The American Civil Liberties Union is the nation’s foremost defender of civil liberties and civil rights. Our role is to be a principled visionary – not just to respond to crisis but also to create openings for change, to imagine and build a future that is better than what came before. It is an exciting time at the ACLU of Oregon: we are envisioning our organization with values and approaches to center Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities and voices, to expand our fundraising base so that it is community-centered and based, to strengthen our legal and advocacy with with a focus on integrated and community-based advocacy, and to amplify public engagement with our work to fight threats to freedom head on – and win.
In addition to fulfilling our strong mission and high-profile work, we aspire to create and nurture an internal culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and to dismantle white supremacy and replace it with equitable organizational structures. To this end, we are intentionally seeking to attract team members and leaders who are interested in shaping our future as an anti-racist and equity-focused organization. The values of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, anti-racism, anti-misogyny, and anti-oppression are our core values with our internal and external work.
Summary about the Director of Legal Strategy & Program (Legal Director)
The Director of Legal Strategy & Program (Legal Director) will work collaboratively to develop and implement a vision and strategy for advancing an affirmative civil rights and liberties agenda and engaging in defensive battles against policies and practices that impact vulnerable Oregonians consistent with our organization’s core values. This position is responsible for shaping, directing, and managing the ACLU of Oregon’s impact litigation and legal advocacy. This position also works closely with the policy and communications teams of the ACLU of Oregon to help develop and implement effective integrated advocacy strategies; as part of our integrated advocacy strategies, the Legal Director and other legal team members will also do work related to the ACLU of Oregon’s policy agendas.
In addition to the ACLU of Oregon’s leadership, legal team, staff, and volunteer Lawyers Committee, this position works with clients, ACLU national staff, coalition and community partners, and others to develop a strategic, effective, and innovative litigation docket at the state and federal levels. This position requires management experience because the Legal Director leads, supervises, and mentors our legal staff as well as cooperating and volunteer attorneys. The Legal Director also ensures that our legal program’s systems and processes are effectively aligned to support the legal team’s success in advancing the ACLU of Oregon’s priorities and goals.
This position requires strong and continued commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, anti-racism, anti-misogyny, and anti-oppression and the proven ability to incorporate these values in work internal and external to the organization.
Please review the full job description for this position at www.bitly.com/aclu-or-legal-director.
Please submit an application below with all of the following materials:
I. Cover letter
III. Responses to the following questions:
1. This position requires proven significant and continuous prior commitment and experience with work and efforts - both internal and external to an organization - that align with and further the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, anti-racism, anti-misogyny, and anti-oppression. Please describe your prior commitment, experience, and work in this area.
2. This position requires at least one year of prior experience in a legal director position or comparable legal leadership position the duties of which included the development and implementation of legal strategy and an integrated advocacy approach, development and maintenance of partnerships with coalition and community partners, and management and supervision of other staff. Please explain how you meet these minimum qualifications.
3. This position requires at least five years of experience as an attorney advocating for civil liberties and civil rights in at least four of the following six areas: free speech, racial justice, criminal justice reform, law enforcement accountability, LGBTQ+ rights, and immigrants' rights. Please describe how you meet this minimum qualification.
4. The following is a strongly preferred qualification for this position: prior significant knowledge, experience, and relationships with communities and coalitions in Portland and Oregon in at least four of the following six areas: free speech, racial justice, criminal justice reform, law enforcement accountability, LGBTQ+ rights, and immigrants' rights. Please describe how you meet this strongly preferred qualification.
IV. Letter of recommendation. A letter of recommendation that speaks to your prior commitment, experience, and work in the area of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, anti-racism, anti-misogyny, and anti-oppression. The letter can be from a supervisor, coworker, coalition partner, or community member.
Please note that only those applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for this position as set out in the job description will be considered for invitation to next steps of the application process.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting April 11, 2021. We anticipate that May 10, 2021, will be the last day on which we will receive applications for this position.
Compensation and Benefits
This is a salaried, exempt, full-time position. The annual salary for this position is in the range of $85,000 to $115,000 depending on experience. Benefits include paid vacation time, paid sick time, ten paid holidays per year, health insurance (medical/vision and dental), life insurance, long-term disability insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan with matching and other contributions of up to 5.5% of salary, subject to the organization’s 401(k)’s plan requirements which include a vesting schedule. Please note that all employment-related benefits provided to ACLU of Oregon’s employees are subject to all applicable policies, practices, processes, and legal requirements, including changes thereto that may occur from time to time.