The Opportunity

The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU NorCal) seeks a fellow to join the Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Justice (GSRJ) Team.  This is an exciting opportunity to work on a team devoted to ensuring Californians’ bodily autonomy and ending oppression based on gender and sexual orientation.  The fellow will pursue and help develop policy advocacy, impact litigation, legislative advocacy, organizing, and communications campaigns under the supervision of the GSRJ Program Director. This position can be based in ACLU NorCal’s San Francisco office.

The Approach

Our work is guided by the principles of freedom, equality, and justice enumerated in the Constitution. However, we know that because of historic and systemic racism and other forms of oppression, these principles are not equitably applied to all. In an ideal world, everyone would have equal access to justice and equal protection under the law. Unfortunately, neither our world nor our country is ideal. Our work involves hard subject matters that can be emotionally draining for some people. Ideal candidates will understand that as a mission driven organization; we strive to make the world a better place knowing that the road is long and hard. At the same time, we understand the importance of self-care, and do our best to reflect that in our practices and values.

ACLU NorCal’s GSRJ Team works toward a California that is free of discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation and that respects, values and supports all Californians’ bodily autonomy and right to have children, not have children and parent the children we have with dignity. We ground our work in racial justice values and an understanding of intersectionality. Current priority areas include work at the intersection of criminal justice, including the decriminalization of sex work and the criminalization of pregnancy; advancing paid sick and family leave; protecting the rights of transgender people, particularly Black trans women; addressing government programs within the family regulation system that lead to family separation and surveillance for low-income families of color; promoting measures to eliminate racial inequities in birth outcomes and reproductive health access; ensuring comprehensive, LGBTQ-inclusive sex education; and challenging discriminatory religious restrictions on health care. 

ACLU NorCal takes an Integrated Advocacy approach to the work of advancing civil rights and civil liberties in our region and across the state, meaning we deploy multi-pronged strategies that include impact litigation, policy advocacy, legislative advocacy, organizing, and communications.

The Position

The GSRJ Team Fellow will help to develop and implement multi-modal, integrated advocacy strategies to advance the GSRJ Team’s strategic plans and to protect and defend civil rights and civil liberties for all Californians.  You will spend your time directly engaging in substantive policy advocacy, legal advocacy, and litigation projects.  This work may include developing grassroots advocacy campaigns to effect policy changes at the local and regional levels; leading public education efforts to advance programmatic priorities; conducting outreach to and advocating in coalition with our community partners; and facilitating internal and external trainings and leadership development in key issue areas. Your work may also focus on legal advocacy and litigation, including engaging in the investigation, development and initiation of high-impact cases; working up fact and expert discovery; conducting legal research and writing. 

About the Organization

The ACLU of Northern California is an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU NorCal) is comprised of two distinct corporations, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California (the “Foundation”, a 501c3) and the ACLU of Northern California (the “Union”, a 501c4). The incumbent is a joint employee of both corporations. For most of the last century, ACLU Nor Cal has been part of many of the most major – and sometimes controversial – struggles for civil liberties and civil rights in our state.

Our mission is to ensure that Constitutional rights don’t just exist on paper but are protected in practice. As we move into a new era, we face dangerous policies that threaten our civil rights and civil liberties, we must use our decades of experience in impact litigation, legislative advocacy, and fearless organizing to fight these policies and protect our most cherished rights and freedoms. At the same time, ACLU NorCal is committed to advancing proactive and positive change to transform laws and institutions to advance our values. We are committed to fostering an anti-racist work culture and to anti-racist principles and learning.

Duties & Responsibilities

You are an advocate with interest or experience in gender justice, advocacy for LGBTQ people or reproductive justice. You have a strong commitment to racial and social justice and have a demonstrated history of applying an intersectional lens to your work.  Working under the supervision of the GSRJ Director and with other ACLU staff, the GSRJ Team Fellow will participate in a range of legal and policy advocacy activities.

This will include:

  • Litigation, including all aspects of legal research and writing or research and writing for public health and/or public policy
  • Legislative, agency & political process lawyering and advocacy, including researching and drafting letters, as well as drafting, evaluating, and working to advance key legislation and administrative policies
  • Issuing and analyzing Public Record Act requests
  • Civic engagement & public education, including public speaking, work on strategic communications, as well as supporting leadership development and capacity building opportunities for directly impacted community partners
  • Building organizational partnerships and participating in coalitions

Qualifications

  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school or MPH, MSW, or MPP.
  • Experience with and commitment to gender justice, advocacy for LGBTQ people or reproductive justice
  • Strong commitment to racial justice and experience with intersectional advocacy
  • Excellent legal or policy research skills
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills
  • Experience working directly or in coalition with impacted communities, and grassroots and community-based organizations
  • Understanding of advocacy in non-litigation as well as litigation context
  • High degree of self-motivation and creative thinking, combined with ability to work well in teams
  • Excellent oral communication skills

Total Compensation

We are committed to creating and maintain a diverse workforce through equity initiatives, which includes equitable pay practices. Competitive compensation is commensurate with experience. Starting salary range for this position is $76,490 Annually.

We understand how vital our work is and at the same time understand the toll engaged activism can take. Our goal is to retain staff and we believe that having a robust benefits offering is vital in meeting that goal. Our benefits include four weeks paid vacation in addition to 14 office holidays; fully employer-paid medical, vision and dental insurance for staff members, their dependents and spouse or domestic partner; life and long-term disability insurance; and, 401(k) plan with employer match. We have a robust Employee Assistance Program and emerging Employee Resource Groups.

This position is represented by IFPTE Local 20

To Apply

Applications will be accepted until December 15, 2021. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we will be evaluating applications on a rolling basis.  Applications must include (1) a resume, (2) a cover letter, 3) a list of three references, and 4) a writing sample not to exceed 5 pages. Applicants concurrently applying to any other position with the ACLU should state what other position they are applying for in the cover letter. Please submit your application online at: https://boards.greenhouse.io/aclunc/jobs/5630712002

The ACLU NorCal 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 e-mail hr@aclunc.org.  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

The ACLU of Northern California advances equity and inclusion in the workplace by providing equal employment opportunity to support a work environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), sexual orientation, military and veteran status, and any other basis prohibited by law. The organization also provides reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. This equal employment opportunity policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, selection, advancement, training, problem resolution, and separation from employment. Through this policy, the ACLU NorCal strives to establish and maintain an equitable and accessible work environment that is free from discrimination and supportive of a workforce that reflects the rich diversity of our communities and the people we serve.  ACLU NorCal will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (SF Police Code, Article 49).

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