ABOUT THE JOB
The ACLU seeks applicants for the full-time position of Campaign Strategist, Liberty Division in the National Political Advocacy Department, based in the ACLU’s National offices in either Washington, D.C. 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 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.
Reporting to the Deputy Director of the Liberty Division, the Campaign Strategist will work with national staff and ACLU affiliates to design, build, and execute campaigns directed at advancing civil liberties and civil rights by reaching specific political/policy outcomes. The Campaign Strategist will help drive programmatic work related to advancing and defending LGBTQ equality and trans justice at the state and federal levels through legislative and administrative advocacy, candidate and ballot measure electoral campaigns, and organizing.
- Develop campaign goals, plans, strategies, and tactics to achieve outcomes on LGBTQ rights campaigns Engage in legislative campaigns, electoral campaigns, administrative campaigns, and/or corporate campaigns
- Utilize a wide variety of campaign tactics and tools in development of national and local campaigns, while overseeing day to day campaign budgets
- Independently develop novel ideas, state and national campaigns, and overall approaches to solving problems, in addition to sourcing existing policy ideas and approaches to LGBTQ rights, trans justice, and gender justice
- Working in partnership with ACLU affiliates and the LGBTQ Project, develop state and local advocacy campaigns to further policy outcomes related to LGBTQ equality and protections for transgender and non-binary people, including access to health care and accurate IDs
- Contribute to the organization’s setting of ambitious political goals and creation of long-term strategic plans to address rising tide of threats to LGBTQ rights
- Contribute to varied aspects of campaign planning and execution including research, budgeting, vendor hiring, management and bill payment, and campaign plan and asset development and approvals
- Working with Director-level staff or a Senior Campaign Strategist, help creatively devise defensive political campaigns in anticipation of attacks on LGBTQ rights at the state and federal levels, specifically to trans and non-binary people
- In conjunction with Campaign Strategists, Director or Deputy Director-level staff, and external consultant – successfully employ constituent and/or voter targeting, developing advertisements (TV, radio, print), polling, and developing creative campaign tactics for earned media or other purposes
- Empower strategic affiliate engagement on LGBTQ equality and transgender justice by supporting convenings, trainings, and resource-collection and sharing; coordinate peer-to-peer learning on strategies and tactics that are replicable and scalable; help align the organization’s policy goals, clarify decisions that need to be made
- Utilize a wide variety of campaign tactics and tools including organizing, paid media, and other voter and constituent contact strategies
- Coordinate and facilitate organizing tactics (phones, canvassing, mail outreach) in partnership with campaigns/affiliates and Organizing division in developing field plans
- Work with national campaigns and state affiliates on volunteer outreach and engagement
- Exercise independent judgment to solve problems and determine creative solutions
- 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
- Experience in legislative or electoral campaigns at state and federal levels in the areas of trans rights, LGBTQ+ employment protections (eg. Equality Act), and/or marriage equality
- Substantial experience designing campaign strategy and executing campaign plans and tactics
- Ability to work largely independently as well as within a team
- Excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills
- Familiarity 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 at least one ACLU issue area
- Comfort with policy, including an ability to efficiently and effectively weave policy objectives into campaign execution
- Willingness to travel
The annual salary for this position is $122,576 (Level F). 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.
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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.