The mission of the National Urban League is to help African Americans and others in underserved communities achieve their highest true social parity, economic self-reliance, power, and civil rights. The Urban League promotes economic empowerment through education and job training, housing and community development, workforce development, entrepreneurship, health, and quality of life. The National Urban League is a legacy civil rights organization founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City. It collaborates at the national and local levels with community leaders, policymakers, and corporate partners to elevate the standards of living for African Americans and other historically underserved groups. With 91 affiliates serving 300 communities in 37 states and the District of Columbia, the Urban League spearheads the development of social programs and authoritative public policy research, and advocate for policies and services that close the equality gap. At the community level, the National Urban League and its affiliates provide direct services that improve the lives of more than two million people annually.

Equitable Justice Legal Fellow

Supervisor: Senior Director for Equitable Justice


The National Urban League’s Equitable Justice and Strategic Initiatives (EJSI) Division seeks a Weil Legal Innovator who will be responsible for assisting with substantive legal and policy research, policy analysis and tracking in the following issues areas: civic engagement, census and redistricting, voting rights and ballot access, criminal justice reform, corporate diversity, combating extremism and discrimination, and more.

Essential functions include:

  • Providing substantive policy and legal research, including detailed research memoranda, policy analysis, and more.
  • Assisting Federal, State and Local Legislative Affairs staff to track and report legislative action within the organization’s portfolio.
  • Monitoring key meetings, briefings, hearings, and legislation; attending and tracking task force meetings and other legislative activities as assigned; reporting feedback from those meetings and executing follow-up communications, where appropriate.
  • Assisting staff by developing substantive outlines and talking points for panels and presentations, as necessary.
  • Assisting the organization’s Correspondence and Referrals staff to develop and maintain a tracking system for legal inquiries and drafting EJSI replies.
  • Additional substantive work as assigned.


  • Strong written and oral communication skills, an ability to convey ideas and positions to diverse groups, strong analytical skill, and digital and technological competency.
  • Detail-oriented self-starter, entrepreneurial spirit, and a team-player.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, a demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and responsibilities, and can produce under tight deadlines.

Regulatory and Compliance Law Fellow

Supervisor: General Counsel and SVP of Legal Affairs


The Regulatory and Compliance Law Fellow assists in all areas of the General Counsel’s office, particularly relevant to contract and grant management, compliance, and governance. The Innovator would be expected to:

  • Assist in managing and maintaining the compliance related to, and oversight of, the National Urban League’s federal and foundation proposals and grants.
  • Review, interpret and analyze grants and associated documentation.
  • Review contracts with third parties and provide suggested edits.
  • Execute and maintain a contract administration program to ensure compliance with all contract terms and conditions, federal acquisition regulations, code of federal regulation requirements, and other technical and statutory obligations of National Urban League for its agreements with U.S. Federal agencies and/or foundations.
  • Research policy areas of interest to the Office of General Counsel including diversity, equity and inclusion, and equitable justice.
  • Aid in the development of materials for Board of Trustee meetings, Board Committee meetings, and Delegate Assembly and other tasks, as necessary, to ensure proper nonprofit Board governance.
  • Provide information in response to letters from incarcerated individuals.
  • Support senior team with proceedings, lawsuits, disputes, with individuals or corporations and audits with regulatory agencies.
  • Support quality assurance and regulatory compliance efforts, especially reporting to funders and agencies.
  • Assist program staff in using insights gained from data analysis, both internal and external, to improve program operations and effectiveness.
  • If interested, the selected individual will also work on discrete projects with staff from the Washington Bureau and/or the Equitable Justice & Strategic Initiatives department.


  • Prior work experience in a professional/business setting.
  • Demonstrated interest in one or more of NUL’s focus areas (Health Care, Education, Housing, Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship, Technology, Public Policy or Workforce).
  • Interest in working at mission-oriented organizations.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Inquisitive, self-starter, with the ability to problem-solve and acquire necessary information.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to think, plan, and execute resourcefully.
  • A good sense of humor, demonstrated ability to collaborate, and willingness to work with a team.
  • Willing to travel (up to 10%).
  • Experience with business technology and software and commonly used research databases.

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