Assistant to the National Political Advocacy Department [NPAD-34], National Political Advocacy Department, DC

National Offices, Washington, DC
District of Columbia
April 2, 2019

Assistant to the National Political Advocacy Department [NPAD-34]

American Civil Liberties Union

National Political Advocacy Department, Washington, DC


For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities 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 LGBT 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. With more than three million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, record of arrest or conviction.

The ACLU is strictly nonpartisan and does not support or oppose candidates for public office. 

The ACLU seeks applicants for a full-time Assistant to the National Political Advocacy Department.  The position is based in Washington D.C.  and reports to the National Political Director.



The ACLU is one of the nation’s largest political advocacy organizations, though it is better known for its success in the nation’s courtrooms.  The National Political Advocacy Department (NPAD) was created in 2015 to strengthen the work of the ACLU at the federal, state and local levels of government.  The department is harnessing the political power that comes from having more than three million members and supporters, as well as affiliates in every state.  By organizing grassroots activists and driving issue campaigns using modern tactics, the ACLU seeks to achieve change as profound in the legislative arena as it has accomplished through the courts.

NPAD includes the ACLU Washington Legislative Office (WLO) in Washington, DC and staff based both in Washington and in the national headquarters in New York City who partner with the ACLU’s 53 affiliates to drive advocacy at the state and local level.  NPAD also includes an organizing team that helps lead both distributed and field organizing strategies.  The WLO lobbies Congress, federal agencies and the White House.  Advocacy staff partner with affiliates on the development of policy concepts, draft bills, design lobbying and issue campaigns, and help drive public education and coalition building.  The Director of the NPAD leads a staff of approximately 70 people including federal lobbyists, policy counsels, issue campaign strategists, and organizers.  The Director works with ACLU senior staff to set political advocacy strategy for the institution.

The NPAD Assistant will be responsible for working with staff throughout the department. They will also perform tasks necessary to support teams within the department so that they can effectively organize, lobby and win various issue campaigns.  The successful candidate will be a self-starter, organized and detail oriented.



  • Help keep the lines of communication between teams within NPAD open and working appropriately.
  • Organize and schedule calls and meetings; compile and package materials for meetings and briefings.  Assist with logistics for events and activities planned by NPAD teams 
  • Compile and prepare expense reports; process payment vouchers and invoices
  • Serve as a liaison between the finance department and NPAD  
  • Facilitate document review and archiving
  • Track agreements/contracts for all vendors within NPAD; coordinate patch-thru calls and other services from vendors for NPAD staff
  • Facilitate internal review and approval of timesheets and other administrative forms.  
  • Work with the Assistant to the National Political Director to track and manage the departmental budget 
  • Work with the Assistant to the National Political Director to implement process improvements for the department 
  • Coordinate lobby day logistics and planning, including notifying participants, making travel arrangements, reserving hearing rooms, and catering
  • Perform other duties and/or participate in ad hoc projects, as needed
  • 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, ability and socio-economic circumstance, immigration status, and record of arrest or conviction
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU



  • Bachelor’s degree and/or a minimum of 2 years relevant experience supporting and liaising with federal lobbyists, legislators, campaigners or policy makers.
  • Highly organized with excellent time management skills; the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, and manage multiple projects simultaneously, often under strict deadlines is required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and confidence to navigate a large department and complex organization.
  • Must be self-motivated, demonstrate grace under pressure, and possess the ability to work both independently as well as within a team.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint.)
  • Excellent communications skills; verbal and writing.



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



Please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:  - reference [NPAD-34] in the subject line.


Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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

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.  

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