Advocacy Director, ND Chapter of the ACLU [SD-04]

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Fargo, ND 58107, USA
  • Jun 28, 2018
Full time Public Policy

Job Description

Advocacy Director, North Dakota Chapter of the ACLU [SD-04], North Dakota

Office:  National Offices, South Dakota

Location:  North Dakota


JUNE 26, 2018


Advocacy Director, ND Chapter of the ACLU [SD-04]

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

South Dakota, North Dakota & Wyoming


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 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, record of arrest or conviction.

Headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD, the ACLU-SD defends civil liberties and civil rights in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wyoming. This position is based out of our Fargo, ND office.



The Advocacy Director position is a remarkable opportunity for a politically astute and strategic person to advance civil liberties and civil rights in North Dakota at the state and local level.  The successful candidate will be a natural relationship-builder who is driven to produce noticeable results, and has strong project management skills. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Advocacy Director will be responsible for creating a strong and robust presence in ND.



  • Lead the ACLU-ND advocacy program, including developing and executing multi-disciplinary priority issue campaigns to advance civil liberties and civil rights, involving a combination of grassroots and policy advocacy, and communication strategies at the state and local levels consistent with organizational priorities
  • Establish and cultivate collaborative relationships with community partners, coalition, and stakeholders, as well as ACLU members to identify issues around civil rights and civil liberties issues
  • Plan and execute a series of advocacy campaigns to build statewide presence
  • Organize, lead, and participate in community education events, meetings and trainings  
  • Prepare materials in collaboration with communications staff, including blog and social media posts, issue briefs, letters, talking points, reports, action alerts, website updates, and op-eds.  Work with communications staff to identify and develop stories of impacted individuals
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the ACLU-ND both with the press and as a professional representative of the organization
  • Monitor and track priority bills during the legislative session and interim committees.  Represent the ACLU-ND at hearings and meetings, public forums, task forces, workgroups, conferences, and community groups as necessary



  • BA required
  • Experience in political, advocacy, organizing, or policy related field 
  • Commitment to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, goals and programs and with a broad appreciation for and sensitivity to the culture of the organization
  • Proactive and adept with key tools in advocacy and policy change, understanding of the political landscape, and the ability to work effectively across the political spectrum and on issues that require bi-partisan support
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities and to demonstrate grace under pressure
  • Ability to think creatively and to use non-litigation strategies to promote integrated advocacy campaigns 
  • Personal initiative and the ability to follow through with minimal direct supervision
  • Strong interpersonal skills including an ability to resolve conflicts in a manner that respect relationships with colleagues and community partners. Emotionally mature, with a sense of humor and ability to maintain balance and perspective. Works collaboratively and shares responsibility and credit
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with staff and partners from diverse backgrounds, coalitions, community groups, and volunteers
  • Ability to work evening and weekend hours and commute to meetings and events throughout the state as needed (on occasion there will be travel to the ACLU-SD office)
  • Attend national and regional ACLU trainings and staff conferences



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



Please send cover letter and resume by email to  Reference  [SD-04]  in subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU email address.  This email address is specific to the department. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. 


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 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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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.”




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