Deputy National Field Director [PAAU-03/19], Political Action and Advocacy Unit, Washington, DC

National Offices, Washington, DC
District of Columbia
August 15, 2017

Career Opportunity

Deputy National Field Director [PAAU-03/19]

American Civil Liberties Union

Political Action and Advocacy Unit, 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 a 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 Political Action and Advocacy Unit of the ACLU seeks applicants for two full-time Deputy National Field Director positions, in its Washington, DC national office.

Reporting to the National Field Director, the Deputy National Field Director role will be a critical function within the National Political Advocacy department. This position will serve as a new role at the institution, and therefore, the individuals must be entrepreneurial, possess demonstrated experience across a range of fields including grassroots organizing, program planning, coalition engagement, and be able to work independently to identify projects that help drive the political conversation and build long-term capacity for the national and state level organizations. The Deputy National Field Director will be responsible for enhancing the ACLU’s grassroots organizing culture and capacity, planning and managing campaigns, proactively producing best practices, trainings and resources for state affiliates, and connecting grassroots organizing with successful earned media coverage.  The ideal candidate will have experience in campaign management, political communications and have intimate knowledge of the political dynamics in Congress, state legislatures and local governments. The Deputy Director will work collaboratively with digital organizing staff and consultants, state affiliate staff, affiliate support staff and others in the institution to advance the grassroots organizing capabilities of the ACLU.  This position will run through the end of 2018 with the possibility of extension.


Reporting directly to and working in collaboration with the National Field Director, the Deputy National Field Director will handle the following:

  • Plan and assist in planning nationwide campaigns and major state and regional campaigns and events.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the ACLU’s legal, legislative, advocacy and communications staff, ACLU state affiliates, national coalitions, and other allies as necessary.
  • Identify volunteer training needs, develop a comprehensive grassroots training program, train and support regional field directors and state affiliate staff in best practices, and execute major trainings.
  • Assist the People Power effort in maximizing the earned media coverage of grassroots organizing projects and events.
  • Assist with national coalition engagement, planning and organizing program execution.
  • Advise state affiliates on state-based coalition engagement, when requested. 
  • Closely track political developments, and identify strategic organizing and advocacy opportunities for the ACLU, including opportunities for multi-state or nationwide program or technology solutions. 
  • Identify and execute grassroots engagement experimentation, data collection, analyzation and results-based recommendations.
  • Help shape ACLU’s grassroots engagement on key political issues and pending legislation.
  • Stay informed by reviewing political publications and other relevant sources of information.
  • Work across a multi-issue spectrum of issues that concern 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, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in political, advocacy and/or issue campaigns required.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience managing candidate or issue campaign teams, or Advanced degree in Leadership, Management, Organizational Development or similar required.
  • Experience developing, executing and/or evaluating data-driven programs, experiments/tests and/or pilot projects.
  • Experience working with and advising national coalitions.
  • Demonstrated success in developing grassroots training programs
  • Experience in earned media strategies.
  • Ability to anticipate obstacles and propose recommendations to support initiatives.
  • Possess a well-developed knowledge of political law and framework, specifically as it pertains to the application within the United States and to U.S. actions abroad. 
  • Strong communications skills in order to convey complex concepts, research and analysis in a clear and concise manner.
  • Must be self-motivated and possess the ability to work independently as well as within a team.
  • Excellent analytical, writing and organizational skills.
  • Ability to provide geopolitical expertise and ability to conduct strategic/political studies and assessments for the application of strategies and tactics.
  • Track record of working collaboratively to bring projects to successful completion.
  • Commitment to the 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 and resume to  Reference [PAAU-03/19] in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

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