Lobbyist Assistant [WLOU-35/51]
American Civil Liberties Union - Washington, DC

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Washington Legislative Office, D.C.

For more than 92 years, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) 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 Washington Legislative Office (WLO) seeks applicants for two full-time Lobbyist Assistants . The Lobbyist Assistants will work directly with the ACLU Legislative and/or Policy Counsels on pending federal legislation, regulatory matters, research, and policy proposals. The Lobbyist Assistants will provide support to the organization's federal legislative and executive branch lobbying effort.


Review and analyze current and proposed federal legislation, regulations and policies for lobbyists.

Serve as a representative of the lobbyists in external and internal meetings including responding to questions from external sources regarding pending federal issues.

Gather, summarize and archive federal legislative, regulatory and policy developments relevant to lobbyists' issue areas.

Track legislation by attending Congressional hearings and using specialized congressional databases.

Assemble and organize informational packets, binders and other necessary documents.

Draft and proofread documents, including policy memos, talking points, correspondence to Congress and federal agencies, and other research documents as requested on federal legislative, regulatory and policy issues.

Collaborate with the federal lobbyists and policy counsels to ensure the success of events and lobbying initiatives sponsored by the lobbying team.

Support the lobbyists in their day to day tasks and projects, both administrative and professional, as well as their strategic plans.

Train and supervise/oversee the work of interns.

Perform other duties as assigned.


Bachelor's degree or a minimum of 2 years of work experience supporting and liaising with federal lobbyists, legislators or policy makers.

Working knowledge of the legislative and regulatory process.

Strong organizational skills with superb attention to detail; Ability to synthesize information and follow-up/follow through.

Ability to multitask and meet strict deadlines.

Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

Exceptional writing and verbal skills; strong interpersonal skills.

Knowledge of basic federal legislative, regulatory, and policy process and research tools, such as LEXIS/NEXUS, Westlaw, CQ, Gallery Watch, and/or Knowlegis. Knowledge of Bluebook form for legal citations a plus.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office software and Internet research tools.

Commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU.


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


Please send a cover letter (with salary requirements), resume, writing sample, and the names and contact information for three references to: hrjobsWLO@aclu.org . Reference [WLOU-35 & 51/ID] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to the Washington Legislative Office 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.

Applications may also be sent by mail to:
American Civil Liberties Union

RE: Lobbyist Assistant [WLOU-35 & 51/ID]

915 15 th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20005

Washington Legislative Office

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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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 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, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.

We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: HRJobsINCLReq@aclu.org . Correspondence sent to this address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.

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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