Job Details

Advocacy Policy Counsel

Company name

American Civil Liberties Union

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

Jul 31,2018

Posted on

May 15,2018

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


New York City, NY
Practice Area
Government and Government Relations >> Government and Government Relations
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Advocacy & Policy Counsel RESPONSIBILITIES: Monitor, research, and analyze opportunities for decarceration in states and localities across the country. Draft and analyze legislation. Draft policy analyses designed to effect change by state policymakers. Conduct research on proposed state legislation and policy initiatives. Develop and produce advocacy and public education tools, including reports and briefers, for use by the Campaign. Work with union affiliates in setting policy goals and developing strategies to achieve decarceration outcomes. Provide policy support to priority union affiliate offices engaged in decarceration advocacy campaigns. Identify analytical and research needs to support the Campaign’s policy goals. Facilitate intra-organizational working groups oriented around key Campaign policy priorities. Represent the union in national coalitions and develop relationships with allies and other organizations to further advocacy goals. Help supervise, mentor, and guide the work of the Campaign’s Policy Counsel. 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, record of arrest or conviction. Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.

Qualification and Experience

QUALIFICATIONS: A JD degree and 5+ years of experience working in criminal justice policy advocacy. Personal experience being incarcerated or in other ways entangled with the criminal justice system, preferred. Strong familiarity with the criminal justice system and with public policy and legislative processes. Exceptional ability to conduct legal and policy analysis and research. Ability to work independently as well as within a team. Excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills. Ability to communicate complex legal issues to the general public. Ability to simultaneously handle multiple tasks, work efficiently and quickly, and meet deadlines, while remaining composed under pressure. Passion for and demonstrated commitment to criminal justice reform and racial justice.

Additional info

Send a cover letter, resume and a relevant writing sample. Reference: CSJ-05/ACLU

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street
19th Floor
New York City, NY 10004

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