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Policy Counsel

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San Francisco, CA, USA

The Role

In the past three months alone, the conservative super-majority on the Supreme Court has gutted the Voting Rights Act; effectively ended Roe v. Wade; blocked the pandemic eviction moratorium; forced the Administration to re-institute Donald Trump’s cruel “Remain in Mexico policy”; curtailed existing rights of workers to organize while laying the groundwork for future attacks on worker protections; and ruled in favor of a Koch front group to undermine transparency and enable dark money.


The movement for Supreme Court reform is at a significant inflection point, and Take Back the Court is hiring a Policy Counsel to expand our reach and influence at this critical time. We are looking for someone passionate about our mission to expand the Court, who is also a self-starter, detail-oriented, an excellent writer, and comfortable moving nimbly between projects and responsibilities. Previous experience in a fast-paced campaign/advocacy/government role is a plus. 


Take Back the Court 

Take Back the Court put the idea of Court expansion on the map in 2018, when no other organizations or leaders supported the idea. Since then, we have fought tirelessly to raise awareness about the urgent need to expand the number of seats on the Supreme Court. Without adding seats, Congress will not be able to ensure reproductive freedom, restore the right to vote, protect workers, halt our climate emergency, or pass new legislation. Court expansion, which can be accomplished without a constitutional amendment, is the only reform that enables the un-rigging of our political system and the restoration of democracy. Learn more:

Areas of Responsibility: 


  • Draft compelling fact sheets, issue briefs, reports, testimony, and other advocacy materials.

  • Draft legal memoranda and other written materials for the TBtC team, coalition partners, policymakers, and other stakeholders.

  • Analyze Supreme Court opinions and orders, as well as the previous records of Supreme Court justices.

  • Conduct legal and policy analysis of policies and proposals on court reform.

  • Develop expertise in a wide range of issues impacted by the Supreme Court (e.g., reproductive freedom, gun reform, voting rights, climate policy, and immigration reform).

  • Support other members of the TBtC team in reviewing press releases, statements, and other content.

  • Represent TBtC at coalition meetings, conferences, and other events, and in meetings with Congressional staff as needed.

  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with various stakeholders and organizations across the progressive movement.



  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience working on advocacy, research, policy formulation, or analysis.

  • Excellent research, analytical, and writing skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with and build trust with key stakeholders, and across lines of difference.

  • Self-starter with the ability to juggle multiple projects at the same time.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform well independently with grace under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment.

  • Ability and desire to work in a team-based environment, and an orientation to the work that recognizes and values the contributions of all team members.

  • A shared passion for the fight to expand the Supreme Court and save our democracy.

  • Enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced and innovative environment.

  • Law degree.


In addition, the following skills are preferred, but not required:

  • Experience in fast-paced environments such as political campaigns, in government, or advocacy organizations.

  • Experience with reproductive justice, racial justice, voting rights, gun reform, LGBTQ equality, immigration reform, labor rights, disability justice, and/or climate policy.


Salary: Salary range $75,000-90,000. Compensation commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Benefits: This position will include health benefits, as well as vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays, among other benefits.

Additional Information: 

Reports to: Executive Director

Location: Virtual. This position can be based anywhere in the United States. This position may require some travel.   

Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity

Take Back the Court is committed to creating a workplace where people of all backgrounds thrive, and we actively oppose discrimination on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, religion, height, weight, or other characteristics. We seek individuals of all backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to growing diversity within the team, and seek to engage all those who can contribute to this effort. 


Organization Info

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Sep 27 2021
Active Until: 
Oct 27 2021
Hiring Organization: 
Take Back the Court