Out for Freedom Campaign Manager [PAAU-04]

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • New York, NY 10004
  • Jun 08, 2018
Full time Public Policy

Job Description

Out for Freedom Campaign Manager [PAAU-04], National Political Advocacy Department, NY

Office:  National Offices, New York, NY

Location:  New York


JUNE 6, 2018


Out for Freedom Campaign Manager [PAAU-04] 
American Civil Liberties Union
National Political Advocacy Department, NY


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’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBTQ 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, record of arrest or conviction.



The Out for Freedom Campaign Manager is responsible for leading an interdisciplinary team focused on achieving LGBTQ equality nationwide through strategic state and national advocacy campaigns to secure nondiscrimination protections, defeat anti-LGBTQ legislation and ballot measures, and change the way America thinks about LGBTQ people, so that it recognizes, accepts, and celebrates the full dignity and humanity of LGBTQ people.  

The Out for Freedom Campaign Manager supervises a campaign team that works in partnership with state ACLU affiliates and coalition partners to plan and organize winning state and national campaigns.  The campaign team will use tactics such as lobbying, polling and message research, earned and paid media, targeted constituent outreach, voter persuasion and turnout, grasstops engagement and deployment, and mobilization of the more than one million members in the ACLU activist network.

Reporting to the Issue Campaigns Director, the Out for Freedom Campaign Manager will be part of the ACLU’s issue campaigns team, which works across issues to build the ACLU’s political power and secure advocacy wins throughout the country, using every tool available to the ACLU.



  • Oversee the development and implementation of the ACLU’s nationwide campaign strategy to achieve the goals of the ACLU’s overall LGBTQ strategic plan
  • Plan and implement advocacy campaigns to advance LGBTQ equality in key states in partnership with state affiliates and other coalition partners
  • Manage an interdisciplinary team, including advocacy strategists, political consultants, and communications consultants to effectuate the campaign strategy   
  • Travel to targeted states to assess opportunities, develop campaign plans, build key relationships, and work with ACLU state affiliates on their advocacy
  • Provide legislative and strategic political guidance and tools to ACLU affiliates and state partners, including power-mapping, strategies for lobbying, decision-maker targeting, effective coalition building, community organizing, messaging and persuasion tactics, and public engagement in furtherance of LGBTQ equality
  • Work with others in the ACLU to make affiliate campaign grants and provide feedback to affiliates on grant commitments
  • Manage the nationwide campaign budget
  • Coordinate and strategize with state affiliates, Washington Legislative Office, People Power, field team, communications team, and legal department to bring to bear the most effective, coordinated effort to advance the ACLU’s LGBTQ policy priorities
  • Work with the legal, communications, and development departments and state affiliates to develop and update the ACLU’s overall LGBTQ strategic plan 
  • Develop expertise in LGBTQ rights and other key civil liberties issues
  • Play a leadership role 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
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, and record of arrest or conviction
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts



  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 7 years of experience developing, leading, and implementing electoral, legislative, ballot, or issue campaigns 
  • Experience managing teams required
  • Demonstrated understanding of the legislative process, ballot campaigns, and political strategic planning 
  • Experience advancing a political program at a national and/or state organization preferred
  • Familiarity and experience with 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.
  • Experience working in coalition, including developing shared plans, coordinating external and internal communications, and understanding internal political dynamics among partner groups 
  • Strong writing and communications skills 
  • Ability to take initiative, think creatively, problem solve, work well under pressure, and manage multiple priorities and projects effectively under tight deadlines
  • Experience and comfort working in fast-paced environments
  • Must possess and demonstrate the drive and dedication to move work from concept to implementation and completion
  • Willingness to travel 
  • Commitment to civil liberties and social justice issues



The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.



Please send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references to:   HRJobsNPAD@aclu.org.   Reference  [PAAU-04]  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.


 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 description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

The Department of Education has determined that employment in this position at the ACLU does not qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

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

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COMPENSATION The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.