Constitution Project: Policy Counsel to Advocate on Criminal Justice and other Constitutional Issues


About Us

The Constitution Project (TCP) is an ever-growing group of Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, whose mission is to promote constitutional rights and values by forging a non-ideological consensus aimed at sound legal interpretations and policy solutions. Founded in 1997, TCP is a Washington D.C.-based 501(c) 3, tax- exempt, nonprofit organization.

TCP addresses a variety of constitutional matters, including indigent defense, forensics, the death penalty, privacy and surveillance, government transparency and accountability, war powers, detainee treatment, and immigration reforms. Generally, TCP convenes a task force of respected experts with diverse professional backgrounds and political views to identify constitutional threats. These experts work together to create and widely promote consensus recommendations for meaningful reforms that safeguard our Constitution.

Our work includes publishing and promoting substantive reports and policy statements; testimony, policy and advocacy statements before Congress, state legislatures, and other policymakers; the filing of influential amicus curiae briefs in federal and state courts; outreach to national and local media; and hosting panel discussions, online debate forums, and other public education events and programs.

About the Job

The Policy Counsel will join TCP's small team of lawyers and communications professionals who support the work of these task forces, and will work with pro bono counsel from the nation's leading law firms and law schools. The Policy Counsel will conduct federal-level advocacy campaigns and public education programs on a variety of constitutional matters, including many related to the administration of criminal justice in the United States. He or she will work with the members of TCP's bipartisan task forces, with prominent policy leaders, and with other NGOs.


The position presents the opportunity to work on “front page” issues in a challenging, fast-paced environment.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • ? A law degree from an accredited law school

  • ? Knowledge of constitutional and, in particular, criminal justice issues

  • ? Experience working for or advocating before Members of Congress and their staff members

  • ? Advanced coalition-building skills and a demonstrated ability to work in coalitions with diverse viewpoints and objectives, including building consensus across the partisan divide

  • ? Experience with state or federal policymaking and/or policy analysis

  • ? Experience working as a public policy advocate, or in a political or policy campaign

  • ? Outstanding research and writing skills

  • ? A proven ability to take initiative, work as a member of a team, manage conflicts, and handle competing demands

  • ? Superb organizational skills including the ability to delegate responsibilities and to manage the work of others

  • ? A professional demeanor and the ability to communicate well with others, and make sound decisions under pressure

    The Constitution Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual or gender orientation, religion, or physical ability. More information about The Constitution Project is available at

    Please submit a cover letter – with salary requirements, a resume, the names of at least two references, and a non- legal writing sample to the attention of Sarah Turberville via email to Please put “Policy Counsel Application” in the subject line.

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