ABOUT THE JOB

The National Political Advocacy Department (NPAD) works to strengthen the efforts of the ACLU at the federal, state, and local levels of government. The department harnesses the political power that comes from having more than eight million members and supporters, as well as affiliates in every state. Through grassroots organizing, lobbying and policy work, and issue campaigns, the ACLU seeks to achieve change as profound in the legislative, administrative and electoral arenas as it has accomplished through the courts.

The ACLU seeks a full-time position of Division Director & Deputy Political Director, Equality Division in the National Political Advocacy Department of the ACLU’s National office in New York, NY or Washington, DC.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Reporting to the ACLU National Political Director, work with national staff and ACLU affiliates to chart the course for one of four issue-based policy and campaigns divisions within the National Political Advocacy Department
  • Lead a team charged with building campaign goals, strategies, and budgets to reach political/policy outcomes in specific issue areas
  • Hold ultimate responsibility for achieving legislative, administrative and electoral victories (as well as, on occasion, corporate campaign victories) that advance civil liberties and civil rights in specific issue areas, while building the ACLU’s political power
  • Identify areas of work that should be prioritized by the Department, developing an annual slate of priority campaigns that help drive the core work within the Department, as well as campaigns and initiatives in response to unexpected, significant developments
  • Hold budget authority and responsibility within division, which includes budget planning
  • For state/local work, cultivate and oversee partnerships with ACLU affiliates to build campaign goals, strategies, and budgets to reach political/policy outcomes in the state/local legislative, administrative, and electoral arenas
  • Operate as a central decision maker on campaign and policy engagements, shaping budgeting decisions, campaign priorities, policy development agendas, and political messaging frames
  • Develop relationships with allies and other organizations to further political advocacy goals
  • Lead federal advocacy work (legislative, administrative, electoral), which is directly implemented by NPAD staff through lobbying and other direct engagement
  • Drive campaign interventions by staff that involve clear, direct demonstrations of political advocacy skill by staff, and highlight the political power wielded by the Department and the ACLU
  • Work with others in the ACLU, such as colleagues in the Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives Department, to make affiliate campaign grants and provide feedback to affiliates on grant commitments
  • Maintain big-picture awareness of emerging opportunities and challenges in the issue areas within the position’s purview
  • Help develop staff capacity to work together collaboratively and grow issue expertise and campaign skills
  • Maintain awareness of the work of the Division, to facilitate representation of the Division and the Department internally and externally
  • Support efforts to fundraise on behalf of the Department and the broader ACLU
  • Support efforts to recruit staff, and further strengthen the Department
  • Engage in special projects and other duties as assigned
  • Center principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging in all work, embedding the values in program development, policy application, and organizational practices and processes
  • 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

EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS

  • A minimum of eight years of issue advocacy and/or electoral campaign experience at the federal, state, or local levels - campaign management experience strongly preferred
  • Experience doing advocacy on both issue campaigns and electoral campaigns preferred
  • Expertise in one or more key ACLU issue areas
  • Experience doing legislative and administrative advocacy.
  • Familiarity building, leading, and working within coalitions
  • Experience designing campaign strategy and tactics and executing campaign plans
  • Demonstrated people management experience
  • Demonstrated experience managing budgets
  • Ability to manage and oversee multiple campaigns at once
  • Excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to speak in public settings on behalf of one’s organization
  • Experience generating creative campaign approaches to issue advocacy preferred
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, simultaneously handle many tasks, work efficiently and quickly, and meet deadlines, while remaining composed under pressure
  • Willingness to travel

COMPENSATION

The annual salary for this position is $185,658 (Level C). This salary is reflective of a position based in New York, NY or Washington, DC. This salary will be subject to a regional adjustment (according to a specific city and state), if an authorization is granted to work outside of the location listed in this posting. Note that most of the salaries listed on our job postings reflect New York, NY salaries, where our National offices are headquartered.

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit a resume and cover letter to [ACLUEqualityNPAD@russellreynolds.com].

ABOUT THE ACLU

The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union – beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.

For over 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 LGBTQ+ 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.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the ACLU and central to our work to advance liberty, equality, and justice for all. We are a community committed to learning and growth, humility and grace, transparency and accountability. We believe in a collective responsibility to create a culture of belonging for all people within our organization – one that respects and embraces difference; treats everyone equitably; and empowers our colleagues to do the best work possible. We are as committed to anti-oppression and anti-racism internally as we are externally. Because whether we’re in the courts or in the office, we believe ‘We the People’ means all of us.

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, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Black people, Indigenous people, People of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people; women; people with disabilities, protected veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.

The ACLU makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please email benefits.hrdept@aclu.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

The Department of Education has determined that employment in this position at the ACLU does not qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

 

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