Careers

Pacific Legal Foundation is only as good as the talent we employ. Knowing this, our hiring philosophy is simple: we seek to hire the best talent available.

We’re constantly and aggressively on the lookout for employees who live and breathe our core values:

  • Positive and Optimistic: We seek positive change, confident that the principles of individualism and liberty will prevail over time.  We work in a spirit of goodwill.
  • Strategic: We create opportunities and plan each new case and initiative with our objectives in mind.
  • Collaborative: We work together within the organization and seek cooperation with others who share our goals.
  • Principled: We act consistently with our belief that individual liberty is the key to the pursuit of happiness and a thriving society.
  • Determined: We forge ahead knowing that energy and persistence are necessary to succeed.
  • Committed to Excellence: We strive to produce the highest caliber work in all we do.
  • Just: We treat everyone with respect and fairness.

If you’re passionate about one or more of our job opportunities, and you’re enthusiastic about working alongside colleagues who share these values, then we encourage you to apply to be a part of the PLF team.

Government Affairs Director – Arlington, VA

Pacific Legal Foundation—the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty—seeks an energetic and experienced legal policy and legislative professional to build and lead a new component to expand PLF’s positive influence on Capitol Hill, the federal executive branch, and in state capitals.

The Government Affairs Director will oversee PLF’s legal policy component, a key part of the organization’s strategic plan. This position provides an opportunity to play an important role that will increase PLF’s national prominence and expand its success outside the courts in advancing liberty. The Government Affairs Director will coordinate with the legal, research, and communications teams to develop and execute strategies directed at engaging Congress, federal agencies, and state governments. Because this is a new position, the Government Affairs Director’s first duty will be to collaborate with others and develop a strategic plan that will guide the foundation’s efforts to achieve increasing success in the political branches over time. The Government Affairs Director will also need a high degree of entrepreneurship and initiative to launch and execute new projects pursuant to the plan.

The role will be based in PLF’s Arlington, VA, office.

Responsibilities

  • Building and strengthening relationships with legislative and executive branch leaders at the federal level and in the states (outreach at the state level will be selective at first).
  • Building and managing a team to effectively engage elected leaders and their senior staff concerning PLF ideas to expand liberty and stop serious threats thereto, especially by connecting such leaders with PLF experts and taking other actions to increase PLF’s influence in the political branches.
  • Presenting PLF’s reform ideas effectively to elected officials and affinity partners in various settings, including facilitating testimony and rulemaking comments by others at PLF, preparing talking points and other written material, and leading discussions in working group settings.
  • Developing and successfully executing strategies to increase lawmakers’ oversight and legislative agendas on PLF priority issues and expand PLF’s influence on those matters, while tracking other secondary issues and developments.
  • Working with the legal team to draft model legislation on priority issues and promoting it effectively (with other components at PLF) in Congress, state legislatures, and with the public.
  • Coordinating with the strategic research team and their engagement of outside scholars to produce and distribute materials that will support positive change in the political branches.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 7-10+ years of experience executing key duties (government affairs/outreach or relevant government experience).
  • A proven record of managing efforts to change policy or procedures in the political branches.
  • Extensive relationships of value (both within the political branches and the liberty movement).
  • Natural relationship-builder.
  • Tactician with a long-term strategic sense.
  • Strong coalition partner with the ability to marshal others’ efforts on our priorities.
  • Ability to work well with every component at PLF, across several offices; a track record of working productively and collaboratively in analogous settings preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Adherence to and knowledge of the principles of liberty.
  • History of advancement over time in previous roles.
  • A legal background or knowledge of legal issues is not required but is desired.

GENERAL INFORMATION

PLF identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedent that will benefit Americans nationwide. Using strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research, we battle for freedom in the nation’s courts and the court of public opinion. Our attorneys have nine victories before the U.S. Supreme Court—a record unmatched by anyone in the liberty movement—plus additional cases currently before the High Court with decisions pending. Simply put, we know how to get cases to the Supreme Court and we know how to win.

If you share our passion to vindicate the principles of freedom and individual liberty, you should be a part of PLF. A national nonprofit organization, PLF has offices in Sacramento, California; Arlington, Virginia; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; and Bellevue, Washington.

Applicants must submit a résumé and cover letter. The résumé should have the usual: your experience in the liberty movement, your professional experience, as well as your academic credentials. The cover letter should explain why PLF is the place for you, why you want to fight for liberty, and what distinguishes you from typical applicants.

TO APPLY:

Qualified candidates should submit the following in one PDF file:

  • Résumé.
  • A cover letter detailing your philosophical interest in PLF’s mission (especially as it relates to promoting the principles of liberty and a constitutionally limited government), how your background would translate well for this role, and your willingness to work primarily in the DC/Arlington area with periodic travel to state capitals.
  • Please include “[Job Title]–[Your Name]” in the subject line of your email.

PDF applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:  https://talentmarket.org/candidates/apply-for-your-dream-job/.

Questions about the opening can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: claire@talentmarket.org.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.