ABOUT THE JOB

The ACLU seeks applicants for the full-time position of Senior Campaign Strategist in the Democracy Division of the National Political Advocacy Department, based in the ACLU’s National offices in either Washington, D.C. or New York City.

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. By organizing grassroots lobbying and issue campaigns using modern tactics, the ACLU seeks to achieve change as profound in the legislative, administrative and electoral arenas as it has accomplished through the courts. 

Reporting to a Deputy Director of the Democracy Division, the Senior Campaign Strategist will work with national staff and ACLU affiliates to design, build, lead, and execute campaigns directed at advancing civil liberties and civil rights by reaching specific political/policy outcomes in voting rights and other issue areas covered by the Democracy Division.  In the near term, the Senior Campaign Strategist will help drive programmatic work related to expanding access to automatic voter registration, vote-by-mail, and other voting modernizations; reforming the Electoral College system; ensuring the protection of communities of color in the upcoming redistricting process; and furthering efforts connected to federal legislation and federal administrative action to protect and advance voting rights.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Design and lead complex, multi-tooled campaigns from planning to execution
  • Spearhead the development of robust campaign goals, plans, strategies, tactics, and budgets to achieve outcomes on specific issue areas
  • Lead legislative campaigns, electoral campaigns, administrative campaigns, and/or corporate campaigns, with minimal need for management level guidance
  • Utilize a wide variety of sophisticated campaign tactics and tools
  • Successfully employ constituent targeting, developing advertisements (TV, radio, print), polling, and developing creative campaign tactics for earned media or other purposes
  • Retain and manage consultants
  • Work closely with the organizing division on developing field plans for relevant campaigns
  • Coordinate the day-to-day activities of the staff working on the campaigns
  • Work in coordination with other senior stakeholders, affiliate staff, and national staff, including policy staff within the political advocacy department
  • Develop strategic partnerships that expand the ACLU’s influence in ways the ACLU would otherwise not have operating alone
  • Convene and execute on-the-ground meetings, planning, and campaign events in priority jurisdictions
  • Exercise significant independent judgment to solve problems and determine creative solutions
  • Engage in other leadership and management duties as assigned
  • 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
  • Demonstrate a 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

EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS

  • Significant experience with issue advocacy and/or electoral campaigning at the federal, state, and/or local levels, including campaign management experience
  • Significant experience designing campaign strategy and executing campaign plans and tactics
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team
  • Experience building, leading, and working within coalitions
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, simultaneously handle many tasks; work efficiently, meeting multiple deadlines, while remaining composed under pressure
  • Experience doing advocacy on both issue campaigns and electoral campaigns, a plus
  • Experience doing legislative and administrative advocacy, a plus
  • Experience doing grassroots organizing, a plus
  • Fluency, expertise and experience in multiple ACLU issue areas, particularly on voting rights and elections, a plus
  • Comfort with policy--particularly on voting rights and elections--and an ability to efficiently and effectively weave policy objectives into campaign execution
  • Willingness to travel

COMPENSATION

The annual salary for this position is $135,795 (Level E). This salary is reflective of a position based in New York, NY. This salary will be subject to a locality 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.

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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