MPA Job list***Public Policy Advocate - American Civil Liberties Union of Utah

Angie Stefaniak angela.stefaniak at cppa.utah.edu
Thu May 15 15:13:32 MDT 2008


*American Civil Liberties Union of Utah - Public Policy Advocate *
The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah seeks an experienced leader 
to serve as our
Public Policy Advocate with primary responsibility for advancing the 
ACLU's policy priorities through
coalition building, implementing legislative strategies (including 
lobbying), field organizing and
involving ACLU members and leaders in the policy work of the organization.
RESPONSIBILITIES:
Legislative Advocacy
. Devise and implement strategies to advance the ACLU's legislative 
agenda including working
with legislators, members, coalition partners and the public.
. Work with the staff attorney, analyze pending legislation, and prepare 
advocacy letters,
summaries, and reports.
. Prepare and deliver testimony on pending legislation.
. Represent the ACLU in meetings of ad hoc legislative coalitions and 
before various
community groups as requested.
Field Advocacy
. Design and implement grassroots strategies to mobilize ACLU of Utah 
members and
supporters to take meaningful action on ACLU's local, state, and 
national agenda.
. Expand use of web-based technologies as a tool for activists to 
advance ACLU of Utah's
program goals.
. Develop targeted mailings and email alerts to ACLU of Utah members on 
legislative topics;
organize phone banks, track activist participation.
. Work to increase the ACLU's presence statewide and grassroots 
effectiveness, including
yearly planning, special event development, town halls, membership 
campaigns and
coalition-building opportunities.
. Devise and implement strategies to motivate and engage young people, 
including working
with school and college groups advancing the ACLU's policy campaigns.
Issue Campaigns
. Plan and coordinate selected issue campaigns.
. Strengthen and nurture alliances with communities of color, 
communities of faith, the
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender communities, youth groups and other 
interest groups on
key issues.
. Work with the Development Director to develop written materials, 
including information
packets, letters, flyers, and other documents to advance issue campaigns.
. Represent the ACLU in various coalitions and before community groups.
. Work with the national ACLU on various federal or nationwide issues.
Other
. Recruit, train, and supervise Field interns.
. Attend various ACLU functions. Handle other projects, as assigned.
. Engage in public speaking, write articles for the organization's 
newsletter and articulate the
ACLU's view to the public on a broad range of issues.
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
. Bachelor's Degree required. Advanced degree in related field (public 
policy, social work,
journalism, sociology, law) helpful but not required.
. Excellent leadership skills to facilitate communication and 
collaboration.
. Experience in developing and coordinating successful political, 
legislative, or activist
campaigns.
. Experience with on-line organizing and communication.
. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; experience as a 
public spokesperson
and advocate; ability to speak and write Spanish a plus.
. Ability to work effectively with lawyers and other professional staff; 
comfort with analyzing
and articulating legal concepts and other complex issues and 
communicating them to a
variety of audiences; a "quick study" on a dynamic array of issues.
. Ability to keep organized in a fast-paced environment, to manage 
several projects
simultaneously, and to adjust to frequently changing demands.
. Proficient in Microsoft Office; familiarity with Mac and Windows 
environments helpful.
. Experience in supervising and motivating volunteers and working 
cooperatively with groups.
. Familiarity with and a demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and 
civil rights; personal
enthusiasm and a confident, professional presentation.
. A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the 
individual and respects
differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, 
religion, ability and socioeconomic
circumstance.
. Ability to work occasional overtime or irregular hours, to attend 
evening meetings, and to
travel.
. Energy, collegiality, creativity and a sense of humor.
Compensation and Benefits:
Salary commensurate with experience. Paid time off in accordance with 
ACLU of Utah policies and
procedures. Additionally, the ACLU of Utah currently offers excellent 
medical and dental insurance,
disability insurance and a pension plan.
Application: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Electronic applications in MS Word or pdf preferred. Submit a letter of 
interest, current résumé, a
writing sample (less than five pages), a 3-5 year salary history and the 
names and telephone
numbers of three references to: aclu at acluutah.org
The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and 
encourages women, people of
color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and 
transgender individuals to apply.
ABOUT THE ACLU OF UTAH
The ACLU of Utah is an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, 
a national public interest
organization, which is the leading defender of civil liberties 
guaranteed by our nation's Bill of Rights.
The ACLU of Utah is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2008. With a 
current staff of four, the ACLU of
Utah and its Foundation operate jointly as private, nonprofit 
organizations. To achieve our mission,
we manage legal, legislative and public education programs on a broad 
range of constitutional
issues including discrimination, free speech, religious freedom, 
reproductive rights, racial justice,
GLBT rights, and privacy. The ACLU has more than 2600 members in Utah.
 
 
-- 
Angie Stefaniak, MPA
Program Manager
Master of Public Policy Program <http://www.mpp.utah.edu>
Demography Certificate Program <http://www.demography.utah.edu>
801-585-7834
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