February 23, 2012
Schools for All Campaign Policy Advocate
Application Deadline: March 5, 2012
Inquiries will be accepted until position is filled
The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) seeks applicants for a Policy Advocate to support the Racial Justice Project’s Schools for All Campaign. The Policy Advocate performs a combination of duties including policy advocacy, community organizing, data analysis, and administrative tasks. This position requires the ability to maintain confidentiality, exercise sound independent judgment, and take initiative.
The position reports directly to the Racial Justice Project Director and may be based in either San Francisco, Sacramento, or the Central Valley
The Schools for All Campaign uses a combination of legal, policy and legislative advocacy, public education, communications, and organizing strategies to ensure that all youth attend schools that are inclusive, respectful, and welcoming – schools that do not give up on students but rather strive to foster the potential of every child.
The successful candidate will be highly organized, detail oriented and accurate, and will be able to multi-task, prioritize, meet deadlines, and work in a fast-paced office environment.
The Policy Advocate will have significant responsibilities including but not limited to:
- Developing strategic partnerships with community-based organizations working in the diverse communities of the region, including youth-serving organizations;
- Managing local advocacy efforts for school reform in conjunction with community groups and activists, including coordinating local advisory councils;
- Reviewing and responding to correspondence, including California Public Records Act requests;
- Conducting policy review and data analysis related to school policies and practices;
- Basic research related to policy and organizing goals;
- Preparation of position letters, policy papers, activist materials and other written materials;
- Developing and leading issue briefings, trainings, and community education workshops;
Required qualifications include:
- At least two years of relevant policy advocacy or organizing experience, which could include college campus organizing;
- Excellent communications skills, both written and oral;
- Excellent interpersonal skills;
- Ability to analyze and articulate legal concepts and other complex issues and communicate them to a variety of audiences;
- Demonstrated ability to work independently;
- Personal enthusiasm, optimism, and a sense of humor; and
- Availability to work evenings and weekend;
- Flexibility for travel, including regular travel to assigned communities and to the San Francisco ACLU office, if not based in San Francisco; and
- Demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and civil rights and support for the goals of the ACLU.
Salary based on experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation; medical, vision and dental insurance for staff members and their dependents and spouses/ domestic partners; life and long-term disability insurance; 401(k) plan with employer match; and thirteen paid holidays.
Applicants should email a resume and cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in this position to the attention of Human Resources at HR-Admin@aclunc.org
. Applications may also be submitted by mail to ACLU of Northern California, Attn: Anna Salem, 39 Drumm Street, San Francisco, CA 94111 (please do not send duplicates of materials sent by email).
About the ACLU of Northern California:
The ACLU is a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU-NC) was founded in 1934. It is the largest ACLU affiliate in the nation, with 55,000 members, 22 all-volunteer chapters and a staff of 50, including a legislative office in Sacramento.
The ACLU-NC is proud to be an affirmative action employer.
All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex are particularly urged to apply.