MPA Job list**State Strategist - American Civil Liberties Union

Angie Stefaniak angela.stefaniak at
Thu Aug 16 12:31:56 MDT 2007

Racial Justice Program, NYC

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nationwide, nonprofit, 
nonpartisan organization dedicated to the principles of liberty and 
equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution.

The ACLU's Racial Justice Program (RJP) is seeking a dynamic and 
resourceful *State Strategist *to work in its New York national office. 
RJP attorneys and staff work on a broad range of racial justice issues, 
including criminal justice, juvenile justice, felon enfranchisement, 
affirmative action, right to counsel, racial profiling, and education 
including the "school to prison pipeline." The State Strategist will 
work to further the strategic goals and vision of the Racial Justice 

The State Strategist will identify and analyze current and emerging 
local and regional issues, help identify strategic opportunities, and 
support the legal, legislative and advocacy work of the Program in 
geographic and issue targeted areas. The State Strategist will also work 
to mobilize ACLU Affiliates and organizational allies around the country 
in support of local, state, regional or national campaigns on RJP issues.


Analyze local, state and regional policies, practices and laws for 
potential issue organizing, legislative advocacy or litigation. Support 
and identify initiatives relevant to RJP priorities locally and regionally.

Work with RJP staff to generate and provide ACLU affiliates with 
materials, tools and resources to support relevant issue organizing, 
legislative advocacy and litigation efforts.

Mobilize and coordinate ACLU affiliate work on targeted RJP issues. 
Develop relations with allies and other organizations consistent with 
these efforts.

Design and implement state campaigns, providing affiliates with 
technical and organizing assistance necessary to effect change in their 
states. Conduct outreach and follow-up with affiliates to ensure 
progress is made in key campaigns.

Help design and implement state legislative reform efforts including: 
drafting, revising and/or analyzing statutory language; identifying 
potential bill sponsors and supporters; testifying before state 
legislative bodies or assisting others to do the same, including 
preparation of testimony; developing, modifying and/or updating 
legislative advocacy materials.

Monitor state legislative activity relevant to targeted priorities and 
communicate regularly with affiliate staff and others at the state and 
national level to track the progress of legislation and related 
developments and evaluate the policy environment in which reform is 
likely to be advanced.

Draft or otherwise facilitate the placement of Op-Ed pieces, articles 
and other public education materials for strategic impact in conjunction 
with targeted campaigns.


Bachelor's Degree required. Minimum of 2 years relevant experience 
required, 3-5 years preferred. Excellent organizational and analytical 
skills. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the 
ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, including: 
attorneys, advocates, impacted communities and the general public. Must 
take initiative, think strategically and provide analytical responses. 
Excellent multi-tasking skills and the ability to meet multiple 
deadlines under pressure. Ability to work independently as well 
cooperatively within a team of lawyers and non-lawyers. Strong working 
knowledge of state legislative policy-making including experience 
developing and/or conducting state legislative and/or issue campaigns 
that involve lobbying, organizing, drafting statutory language and 
public communications. This is not a litigation position, but some legal 
knowledge and/or experience incorporating litigation in broader 
issue-based and legislative campaigns is required. Background and/or 
working knowledge of criminal justice issues preferred. Demonstrated 
interest in and commitment to racial justice, civil liberties and human 
rights. Excellent interpersonal skills. Knowledge of Spanish helpful. 
Willingness to travel.


The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits 
package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU 
compensation scale.


If you are a proactive and resourceful team player with a passion for 
public interest issues, please send a cover letter, current resume with 
references and a legal writing sample by email to hrjobs at 
<mailto:hrjobs at> <mailto:hrjobs at>. *Reference** 
[LGLF-31/WACLU]* in subject line -- or by mail to:

Human Resources
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, which will 
not be before September 15, 2007. Please indicate where you learned of 
this job posting.

 The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and 
encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with 
disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

 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."

Angie Stefaniak, MPA
Program Manager
Master of Public Policy Program <>
Demography Certificate Program <>
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