|CAREER OPPORTUNITY Managing Attorney Equality Center Voting Rights Program CE 03 American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Legal Department NY or Washington DC The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation ACLU with now more than 500 000 members was founded in 1920 and is a nationwide nonprofit nonpartisan organization dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution. The ACLU s Equality Center seeks applicants for a full time Managing Attorney position largely focused on Voting Rights. The position will be in the ACLU s New York City or Washington DC office.
OVERVIEW The ACLU has a long history of defending the right to vote which it believes is the backbone of democracy. The ACLU played a critical role in convincing the U.S. Supreme Court to establish the one person one vote rule and in strengthening the Voting Rights Act in 1982. Through persistent litigation voter empowerment and fighting efforts to restrict the vote in state legislatures the ACLU helped make it possible for minority voters all over America to participate in the electoral process and through that to change the face of government.
Today the ACLU s voting rights work includes litigation and working for strong federal and state legislation and policy. The work is carried out through the Legal and Advocacy Departments of the national ACLU its Washington Legislative Office and by the ACLU s 53 affiliate offices around the country. The voting rights work is part of the ACLU s Center for Equality which works to uphold the federal constitution s promise that all Americans will receive equal protection of the law. The Equality Center also includes the ACLU s work on racial justice immigrant s rights and disability.
The ACLU s work has been devoted to 1 leveling the playing field for racial and language minorities 2 making one person one vote a reality and 3 reforming the electoral process so that it is easy for everyone to vote. Currently the ACLU is helping to fight back against a flood of state laws aimed at making it more difficult to register and vote. The ACLU is also helping to resist constitutional attacks on the Voting Rights Act which more than any other law has made it possible for minorities in America to exercise real political power. The job of the Managing Voting Rights Attorney will be to 1 supervise the ACLU Equality Center lawyers who work on Voting Rights 2 work to refine the vision for ACLU voting rights work and revise the strategic plan as necessary to reflect that vision 3 litigate cases 4 work with lobbyists in the Washington Legislative office Policy Counsel and Advocates and the Communications Department to advance the ACLU s goals on voting 5 work with ACLU affiliates to develop and refine their voting rights work and 6 work with other groups involved in voting rights.
Over time the Managing Attorney may work on other issues. The Managing Attorney will report to the Director of the Equality Center. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES With the Center Director and staff working on voting refine the ACLU s vision and priorities on voting rights. Responsible for implementation of the ACLU s strategic plans to achieve its vision on voting rights.
Supervise national ACLU lawyers working primarily on voting rights and other lawyers working on voting cases. Work with other areas of the ACLU to develop and coordinate the ACLU s non litigation advocacy on voting rights. Advise support and inspire ACLU state affiliates to pursue and expand work on voting rights issues in their own jurisdictions independently and in collaboration with the National ACLU. Work with the ACLU s Development Department to communicate the ACLU s goals and programs on voting to foundations and individual donors and prospects.
Collaborate with other parts of the ACLU particularly the other parts of the Center for Equality to strengthen our commitment as a nation to easily accessible voting for all. Work with sister organizations and advocates to advance voting rights and be a public spokesperson in speeches debates the media and other settings to advance the ACLU s vision of the right to vote. Be involved in litigation. Work on other issues as determined by the Center Director.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS Required Qualifications A J.D. with three or more years of experience with litigation legislation or policy. Demonstrated ability to think creatively and strategically about using the law to achieve change. Demonstrated commitment to constitutional and civil rights and public interest law.
Ability to engage in complex legal analysis and fact investigation in impact litigation policy and legislative advocacy settings sometimes under tight deadlines. Ability to work independently as well as within a team. Ability to work with other public interest and community groups. Excellent legal research and writing skills.
Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and persuasively is essential. Commitment to the mission of the ACLU. Preferred Qualifications Four or more years of experience as a litigator legislative lawyer or in crafting and or implementing voting rights policy is strongly preferred. Prior supervisory or management experience is preferred.
Demonstrated ability to help develop and implement multi faceted advocacy campaigns that include litigation lobbying and advocacy communications public education and community organizing is preferred. Demonstrated commitment to voting rights. Fluency in Spanish is a plus. This position requires significant travel.
COMPENSATION The ACLU offers a generous compensation and benefits package commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale. HOW TO APPLY Please send a cover letter with salary requirements resume and legal writing sample by email to hrjobsCE aclu.org reference CE 03 NPJ in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to the Voting Rights Project job postings.
In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials. Alternatively materials can be sent by mail to Center for Equality RE CE 03 NPJ American Civil Liberties Union Foundation 125 Broad Street 18th Floor New York NY 10004 Please indicate where you learned of this career opportunity. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the job description and or posting at any time without advance notice. 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 age national origin marital status citizenship disability and veteran status. We encourage any applicants who need accommodations in the application process to contact Recruitment aclu.org. The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation.
Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name ACLU.
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