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- Advocacy and Policy Associate, NY, USA

- Advocacy and Policy Associate, NY, USA

American Civil Liberties Foundation 

National Political Advocacy Department, New York, NY

 Office: National Offices, New York, NY

Location: New York

Career Opportunity


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 and record of arrest or conviction.

The ACLU National Office in New York City seeks a full-time Advocacy and Policy Associate to join its National Political Advocacy Department.  The duration of this position is one year with the possibility of an extension.


The United States abolished imprisonment for civil debt nearly two centuries ago, and in 1983, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed that judges cannot jail people because they can’t afford court fines. And yet, many states are doing just that—jailing poor people for failing to pay monetary penalties, including fines, fees, costs, and restitution imposed as part of criminal sentences. The result—modern-day debtors’ prisons—imposes devastating human costs, wastes taxpayer money, and creates a two-tiered system of justice.

The ACLU has been challenging this troubling trend both inside and outside the courtroom. It strategically pursues litigation, legislation, and public education to end practices that jail people simply because of their poverty. We are looking for an Advocacy and Policy Strategist, or an Advocacy and Policy Associate to join our team to focus on these efforts.

ROLES and Responsibilities

In partnership with colleagues from other Departments the Associate will:

Support strategic plans to work with judges, court administrators, and professional legal associations to develop best practices, devise judicial and legal trainings and otherwise advocate for ending the practices that lead to modern-day debtor prisons.

Develop materials and tools to further collaborations with local and national partners and strategic advocacy.

Facilitate relationships with allies and other organizations to further advocacy goals.

Perform other duties as assigned.

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.

Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.

Experience and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have 3- 4 years combined experience in the following:

Experience developing relationships with lawyers, judges, and court administrators.

Basic understanding of legal principles and court proceedings.

Familiarity with the legislative process.

Experience building and maintaining coalitions.

Organizing background and experience on advocacy campaigns strongly preferred.

Demonstrated ability to build and motivate teams and work effectively in a team environment in both a lead and support role.

Outstanding writing and verbal communication skills.

Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.

Commitment to civil rights and civil liberties.

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 a relevant writing sample to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - reference [NPAD-14/ACLU-W] in the subject line.

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.

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.

The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Correspondence sent to this email address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.

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.”


Job posted on 21 August 2017.

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