Political Advocacy Coordinator & Special Assistant to the Deputy Political Director [NPAD-35], National Political Advocacy Department, New York, NY

National Offices, New York, NY
New York
April 26, 2018


Political Advocacy Coordinator and Special Assistant to the Deputy Political Director [NPAD-35]

 National Political Advocacy Department

American Civil Liberties Union

New York, NY


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, age, disability or national origin.  The ACLU is strictly nonpartisan.

The ACLU seeks applicants for a full-time Political Advocacy Coordinator/Special Assistant to the Deputy Political Director.  The position is based in New York, NY.



The ACLU is one of the nation’s largest advocacy organizations, though it is better known for its success in the nation’s courtrooms.  The National Political Advocacy Department (NPAD) was created in 2015 to strengthen the work of the ACLU at the federal, state and local levels of government.    This new department is harnessing the political power that comes from having more than one million members and supporters, as well as affiliates in every state.  By organizing grassroots lobbying and issue campaigns using modern tactics, the ACLU seeks to achieve change as profound in the legislative arena as it has accomplished through the courts.

The NPAD includes the ACLU federal office in Washington, DC and staff based in both New York and Washington, DC who support grassroots advocacy efforts and advocacy campaigns.   Advocacy staff  advise affiliates on policy, draft bills and talking points, design lobbying and issue campaigns, and provide advice on methods of public education and coalition building. Grassroots organizers mobilize ACLU volunteers for campaigns through ACLU’s “People Power” effort and also try to build long term power through the ACLU membership. The National Advocacy Director/Deputy Political Director oversees the organizing teams and state policy/issue campaigns teams within NPAD and works to ensure the successful operation of the department as a whole.



  • Work across the various units of the National Political Advocacy Department to ensure the efficient and free flow of information regarding departmental work.
  • In collaboration with team members create systems and processes to improve the functioning of the department as a whole.
  • Prepare briefing materials and action items for Deputy Director meetings,  as needed.
  • Research issues, track legislation and provide written political analysis to include recommended courses of action.
  • Stay abreast of practices in organizing and advocacy, which will inform the work.
  • Manage the Deputy Director’s schedule and coordinate travel logistics.
  • Ensure that departmental databases and tracking systems are updated and maintained in a timely and accurate manner
  • 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.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Previous experience with legislative issues, advocacy, or political work strongly preferred.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Good political instincts.
  • Excellent communications skills; verbal and writing.
  • Highly organized with excellent time management skills; the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, and manage multiple projects simultaneously, often under strict deadlines is required.
  • Ability to use discretion with regards to sensitive and confidential information.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and confidence to navigate a large department and complex  organization
  • Must be self-motivated, demonstrate grace under pressure, and possess the ability to work both independently as well as within a team.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Demonstrated 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, resume, writing sample and list of three references to hrjobsNPAD@aclu.org. Reference [NPAD-35] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address.  This email address is specific to the National Political Advocacy Department. 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.

The Department of Education has determined that employment in this position at the ACLU does not qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

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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