The ACLU seeks a full-time position of Deputy Project Director in the National Prison Project of the ACLU’s National office in Washington, DC.
The National Prison Project works to ensure that conditions in prisons, jails, juvenile detention centers, and immigration detention facilities comply with the Constitution, domestic law, and international human rights principles. The Project has successfully litigated on behalf of incarcerated people in more than 25 states, and is the only organization litigating conditions of confinement cases nationwide. Our priorities include reducing overcrowding, improving health care, eliminating violence and maltreatment, and increasing oversight and accountability in prisons, jails, and other places of detention. We also work to reverse the policies that have given the United States the highest incarceration rate in the world and led to extreme over-representation of people of color in the incarcerated population.
Reporting to the Project Director, the Deputy Project Directorwill assist the Project Director in all aspects of management of the Project, including strategic planning, fundraising, and supervision of Project staff. The Deputy Project Director will lead complex civil rights litigation in state and federal court, and develop and lead integrated advocacy campaigns.
Legal & Advocacy
Engage in litigation in federal and state court, including drafting pleadings, briefs, and affidavits
Serve as lead counsel or co-lead counsel on a substantial caseload of major class actions in federal court, working closely with other staff attorneys and local counsel
Conduct discovery and motion practice, handle hearings and trials, argue appeals in both federal and state courts
Manage case development and conduct client and witness interviews
Conduct legal research and write legal memoranda
Provide technical assistance and expert legal advice to local ACLU affiliates, cooperating attorneys and others who seek assistance from the Project
Lead and manage advocacy campaigns including developing and executing strategic goals and managing campaign advocacy, research, and public education efforts
Conduct policy advocacy on prisoners’ rights, criminal justice, and immigration detention issues
Develop new cases and non-litigation advocacy projects
Travel as required for litigation, conferences, and case and strategy development
Strategy, Cross-Departmental Collaboration, and Integrated Advocacy
Assist Project Director with annual strategic planning and memoranda to senior staff
Manage special projects
Assist Project Director in managing relationships and coordinating with other departments and external partners, for example:
Represent in meetings with the National Political Advocacy Department, Communications, Digital, Development, and other departments
Develop and maintain relationships with state affiliates and other partners
Assume responsibility for specific collaborative initiatives, issues, and/or relationships as directed
Represent project / ACLU in public-facing meetings / speaking events / media opportunities as relevant
Align with management, including collaborating with and sharing ownership of decisions made by the Project Director, Center Director, and Senior Staff
Directly supervise specified staff attorneys, Legal fellows, and/or administrative staff, including regular check-ins, approval of expense reports, and time off
Assist Project Director and management team in making staffing decisions
Ensure balance of work across project staff, including opportunities for writing, arguments, discovery, witness examinations, case development, and other professional growth
Ensure that Project staff maintain and foster relationships with media, coalition partners, and other targets and allies
With an eye on developing and maintaining an excellent and diverse staff, collaborate with other members of management team to:
Improve process for hiring, onboarding, and managing new staff, fellows, and interns, which includes recruiting excellent candidates and furthering our board-mandated goal to increase the percentage of staff with disabilities and significant disabilities and to work in furtherance of our other announced diversity hiring initiatives
Oversee sustained efforts to create and nurture pools of diverse candidates from which to recruit
Assume responsibility for specified administrative functions such gathering particular data for legal or development departments; and ensuring accuracy of case database, among other work, as directed
Assist the Project Director with expense tracking and budgeting, as directed
J.D. degree and a minimum of ten years of legal experience required
Admission to a State Bar required
Excellent research, writing and verbal communication skills
Ability to engage in complex legal analysis and fact finding
Demonstrated ability to write and to speak clearly and persuasively
Ability to work with a wide range of people and foster a team environment
Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
Self-motivated, diligent and able to meet strict deadlines while under pressure
Extensive experience in class action litigation
Extensive experience in campaign management and execution
Extensive experience in criminal justice issues and reform efforts
ABOUT THE ACLU
For 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.
The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.
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