Legislative Attorney/Advocate (Sacramento)
Date Posted: August 14th, 2019
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California (ACLU NorCal,) as part of our collaboration with the ACLU Foundations in California, seeks a Legislative Advocate or Legislative Attorney.
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.
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
ACLU NorCal is an affiliate of a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights. For most of the last century, it has been at the heart of many major – and sometimes controversial – struggles for civil liberties and civil rights in our state. Our mission is to ensure that Constitutional rights don’t just exist on paper, but are protected in practice. Facing new and ongoing threats to civil rights and civil liberties, we remain dedicated to confronting these issues and defending the progress we have made. We must use our decades of experience in impact litigation, legislative advocacy, and fearless organizing to fight unfair and illegal policies and to protect our most cherished rights and freedoms. Join us.
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.
- 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 $86,000.
Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Applications must include, (1) cover letter (2) resume, (3) writing samples and (4) a list of four references. 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 format to the attention of Legislative Advocate/Attorney CAP Search to: https://boards.greenhouse.io/aclunc/jobs/4394025002
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