Executive Director
American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho - Boise, ID

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho (ACLU of Idaho) seeks a dynamic, experienced, chief executive to lead and significantly expand a civil liberties agenda throughout Idaho. Founded in 1993, the ACLU of Idaho is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization which uses legal, legislative and public education approaches to protect and promote a broad range of constitutional issues including individual rights and freedoms, including free speech, racial justice, privacy, religious liberty, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, and more. The ACLU of Idaho is an affiliate of the national ACLU, the leading defender of civil liberties guaranteed by our nation’s Bill of Rights.

Boise is the largest and capital city of Idaho. Located on the Boise River, the Boise metropolitan area has a combined population of 617,000 people. Our offices are located in the heart of downtown Boise. Nearby are Boise State University, Concordia College of Law and the University of Idaho Law School, as well as other trade schools in the surrounding area.

Being situated close to nature, we have hiking, skiing, river rafting, within minutes of downtown. We have numerous cultural events throughout the year as well as a vibrant ambiance filled with music and street festivals. The area has a semi-arid climate, four seasons, an average of 200 sunny days per year.

The ACLU of Idaho is one of Idaho’s premier public advocacy organizations. The ACLU of Idaho has an operating budget of approximately $665,000 dollars and is led by a 15-member Board of Directors and staff of eight.

To learn more about the work of the ACLU and the civil liberties principles we uphold, please visit www.acluidaho.org.


The Executive Director will serve as the chief executive officer of the ACLU of Idaho, with primary responsibility for managing the organization’s day-to-day activities and operations, leading the organization’s fund development efforts, directing the work of a professional staff, and serving as the primary spokesperson for the ACLU.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will ensure that the organization is fiscally sound and that its internal and external communications, fund development, and programs are meeting the current and emergent needs and interests of its constituents.

The Executive Director must have a working knowledge of and personal commitment to the civil liberties policies and principles of the ACLU and must be a leader and manager who is adept at external impact and internal management. The individual must be an outstanding communicator who is able to convey effectively the mission and activities of the ACLU to a variety of constituencies, including the media and the general public.

Leadership and Vision
• Serve as an effective and visible spokesperson for the ACLU, effectively articulating the organization’s history, programs, and mission. Represent the organization in the media, increase public awareness and broaden the organization’s reputation to strategic constituents.
• Establish a clear vision for the continued growth and expansion of the ACLU. Provide direction to guide programs that align with the organization’s vision.
• Lead the organization’s fund development efforts–utilize a staff-driven program model that focuses on increasing the number and capacity of major donors.
• Initiate and strengthen relationships and collaborations with organizations and leaders who are connected to the ACLU’s mission and purpose.
• Work in partnership with the board and staff to carry out policies approved by the Board of Directors.
General Management, Finance and Administration and Program
• Ensure by effective management and leadership that the day-to-day operations are professionally and efficiently organized and administered.
• Direct legal, legislative, and communications programs.
• Oversee the organization’s financial operations; oversee the budgetary process and ensure that sound financial controls are in place.
• Motivate and maintain a cohesive staff, ensuring that there is strong internal communication and coordination; recruit new staff when appropriate and evaluate performance
• Use technology to facilitate organizational management, fundraising, public education and lobbying.
Board Relations
• Implement policies, programs, goals, and objectives as established by the board.
• Work with the board to identify and help recruit new board members who will add diversity to the board and whose talents, interests and commitment will help to further the ACLU’s mission.
• Regularly brief the board on the status of the organization.
• Engage the board in meaningful participation to further the organization’s goals.
The Executive Director should have the following experience and qualifications:
• Proven managerial, problem-solving, strategic planning, fund development and financial management experience in the private, not-for-profit, or public sectors.
• Credibility and experience to connect the ACLU to resources and opportunities outside the organization; a successful track record of raising money from a variety of sources, major donor experience is preferred.
• Proven and successful track record in creating and implementing programs; experience creating partnerships and collaborations.
• A history of communicating effectively in writing and verbally, including excellent public speaking skills for both formal and extemporaneous presentations; ability to represent the ACLU to a broad public.
• A record of success working in partnership with a board and staff of diverse personalities and talents.
• Five years of professional experience.
The successful candidate will be the following:
• Personally committed to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, goals and programs, with an understanding of the range of civil liberties issues and their implications.
• A dedicated leader and representative who can translate vision into action; someone who is passionate about networking and representing the organization to critical constituencies including ACLU members, the public, government, and the media.
• A person who is intelligent and inspiring; able to conceptualize, express ideas and anticipate and act on events which may create opportunities for the ACLU.
• An entrepreneur who is creative, strategic, resourceful and politically astute; someone who understands the value of creating partnerships with other organizations as a way of accomplishing the ACLU’s goals.
• An energetic person who can handle and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities; a self-starter and finisher.
• A team player who inspires collaboration and functions decisively; flexible and well-organized.
• Outgoing and straightforward; one who shares information easily; listens as well as gives advice; respects the abilities of others.
Benefits: Excellent benefits include paid vacation, medical and dental insurance, pension plan, life and long-term disability insurance, and generous paid holidays
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Posting Expiration Date: 8/12/2014