|Career Opportunity SENIOR ADVOCACY and POLICY COUNSEL ASD 32 American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Affiliate Support and Advocacy Department NY The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation ACLU founded in 1920 is a nationwide nonprofit nonpartisan organization with more than 500 000 members dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution. The Affiliate Support and Advocacy Department of the ACLU s National Office in New York City seeks a full time Senior Advocacy and Policy Counsel. OVERVIEW State legislatures are a major battleground in the fight for civil liberties.
Each year lawmakers across the country consider a wide variety of legislative proposals that both assault and protect our most fundamental rights. The 2012 state legislative sessions for example featured high stakes debates on voting rights abortion access immigrants rights criminal justice reform and privacy in the digital age among many other critical civil liberties issues. Through its affiliates members and national staff the ACLUhas a presence in every state across the country. The ACLU s Advocacy Team partners with ACLU affiliates to further the ACLU s public policy priorities at the state level to protect and advance civil liberties.
For example ACLU affiliates are leaders in state advocacy campaigns to reduce incarceration rates fight voter suppression measures achieve relationship recognition for same sex couples defeat anti immigrant laws repeal the death penalty and protect access to the full spectrum of reproductive health services. Reporting to the Director of Advocacy and Policy the Senior Advocacy and Policy Counsel will be part of the leadership of the ACLU s Advocacy Team and will be involved in creating strategies to increase the effectiveness of the ACLU s nationwide advocacy program. The Senior Advocacy and Policy Counsel will also supervise Advocacy and Policy Counsels who devise and execute nationwide state based advocacy strategies assess emerging policy trends and mobilize affiliates across the country. Additionally the Senior Advocacy and Policy Counsel will maintain an area of expertise on key civil liberties issues devising nationwide strategies and providing state legislative counseling to ACLU affiliates during the legislative session.
The Senior Advocacy and Policy Counsel is a non litigating attorney position for a lawyer with exceptional strategic thinking analytical and writing abilities team building leadership and supervisory skills. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Participate in Advocacy s leadership team in furtherance of the goals of successfully building a strong state based advocacy network promoting the ACLU s nationwide agenda and supporting ACLU affiliates advocacy priorities. Collaborate with colleagues in the Communications Legal and Development Departments to enhance the effectiveness of the ACLU s nationwide advocacy program. Supervise Advocacy and Policy Counsels to develop and execute state based advocacy strategies to achieve public policy goals.
Provide state legislative counseling to ACLU affiliates and partners including strategic advice and goal setting legal analysis and identifying litigation opportunities policy analysis designed to effect change by state policymakers legislative language state legislative advocacy materials and tools and strategies for effective coalition building community organizing and public engagement in furtherance of public policy outcomes. Develop expertise in key civil liberties issues. Monitor relevant state bills. Participate in national coalitions and develop relationships with allies and other organizations to further advocacy goals.
Speak publicly at national state and local forums conferences and meetings. EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS A JD degree and a minimum of five years of legal experience are required this position does not include active litigation but the ability to identify and develop possible litigation is required. Five years experience working in political policy or government settings. Experience devising and executing campaigns to achieve public policy goals.
Proven track record of working collaboratively with colleagues across departments and functions. Ability and proven track record of building a positive and collaborative work environment and team. Supervisory experience. Experience increasing advocacy capacity in individuals and organizations.
Exceptional ability to conduct legal analysis and research. Experience with constitutional issues legislation and organizing is preferred. Ability to work independently as well as within a team. Excellent research writing analytic and communication skills.
Ability to communicate complex legal issues to the general public. Ability to simultaneously handle multiple tasks work efficiently and quickly and meet deadlines under pressure. Willingness to travel. Strong and demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and social justice issues.
COMPENSATION The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale. HOW TO APPLY Applicants should send a cover letter including salary requirements resume the names and phone numbers of three references and a writing sample by email to hrjobsASAD aclu.org Reference ASD 32 ACLU W in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to the Immigrants Rights Project posting.
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 applications can be mailed to Nicole Bucheri American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Re ASD 32 ACLU W 125 Broad Street 18th Floor New York NY 10004 Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.
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 affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women people of color persons with disabilities and lesbian gay bisexual and transgender individuals.
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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