Assistant to the National Political Advocacy Department [NPAD-34]

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Washington, DC 20005
  • Jul 13, 2018
Full time Public Policy

Job Description

Assistant to the National Political Advocacy Department [NPAD-34]

Office:  National Offices, Washington, DC

Location:  District of Columbia


JULY 12, 2018


Assistant to the National Political Advocacy Department [NPAD-34]

American Civil Liberties Union

National Political Advocacy Department, Washington, DC


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, 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 cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a 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 ACLU is strictly nonpartisan and does not support or oppose candidates for public office. 

The ACLU seeks applicants for a full-time Assistant to the National Political Advocacy Department.  The position is based in Washington D.C. and reports to the National Political Director.



The ACLU is one of the nation’s largest advocacy organizations, though it is better known for its success in the nation’s courtrooms. The National Political Advocacy Department (NPAD) was created in 2015 to strengthen the work of the ACLU at the federal, state and local levels of government. This new department is harnessing the political power that comes from having more than one million members and supporters, as well as affiliates in every state. By organizing grassroots lobbying and issue campaigns using modern tactics, the ACLU seeks to achieve change as profound in the legislative arena as it has accomplished through the courts.

NPAD includes the ACLU Washington Legislative Office (WLO) in Washington, DC and staff based in the national headquarters in New York City who support the advocacy work of the ACLU’s 53 affiliates. The WLO lobbies Congress, federal agencies and the White House. Advocacy staff advise affiliates on policy, draft bills and talking points, design lobbying and issue campaigns, and provide advice on methods of public education and coalition building. The Director of the NPAD leads a staff of 40 people including federal lobbyists, state advocacy advisors and issue campaign strategists. The Director works with ACLU senior staff to set legislative strategy.

The NPAD Assistant would be responsible for working with staff in the WLO and Advocacy Department with administrative tasks necessary to effectively organize, lobby and win various issue campaigns. A successful candidate should be a self-starter, organized and detail oriented.



  • Compile and prepare expense reports.
  • Organize and schedule calls and meetings.
  • Facilitate document review and archiving.
  • Compile and package materials for meetings and briefings.
  • Compile submission for lobbying disclosure requirements.
  • Coordinate patch-thru calls for NPAD staff.
  • Facilitate internal review and approval of timesheets and other administrative forms.
  • Work with the Assistant to the National Political Director to track and manage the departmental budget.
  • Serve as a liaison between the finance department and NPAD.
  • Process payment vouchers and invoices.
  • Track agreements/contracts for all vendors within NPAD.
  • Work with the Assistant to the National Political Director to implement t process improvements for the department.
  • Serve as a liaison with the administrative teams in DC and NYC.
  • Help keep the lines of communications between teams within NPAD open and working appropriately.
  • Coordinate lobby day logistics and planning, including notifying participants, making travel arrangements, reserving hearing rooms, and catering.
  • Perform other duties and/or participate in ad hoc projects , as needed.



  • Bachelor’s degree and/or a minimum of 2 years relevant experience supporting and liaising with federal lobbyists, legislators or policy makers.
  • Highly organized with excellent time management skills; the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, and manage multiple projects simultaneously, often under strict deadlines is required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and confidence to navigate a large department and complex organization.
  • Must be self-motivated, demonstrate grace under pressure, and possess the ability to work both independently as well as within a team.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).
  • Excellent communications skills; verbal and writing.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU.



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 a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:  -  reference [NPAD-34/W] 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, and veteran status.  

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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.