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Senior Policy Counsel

Organization Name: American Civil Liberties Union, Inc
Job Post Date: 27 May 2022
Job Terms: Full Time

Job Description

The ACLU seeks applicants for the full-time position of Senior Policy Counsel in the Democracy Division of the National Political Advocacy Department, based in the ACLU’s National offices in either Washington, D.C. or New York, NY.

The National Political Advocacy Department (NPAD) works to strengthen the efforts of the ACLU at the federal, state, and local levels of government. The department harnesses the political power that comes from having more than eight million members and supporters, as well as affiliates in every state. By organizing grassroots lobbying and issue campaigns using modern tactics, the ACLU seeks to achieve change as profound in the legislative, administrative and electoral arenas as it has accomplished through the courts.

Reporting to a Deputy Director of the Democracy Division, the Senior Policy Counsel will work with national staff and ACLU affiliates to combat voter suppression measures and achieve reforms that expand access to the ballot. The Senior Policy Counsel will work to further efforts connected to federal and state legislation and administrative actions at all levels of government on issues that impact the right to vote.

As advocate and policy and/or legal expert, identify opportunities to advance civil liberties and civil rights in complex policy areas through multiple methods at the federal, state, and local levels
Develop strategic legislative and administrative policy options
Independently develop novel ideas and approaches to solving problems, in addition to sourcing existing policy ideas and approaches to civil liberties challenges
Independently draft bills and/or administrative rules/regulations at the state, local, or federal levels, providing content expertise as well as legislative and regulatory drafting knowledge
Prepare, provide guidance on and/or deliver testimony on pending legislation before Congressional committees or federal regulatory agencies and other legislative or regulatory bodies at the state and local/municipal levels, as relevant
Lobby elected officials, their staff, and other public officials to support ACLU positions on pending legislation and policy initiatives
Provide legislative counseling, including policy, legislative or legal analysis, strategic planning guidance, and tactical suggestions, to ACLU affiliates to support state and/or locally-based efforts
Coordinate and conduct in-depth civil liberties briefings for government officials as pertinent to advancing priority ACLU positions
Help coordinate strategy designed to reach campaign goals or other policy/political outcomes across ACLU departments, ACLU affiliates, and coalition partners
Work with campaign strategists and organizers in NPAD to advance campaign goals or other policy and political outcomes
Work with ACLU affiliates, as relevant, in advocacy efforts in furtherance of policy outcomes
Participate as the ACLU representative in meetings of ad hoc lobbying and policy and/or political coalitions
In collaboration with ACLU Communications staff, provide expert commentary to media, participate in media briefings, and contribute to op-eds and other publications, as relevant
Collaborate with other ACLU national and affiliate staff and representatives of coalition allies
Organize, lead, and work with outside groups to bolster support for ACLU policy goals or to minimize opposition to those goals
Coordinate efforts across the organization including legal staff, communications staff, strategists, and affiliates around the country to keep them abreast of and enlist their support for relevant portfolios of priority issues
May provide senior-level guidance to other policy staff and interns.
Engage in special projects and other duties as assigned
Center principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging in all work, embedding the values in program development, policy application, and organizational practices and processes
Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
Advanced degree (J.D., M.P.P.) or substantial equivalent training and experience in policy analysis, advocacy, or campaigns strongly preferred
Prior lobbying experience strongly preferred
Significant experience working in political, policy, legal, or government settings; high degree of familiarity with public policy and legislative, administrative and/or electoral processes
Sophisticated judgment; experience giving advice and counsel to a principal
High level, substantive, and extensive experience in policy development
Demonstrated expertise in one or more areas or fields of specialty covered by the ACLU
Ability to work independently as well as within a team
Experience with media and serving as a spokesperson for an issue, campaign, or cause; ability to communicate complex policy issues to a general public and government decision makers
Excellent interpersonal, relationship building and communication skills, including at the highest levels of government and politics
Excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills
Ability to communicate complex legal and policy issues to government decision makers, and the general public; expertise in the field of policy
Ability to work and communicate quickly and accurately, handling multiple projects and deliverables under pressure
The annual salary for this position is $143,943 (Level E). This salary is reflective of a position based in New York, NY. This salary will be subject to a locality adjustment (according to a specific city and state), if an authorization is granted to work outside of the location listed in this posting. Note that most of the salaries listed on our job postings reflect New York, NY salaries, where our National offices are headquartered.

The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union – beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.

For over 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBTQ+ community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the ACLU and central to our work to advance liberty, equality, and justice for all. We are a community committed to learning and growth, humility and grace, transparency and accountability. We believe in a collective responsibility to create a culture of belonging for all people within our organization – one that respects and embraces difference; treats everyone equitably; and empowers our colleagues to do the best work possible. We are as committed to anti-oppression and anti-racism internally as we are externally. Because whether we’re in the courts or in the office, we believe ‘We the People’ means all of us.

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, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people; women; people with disabilities, protected veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.

The ACLU makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please email . If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

The Department of Education has determined that employment in this position at the ACLU does not qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

Organization Description

Job Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

How to Apply

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Contact: American Civil Liberties Union, Inc
Application Due: Sat, 23 Jul 2022
Job Post Online Expiration: Fri, 08 Jul 2022 09:36pm


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