The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho (ACLU of Idaho) a leader in the fight against mass incarceration, voter suppression, and threats to LGBTQ equality and immigrants’ rights—is seeking a full-time Policy Strategist. We seek someone who will be an influential and prominent presence at the state capitol and in city hall, who has lobbying and policy experience, and who knows how to build relationships with legislators and other elected officials.  We’re seeking a candidate who has a strong understanding of racial justice issues and commitment to centering the voices and lived experiences of directly impacted communities in the development and implementation of advocacy strategies.

The ACLU of Idaho is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that defends civil liberties and civil rights through litigation, legislation, and public education. The Policy Strategist will advance the policies of the ACLU through the legislative department and would work closely with the Campaign Strategist in advancing advocacy strategies and organizing campaigns.

This position presents an opportunity to make a lasting contribution to advancing and protecting immigrant/refugee & LGBTQ+ rights, addressing and ending mass incarceration, fighting for reproductive rights, among other priority areas. The Policy Strategist will contribute to the ongoing work and discussions on advancing racial justice and its many intersections within our strategic priorities.

ABOUT THE ACLU

The ACLU is the nation’s premier guardian of liberty. A nationwide, nonpartisan nonprofit organization, the ACLU is dedicated to defending and expanding civil liberties and human rights across the country. The ACLU of Idaho and its foundation operate jointly as private, nonprofit organizations devoted to furthering the ACLU’s mission in Idaho. The ACLU of Idaho employs a three-prong approach to its work, which includes litigation, policy advocacy, and community engagement. To learn more, visit www.acluidaho.org and www.aclu.org.

Our staff of seven full-time and two part-time employees work in a fast-paced, friendly office in the heart of downtown Boise, Idaho. Boise, the City of Trees, is the capitol of Idaho and the core of a metro area of 730,000 people. The city enjoys all four seasons in a dry climate and offers an exceptional quality of life and a diverse business community with high tech industries. Recreational activities include whitewater rafting and kayaking, climbing, fishing, hunting, and skiing. There is a 135 mile foothill trail system for hiking and mountain biking and a 25 mile riverside greenbelt along the Boise River which flows through the city. Downtown offers thriving restaurants, shops, concerts, and public markets, and an ever expanding number of local microbrew pubs and wineries. Over 95 languages are spoken in Idaho. The Treasure Valley, which includes the cities of Boise, Meridian, Nampa and Caldwell is home to the state’s largest LatinX community. Boise is also a hub for LGBTQ communities and political activism in Idaho. Boise is a large refugee resettlement city. See more about Boise in this video.

Responsibilities:

  • Work on the implementation of the ACLU’s legislative and public policy agenda at the state, city, and county levels;
  • Research and analyze local, state and national laws and policies affecting Idaho communities;
  • Help develop and implement strategies to lobby the Idaho legislature and Governor’s office to support bills and policies that advance ACLU of Idaho strategic priorities;
  • Develop advocacy tools, including fact sheets, talking points, public education materials, position letters and policy briefs;
  • Lobby full-time during session: track and analyze legislative proposals, draft legislation and amendments, prepare and deliver testimony and supporting material, create meaningful bi-partisan relationships with lawmakers, agency and department heads and government staff.
  • Strategically work with Campaign Strategist to engage ACLU of Idaho members and volunteers in legislative advocacy;
  • Respond to media requests on legislative and public policy activity, in collaboration with the Executive Director and Communication Department, develop messaging and speak publicly on the ACLU’s behalf at events and forums;
  • Cultivate relationships with allied organizations and coalitions in support of shared policy priorities;
  • Identify opportunities for bi-partisan collaboration that will advance our policy goals;
  • Collaborate with national ACLU staff who have policy expertise in relevant issue areas.
  • Other related duties as assigned by the executive director.

Qualifications:

  • We’re seeking a candidate who has a strong understanding of racial justice issues and commitment to centering the voices and lived experiences of directly impacted communities in the development and implementation of advocacy strategies.
  • At least two-three years of substantial experience in political, legislative, advocacy or law-related work, preferably in Idaho;
  • Commitment to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, and goals, with an understanding of the range of civil liberties issues and their implications;
  • Strong analytical, research, writing and oral advocacy skills, as well as the ability to articulate legal concepts and complex issues and communicate them tactfully and effectively to a variety of audiences;
  • Exceptional initiative, vision and ability to develop and implement short and long-term integrated legislative strategies;
  • Familiarity with grasstop/roots and electoral tactics and experience building coalitions.
  • Ability to keep organized in a fast-paced environment, manage several projects simultaneously, and adjust strategy to frequently changing demands;
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse staff, coalitions and community groups, motivate volunteers, work across the political spectrum, and value differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance;
  • Commitment to the highest ethical standards of lobbying and professionalism;
  • Ability to work long hours during legislative session and commute to meetings and events throughout the state, as needed;

Supervision

The Policy Strategist works under the supervision of the Executive Director.

Compensation:

The salary range for this position is expected to begin between $45,000 to $50,000, but with an overall salary range under the ACLU of Idaho’s structured pay scale of $45,000 to $60,000. Excellent benefits include 100% employer-paid medical, vision and dental insurance, 401(k) plan with an employer match, life and long-term disability insurance, sabbatical eligibility after at least five years, and generous paid holidays.

To Apply:

Submit:

  • A résumé.
  • A cover letter
  • A personal statement, no more than two pages, explaining how your background and experience prepare you for this job, and the vision you have for advancing civil liberties and civil rights through the ACLU.  
  • Contact information for three references.

Send to admin@acluidaho.org.

Please reference “Policy Strategist” in the email subject line, and indicate in your cover letter where you found this job listing.

Deadline to submit applications will be September 4, 2020. Preferred start date is early October or earlier. The position will remain open until filled. Absolutely no unsolicited calls, please.

 

If you are a person with a disability and need assistance applying, please e-mail admin@acluidaho.org. If we select you for an interview, you will receive more information about how to request accommodations for the interview process.

The ACLU of Idaho advances equity and inclusion in the workplace by providing equal employment opportunity to support a work environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), sexual orientation, military and veteran status, arrest or conviction record, and any other basis prohibited by law. The ACLU of Idaho embraces Fair Chance policies.

The organization also provides reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. Our equity and inclusion commitment applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, selection, advancement, training, problem resolution, and separation from employment. Through this commitment, the ACLU of Idaho strives to establish and maintain an equitable and accessible work environment that is supportive and free from discrimination.

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