Campaign Strategist [PAAU-16], National Political Advocacy Department, DC or NY

National Offices, Washington, DC
District of Columbia
May 7, 2019

Campaign Strategist [PAAU-16]

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 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 seeks applicants for a full-time Campaign Strategist. The position is based in Washington, DC, New York, NY.



The ACLU is one of the nation’s largest advocacy organizations.  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 demonstrated expertise and credibility, strategic and tactical know-how, wide-ranging partnerships and relationships, more than three million members and supporters, as well as on-the-ground reach through affiliates in every state.

NPAD staff are based primarily in Washington, DC and New York, and engage in advocacy campaigns, lobbying and grassroots organizing.  Working in conjunction with our organizing teams, policy counsels and campaign strategists work together to plan issue campaigns. In addition, since 2018, the ACLU has engaged 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 develop campaign goals, strategies, tactics, and budgets to reach goals on specific issue areas at various levels of government
  • Engage in issue campaign work (and potentially electoral work) to advance concrete policy goals
  • 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
  • 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 campaign expenditures including, where appropriate, grants to affiliates, providing oversight and feedback to affiliates on grant commitments
  • Demonstrate an ability to plan and facilitate campaign tactics, ranging from advertising work to driving constituent outreach to leveraging influential partners, working with other staff and vendors
  • Demonstrate a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion 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
  • Willingness to travel



  • A minimum of three years’ organizing, issue advocacy, and/or electoral campaign experience at the federal, state, or local levels
  • Experience doing advocacy or organizing on both issue campaigns and electoral campaigns is preferred
  • Experience doing grassroots organizing preferred
  • Familiarity working within coalitions
  • Experience with at least one issue area that is an ACLU priority is preferred
  • Experience designing campaign strategy and tactics and executing campaign plans strongly preferred
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team
  • Excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, handle multiple tasks simultaneously, work efficiently and quickly, and meet deadlines, while remaining poised under pressure
  • 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 [PAAU-16] 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.

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

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 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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