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American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Capital Punishment Project, Durham, North Carolina

For more than 92 years, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLUF), has been at the forefront of virtually every major battle for civil liberties and equal justice in this country. Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU has offices in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, and brings together the country's largest team of public interest lawyers, lobbyists, communication strategists, and members and activists in the advancement of equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society.

The Capital Punishment Project (CPP) of the American Civil Liberties Union is seeking applicants for a full-time Project Director to work in its Durham, North Carolina office.

The effective hire date will be on or about October 1, 2013.


The Capital Punishment Project is part of the ACLU's Center for Justice , which is leading the ACLU's effort to transform our nation's criminal justice system and end mass incarceration. The Center works to ensure that our criminal justice system is effective, fair, and free of racial bias; that conditions of confinement are humane and constitutional; and that the death penalty is rejected as a legitimate form of punishment. The Center for Justice also includes the Criminal Law Reform Project and the National Prison Project.

The mission of the Capital Punishment Project (CPP) is to end the death penalty across the nation. Through direct representation of capital defendants whose cases highlight the unfairness of capital punishment, as well as through other strategic litigation, advocacy, public education, and mentoring and training programs for capital defense teams, CPP promotes both abolition and systemic reform of the death penalty process.

The Director of the Capital Punishment Project leads a staff that includes three full-time litigators, a mitigation specialist, a paralegal, an office manager, and one or more legal fellows. In addition, the Capital Punishment Project works closely with ACLU affiliates across the country, as well as the ACLU's Communications Department, its Washington Legislative Office, and policy and advocacy experts affiliated with the Center for Justice.

The Director of the Project reports to the Director of the Center for Justice.


Collaborate with the Center Director to determine the ACLU's capital punishment priorities and ensure that the Project's resources are used effectively in support of these priorities.

Develop and implement a national strategy for the ACLU to address the issues related to capital punishment through an integrated program of advocacy, research, public education and litigation.

Develop and manage the Project's litigation docket, which is primarily focused on trials and direct appeals.

Work with other parts of the ACLU to develop and implement the ACLU's non-litigation advocacy relating to the death penalty.

Work with abolition coalition partners in formulating strategies to repeal the death penalty where possible and to curtail its use where not.

Supervise Project staff.

Manage the Project's budget

Advise and support ACLU state affiliates working on death penalty issues in their own jurisdictions.

Act as a public spokesperson for the ACLU on death penalty issues.

Work with the ACLU's Development Department to communicate the Project's goals and successes to foundation and individual donors and prospects.


J.D. degree.

Significant death penalty litigation experience, including the development and presentation of mental health and other mitigation evidence.

An ability to develop and implement multi-faceted campaigns that include litigation, public education, advocacy, and media outreach.

Excellent analytic and writing skills.

A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, including the general public, national and local media, policy makers and others.

A demonstrated ability to think creatively and work independently.

Strong leadership skills, including experience supervising and mentoring lawyers and other professional advocates.

A strong record of working with other public interest advocates and organizations.

A demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and human rights.

Willingness to travel.


The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.

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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