Immigration Campaigns Manager [NPAD-09], National Political Advocacy Department, DC

National Offices, Washington, DC
District of Columbia
May 8, 2019

Immigration Campaigns Manager [NPAD-09]

American Civil Liberties Union

National Political 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, 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 National Political Advocacy Department (NPAD) of the ACLU’s National Office seeks applicants for an Immigration Campaigns Manager.

The Immigration Campaigns Manager will work to advance the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights federal and state agenda and is responsible for managing campaign strategies and tactics across our affiliates; for helping ACLU affiliate teams and their partners conceive, develop, build and execute campaigns that include coalition, field organizing, communications, legislative, litigation, and electoral strategies; and managing coordination between our affiliates, the national Immigrants’ Rights Campaign team, and other ACLU national program teams. The ideal candidate will have significant experience in campaign development and execution and a passion for immigrants’ rights.

The Immigration Campaigns Manager will join the Immigrants’ Rights Policy and Campaigns team, and work closely with others within the National ACLU office, as well as with campaign directors, political directors, organizers, and others at ACLU state affiliate offices, and with allies and partners throughout the country. This position is based in DC and is supervised by the Deputy National Political Director.



  • Collaborate with ACLU affiliates in building campaign goals, strategies, tactics, coalitions, and budgets to reach desired outcomes in the federal, local, state legislative, administrative, and electoral arenas
  • Develop campaign plan templates and training materials, and identify shared tools and technology needs, among other tools, to aid campaign development and implementation
  • Develop campaign best practices and provide feedback to ensure consistent, high-level execution across campaigns
  • Work closely with state campaign leadership in recruitment, hiring, and supervision strategies for campaign staff
  • Partner with state leadership to develop and execute campaign goals and strategies that center the leadership and voices of impacted people and expand the base of ACLU immigration activists and leaders
  • Identify and cultivate campaign capacity within ACLU affiliate offices
  • Collaborate with the Deputy National Political Director in making affiliate campaign grants and providing feedback to affiliates on grant commitments
  • Create opportunities for ongoing communication, engagement, training, and coordination among ACLU affiliate and national staff
  • Participate in on-the-ground meetings, planning, and campaign events, where needed 
  • Represent the ACLU in national coalitions and develop relationships with allies and other organizations to further state-based and federal advocacy goals
  • 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, immigration status, and record of arrest or conviction
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
  • Manage contractors and or other staff who will assist in the development and or implementation of our capacity building and advocacy campaigns



  • A minimum of five to seven years of issue advocacy or electoral campaign experience at the federal, state, or local levels, including two years of campaign management experience
  • Familiarity with campaign planning and management technology and software, including database tools like NGPVAN, Basecamp, etc.
  •  Experience with campaign budgeting, evaluation, supervision, and metrics- driven planning and assessment
  • Familiarity building, leading, and working within coalitions
  • Experience  working with impacted communities
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team
  • Excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills
  • Ability to simultaneously handle multiple tasks, work efficiently and quickly, and meet deadlines, while remaining composed under pressure
  • Familiarity with immigration law and policy, the criminal justice system and with public policy and legislative processes is a plus
  •  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-09/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.

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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