ABOUT THE JOB
The ACLU seeks a full-time position of Deputy Division Director in the National Political Advocacy Department of the ACLU’s National office in New York, NY or Washington, DC.
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 issue campaigns buttressed by grassroots organizing, direct lobbying, leveraging earned and paid media and other modern tactics, the ACLU seeks to achieve significant policy and political change in the legislative, administrative and electoral arenas.
- Work with national staff and ACLU affiliates to build campaign goals, strategies, and budgets and execute on those campaigns to reach political/policy outcomes in specific issue areas in a key NPAD Issue Division Work with the Deputy Political Director to manage a policy and campaigns team in order to achieve legislative, administrative, electoral and, on occasion, corporate policy outcomes that advance civil liberties and civil rights, while building the ACLU’s political power
- Operate as a key liaison between policy and campaign staff and NPAD senior leadership, to help identify areas of work that should be prioritized by the department
- Develop concepts for federal/state/local work, and partner with ACLU affiliates to build campaign goals, strategies, and budgets to reach political/policy outcomes in the federal/state/local legislative, administrative, and electoral arenas
- Operate as a key decision maker on campaign and policy engagements, shaping budgeting decisions, campaign priorities, policy development agendas, and political messaging frames within Liberty Division
- Develop relationships with ACLU affiliates, allies and other organizations to further political advocacy goals
- Help lead federal/state/local advocacy work (legislative, administrative, and electoral), which is implemented by NPAD staff through direct lobbying and other direct campaign-based engagement
- 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
- Help develop staff capacity to work together collaboratively and grow issue expertise and campaign skills
- 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 six years of issue advocacy and/or electoral campaign experience at the federal, state, or local levels, including campaign management experience
- Familiarity building, leading, and working within coalitions
- Experience designing campaign strategy and tactics and executing campaign plans
- Demonstrated people management experience
- 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 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
- Experience doing legislative and administrative advocacy
- Experience generating creative campaign approaches to issue advocacy
- Experience doing advocacy on both issue campaigns and electoral campaigns, preferred
- Expertise in one or more key ACLU issue areas, preferred
The annual salary for this position is $159,135 (Level D). 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.
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The Department of Education has determined that employment in this position at the ACLU does not qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.