The Opportunity

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana (ACLU-LA) seeks a creative and dynamic team player with policy advocacy experience to become ACLU-LA’s advocacy director. ACLU-LA is building a more expansive advocacy infrastructure and the advocacy director will be responsible for leading the organization’s policy advocacy work to advance ACLU’s strategic priorities. The advocacy director’s primary role will be focused on state legislative and executive branch advocacy as well as engaging with administrative agencies, local governments, and ballot measure campaigns.

The advocacy director is a member of the ACLU-LA’s senior leadership team and will report to the executive director. The advocacy director also will collaborate closely with the legal director and communications director.  Our advocacy director is a strategic and dynamic relationship builder who is comfortable in any room and understands how to pool influence from across the political spectrum and organize community members to take action.

ACLU-LA, the state affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union, is a private, non-profit, non- partisan public interest organization dedicated to defending and advancing civil liberties and civil rights through advocacy, coalition-building, litigation, legislative, community mobilization, and public education.

In the wake of the Trump administration’s daily assaults on civil liberties and civil rights, ACLU-LA is embarking on it most ambitious advocacy yet. ACLU-LA’s policy work includes but is not limited to, criminal justice reform; increasing access to the ballot box; advancing racial justice and LGBTQ equality; protecting religious freedom, reproductive justice, and the fair treatment of immigrants and refugees.

Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement a legislative and policy agenda at the state and local levels to advance ACLU-LA’s civil liberties and civil rights priorities;
  • Execute ACLU-LA’s legislative agenda utilizing appropriate strategies and tactics, including lobbying members on both sides of the aisle of the Louisiana State Legislature, their staff and the governor’s office; Take an active role in creating, participating, and securing collaboration between ACLU-LA and a diverse range of coalition partners to ensure successful policy outcomes through effective lobbying and organizing strategies;
  • Build trusted relationships with elected and appointed officials, agency decision-makers, the governor’s office, lobbyists and community stakeholders from across the political spectrum by finding the best messenger, bringing together unlikely allies, bolstering efforts with grassroots support, and  providing clear, fact-based analysis and resources;
  • Coordinate and collaborate with ACLU-LA staff to build and implement effective multi- disciplinary and integrated advocacy policy initiatives, involving a combination of policy, legal, communications, public education and organizing strategies;
  • Represent ACLU-LA in various community and stakeholder groups, build and lead coalitions with diverse stakeholders to advance shared policy goals, and work in partnership with other organizations;
  • Facilitate research and drafting of legislation and amendments that advance key policies for ACLU-LA;
  • Prepare written materials in collaboration with the communications director, including legislative testimony, action alerts, talking points, issues briefs, policy reports, and website content;
  • Design and maintain clear and quantifiable systems for tracking policy progress in and out of session;
  • Work collaboratively with the national ACLU and other ACLU affiliates to advance nationwide policy campaigns;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the executive director.

Qualifications:

  • BA required. Graduate degree and/or law degree preferred and three years of state or national legislative, political or policy advocacy work;
  • Understanding of the legislative process and the ability to build respectful relationships across the political spectrum;
  • Experience writing actionable plans around long and short-term goals built with strict timelines and measurable progress indicators that generated real outcomes;
  • Exceptional analytical, research, writing and oral advocacy skills, as well as the ability to articulate complex issues and to communicate them tactfully and effectively to a variety of audiences;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain allies and work collaboratively across the political spectrum with diverse coalitions, including navigating internal political dynamics among partner groups, and a personal approach that values and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socioeconomic circumstances;
  • Familiarity and experience applying an expansive toolbox of strategies to move decision-makers and voters, including paid and earned media, message testing, field organizing, online activism, constituent engagement, etc.;
  • Understanding of campaign planning, roles, communications, and coordination;
  • Exceptional initiative, vision and ambition to build a strategic, integrated advocacy program through a broad range of short- and long-term political and lobbying tactics;
  • Passion for, and a well-articulated knowledge of, civil liberties, civil rights and racial justice, and a familiarity with the work and mission of the ACLU;
  • Ability to listen, guide and support people to achieve common goals;
  • Keen attention to detail; ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects at various stages of completion; good problem-solving skills and a positive, professional attitude with sound judgment, flexibility, determination and good humor in a fast-paced, sometimes high-pressure office;
  • Ambitious, creative, and results-oriented initiative and a desire to learn, pitch-in, and anticipate new projects; ability to collaborate, including working closely with the executive director and colleagues at the ACLU-LA and national ACLU;
  • An absolute commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards; and
  • Willingness to work beyond 9 to 5, especially during the legislative session, and to travel throughout Louisiana as needed.

Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU of Louisiana. Benefits include medical and disability insurance, 401(k) and vacation, holiday and sick leave.

Application Procedure and Deadline: Applications will be reviewed starting the week of June 24, 2019 and will be accepted until the position is filled, at which time the posting will be removed from the ACLU- LA/ACLU websites. Please email PDFs of your letter of interest, resume, professional writing sample no longer than five pages and three professional references to careers@laaclu.org with the subject “Advocacy Director.” Please state in your letter of interest how you learned of this position.

The ACLU of Louisiana is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Louisiana encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to arrest or conviction, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.

 

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