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 crises 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), low-income, and other marginalized communities and voices, to expand our fundraising so that it is community-centered and based, to strengthen our legal and advocacy endeavors with a focus on integrated and community-based advocacy, and to amplify public engagement and support for 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 supremacist structures and practices. To this end, we are intentionally seeking to attract team members and leaders who are interested in shaping our future as an equity-focused organization. The values of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, anti-racism, anti-misogyny, anti-transphobia, anti-homophobia, anti-ableism, and all other types of anti-oppression are our core values in our internal and external work.
As well, we are committed to creating and nurturing an internal space that supports and prioritizes the wellbeing and safety of team members, our work-life balance, and our ability to engage in the hard work of justice while flourishing as individuals, family members, parents, spouses, partners, friends, and community members.
Information about the positions we are seeking to fill, including minimum required qualifications
As of the date of this posting (July 6, 2021), we are seeking to fill two staff attorney positions. We will consider applications from individuals with a range of prior experiences, including individuals who recently graduated from law school to individuals with several or more years of lawyering experience. We will prioritize applications from individuals who are able to demonstrate prior work, volunteer, or lived experience with racial justice work.
Summary about job duties and responsibilities
Under the direction and guidance of the Director of Legal Strategy & Program (Legal Director) and as part of the legal team, the Staff Attorney will work collaboratively to help develop and implement a vision and strategy for advancing an affirmative civil rights and liberties agenda, as well as engaging in defensive battles, against policies and practices that impact vulnerable Oregonians consistent with our organization’s core values. This position will engage in a wide array of legal program responsibilities. This position also will work closely with the development, communications, and policy teams of the ACLU of Oregon to help develop and implement the organization’s integrated advocacy strategies; in addition to legal program duties, this position may be assigned responsibilities related to development, communications, education, policy, coalition building, and organizing.
In addition to the ACLU of Oregon’s leadership, legal team, staff, board, and volunteer Legal Committee, this position works with clients, ACLU national staff, coalition and community partners, and others to help develop and implement a strategic, effective, and innovative litigation docket and integrated advocacy strategies at the state and federal levels.
This position requires strong and continued commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, anti-racism, anti-misogyny, anti-transphobia, anti-homophobia, anti-ableism, and all other types of anti-oppression, and the proven ability to incorporate these values in work both internal and external to the organization.
The full job description is available at www.bitly.com/aclu-or-staff-attorney-description.
Salary and benefits
This is a salaried, exempt, full-time position. The annual salary for this position is in the range of $55,000 to $80,000, depending on prior experience.
Benefits include paid vacation time, paid sick time, paid personal time, ten paid holidays per year, team wellness days and flexible Friday hours, 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 pay and 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.
Please submit the following as part of your application:
- Cover letter (required)
- Resume (required)
- Responses to application questions (required):
Question 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, anti-transphobia, anti-homophobia, anti-ableism, and other areas of anti-oppression. Please describe your prior commitment, experience, work, and volunteering in this area.
Question 2. It is strongly preferred that applicants have prior legal or other types of work, volunteer, or lived experience in several of the following ACLU of Oregon legal program areas — free speech, racial justice, criminal justice reform, law enforcement accountability, LGBTQ+ rights, and immigrants' rights. Please describe your prior commitment, experience, work, and volunteering in these areas.
Question 3. It is strongly preferred that applicants have prior work, volunteer, or lived experience with communities and coalitions doing racial justice work. Please describe your prior commitment, experience, work, and volunteering with racial justice work.
Question 4. Why are you interested in working at the ACLU of Oregon?
- Letter of recommendation (preferred but not an application requirement):
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, anti-homophobia, and anti-oppression. The letter can be from a supervisor, coworker, coalition partner, community member, mentor, teacher, friend, or family member.
Please submit application materials at www.bitly.com/aclu-or-staff-attorney-app.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting July 6, 2021.
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Notice about reasonable accommodations
If an applicant or employee requires reasonable accommodation(s) to do the essential functions of their position, the ACLU of Oregon will engage in the disability interactive process with the employee or applicant, as appropriate, to determine and provide reasonable accommodation(s). If an applicant requires a reasonable accommodation related to application processes, the applicant should contact the ACLU of Oregon for assistance (email@example.com or 888-527-2258).
Equal employment opportunity
The ACLU of Oregon is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values for us, and we encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family relationship to a current or prior employee, citizenship, disability or different ability, veteran or uniformed service status, and record of arrest or conviction. We also encourage qualified people with justice system involvement to apply for our positions.
Important information about offers of employment
Offers of employment by the ACLU of Oregon are in writing and signed by the Executive Director. Any offers of employment that do not meet these requirements are not final and are contingent on final approval by the Executive Director and receipt of a written offer of employment that meets the previously-stated requirements.