Policy Analyst [WLOU-58], Washington Legislative Office, DC

National Offices, Washington, DC
District of Columbia
January 29, 2018

Career Opportunity

Policy Analyst [WLOU-58]

American Civil Liberties Union

Washington Legislative Office, 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.



During a time of unprecedented attacks on civil liberties, the Washington Legislative Office (WLO) of the National Political Advocacy Department seeks applicants for a full-time Policy Analyst for our advocacy team, led by a WLO Deputy Director and Legislative Counsels.   

Reporting to a Deputy Director and working with the Legislative Counsels, the Policy Analyst will be an energetic, thoughtful, and committed advocate to provide support to the advocacy team that works on issues such as national security, privacy and related to the AMEMSA (Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian) community.  By working on pending federal legislation, regulatory matters, research, and policy proposals, the Policy Analyst will think creatively to help identify opportunities for the ACLU to protect and advance civil liberties.

Within a dynamic and challenging political environment, this is an ideal opportunity to work as part of a team to marshal ACLU resources, and help build a new movement to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and federal law.



  • As assigned by a deputy director or legislative counsels serve as a representative of the ACLU in external and internal meetings, including responding to questions from external sources regarding pending federal issues.
  • Work collaboratively with ACLU staff across the National Political Advocacy Department and other departments towards shared advocacy objectives.
  • Research and draft memoranda, letters and analyses of federal bills, and proposed administrative rules and regulations affecting civil liberties and civil rights.
  • Plan and execute advocacy events such as congressional briefings, advocacy days on Capitol Hill and rallies to further advocacy goals.
  • Work with communications staff to publish blogs and promote advocacy issues on social media.
  • Work collaboratively with the advocacy team and ACLU affiliates on federal legislative and regulatory matters.  
  • Work collaboratively with the advocacy team to prepare for and participate in public speaking engagements.  
  • Track, summarize and archive federal legislative, regulatory, and policy developments.
  • Track legislation, regulations, and other policy developments by attending Congressional hearings, briefings and using specialized congressional databases, as well as monitoring media, social media, and government websites.
  • Draft, proofread, and format documents, including policy memos, talking points, correspondence to Congress and federal agencies, and other research documents as requested on federal legislative, regulatory, and policy issues.
  • Help coordinate and participate in, national coalitions focused on civil liberties and civil rights issues.
  • Assemble and organize informational packets, binders, and other documents.
  • Train and coordinate the work of interns
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office by 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 challenges and/or conflicts.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 4 years of work experience, preferably working on federal policy.
  • Strong organizational skills with superb attention to detail; ability to synthesize information and follow through and complete assignments.
  • Strong analytical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Working knowledge of the legislative process preferred; Hill experience a plus.
  • Ability to multitask, take direction, and meet strict deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team; willing to take instruction and guidance from senior team members
  • Exceptional writing and verbal skills; strong interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of basic federal legislative, regulatory, and policy process and research tools, such as LEXIS/NEXUS, Westlaw, CQ, Bloomberg, Gallery Watch, and/or Knowlegis. Knowledge of Bluebook forms for legal citations a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software and Internet research tools.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals 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 (with salary requirements), resume, writing sample, and the names and contact information for three references to: hrjobsWLO@aclu.org. Reference [WLOU-58/ACLU-W] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to the Washington Legislative Office of the National Political Advocacy Department posting. In order to ensure your application is received, please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials.

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 description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

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.

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We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: HRJobsINCL@aclu.org. Correspondence sent to this address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.

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