The ACLU of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA) seeks a Campaign Director to lead its statewide multi-year Smart Justice campaign to drastically reduce the commonwealth’s jail and prison populations and to combat racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Candidates should have successful experience managing issue advocacy campaigns and leadership experience in statewide efforts that include coalition partnerships, lobbying, strategic communications, organizing, and electoral work.
The ACLU-PA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest organization, dedicated to defending and enhancing personal freedoms protected by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights through litigation, legislative advocacy, organizing, and community education. It is a fast-paced environment that addresses headline-making issues with powerful personal stories and dynamic, precedent-setting solutions. The ACLU-PA has ten volunteer chapters, approximately 52,000 members and donors, 24 full-time employees, and a $3.8 million operating budget.The ACLU-PA is expanding its advocacy infrastructure to increase the ACLU’s effectiveness in advancing civil rights and liberties. The ACLU-PA will be receiving significant investment and support over the next several years to execute campaigns that blend our traditional legislative, communications, and legal strategies with the mobilization of our rapidly growing supporter base.
The Campaign Director will lead a groundbreaking campaign to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania. This person joins the ACLU-PA during a period of growth and at a critical juncture for civil rights and civil liberties in our nation. The Campaign Director will report to the Director of Advocacy and Policy and will lead an interdisciplinary, cross-departmental campaign team. This position will be based in Harrisburg or Philadelphia, although it will require frequent travel around the state. People with personal experience being incarcerated or otherwise impacted by the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply.
Pennsylvania has the highest rate of incarceration in the Northeast, with approximately 50,000 individuals held in the state system. State spending on corrections increased 50 percent between FY2006 and FY2015, from $1.6 billion to $2.4 billion. Between 2005 and 2014, Pennsylvania’s incarceration rate increased 16 percent, in contrast to other states in the region such as New York and New Jersey, whose incarceration rates fell 18 percent and 24 percent, respectively. The state’s machine of mass incarceration severely limits the ability of people, disproportionately people of color, to participate in the social, political and economic life of this country.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Salary is commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU-PA compensation scale. Excellent benefits include generous vacation and sick leave; individual/family employer-provided health insurance; life insurance and long-term disability; defined contribution plan with employer match; and 10 paid holidays. This position is full-time, salaried, and exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
To apply, send a letter of application (cover letter), resume, and a copy of a previous campaign plan you’ve written with metrics, goals, and objectives (it is acceptable to submit plans that have been redacted for confidentiality reasons) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your last name and “Campaign Director” in the subject line of the email. In your letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website,www.aclupa.org/jobs.
The ACLU-PA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU-PA encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, people with records of arrest or conviction, veterans, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to apply.
The ACLU-PA comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union (the “Union”) of Pennsylvania and the ACLU Foundation (the “Foundation”) of Pennsylvania. The Union is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation, and ACLU membership dues fund its lobbying work. Donations to the Union are not tax-deductible. The ACLU Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Foundation funds support litigation and public education efforts. Donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible. The Campaign Director is an employee of the ACLU of Pennsylvania.
Both the ACLU of Pennsylvania and the ACLU Foundation of Pennsylvania have the same overall mission, and share office space, employees, and the same board of directors. The two entities are jointly known by the term “ACLU of Pennsylvania.”
ACLU-PA’s hiring process will comply with Philadelphia’s Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards (“Ban the Box”) ordinance.