Regional Field Director [PAAU-18], Political Action and Advocacy Unit, Washington, DC

National Offices, Washington, DC
District of Columbia
August 15, 2017

Career Opportunity

Regional Field Director [PAAU-18]

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.


Reporting to the National Field Director, the Regional Field Director will be a critical function within the Political Action and Advocacy Unit. This position will serve as a new role at the organization, and therefore, the individuals must be entrepreneurial, possess demonstrated experience across a range of fields including grassroots organizing, program planning, coalition engagement, and be able to work independently to identify projects that help drive the political conversation and build long-term capacity for the national and state level organizations. The Regional Field Director will be responsible for enhancing the ACLU’s grassroots organizing culture and capacity, assisting in planning and managing campaigns, executing events, trainings and volunteer engagement, and connecting grassroots organizing with successful earned media coverage.  The ideal candidate will have experience in campaign planning, strategy and tactics, political communications and the political dynamics in Congress, state legislatures and local governments. The regional director will work collaboratively with digital organizing staff and consultants, state affiliate staff, affiliate support staff and others in the institution to help support the progress in the grassroots organizing capabilities of the ACLU.  This position will run through the end of 2018 with the possibility of extension.


Reporting to and working in collaboration with the National Field Director, the Regional Field Director will be responsible for the following:

  • Assist in planning nationwide campaigns and engaging affiliates in campaign planning, turning goals and strategies into tactics, timelines and metrics.
  • Execute and support the execution of major earned media, advocacy and organizing events in states.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the ACLU’s legal, legislative, advocacy and communications staff, ACLU state affiliates, national coalitions, and other allies as necessary.
  • Serve as a resource for organizing staff at affiliates, including assisting with in-state coalition and allies engagement.
  • Track programs’ progress to goals, produce reports and highlights and adjust plans as necessary.
  • Ensure that mobilization efforts are part of long-term organizing and capacity building for the ACLU and affiliates, including assisting in setting up and executing two-way communication channels for volunteers and identifying high-performing volunteers.
  • Closely track political developments, and identify strategic organizing and advocacy opportunities for the ACLU.
  • Help shape ACLU’s grassroots engagement on key political issues and pending legislation.
  • Stay informed by reviewing political publications and other relevant sources of information.
  • Work across a multi-issue spectrum of issues that concern the ACLU.
  • 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.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in political, advocacy and/or issue campaigns required.
  • Demonstrated success in grassroots organizing, volunteer training, issue advocacy and/or political program planning.
  • Possess a well-developed knowledge of political law and framework, specifically as it pertains to the application within the United States and to U.S. actions abroad. 
  • Familiarity with earned media strategies.
  • Ability to assess the needs and propose recommendations for resources to support initiatives.
  • Strong communications skills in order to convey complex concepts, research and analysis in a clear and concise manner.
  • Must be self-motivated and possess the ability to work independently as well as within a team.
  • Excellent analytical, writing and organizational skills.
  • Ability to provide geopolitical expertise and ability to conduct strategic/political studies and assessments for the application of strategies and tactics.
  • Access to a major airport and ability to travel substantially.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU.


Please send a cover letter and resume to  Reference [PAAU-18] in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

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