Application Deadline: June 27, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) seeks applicants for the position of Policy Assistant to provide support to the policy directors in our Legal-Policy Department.
About the Organization and the Position:
The ACLU is 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-NC) was founded in 1934. It is the largest ACLU affiliate in the nation, with 55,000 members and more than 50 staff, including a legislative office in Sacramento and a satellite office in Fresno.
The Legal-Policy Department pursues cutting edge impact litigation and promotes policy change in order to defend and expand the civil liberties and civil rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. The work of the Department covers a vast span of issues with particular emphasis in ten core areas: Criminal Justice, Education Equity, Equality, First Amendment, Immigrants' Rights, LGBT Rights, National Security, Reproductive Justice, Technology and Civil Liberties, and Voting Rights. The Department currently includes a legal director, six senior attorneys and two staff attorneys; four policy directors and two policy attorneys; five fellows, two litigation assistants and one policy assistant. The Department staff work closely with the other departments within the ACLU-NC, including Organizing & Community Engagement, Communications, Development, Finance & Administration, and with the Legislative Office based in Sacramento.
The Policy Assistant will provide critical support four policy directors working on: Criminal Justice & Drug Policy, Death Penalty, Reproductive Justice, and Technology & Civil Liberties. The position will be 100% administrative support. The Policy Assistant will report to the Department Administrator, along with two Litigation Assistants.
The position requires an individual with excellent oral and written communication skills, highly organized, detail oriented and accurate, and able to multi-task, prioritize, meet deadlines, and work in a fast-paced office environment. It is essential that the Program Assistant communicate effectively with representatives of other organizations and a diverse spectrum of groups and individuals.
Administrative responsibilities include:
- Organizing logistics for meetings and events including scheduling, room or conference call reservations and set-up, catering, and occasional note taking
- Preparing requests for expense reimbursements and check requests
- Travel arrangements
- Coding credit card bills and assistance tracking expenses
- Preparing and maintaining documents for tracking legislation and/or media coverage
- Formatting documents such as reports
- Ensuring website is regularly updated for policy areas
- Maintaining email listservs for coalition work
- Mailing and photocopying of bulk materials (e.g., large jobs, not single items)
- Filing and organizing records
- Administrative support for hiring of interns
- General administrative support
- Other tasks as assigned
Required qualifications include:
- College graduate with experience in public interest or social justice advocacy work;
- Excellent oral and written skills and sophisticated use of technology;
- Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, and facility with mail merge, tables, and charts;
- Strong attention to detail and ability to juggle multiple priorities effectively;
- Personal enthusiasm, optimism, and a sense of humor; and
- Demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and civil rights and support for the goals of the ACLU.
- Administrative experience;
- Familiarity with Microsoft Access Databases, social networking sites, HTML and basic web design software; and
- Bilingual skills.
Salary depending on experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation in addition 13 office holidays; medical, vision and dental insurance for staff members, their dependents and spouse/domestic partner; life and long-term disability insurance; and 401(k) plan with employer match.
The ACLU-NC is proud to be an affirmative action employer.
All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex are particularly urged to apply.