Colorado ACLU ~ Job Opening

Dear Wayward Bill & Others,

The ACLU of Colorado asked that we distribute this job posting.  Please contact them if you have any further questions.



Position Overview:
The ACLU of Colorado is seeking to fill the position of Public Policy Director with an experienced legislative and policy advocate. The Public Policy Director is a member of the ACLU of Colorado’s senior leadership team and is responsible for advancing the civil liberties agenda of the ACLU before the Colorado legislature, executive branch, as well as city, county, or state governmental bodies. The position will advocate for the policies of the ACLU through one-on-one lobbying of legislators, working with staff of key policymakers, coalition building, planning legislative strategies, drafting legislation, developing public education strategies, presenting testimony, and involving ACLU members and leaders in the policy work of the organization. The public Policy Director works under the supervision of the Executive Director and in close collaboration with the ACLU of Colorado’s legal, development, and communications teams. The Director will manage public policy staff and contract positions.


Responsible for the creation, development, and management of a Public Policy Department, which potentially include a legislative manager, public education manager, field manager, and contract lobbyist;


Develop and oversee the implementation of broad strategies to promote policy changes at the city, county, and state levels around ACLU of Colorado’s key issues, which include over-incarceration, racial profiling, religious liberties, prisoner treatment, police practices, immigrant’s rights, criminal justice reform, and free speech, among others;


Collaborate with the Legal Director and staff attorneys to analyze legislation before the Colorado legislature and work to defeat bills that jeopardize civil liberties, by lobbying committee members, educating the Governor’s staff on civil liberties implications of legislation, providing committee testimony on behalf of the ACLU, and securing strong bipartisan sponsors of ACLU initiatives;


Research, write, and edit policy and advocacy materials, including public policy reports, issue briefs, letters, press statements, opinion editorials, action alerts, and talking points related to ACLU’s policy work;


Lead ACLU efforts to enhance our statewide presence by mobilizing members, volunteers, and activists to participate in coalitions around policy initiatives, attend strategy meetings and events in legislators’ districts, and work with local media to promote ACLU’s public policy priorities;


Develop strategic campaigns integrating legislative and public education efforts;


Build volunteer and intern programs to develop the potential of ACLU’s diverse constituencies;


Lead the work of the ACLU ’s Legislative Committee;


Work with the national ACLU and other affiliates regarding public policy matters; and prepare reports to key funders on ACLU public policy activities.



B .A . required and at least 8 years of substantial experience in public policy development, legislative advocacy, government affairs, public education, or political campaign work;


Minimum of 5 years of staff management experience;


Demonstrated commitment to work in diverse communities; Fluency in Spanish preferred;


Ideal person will be adept with key tools in advocacy and policy change, understand political landscape and be able to work on issues that require bipartisan support to lead to policy change;


Advanced communications skills including public speaking, persuasive writing and negotiations.  

Ability to communicate tactfully and effectively, both orally and in writing, with a wide range of external contacts;


Ability to analyze and articulate legal concepts and other complex issues and to communicate them to the public; a “quick study” on a dynamic array of issues;


Demonstrated commitment to a broad range of civil liberties issues, particularly individual liberties, racial justice, criminal justice, and issues involving youth;


Ability to keep organized in a fast-paced environment, to manage several projects simultaneously, and to adjust to frequently changing demands;


Experience in supervising and motivating volunteers and working cooperatively with groups;


Creative, result-oriented, self-starting, willing to learn, able to inspire collaboration and work beyond normal business hours.


Proficiency in Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and Outlook, and ability to prepare graphic presentation and conduct internet research.


Salary based on experience. Excellent benefits include 12 days paid vacation, paid sick leave, and two personal days; medical and dental insurance; life and long-term disability insurance; 401 (k) with matching contribution; and eleven paid holidays.


To Apply:
Send a cover letter, resume, three professional references (notice will be given before references are checked) and a writing sample related to public policy positions to:
Please put “Public Policy Director” in the subject line.
Applications will be reviewed as received. Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately, but initial reviews will be conducted before October 25, 2010.
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.

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