologically diverse groups. 
  • Recent experience working on Capital Hill a major plus 
  • A JD is a plus, but not required. 

Salary and Title: Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package. 

Applications: Please visit and upload a cover letter and resume using the drop down menus. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. No phone calls, please. Please reference where you saw this posting. 

If you are unable to upload your documents, you may send them to with "Senior Legislative Counsel/Strategist" in the subject line, after registering in the online system. Applying through our website is strongly preferred.

The Brennan Center for Justice is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, Brennan Center

  • Hires staff that reflects this country's full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic identities; 

  • Creates a workplace where true diversity is fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged; 

  • Ensures that all members of the Brennan Center community feel welcome and respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and advance within the institution; and 

  • Is committed to supporting low-income communities and communities of color particularly affected by social inequities.
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