Campaign Strategist [NPAD-21], National Political Advocacy Department, New York, NY

National Offices, New York, NY
New York
October 4, 2018


Campaign Strategist [NPAD-21]

American Civil Liberties Union

National Political Advocacy Department, Washington, DC or New York, NY

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, advancing racial justice, 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 and civil rights cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than one 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 seeks applicants for a full-time Campaign Strategist.  The position is based in Washington, DC or New York, NY.


The ACLU is one of the nation’s largest 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. This new department is harnessing the political power that comes from having more than one 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 arena as it has accomplished through the courts.

The NPAD includes the ACLU federal office in Washington, DC and staff based in both New York and Washington, DC who support grassroots advocacy efforts and advocacy campaigns.   Advocacy staff, both policy counsels and campaign strategists, work together to plan issue campaigns, working in conjunction with our grassroots organizing team.  In addition, for the first time in 2018, the ACLU intends to engage in a national effort to lift up civil rights and civil liberties issues through non-partisan electoral work.


  • Work with national staff and ACLU affiliates to build campaign goals, strategies, tactics, and budgets to reach goals on specific issue areas at various levels of government
  • Engage in both issue campaign work and electoral work to advance issue campaigns
  • Work with policy and organizing staff within the political advocacy department to design and carry out large-scale campaigns that build the ACLU’s political power
  • Support ACLU affiliates in building campaign goals, strategies, tactics, and budgets to reach policy outcomes in the local, legislative, administrative, and electoral arenas
  • Identify and cultivate campaign capacity and electoral capacity within ACLU affiliate offices
  • Develop and facilitate opportunities for ongoing communication, engagement, training, and coordination among ACLU affiliate campaign staff
  • Participate in on-the-ground meetings, planning, and campaign events in priority states, where needed
  • Represent the ACLU in national coalitions and develop relationships with allies and other organizations to further advocacy goals
  • Work with others in the ACLU to make affiliate campaign grants and provide feedback to affiliates on grant commitments
  • 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, and record of arrest or conviction
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts


  • A minimum of seven years of issue advocacy and/or electoral campaign experience at the federal, state, or local levels, including campaign management experience
  • Experience doing advocacy on both issue campaigns and electoral campaigns is preferred
  • Experience working on ballot measures is preferred
  • Experience doing grassroots organizing preferred
  • Experience with campaign budgeting, evaluation, supervision, and metrics-driven planning and assessment
  • Familiarity building, leading, and working within coalitions
  • Familiarity with the coalition players involved in issue campaign work around civil rights and civil liberties issue is preferred
  • Experience with at least one issue area that is an ACLU priority
  • Experience designing campaign strategy and tactics and executing campaign plans
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team
  • Excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to speak on public settings on behalf of one’s organization
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, simultaneously handle many tasks, work efficiently and quickly, and meet deadlines, while remaining composed under pressure
  • Willingness to travel
  • Commitment to mission 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, a resume and a relevant writing sample of no more than 3 pages to - reference [NPAD-21/ACLU-W] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address.

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 job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

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.

The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: Correspondence sent to this email 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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