Office: National Offices, Washington, DC
Location: District of Columbia
MAY 16, 2018
Legislative Counsel [NPAD-36]
American Civil Liberties Union
Washington Legislative Office, DC
National Political Advocacy Department
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 is ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, advancing racial justice, 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 and civil rights cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than one 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, or record of arrest or conviction.
During a time of unprecedented attacks on civil liberties, the Washington Legislative Office (WLO) of the National Political Advocacy Department (NPAD) seeks applicants for a Legislative Counsel to lead the ACLU’s federal policy advocacy civil rights and civil liberties. The position is located in our Washington, D.C. office.
The Legislative Counsel will be a leading advocate on civil liberties and civil rights issues, in representing the ACLU before Congress and the Executive Branch on a portfolio of issues focused on a wide range of civil and human rights issues including voting rights, employment discrimination, pay equity and census related issues and certain other civil rights matters, as well as other issues as assigned. The Legislative Counsel will be an energetic, thoughtful, and committed advocate, with the ability to act as a catalyst for change in a challenging political environment.
The Legislative Counsel will be part of an interdisciplinary team, focused primarily on federal policy, but will also advise legal and policy staff of ACLU state affiliates on policy questions related to civil rights. The Legislative Counsel will report to a Deputy Director of WLO, and will work closely and collaboratively with colleagues within WLO and the larger NPAD, as well as with other departments, including the litigation teams within the Legal Department and state affiliates.
Within a dynamic and challenging political environment, this is an ideal opportunity to work as part of a team to marshal ACLU resources, and lead a new movement to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and federal law.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:
The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter (with salary requirements), resume, writing sample, and the names and contact information for three references to: hrjobsWLO@aclu.org. Reference [NPAD-36] in the subject line.
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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