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Director of Policy


LAJC is seeking an experienced advocate to serve as the Director of Policy. This position will work closely with LAJC advocacy teams and community partners to advance our ambitious agenda to achieve economic, social, and racial justice throughout the Commonwealth.

LAJC’s programs use various tools to dismantle the systems that contribute to poverty in Virginia, including individual representation, organizing, policy advocacy, major litigation, and community education and technical assistance. In collaboration with program Directors, the Director of Organizing, and Director of Communications, this position will help advocacy teams develop and implement multi-faceted campaigns by advising them on a range of legislative and administrative policy outcomes and strategies, fostering collaboration across programs, ensuring that policy goals are community-driven to the extent possible, and integrating policy work with LAJC’s other strategies.

The Director of Policy will also have primary responsibility for developing LAJC’s policy advocacy infrastructure, including promoting policy advocacy skills development, assisting staff in developing relationships with legislative and administrative policymakers, developing systems that facilitate information-sharing, and ensuring that LAJC complies with all lobbying laws and regulations. In collaboration with the Director of Professional Development, you will also have primary responsibility for ensuring that staff receive any necessary trainings, mentorship, and technical assistance on legislative and administrative advocacy. Finally, the Director of Policy will serve as a key member of LAJC’s management team, which advises the Executive Director as she decides organizational priorities for all programmatic work and provides stewardship of organizational resources. 




Required Qualifications

We’re seeking candidates who excel at working effectively in teams and communicating across lines of identity and difference.

A track record of developing and advocating for major policy initiatives at state or federal levels\•  Mission-aligned experience (work or lived) partnering with and advocating in low-wealth communities and communities of color

Strengths in organization, time management, oral and written communications, and demonstrating initiative.

Willingness to work a flexible schedule that may include evening and weekend events, as well as travel (primarily within Virginia)

Preferred Qualifications

•       Significant (10+ years) legislative and/or administrative advocacy experience at state or federal levels

•       Management experience

•       Familiarity with organizing campaigns and/or community lawyering

•       Experience working with lawyers and/or familiarity with legal advocacy

Prior advocacy experience (work or lived) using an explicit race equity lens

To Apply: 

Email a cover letter, resume, three references, and a writing sample to Angela Ciolfi, Executive Director, at The cover letter should describe the applicant’s philosophy of organizing and highlight any experience (lived or worked) advocating for justice for people who experience marginalization because of their race or economic status, as well as any specialized skills, such as data analysis, technology skills, or language fluency.

Open until filled. Applications will start being reviewed immediately and on a rolling basis.  Questions?  Contact Angela Ciolfi at

Salary range is $70,000 to $95,000, or $75,000 to $100,000 with Virginia bar licensure or eligibility to waive in, based on experience and qualifications (upward 12% cost-of-living adjustment is available for positions based in Falls Church).


•  Generous leave

•  Excellent family health, dental and vision insurance

•  403(b) retirement plan & loan repayment assistance

Personal professional development budget & paid bar dues (if applicable)


Submission Deadline: 
October 28, 2020
Organization Information: 
Legal Aid Justice Center
626 East Broad Street, Suite 200, Suite 200 Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23219
United States
Phone: 804-643-1086