Advocacy and Policy Strategist—ACLUF Affiliate Support and Advocacy Department, NY, NY
ADVOCACY AND POLICY STRATEGIST [IRI-11]
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Affiliate Support and Advocacy Department, NY, NY
For more than 93 years, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLUF) has been at the forefront of virtually every major battle for civil liberties and equal justice in this country. Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU has offices in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, and brings together the country’s largest team of public interest lawyers, lobbyists, communication strategists, members and activists in the advancement of equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society.
The Affiliate Support and Advocacy Department of the ACLU’s National Office seeks a full-time Advocacy and Policy Strategist. This position will be based in New York City.
Since its inception, the ACLU has maintained a commitment to protecting and promoting the civil rights and civil liberties of immigrants and their families. The ACLU is at the forefront of the immigrants’ rights movement during this critical time. It has also been at the forefront of almost every major recent struggle on behalf of immigrants’ rights, engaging in a diverse range of strategies including advocacy, organizing, litigation, and public education.
Through an integrated team including advocacy staff, litigators, communications specialists, federal lobbyists and ACLU’s state affiliates, the ACLU employs advocacy strategies that are playing a key role in defeating anti-immigrant laws like Arizona's SB 1070 and in winning pro-immigrant, pro-civil liberties laws and policies on the federal, state and local levels throughout the United States.
The ACLU brings to this work its policy and advocacy expertise, one million members, activists, social media followers; and a nationwide network of ACLU affiliate offices that lobby in every state legislature and lead ballot campaigns on a wide range of civil liberties issues.
Reporting to a Senior Advocacy and Policy Strategist, the Advocacy and Policy Strategist will be part of the ACLU’s Advocacy Team, which works with ACLU affiliates across the country to further the ACLU’s public policy priorities at the federal, state and local levels to protect and advance civil liberties. The Advocacy and Policy Strategist will focus on working with ACLU affiliates, state partners, and national allies to aggressively battle state and local attempts to pass anti-immigrant legislation and policies, as well as to push for positive measures that protect immigrants from discrimination and assist their efforts to integrate into civic life. The Strategist will work with affiliates to design multi-faceted advocacy campaigns, focusing on strategic alliance formation and coalition building, grasstops engagement and deployment, and mobilization of the ACLU activist network and allies to protect and advance immigrants’ rights. The ideal candidate will bring a creative and strategic advocacy perspective to an interdisciplinary team.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Determine and execute nationwide state-based advocacy strategies to achieve public policy goals, including developing campaign objectives and strategies.
- Provide strategic advice and counsel to ACLU affiliates to assist their state-based advocacy. This will include goal setting, power-mapping, effective coalition building, community organizing, and decision-maker targeting and engagement, in the furtherance of public policy outcomes.
- Develop and assist affiliates in carrying forth strategic alliance building efforts with police, businesses, faith-based groups, labor, and other key allies.
- Monitor state policy activity, including legislation and local policy developments, relevant to immigrants’ rights.
- Draft policy analyses designed to effect change by state policymakers.
- Develop and produce advocacy tools for ACLU affiliates to assist their state-based advocacy.
- Develop affiliates’ expertise in immigrants’ rights and other key civil liberties issues.
- Coordinate ACLU affiliates’ participation in the National Office’s federal advocacy campaigns.
- Assist in the administration of grants awarded by the National Office to affiliates.
- Participate in national coalitions and develop relationships with allies and other organizations to further advocacy goals.
- Speak publicly at national, state, and local forums, conferences and meetings.
- Other duties as assigned.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of five years’ experience in developing and coordinating successful legislative, political, or organizing campaigns.
- Excellent analytic, writing, and strategic planning skills.
- The ability to synthesize complex policy information to generate advocacy materials.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential.
- Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, including attorneys, advocates, impacted communities, and the general public.
- Ability to take initiative, think creatively, work well under pressure, and manage multiple priorities and projects effectively under tight deadlines.
- Ability to work with staff at all levels in the organization, including the ability to work with colleagues in remote locations.
- Strong and demonstrated interest in civil liberties and social justice issues; familiarity with immigrants’ rights preferred.
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite.
- Experience working with immigrants and communities of color preferred.
- Fluency or strong proficiency in spoken and written Spanish a plus.
- Frequent travel may be required.
The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants should send a cover letter (including salary requirements), a resume, the names and phone numbers of three references, and a writing sample to hrjobsASAD@aclu.org. Reference [IRI-11/ACLU-W] in the subject line. Please note this email address is specific to Affiliate Support and Advocacy Department postings. 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.
Applications can also be mailed to:
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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