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Senior Director for Affiliate Organizational Management, Equity

Organization Name: American Civil Liberties Union, Inc
Job Post Date: 28 Jun 2022
Job Terms: Full Time

Job Description

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The ACLU seeks a full-time position of Senior Director for Affiliate Organizational Management, Equity & Inclusion in the Affiliate Support & Nationwide Initiatives Department of the ACLU’s National office in New York, NY.

The Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives Department (ASNI) builds state capacity and strengthens the connections between the ACLU and its network of 54 state affiliates and their 1,500 staff members across the country. Their work constitutes an unparalleled bulwark defending and advancing our civil liberties and civil rights. ASNI staff lead efforts to build program, build organizations, and drive resources to key battles across the country, positioning the nationwide organization for future challenges.

Reporting to the Director, Affiliate Support & Nationwide Initiatives, the Senior Director for Affiliate Organizational Management, Equity & Inclusion is a member of the Department’s senior leadership team and is responsible for providing vision and leadership to the ACLU’s efforts to ensure equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging (EDIB) in its 54 affiliates and provide guidance to all affiliates, building affiliate management, leadership, and governance capabilities and practices. The Senior Director is a chief conduit to ACLU National’s EDIB and human resources teams to ensure seamless coordination of the ACLU’s people priorities across the nationwide network. The Senior Director leads a team that provides programming, resources, and advisory support in areas of EDIB, restorative inclusion practices, change management, organizational development, leadership development, human resources, board governance, st rategic planning, program evaluation, project management, and organizational financial health.

Department Leadership & Management

Serves as a member of the department’s senior leadership team, contributing to the department’s strategy and goals, and ensuring that the work is in service to its priorities and efforts to achieve greater nationwide impact.
Collaborates closely with the Chief People Officer and Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer to share and benefit from best practices and align how the ACLU approaches people practices as a nationwide enterprise.
Promotes a multi-disciplinary approach within the department to ensure that its programs, policies, and practices contribute to a positive organizational work culture in affiliates.
Operationalizes department norms and values, code of ethics for working with affiliates, and equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging.
Uses change management practices in all work with affiliates; collaborates with the Program & Strategy team to ensure that efforts to expand affiliate capacity are executed to account for the impacts on affiliate staff.
Advises on the department’s budget and resource allocation and grants to affiliates.
Acts as an ambassador for the Department and champions affiliate interests in the operationalization of national programs and work.
Prepares the annual team budget, oversees consultant contracts, and monitors adherence to the budget. Advises the Director on grants to affiliates.
Represents the Department with key leaders in the national office and affiliates to align priorities, facilitate proactive communication, and drive aligned execution of shared goals.
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

Provide affiliate-tailored guidance to help affiliates integrate EDIB best practices into all aspects of affiliate operations, including building and sustaining diverse teams, cultivating affiliate employee resource and other identity groups, growing programs and trainings for continuous learning.
Contribute to the vision and strategy for the organization’s EDIB commitments to ensure alignment, coordination, and implementation of the ACLU’s EDIB efforts across a nationwide network.
Partner with the Director of ASNI to ensure that EDIB best practices are applied to affiliate Executive Director searches.
Promote restorative justice programs to help affiliates manage change and difference and acquire practices that help staff productively resolve conflict.
Execute EDIB-focused assessments and surveys, identify trends, and use data to inspire continuous improvement in people and culture practices.
Develop and oversees programming and training for affiliate staff and Boards on a broad range of EDIB topics and themes taking into consideration the unique needs, size and resources of affiliates.
Operational Excellence

Oversee a team dedicated to building affiliate capacity in all aspects of human capital management and operations, developing and sharing best practices, guidance, and tools for sound human resources practices and financial and administrative operations.
Ensure that guidance and tools are adaptable to a wide range of needs, affiliate profiles and decision making structures.
Lead affiliate staff and board learning communities, promoting peer-to-peer learning, and sharing affiliate best practices across the nationwide network.
With the Director of ASNI, provide consultation, coaching, and other support and guidance to affiliate leadership on leadership development, management, succession planning, strategic planning, and governance.
Promote affiliate growth that is sustainable, forward-looking, and builds inclusive work cultures.
Ensure commitments made to affiliates for technical assistance are implemented.
Leadership Development and Knowledge Management

Develop and implement targeted programs that build the management and leadership capacities of staff in growing affiliate programs.
Oversee the Affiliate Leadership Development Academy (ALDA), ensuring that the program continuously evolves and is relevant to affiliate needs; helps to build a talent pipeline within the ACLU and continuously evaluates and measures the program’s impact.
Integrate strong leadership practices into department activities and work with affiliates to advance a leadership mindset that drives innovation and high impact programming; inculcate leadership principles and practices across the nationwide enterprise.
Contribute to the knowledge-sharing network by promoting affiliate leadership and management best practices, areas of innovation and high impact.
Create evaluation practices and use qualitative and quantitative data to assess the effectiveness of people, management, and culture programs.
Ensures the Director is well-informed and consulted on important matters related to the department and affiliates.
Some travel is required.
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.
Significant, proven leadership experience in managing small and large teams and networks, particularly in a federated structure.
Demonstrated record of setting a strategic vision for and implementing equity, diversity, inclusion (ED&I) strategies in a large nonprofit context.
Proven experience in a senior leadership position in the field of organizational development and ED&I, including successfully developing and implementing strategic plans, establishing metrics and measuring progress.
Keen understanding and demonstrable track record of leading organizational change; empowering people, influencing colleagues and managing conflict preferably at an organization with a complex organizational structure.
Significant experience working across departments and/or divisions at a large, complex organization.
Ability to use benchmarking and data metrics to drive organizational change and accountability.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent presentation and facilitation skills, experience with teaching large scale trainings.
Ability to gain credibility and respect both with internal and external audiences.
Excellent record of accomplishment of working with and building and leading diverse teams.
Highly organized with attention to detail.
Willing to conquer the “small tasks” as much as the large ones with an understanding of their vital importance in the success of the organization.
Thinks strategically, critically, and creatively.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to engage stakeholders at all levels.
Hungry to learn, curious to ask questions, and a desire to engage in exploration individually as well as being part of a team.
The annual salary for this position is $216,477 (Level C1). 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.

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New York, New York

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Contact: American Civil Liberties Union, Inc
Application Due: Fri, 26 Aug 2022
Job Post Online Expiration: Tue, 09 Aug 2022 05:04pm


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