Police Practices and Criminal Justice Associate/Attorney (Any Office)
Location: San Francisco, Sacramento, or Fresno
Posting Date: July 26th, 2019
The ACLU of Northern California seeks an experienced Police Practices and Criminal Justice Associate/Attorney who thrives in a collaborative environment, excels at building relationships, and can help develop and lead the organization’s efforts to reform police practices and the criminal justice system.
You bring expertise and a broad, strategic approach to police practices and criminal justice reform work. You are a big picture, creative thinker who can effectively design and manage a range of policy, legal, organizing, public education, and communications strategies to advance proactive, large scale reform goals while balancing immediate responsive work. You are a relationship builder and willing collaborator with demonstrated success developing and maintaining key relationships internally as well as externally with community groups and leaders in the criminal justice arena. You excel at project and time management, and are able to effectively support your team’s overall success and to maintain a focus on both programmatic and collaborative process. You are committed to racial justice, and possess a deep understanding of the racial inequality embedded in the policing system and the desire to work in partnership with racial justice organizations and directly impacted families and communities.
The Police Practices and Criminal Justice Associate/Attorney will work on the full range of policing and criminal justice issues on which the ACLU of Northern California engages locally and statewide, working closely with the ACLU of California statewide teams. This work includes advocacy concerning police use of force, racial and identity profiling, civilian oversight, transparency, and pretrial reform. The Associate/Attorney may also work with other ACLU teams to address intersectional issues, including immigration enforcement, criminalization of homelessness, police in schools, and other issues that may arise. The Associate/Attorney will be supervised primarily by the Criminal Justice Project Director and may be based in the ACLU of Northern California’s San Francisco, Sacramento, or Fresno offices.
The ACLU of Northern California operates on a model of integrated advocacy, using litigation, legislation, communication, policy advocacy, and organizing as mutually supportive tactics to advance civil rights. The Associate/Attorney will serve as a policy advocate on state and local policing and criminal justice issues, with responsibilities including conducting outreach and advocacy to public officials; providing technical support and strategic leadership to community groups, advocates, and organizers in the region; organizing and leading community and stakeholder education events; and running trainings for activists and organizers. In addition, the Associate/Attorney will engage in public speaking, media interviews and "know your rights" presentations, as well as researching and writing reports.
- Minimum 2 years of legal, policy, and/or organizing work in police practices and criminal justice reform(experience can include internships and volunteer work). Demonstrated technical expertise in policing and/or criminal justice issues.
- Demonstrated experience working with and/or on behalf of individuals impacted by the criminal justice system and police violence.
- Strong project and time management skills, including a high level of organization, attention to detail, and follow-through, while balancing and prioritizing multiple activities and responsibilities.
- Excellent relationship building skills and ability to collaborate.
- Demonstrated experience engaging in creative problem solving and taking initiative, while utilizing a solutions-oriented approach and exhibiting flexibility and good judgment.
- A commitment to diversity, a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance.
- Willingness to travel within Northern and Central California for meetings, speaking events, and conferences.
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; J.D. or graduate degree in a relevant field preferred but not required.
People with personal experience with the criminal justice system (survivors of police violence and misconduct, formerly incarcerated or close family experience with incarceration) are strongly encouraged to apply.
Competitive salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation in addition to 14 office holidays; 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. Starting salary is $83,520 - $118,914 annually.
Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Applications must include (1) a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position and the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above, (2) your resume, and (3) a writing sample (no more than 10 pages) that indicates whether it is entirely your work or was edited by others (and if so, in what respect). References will be requested for candidates who advance to the final stages of the process. 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: https://boards.greenhouse.io/aclunc/jobs/4374137002
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