The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is looking for a sophisticated and experienced policy advocate as our full-time Advocacy Director to create, manage, and implement a program of strategic policy advocacy that grows the ACLU of Alaska’s political power and advances its civil liberties and civil rights agenda. The Advocacy Director captains the organization’s policy advocacy and organizing work, with primary responsibility for state and local legislative and executive branch advocacy, as well as engagement with ballot measure campaigns, our Congressional delegation, and coalition partners. As a member of the ACLU of Alaska’s senior staff, the Advocacy Director will report directly to the Executive Director. The position is in Anchorage but will require periodic travel throughout the state and to Juneau during the legislative session.
Who we are
The ACLU of Alaska is the Alaska affiliate of the national ACLU, the nation’s oldest and largest protector of the Bill of Rights. We are Alaska’s premier nonprofit, nonpartisan civil rights and civil liberties advocate, litigating, educating, advocating, and organizing to defend and expand Alaskans’ constitutional rights and individual freedoms. As part of the ACLU’s 100th anniversary in 2020, and in the wake of the Trump administration’s daily assaults on civil liberties, the ACLU of Alaska is embarking on its most ambitious advocacy yet, which includes eliminating discrimination against LGBTQ individuals, dramatically reforming the criminal legal system, ensuring that all Americans can freely and easily vote, paring back the national security state and strengthening the right to privacy, and defeating perennial attempts to restrict women’s right to safe and legal abortions.
- Strategy: Conceive a broad vision for policy advocacy that furthers the ACLU of Alaska’s goals, and develop long- and short-term plans to execute that vision and measure progress. Develop and implement a strategic legislative and policy program at the state and local levels that leverages opportunities for bipartisan support, and utilizes lobbying, advocacy, and organizing tactics to advance core civil liberties priorities.
- Relationship Management: Build and manage trusted relationships with lawmakers, agency decision makers, staff, the Governor’s office, lobbyists, coalition partners, and other stakeholders by providing clear, fact-based analysis and resources.
- Lobbying and Policy Advocacy: Execute the ACLU of Alaska’s legislative agenda utilizing appropriate strategies and tactics: lobby members of the legislature, their staff, and the Governor’s office, analyze and track legislation, draft amendments and prepare and deliver both written and oral testimony. Participate in legislative interim activity, attend legislative hearings, and participate in policy-related workgroups, coalitions, and meetings. Work collaboratively with the national ACLU and other ACLU affiliates to advance nationwide policy campaigns.
- Organizing: Further, our advocacy is oriented towards systemic change and policy action, moving decision-makers to make decisions that result in the advancement of specific campaign objectives. Represent the ACLU of Alaska in various community and stakeholder groups; build and lead coalitions with diverse stakeholders and work in partnership with other organizations;
- Integrated Advocacy: Engage in deep collaboration with colleagues in the communications and legal staff, as well as with national policy staff, to ensure integration across departments and tactics to achieve the ACLU of Alaska’s programmatic goals. Work in partnership with communications staff to co-produce external communications on policy issues, including legislative action alerts and fact sheets, talking points, letters to the editor, press statements, website updates, and op-eds.
- Staff Management: Supervise the Advocacy Manager. Recruit, hire, and supervise interns, as needed. Manage a contract lobbyist in Juneau.
- Other Responsibilities: Serve as a spokesperson for the ACLU of Alaska, with the Communications Director, and the Executive Director. Work with the Executive Director and Director of Philanthropy to participate in budget, donor, and planning meetings as needed.
- At least five years of state or national legislative, political, or policy advocacy experience, preferably in Alaska, with experience supervising staff and leading teams, and ability to listen, guide, and support people to achieve common goals;
- Understanding the legislative process, political strategic planning, and the ability to build respectful and productive relationships across the political spectrum;
- Demonstrated ability to build and sustain allies and work collaboratively across the political spectrum with diverse coalitions, including developing shared plans, coordinating external and internal communications, and navigating internal political dynamics among partner groups, and a personal approach that values and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socioeconomic circumstances;
- Exceptional initiative, vision, and ambition to build a strategic, integrated advocacy program, as well as passion for, and a well-articulated knowledge of, civil liberties and social justice, and a familiarity with the work and mission of the ACLU;
- Exceptional analytical, research, writing, and oral advocacy skills, as well as the ability to articulate legal concepts and complex issues and to communicate them tactfully and effectively to a variety of audiences;
- Keen attention to detail; ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects at various stages of completion; good problem-solving skills and a positive, professional attitude with sound judgment, flexibility, determination, and good humor in a fast-paced, sometimes high-pressure office;
- Ambitious, creative, and results-oriented initiative, with a desire to learn, pitch-in, and anticipate new projects; is relentlessly positive and flexible; and flourishes in a team environment, being equally comfortable in lead and support roles;
- An absolute commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards;
- Willingness to work beyond 9 to 5, particularly during the legislative session, and to travel throughout Alaska as needed;
- Education or relevant work experience equivalent to college degree, with advanced degree in an applicable field (e.g., law, public policy) strongly preferred.
- Fluency with computers and Microsoft Office/Office 365.
This is an exempt, full-time, at-will position. The salary range is $70,000 to $85,000 and includes excellent benefits, including health, dental, disability, and life insurance, a 401(k) plan with an employer-match, 13½ paid holidays per year, 2 weeks of sick leave per year, and 3¼ weeks of vacation in your first year.
How to apply
If this seems like you, please email PDFs of your
- a professional writing sample that has not been substantially edited by others;
- three professional references; and
- a cover letter describing why you think you’d be great at this job
to email@example.com with the subject “Advocacy Director.” Please state in your letter of interest how you learned of this position.
To be assured of consideration for the position, you should apply before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2020. Applications received after that date will be considered if the position remains available.
The ACLU of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction.