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Legal and Policy Director

Schedule type: Full time, Exempt Employee

Location: CAIR-Washington (CAIR-WA) is located in Downtown Seattle

Reports to the Executive Director

Position Summary:

CAIR-WA is seeking an attorney with a demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy and serving diverse communities. We are looking for a motivated individual with a strong passion for public interest law and experience in representing discriminated individuals in front of administrative bodies/tribunals and courts. The candidate will be expected to identify, strategize, and use creative legal and grassroots advocacy solutions to address systematic issues facing the American Muslim community.

Practice Areas: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties (Religious Freedom), Employment, Immigration, National Security, and Police Practices.

Primary Roles & Responsibilities:

· Work closely with the Executive Director and the Advocacy team to develop an integrated vision and strategy for the legal and policy department.

· Oversee legal intake process, case selection, case staffing, provide mentorship, and ensure ongoing professional development of department staff.

· Develop and supervise the legal team through all phases of litigation, including community education and outreach, identifying clients, case development, drafting pleadings and briefs, engaging in all aspects of discovery, and oral argument.

· Serve as a spokesperson with the media, testify before policymaking bodies, and present at other public speaking engagements that further CAIR-WA’s mission and legal strategies.

· Build, manage, and maintain relationships with clients, affected communities, elected officials, law firms, law schools and legal clinics, allied legal groups, and other key stakeholders to advance the organization’s legal and policy work.

· Engage with local, state, and federal government officials.

Skills & Abilities:

· Solid track record of litigation experience, including developing cases, pre-trial and trial stages, and zealous advocacy with meaningful results.

· Excellent research, oral, and written communication to interface with media professionals, community leaders, government officials, and staff in a professional and effective manner.

· An understanding of civil rights and immigration issues impacting Muslims in America.

· Familiarity, cultural competency, and experience engaging with Muslim audiences.

· Commitment to the civil rights challenges facing Muslim and American Muslim communities.

· Highly motivated, self-initiating and energetic. Ability to handle multiple concurrent assignments and meet deadlines; must be able to work well both independently and in a team environment.

· Sophisticated political judgment, understanding of legislative issues and policies both locally and nationally.


· At least 4 years of litigation experience

· Qualified to practice law in Washington State

· Familiarity with civil rights issues impacting the Muslim community


· The salary is competitive for a nonprofit organization and is commensurate with applicant’s experience.

· Generous benefits package includes medical and dental insurance, holidays, vacation, and sick leave.

· CAIR-WA is invested in the professional development of its staff. The hire will have access to mentors through the CAIR Legal Network, will attend an annual legal training held by CAIR National, and will attend lobby days in both Olympia and D.C.

· The organization will cover attorney bar fees and CLE courses.

· Evenings, weekends and off-hour work will be required. Some travel will be required. Having your own car along with a valid driver’s license is required.

To Apply:

· Please email: (1) cover letter, (2) resume (3) three references and (4) writing sample to: nalsaleh with the subject line “Legal and Policy Director.” No phone calls please.

· Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. CAIR-WA is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $70,000.00 to $90,000.00 /year

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