Legal Counsel, Legislative Affairs

Alliance Defending Freedom - Ashburn, VA4.3

Everyone says they want to change the world. We’re looking for people who actually will.

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith. Please visit our careers page to view our Statement of Faith and Doctrinal Distinctives.

Legal Counsel, Legislative Affairs

Alliance Defending Freedom is looking for a highly skilled Legal Counsel, Legislative Affairs located in the Washington, DC area. You are responsible for promoting the strategic objectives of ADF via education and advocacy efforts involving direct government action. As an alliance builder, you will support outreach and coordination with allies focused on government, legislative, and policy issues at the federal, state, and local level. You will build and serve on the legislative team that manages legislative review and education initiatives as well as grassroots engagement efforts. This position will include a focus on protecting conscience rights for health care providers primarily at the state level.

Your Essential Responsibilities:
In this position, you will:
Advocate and coordinate support for the positions of ADF on governmental policies and legislation with a strong focus on protecting conscience rights for health care providers primarily at the state level.
Promote and support strategies and approaches for effective advocacy.
Research, analyze, and evaluate issues related to government action.
Conduct research on legislative issues.
Assist in the development of testimony, legislation, position papers, and reports.
Provide legislative testimony on the legal implications of proposed legislation.
Encourage and facilitate effective working relationships with key government and policy allies in the states.
Travel to meet with policy groups, legislative staff, and other stakeholders to discuss policy, strategy, and how to effectively advocate to government officials and the public.
Speak publicly to the media and before crowds.
Work collaboratively within the ADF team and external allies.

Position Specifications:
Knowledge of legislative and executive branch processes and procedures.
Demonstrated knowledge of religious freedom and constitutional issues related to the ADF mission.
Proven legislative advocacy skills, including demonstrated advanced verbal and written communication skills.
Research, analysis, and evaluation of governmental issues, rules, regulations, and legislation.
Demonstrated high-level and effective interpersonal skills, including ability to establish and maintain effective broad-range working relationships, and proven ability to work independently and collaboratively on internal and external teams.
Willingness to work in a frenetic and fluid legislative/political environment.
Flexibility and effectiveness in handling multiple and complex projects simultaneously under stringent timeframes and changing conditions.
Knowledge of federal legislative process.
Bolstering relationships with key Congressional staff for both Democrats and Republicans, as well as other mission-related advocacy organizations.
Awareness of current political environment and on-going strategic implications that affect the legislative activities of ADF.
Ability of reaching out and effectively using grassroots networks to advance a policy agenda.
Knowledge of ADF’s mission and strategic objectives.
Travel frequently, especially during the legislative season.

Education and/or experience:
Bachelor's degree in Political Science, Public Affairs, or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills may be obtained.
J.D., license to practice law in either Virginia or Washington DC.
Preferably five years or more of professional experience involving legislative and public policy work at the state or federal level experience or combination of the above.


We have it! Alliance Defending Freedom offers team members a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes major medical insurance, dental care, medical and dependent care reimbursement, paid disability, long-term care insurance, and life insurance. We also offer a 401(k) plan with a generous company match. Work and life balance is important to the well-being of our team members. You will receive paid time off (PTO) that starts accruing from your hire date and 11 paid holidays per year.