ABOUT THE JOB

The ACLU seeks a full-time position of Senior Advisor, Partnerships in the National Political Advocacy Department of the ACLU’s National office.  The role is based in Washington, DC or New York, NY.

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 eleven 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 profound change in the legislative, administrative and electoral arenas.

The Senior Advisor, Partnerships will report to the Director of Strategic Operations and work closely with the executive leadership team of the National Political Advocacy Department (NPAD). This role will be responsible for managing and strengthening the department's partnerships with both external and internal partners. The Senior Advisor, Partnerships will create and manage systems that will help connect the department's work to the nationwide network of 54 affiliates across the country, and serve as a thought partner with department staff as they build and execute campaigns at the local, state, and federal level. This role will work across all of the department's issue division areas and serve as an advisor to the department's leadership on opportunities regarding working with and identifying partners related to the department's campaigns and policy work.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Systematically cultivate campaign and other programming partnership opportunities with ACLU state affiliates and other key internal stakeholders, designed to produce concrete policy and political outcomes
  • Systematically cultivate campaign and other programming partnership opportunities with key external stakeholders, such as cross-ideological organizations, constituency-based groups, and corporate partners, designed to produce concrete policy and political outcomes
  • Work in close coordination with other ACLU Departments and entities, including the Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives Department and the Development Department, and adhere to their best practices for working with affiliates
  • Provide strategic guidance to and serve as a clear point of contact for ACLU affiliates exploring opportunities to leverage the varied skills and resources of the National Political Advocacy Department
  • Help ensure deliberate and strategic coordination across the National Political Advocacy Department in its partnerships with ACLU affiliates, to avoid challenges such as over concentration of programming in a single state, with a single affiliate
  • Helps to ensure continuous communication with affiliates as to NPAD’s decision-making process on campaigns, particularly when funding is under discussion.
  • Work with National Political Advocacy Department colleagues to further refine and implement internal practices that build strong partnerships with ACLU affiliates to achieve an environment of trust, mutual respect, and support of each other’s priorities and goals
  • Develop and implement practices to help internally manage shared relationships with external partners and support National Political Advocacy Department staff in engaging with those partners in campaign opportunities
  • Ensure partner stakeholders are being cultivated and recruited to collaborate in campaign-based and other advocacy efforts
  • Ensure that affiliates are involved in decisions made with national partner organizations at an early stage
  • Develop presentation materials that outline partnership opportunities and the resources available from NPAD in a user-friendly, accessible manner
  • Conduct regular reporting on partnership outcomes to highlight strong partnerships, areas of concern, and promote deconfliction
  • Help campaign strategists with outreach to cultivate partners, in a coordinated manner
  • Create and manage a partnership database, that is accessible by the full 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 
  • 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 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts

EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS

  • Significant experience with issue advocacy and/or electoral campaigning at the federal, state, and/or local levels, including campaign management experience strongly preferred
  • Experience with legislative and administrative advocacy as well as grassroots advocacy, a plus
  • Experience building, leading, and working within coalitions
  • Sophisticated judgment; experience giving advice or counsel to multiple principals and stakeholders
  • Experience working in a large, complex organization including a federated structure with varied internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, simultaneously handle many tasks; work efficiently, meeting multiple deadlines, while remaining composed under pressure
  • Fluency, expertise and experience in multiple ACLU issue areas, a plus

COMPENSATION

The annual salary for this position is $135,795 (Level E). This salary is reflective of a position based in Washington, DC. 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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