ABOUT THE JOB
The ACLU seeks applicants for the full-time position of Senior Federal Legislative Counsel in the National Political Advocacy Department, Liberty Division, based in the ACLU’s National office in Washington, D.C.
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.
Reporting to the Deputy Division Director of the Liberty Division, the Senior Federal Legislative Counsel will work with national staff and ACLU affiliates to protect reproductive freedom and combat measures that restrict abortion access. The Senior Policy Counsel will work to further efforts connected to federal legislation and administrative actions on issues that impact reproductive rights and access to abortion.
- As advocate and policy and/or legal expert, identify opportunities to advance reproductive rights in complex policy areas through multiple methods at the federal level
- Develop strategic legislative and administrative policy options
- Independently develop novel ideas and approaches to solving problems, in addition to sourcing existing policy ideas and approaches to reproductive rights and access to abortion
- Independently draft bills and/or administrative rules/regulations at the federal level, providing content expertise as well as legislative and regulatory drafting knowledge
- Prepare, provide guidance on, and/or deliver testimony on pending legislation before Congressional committees or federal regulatory agencies and other legislative or regulatory bodies at the state and local/municipal levels, as relevant
- Lobby elected officials, their staff, and other public officials to support ACLU positions on pending legislation and policy initiatives
- Engage Legal Department staff on policy advocacy directed towards Congress or the Executive Branch
- Contribute to a resource library for use by national and affiliate staff on reproductive rights issues
- Collaborate with the federal policy team to ensure relationship management, coordination, and alignment of work within the department
- Coordinate and conduct in-depth civil liberties briefings for government officials as pertinent to advancing reproductive rights as an ACLU position
- Help coordinate strategy designed to reach campaign goals or other policy/political outcomes across ACLU departments, ACLU affiliates, and coalition partners
- Work with campaign strategists and organizers in NPAD to advance campaign goals or other policy and political outcomes
- Work with ACLU affiliates, as relevant, in advocacy efforts in furtherance of federal policy outcomes
- Conduct briefings for affiliate and national staff on key federal reproductive justice initiatives
- Participate as the ACLU representative in meetings of ad hoc lobbying and policy and/or political coalitions
- In collaboration with ACLU Communications staff, provide expert commentary to media, participate in media briefings, and contribute to op-eds and other publications, as relevant
- Collaborate with other ACLU national and affiliate staff and representatives of coalition allies
- Organize, lead, and work with outside groups to bolster support for reproductive rights as an ACLU policy goal and/or minimize opposition to this goal
- Coordinate efforts across the organization including legal staff, communications staff, strategists, and affiliates around the country to keep them abreast of and enlist their support for reproductive rights federal policy goals
- May provide senior-level guidance to other policy to staff and interns
- Engage in special projects and other duties as assigned
In addition to:
- 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
- Advanced degree (J.D., M.P.P.) or substantial equivalent training and experience in policy analysis, advocacy, or campaigns strongly preferred
- Prior lobbying experience strongly preferred
- Significant experience working in political, policy, legal, or government settings; high degree of familiarity with public policy and legislative, administrative and/or electoral processes.
- Sophisticated judgment; experience giving advice and counsel to a principal
- High level, substantive, and extensive experience in policy analysis and development
- Demonstrated expertise in reproductive health and rights
- Ability to work independently as well as within a team.
- Experience with media and serving as a spokesperson for an issue, campaign, or cause; ability to communicate complex policy issues to a general public and government decision makers
- Excellent interpersonal, relationship building and communication skills, including at the highest levels of government and politics
- Excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills.
- Ability to communicate complex legal and policy issues to government decision makers, and the general public; expertise in reproductive rights/reproductive health
- Ability to work and communicate quickly and accurately, handling multiple projects and deliverables under pressure
- Significant experience working in political, policy, legal, or government settings; high familiarity with public policy and legislative, administrative and/or electoral processes.
- High level and creative policy development skills
The annual salary for this position is $143,493 (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.
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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.