Feminist Jobs & Internships
|Job Title:||SENIOR COUNSEL/SENIOR PROGRAM STRATEGIST (CJ-04/FEM)|
|Organization:||Amrican Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)|
|Description:||SENIOR COUNSEL/SENIOR PROGRAM STRATEGIST (CJ-04) AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION Center for Justice, NY or DC
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU), founded in 1920, is a nationwide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with more than 500,000 members and is dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution. The Center for Justice of the ACLU's National Office seeks a full-time Senior Counsel/Senior Program Strategist. This position will be based in New York, NY or in Washington, D.C
The ACLU's Center for Justice seeks to transform the U.S. criminal justice system into one that views incarceration as an option of last - not first - resort. We work to ensure that our criminal justice system is effective, fair, and free of racial bias; that conditions of confinement are humane and constitutional; and that the death penalty is rejected as a legitimate form of punishment. The Center comprises the Criminal Law Reform Project, the National Prison Project and the Capital Punishment Project, as well as affiliated staff from our Washington Legislative Office and Advocacy and Communications Departments.
The Center for Justice seeks a Senior Counsel/Senior Program Strategist to work closely with the Director to shape and advance the Center's priority campaigns, primarily focusing on the Initiative to End Overincarceration. Other priority campaigns include initiatives to end the use of solitary confinement, abolish capital punishment, and reform policing policies. The Senior Counsel/Senior Program Strategist will be part of an integrated team, including litigators, policy counsel and strategists, federal lobbyists, and communications specialists, and will work closely with ACLU affiliates across the country, to reform excessively harsh crime policies that result in mass incarceration and stand in the way of a just and equal society. Priority areas of work include reform of state pre-trial systems, drug laws, sentencing schemes, and parole and probation policies.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Collaborate with the Center Director to shape and implement the Center's priority campaigns, and ensure that the Center's resources are used effectively in support of these priorities.
Identify and produce reports and other writing on trends in criminal justice reform and pressing criminal justice problems, with advocacy recommendations.
Work with other projects in the Center for Justice, as well as other departments within the ACLU, to establish and implement campaigns to reduce incarceration and bring fairness and equality to all aspects of the criminal justice system.
Work with the ACLU's Affiliate Support and Advocacy Department to advise and support ACLU state affiliates that work on these campaigns in their own jurisdictions.
Work with the Center Director and the ACLU's Development Department to communicate the Center's goals and successes to foundation and individual donors and prospects.
Serve as a public spokesperson in speeches, debates, the media, and other settings to advance the ACLU's criminal justice reform agenda.
Partner with peer organizations and advocates to further criminal justice reform and to enhance the role of due process and constitutional values in the public conversation about the criminal justice system.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Applicants must have a J.D. OR a graduate degree in public policy or a related field and:
At least 5-7 years of experience in criminal justice and/or other closely related public policy or legal work.
A commitment to criminal justice reform, demonstrated by engagement in criminal justice reform and advocacy on behalf of impacted communities.
Strong leadership skills, including experience supervising other staff and demonstrated ability to think creatively and work independently.
An ability to develop and implement multi-faceted strategic campaigns that include public education and community outreach.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to write and speak persuasively and professionally.
Excellent analytic and writing skills.
Ability to work on multiple time-sensitive projects effectively and efficiently, both as part of a team and independently, while meeting deadlines and paying close attention to detail.
A strong record of working in coalition with other public interest advocates and organizations.
Outstanding public speaking/communications skills including a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences such as the general public, national and local media, policymakers, members of communities affected by over incarceration, and others.
Willingness to travel.
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
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, a list of two references, and a writing sample (preferably 10 pages or fewer in length), by email to firstname.lastname@example.org reference [CJ-04/ACLU-W] in the subject line - or send by mail
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004
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/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
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.?