The ACLU of Alabama is one of the nation’s foremost defenders of civil liberties and civil rights. We are a part of the American Civil Liberties Union, a nonprofit nonpartisan organization with 54 local affiliates across the country. Our mission is to protect and advance the rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution by working through public education, legislative advocacy, and litigation.
The ACLU of Alabama seeks a Policy Strategist to work collaboratively with others in the Policy and Advocacy Department and across the organization to use tactical and strategic organizing and integrated advocacy to advance bold and impactful change in the areas of criminal law reform, voting rights, immigrants’ rights, gender equity, reproductive freedom, LGBTQI rights, and free speech and assembly in Alabama.
The Policy Strategist will be supervised by the Policy and Advocacy Director.
Roles & Responsibilities:
- Research, analyze, and report on local, state, and national laws and policies affecting Alabama communities, including quantitative and qualitative data as it relates to policy goals and priorities.
- Assess data, reports, polling, voter data, and relevant information to inform field strategy and outreach plans.
- Help develop and implement strategies to lobby Alabama legislators, the Governor’s office, and local officials to support bills and policies that advance ACLU of Alabama’s strategic priorities.
- Develop advocacy tools, including fact sheets, talking points, public education materials, position letters and policy briefs.
- Lobby under the supervision of the Policy and Advocacy Director full-time during legislative session (typically Feb-June) and any special sessions including track and analyze legislative proposals, prepare and/or review testimony and supporting material, create meaningful bi-partisan relationships with lawmakers, agency and department heads and government staff.
- Strategically work with Organizing and Special Projects Manager to engage ACLU of Alabama members and volunteers in legislative advocacy.
- Respond to media requests on legislative and public policy activity, in collaboration with the Executive Director, Policy and Advocacy Director, and Communication Department.
- Develop messaging and speak publicly on the ACLU’s behalf at events and forums.
- Forge and maintain relationships with people impacted by the criminal legal system, community leaders, allied organizations, legislative staff, and government officials. Exert influence at the local and state levels through a community-focused theory of change.
- Participate in strategy development for the department, making strategic recommendations. Contributes to the organization’s cross-departmental integrated advocacy by assessing various approaches to criminal legal reform objectives, including legislative advocacy, organizing, and litigation.
- Produce high-standard written products for internal and external audiences, based on original research and analysis.
- At least two years of experience working in a combination of public policy advocacy and research, political or advocacy campaigns, community organizing, and/or criminal law.
- Experience working with system-involved people and communities. People with personal experience with the criminal legal or immigrant detention system, including people who are formerly incarcerated or have a close family experience with incarceration, are encouraged to apply for this position.
- Extremely strong project and time management skills, including a high level of organization, demonstrated attention to detail and follow-through, and ability to balance and assign priorities to concurrent activities and responsibilities.
- Excellent relationship-building skills, an ability to inspire collaboration, and a demonstrated ability to thrive in diverse coalitions.
- Solid computer skills, including proficiency in word processing and communications tools.
- Ability to work non-traditional hours on occasion; willingness to travel regularly between around the state.
- Is passionate for, and has a well-articulated knowledge of, civil liberties and social justice, and a demonstrated commitment to civil liberties.
- Has existing relationships and credibility among communities affected by the Alabama criminal legal system and/or immigrant detention.
- Experience using relevant technical tools and knowledge-sharing resources, e.g., legislative tracking tools, voter-engagement systems, etc.
- Feels comfortable with producing qualitative and quantitative data analytics
Compensation and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU of Alabama: $45,000 - $55,000 DOE. Benefits include medical and disability insurance, 401(k) and vacation, holiday, and sick leave.
Application Process: Please submit a letter of interest, current resume and salary requirements via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Policy Strategist” in the subject field.
The ACLU of Alabama is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.