MPA Job list**State Strategist - American Civil Liberties Union
angela.stefaniak at cppa.utah.edu
Thu Aug 16 12:31:56 MDT 2007
STATE STRATEGIST [LGLF-31]
*AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION*
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.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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
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.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
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
HOW TO APPLY
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 aclu.org
<mailto:hrjobs at aclu.org> <mailto:hrjobs at aclu.org>. *Reference**
[LGLF-31/WACLU]* in subject line -- or by mail to:
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
Master of Public Policy Program <http://www.mpp.utah.edu>
Demography Certificate Program <http://www.demography.utah.edu>
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