Immigration Advocacy And Policy Strategist [NPAD-05]

National Offices, Washington, DC
District of Columbia
August 1, 2017

Career Opportunity
Immigration Advocacy and Policy Strategist [NPAD-05]

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.


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 to the Director of Immigration Policy and Campaigns, the Advocacy and Policy Strategist will focus on supporting state-based advocacy to defend and advance the rights of immigrants and refugees and build the ACLU’s political power using every tool available to the ACLU. The Advocacy and Policy Strategist will be part of an integrated team, including advocacy staff, communications specialists, litigators and federal lobbyists, and work closely with ACLU affiliates.

The Advocacy and Policy Strategist is a position for an individual with exceptional analytic and writing abilities and who is skilled at public speaking, advocacy, and organizing. The Advocacy and Policy Strategist will work to advance the ACLU’s Immigrant Rights policy agenda, including building state-based advocacy campaigns, conducting analysis on the meaning and effect of proposed state legislation and policy initiatives, drafting state legislation and legislative amendments, preparing state legislative documents, researching issues related to state legislation, and assisting in identifying litigation opportunities. The Advocacy and Policy Strategist will also provide strategic advice, assess emerging local and regional trends, engage in advocacy, and mobilize ACLU members and supporters across the country around immigrant and refugee rights.


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

  • In coordination with the Director of Immigration Policy and Campaigns, identify, develop, and implement legislative and policy reform strategies to vigorously defend and advance the rights of immigrants and refugees; including building coalitions, mobilizing ACLU members and supporters, and public education, which will include earned and paid media strategies.
  • Provide analysis and strategic advice to ACLU affiliates to assist their state-based advocacy.
  • Draft policy analyses designed to effect change by state policymakers.
  • Conduct analysis on the meaning and effect of proposed state legislation and policy initiatives.
  • Develop and produce advocacy tools for ACLU affiliates to assist their state-based advocacy, including fact sheets and public education materials and legislative testimony.
  • Assist in identifying and building integrated advocacy opportunities, including policy, communications, organizing, and litigation. 
  • Coordinate ACLU affiliates’ participation in the National Office’s federal advocacy campaigns.
  • Monitor and analyze relevant local and state legislative and policy initiatives and political developments toward immigrants and refugees, and develop model state legislation when appropriate.
  • Elevate leadership within impacted communities and the broader public to help shape campaign goals, strategies, and tactics.
  • Coordinate an advocacy communications strategy in collaboration with the Director of Immigration Policy and Campaigns to leverage traditional and new media to advance policy changes.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the ACLU.
  • Develop educational and advocacy materials that will empower members, supporters and the public to engage with policy makers and elected officials to achieve the ACLU’s policy objectives.
  • Collaborate with the administration of grants to affiliates programs.
  • 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 working collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • A minimum of five years’legal or legislative experience is preferred OR other advanced degrees with relevant experience.
  • Experience in campaign advocacy, preferably involving civil liberties or civil rights issues, and ideally involving the development and implementation of integrated advocacy plans combining communications, organizing, lobbying, and litigation strategies.
  • Experience working in political, policy, legal, or government settings; familiarity with public policy and legislative processes is preferred.
  •  Exceptional ability to conduct legislative analysis and research.
  •  Experience with constitutional issues, legislation, and community outreach is preferred.
  •  Ability to work independently as well as within a team.
  • Excellent research, writing, analytic, and communication skills.
  • Proven track record in developing and leading successful statewide organizing, policy advocacy and/or political campaigns.
  • Experience in developing power analysis/power mapping.
  • Ability to engage, train and activate organizational partners, key allies, and impacted communities on campaign’s policy impact.
  • Ability to communicate complex legal and policy issues to the general public.
  • Ability to simultaneously handle multiple tasks, work efficiently and quickly, and meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Strong and demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and social justice issues; expertise in the areas of immigrants’ rights and racial justice preferred.
  • This position does not include active litigation, but identifying areas for possible litigation is encouraged.
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus.
  • 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 [NPAD-05] in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

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