Federal Immigration Policy Counsel [WLOU-22], National Political and Advocacy Department, Washington DC

National Offices, Washington, DC
District of Columbia
September 26, 2017

Career Opportunity

Federal Immigration Policy Counsel [WLOU-22]

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

National Political and 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 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.


Through its affiliates, members, and national staff, the ACLU has a presence in every state across the country. Each affiliate works with its state's legislature and policymakers to further the protection and advancement of civil liberties and civil rights.


Reporting directly to and working in coordination with the Director of Immigration Policy and Campaigns, the Immigration Legislative Counsel will do the following:

  • In coordination with Director of Immigration Policy and Campaigns, develop and implement the ACLU’s federal immigration policy agenda to vigorously defend and advance the rights of immigrants and refugees.
  • Track, analyze, and draft federal bills and proposed administrative rules and regulations affecting immigrants and refugees; draft amendments; prepare and deliver testimony; and identify opportunities for bipartisan support on ACLU’s federal immigration policy agenda.
  • Devise pro-active strategies to achieve legislative goals.  
  • Track legislation and policy developments and provide analysis on key parts of proposed legislation and policies.
  • Build and maintain relationships with advocacy organizations to develop creative and collaborative advocacy strategies.
  • Lobby members of Congress and their staff to advance ACLU’s policy priorities and recommendations on pending legislation.
  • Develop advocacy and educational materials that will empower members, supporters, and the public to engage with policy makers and elected officials to achieve the ACLU’s policy objectives.
  • Represent the ACLU in coalitions, task forces, and working groups.
  • Develop relationships with allies and other organizations to further advocacy goals.
  • Conduct in-depth briefing for congressional and Executive Branch staff.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respectes differences in regard to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socia-economic circumstance, record  of arrest or conviction
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.


  • A law degree and Capitol Hill experience preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years experience working on legislative matters.
  • Excellent writing and analytic capabilities; strong public speaking skills; and strong teamwork and leadership skills.
  • Knowledge of federal legislative and regulatory processes, including the ability to track and interpret legislation.
  • Knowledge of immigration laws and policies.
  • Interest in issues pertaining to immigration enforcement and the intersection of immigration and criminal law.
  • Strong working knowledge of constitutional and statutory issues arising in the civil right area.
  • Exceptional time management skills and the ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Skills in synthesizing and communicating complex policy issues, including the ability to convey ACLU’s principles on a variety of issues, in a succinct and compelling way and tailored to various audiences.
  • Handle special projects and other duties as assigned.


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 hrjobsNPAD@aclu.org. Reference [WLOU-22] 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 job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice. Please be advised that the Department of Education has determined that employment in this position at the ACLU does not qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

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