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The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (ACLU-GA) seeks a smart, sophisticated and dynamic leader with a mix of public policy advocacy and issue-based campaign experience to help the organization achieve its public policy goals. The most immediate project involves a campaign to reform Georgia’s criminal justice system.
The ACLU of Georgia, the state-wide affiliate of the national ACLU, is a nonpartisan public interest organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights through litigation, policy advocacy and public education. The Georgia affiliate is poised for significant growth, and we are looking for an experienced, dynamic and passionate individual who is excited to join our team.
The ACLU of Georgia plays an important role in the national discussion on civil liberties and is one of the state’s premier public advocacy organizations. By shaping and delivering our public policy work, the Political Director will have a major impact on this discussion. For more information, please visit www.acluga.org
The ACLU works to advance civil liberties by employing litigation, public policy advocacy, public education, organizing, communications and social media to protect and promote a broad range of individual rights, including freedom of speech, racial justice, privacy, religious liberty, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, voting rights, immigrant rights and rights for people with disabilities. The organization often works with broad coalitions of conservatives, moderates, and progressives.
Although the ACLU’s reputation is built on effective litigation at every level of the justice system, civil liberties cannot be protected in the courts alone. It is necessary to advocate in the halls of government and in the court of public opinion, and while the organization has had a legislative lobbying program, its political advocacy has not attained the scale or the impact of its legal program.
The ACLU of Georgia now seeks to build a more expansive advocacy infrastructure to increase the organization’s effectiveness in achieving its public policy objectives. The goal is to advance a powerful political strategy to stop or change legislation that restricts individual freedoms and advances legislation to strengthen civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU will also involve itself in statewide ballot initiatives to achieve policy changes and, when necessary, mount campaigns to defeat ballot measures hostile to civil liberties.
The Political Director is a new role designed to shape and lead the ACLU-GA’s public policy advocacy and political strategy. The ACLU-GA seeks an exceptional individual to lead this work in collaboration with key Georgia and national ACLU leaders. The Political Director will play a key role along with the Executive Director and other members of ACLU-GA’s staff in shaping the overall vision of the organization’s work.
The Political Director will report to the Executive Director and will supervise a department that currently includes a Policy Counsel, who is the organization’s representative before the Georgia Legislature and other governmental bodies, and a Policy Advocate, who organizes community engagement work across the state. Additional positions are planned for the future.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for a talented leader to play a central role in shaping a new and bold vision to protect the liberties that define our democracy. We seek candidates with expertise in political, ballot and legislative campaigns to develop and lead a statewide strategy and drive a period of remarkable and exciting change for the ACLU – all at a critical juncture for civil rights and civil liberties in our nation.
While no one person will possess all of the qualities described below, the ideal candidate will have the following professional experience and demonstrated skills:
The successful candidate will have deep substantive knowledge of the operation of the political, public policy and advocacy arenas in Georgia. The ideal candidate will be highly respected and possess the credibility to be able to deal across the political aisle and with all branches of government. Regardless of political background, the ACLU-GA Political Director needs to be politically savvy and highly strategic, and have the ability to cultivate strong relationships with all key external constituencies and policy makers across party lines.
The ideal candidate will possess management experience along with a demonstrated track record of effectively running a team or organization. The new Director will know how to run a campaign, including how to recruit top talent and leverage staff members, as well as the resources in other departments. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have experience motivating and directing volunteers. The successful candidate will value talent and will inspire and motivate teams to work together with a clear direction and purpose.
While the successful candidate must be a decisive, strategic leader, this individual also must have outstanding interpersonal skills. He/she will be a collaborator, motivator, and campaign builder. He/she must have the ability to build relationships and use influence effectively to accomplish the goals of the ACLU.
This individual must also be able to represent the organization externally in all venues. In order to do this, he/she must be an outstanding communicator: articulate and persuasive, able to convince others to act on information or recommendations based on compelling logic or common best interests.
The successful candidate will possess a keen sense of humor and a gracious manner as well as a style that is collegial, approachable, direct, and decisive.
Salary is commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU of Georgia’s compensation scale. Excellent benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, health and dental insurance, life and disability coverage and a Defined Contribution 401(k) retirement plan.
Please send a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, and indication of where you learned of this career opportunity, resume and three professional references (including contact information for each) to firstname.lastname@example.org Please reference Political Director in the subject line.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
This job announcement provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.
ACLU of Georgia is an equal opportunity / fair chance employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU-GA encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.
The ACLU-GA undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.
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