ACLU California Action - Legislative Attorney/Advocate (Sacramento)

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ACLU of Northern CA


ACLU California Action seeks applicants for a full-time Legislative Attorney or Legislative Advocate to be based in Sacramento, California.  ACLU California Action is a newly established nonprofit tax-exempt 501c4 organization created by the leadership of the three ACLU affiliates of California (ACLU of Northern California, ACLU of Southern California, and ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties).  

 The Opportunity:

ACLU California Action seeks a Legislative Advocate or Legislative Attorney.

The Approach:

You are a thoughtful, solution-oriented leader. You have the ability to easily balance multiple projects coming at you at once while staying focused on the details that matter.

The Position:

Research, analyze and draft policy and state budget proposals for legislative, executive, and judicial branches, as well as related documents (including position letters, floor alerts, and other advocacy materials in collaboration with internal policy and communications staff and outside partners) in support of or opposition to legislative and other proposals; lobby public officials in support or opposition to legislative and budget proposals, negotiate and draft amendments with public officials, staff, and other advocates; prepare and deliver testimony on pending legislation and policy proposals; participate in and/or lead legislative coalitions and other stakeholder groups with a broad spectrum of allies and staff.

About the Organization:

For a number of years, the ACLU affiliates in California have collaborated on statewide policies and advocacy work with a focus on the Capitol through the Center on Advocacy and Policy.  ACLU CA Action builds on that legacy with a bold presence in Sacramento to ensure the development and successful passage of an ambitious and comprehensive state legislative and policy agenda for the ACLU each year and over the long term. ACLU CA Action also works to enhance political power and influence for the ACLU and our movements statewide. ACLU  CA Action upholds freedom, advances equity, and justice, and ameliorates historic and systemic discrimination in all of its work. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Research, analyze, and draft state policy and budget proposals and amendments, advocacy documents and related materials, lobby public officials in support or opposition to legislative and budget proposals, prepare and deliver testimony; negotiate with legislators, staff, and other advocates.
  • Assist in planning overall legislative priorities and devising pro-active and reactive strategies to achieve legislative goals.
  • Participate as the ACLU representative in coalitions and other stakeholder groups and committees.
  • Work with affiliate staff, responding to requests, participating in issue team meetings, and preparing written summaries of the work.
  • Serve as a spokesperson on ACLU issues in the media and at public events.


Education / Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree (for Legislative Advocate) or J.D. (for Legislative Attorney)
  • Minimum of two years of relevant experience

Required Skills / Competencies:

  • Strong state legislative experience or experience working on legislative matters, preferably involving civil rights or civil liberties and preferably in Sacramento;
  • Strong strategic and analytic skills;
  • Ability to analyze and articulate legal concepts and communicate them to a variety of audiences;
  • Excellent writing skills and skills as an articulate public advocate;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in large coalitions and with diverse staff, activists, and public officials; and
  • Strong interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, optimism, and a sense of humor.

Preferred Skills/Competencies:

  • Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of issues relating to civil liberties and civil rights.
  • Law degree and legal experience strongly preferred.


Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation in addition to 14 office holidays; employer-paid medical, vision, and dental insurance for staff members, their dependents and spouse or domestic partner; life and long-term disability insurance; and, 401(k) plan with employer match. Minimum annual salary starting at $89,422.95.

To Apply

Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Applications must include, (1) a cover letter (2) a resume, and (3) writing samples. Applicants concurrently applying to any other position with the ACLU should state what other position they are applying for in the cover letter.

Please submit your application in PDF form here:

The ACLU of Northern California is assisting with the recruitment of this role and ACLU NorCal and the ACLU CA Action is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request accommodation for the interview process.

ACLU CA Action advances equity and inclusion in the workplace by providing equal employment opportunity to support a work environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, arrest or conviction record, and any other basis prohibited by law.  The organization also provides reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. This equal employment opportunity policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, selection, advancement, training, problem resolution, and separation from employment.  Through this policy, ACLU CA Action strives to establish and maintain an equitable and accessible work environment that is supportive and free from discrimination. 

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