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||Legislative Counsel/Lobbyist - ACLU Washington Legislative Office
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February 20, 2013
Legislative Counsel/Lobbyist [IRI-14/15] American Civil Liberties Union Washington Legislative Office, Washington, DC
For more than 92 years, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU), has been at the forefront of virtually every major battle for civil liberties and equal justice in this country. Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU has offices in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, and brings together the country's largest team of public interest lawyers, lobbyists, communication strategists, and members and activists in the advancement of equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society. The Washington Legislative Office (WLO) in the ACLU's National Office in Washington, DC seeks applicants for two full-time Legislative Counsel/Lobbyist positions. The positions are for a duration of two years.
The Legislative Counsel/Lobbyist will be part of an exciting new interdisciplinary team that will integrate and capitalize on the expertise of staff focused on litigation, communications, advocacy, and alliance and coalition building. The Legislative Counsel/Lobbyist will work under the supervision of the WLO Chief of Staff. While the primary focus of the position will concern a portfolio of issues related to immigrants' rights, the Counsel will be knowledgeable about a wide range of civil liberties issues, and will also be responsible for responding to emerging priorities as identified by the office.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Prepare and deliver testimony on pending legislation before Congressional committees; Research and draft legislative memoranda on federal bills and proposed administrative rules and regulations affecting civil liberties; Lobby members of Congress, their staff and administration officials to support ACLU positions on pending legislation and policy initiatives; Coordinate and conduct in-depth civil liberties briefings for Congressional and Executive Branch staff; Participate as the ACLU representative in meetings of ad hoc lobbying and policy coalitions; Work with national and local media to brief them on legislative and executive branch priorities; Collaborate with other ACLU national and affiliate staff and representatives of coalition allies. Organize, lead, and work with outside groups to bolster support for ACLU policy goals or to minimize opposition to those goals; Coordinate efforts across the organization including legal projects, communications staff, state strategists, and affiliates around the country to keep them abreast of and enlist their support for ACLU lobbying work on the relevant portfolio of issues; and Supervise an administrative staff person, ACLU volunteers and interns.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
J.D. degree, other advanced degree, or equivalent legislative experience is required; Three (3) or more years of combined experience working on legislative and policy matters. Experience in the field of immigrants' rights is preferred; Excellent verbal and written communication skills, Demonstrated ability to analyze legislative and administrative policy; Ability to work independently, as well as within a team; An understanding of issues relating to law, public policy and the strategies and tools needed to achieve policy change using federal legislative, administrative, and regulatory processes; A capacity to organize, lead and work with coalitions to achieve lobbying goals; Litigation or lobbying experience involving civil liberties or related public interest issues is a plus. Immigrants' rights experience is strongly preferred, including knowledge of key policy issues related to immigration reform, enforcement, detention and deportation.
Commitment to the mission of the ACLU.
The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter (with salary requirements), resume and writing sample that demonstrates legal or policy analysis skills via email hrjobsWLO@aclu.org. Please reference [IRI-14/15/ACLU-W] in the subject line. Please note that this email address is specific to the Department in which the vacancy exists. In order to ensure your application is received, please make certain it is sent to the correct e- mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of your application materials.
Alternatively, application materials may be sent by mail American Civil Liberties Union
915 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
This job description 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 job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.
The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: Recruitment@aclu.org.
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."
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