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|Job Title:||Advocacy & Policy Strategist-Immigrant Rights Project|
|Organization:||American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)|
ADVOCACY AND POLICY STRATEGIST -IMMIGRANTS? RIGHTS [ASD-31] American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Affiliate Support and Advocacy Department, NY or CA
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU), founded in 1920, is a nationwide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with more than 500,000 members dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution. 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 or San Francisco.
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 has 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.
Laws inspired by Arizona's SB 1070 invite racial profiling against Latinos, Asian-Americans, and others presumed to be "foreign" based on how they look or sound. They also authorize police to demand papers proving citizenship or immigration status from anyone they stop and suspect of being in the country unlawfully. Through an integrated team including advocacy staff, litigators, communications specialists, federal lobbyists, and ACLU affiliates, the ACLU leads the multi-pronged efforts to defeat misdirected anti-immigrant laws.
Reporting to the Director of Advocacy and Policy, 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, 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, public engagement, coalition building, and mobilization of supporters and allies to advance immigrants rights. The Strategist will bring a creative organizing and strategic advocacy planning perspective to an interdisciplinary team.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Provide strategic advice and counsel to ACLU affiliates to assist their state-based advocacy, including goal setting, coalition building, community organizing, and decision-maker engagement, in the furtherance of public policy outcomes.
Determine and execute nationwide state-based advocacy strategies to achieve public policy goals, including developing campaign objectives and strategies.
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, 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.
Oversee staff as needed.
Speak publicly at national, state, and local forums, conferences and meetings.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor?s degree plus a minimum of five years? experience in developing and coordinating successful legislative, political, or organizing campaigns.
Experience supervising staff required.
Excellent analytic, writing, and strategic planning skills.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills essential.
Ability to synthesize complex issues and present them to a lay audience.
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.
Ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast paced environment under tight deadlines.
Ability to work with staff at all levels in the organization, including the ability to work with colleagues remotely.
Strong and demonstrated interest in civil liberties and social justice issues; familiarity with immigrants? rights preferred.
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), resume, the names and phone numbers of three references, and a writing sample by email to hrjobsASAD@aclu.org - Reference [ASD-31/FEM] in the subject line - or by mail
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.
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 job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.
The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name ?ACLU?.