Application Deadline: September 23, 2021
The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking a full-time Political Strategies Associate to support the smooth functioning of a busy legislative advocacy team. The Political Strategies Department (PSD) works with a broad range of stakeholders across Washington State to advance state and local legislative agendas that advance and defend civil liberties and civil rights. The Political Strategies Associate reports to the Political Director and supports the Political Director, Legislative Director, Field Director, and Activism Manager.
The ACLU of Washington is a leader among state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union, the country's premier guardian of liberty. We work in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect and extend American rights to freedom, fairness, and equality. The ACLU is both nonprofit and nonpartisan. We are supported by more than 135,000 members, activists, and donors.
The ACLU of Washington is committed to ending racism in Washington State and throughout the country. This includes how we work with each other, and with our partners and allies in the communities we serve. We are committed to bringing anti-racism to all aspects of ACLU-WA's internal and external functions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring and human resources, strategic planning, ally, donor, and volunteer relations, Board and committee processes, and deciding what cases to litigate. We are looking for candidates who share this commitment to advancing racial justice, both internally in our organization and externally in the communities that we serve.
*Please note: the ACLU-WA is closely following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and continues to carefully monitor public health pronouncements and recommendations. Currently, our office is closed and staff are working remotely until further notice.
As an organization, we value working together and look forward to when we return to our office. Until then, we provide laptops and technology support to do our best work even from our homes. You will need an effective WiFi connection and a way to reach you by phone. This position is eligible for either a work phone or phone stipend, as well as an additional $100 stipend each month to help cover any additional costs of working from home.
The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, socio-economic circumstance, or record of arrest or conviction. We do not conduct criminal background checks on our candidates.
- Participation in ACLU-WA’s race equity work. This may include utilizing ACLU-WA race equity tools, adopting ACLU-WA race equity practices, serving on the Race Equity Team or subcommittees, etc.
- During legislative sessions, use online tools (Microsoft Teams, FiscalNote, Washington State Legislature bill tracking and other website tools, e.g.) to track a high volume of bills, facilitate assignment of bill reviews to various staff, follow up to ensure timely completion, and ensure staff are immediately aware of scheduled hearings and votes.
- Develop and maintain positive professional relationships with legislative aides and executive support staff to promote good will toward ACLU-WA staff and facilitate access to decision makers; return calls and emails promptly and courteously, follow up with kindness, respect others’ time, and express appreciation for their commitments.
- Support PSD team members in facilitating smooth coordination of cross-department project work, including data population, scheduling, following up on tasks, and soliciting input and feedback from colleagues across the office.
- Implement and manage internal meeting schedule.
- Coordinate onsite meetings with external participants, including video- and/or telephonic conferencing; take notes, prepare background materials, order meals and/or refreshments; ensure clarity about ownership of follow-up actions.
- Schedule offsite meetings for PSD team members with lawmakers and other elected officials, legislative and agency staff, and other organizational and community leaders.
- Make travel arrangements; handle conference registrations, hotel and ground transportation reservations, and scheduling of side meetings with local contacts.
- Prepare weekly updates of progress on the ACLU-WA legislative agenda for internal and external audiences.
- Track ballot initiative campaign Public Disclosure Commission filings.
- Own and help on other events and projects as needed.
- Ideal candidates will have an awareness of, and willingness to engage in, the difficult and transformative work of challenging systems of oppression, institutional and structural racism, and implicit bias.
- A “customer service” orientation that enjoys figuring out how to make others’ jobs easier and reaching out through phone, email, and face-to-face contact to move work forward.
- Patience and grace with colleagues and community partners that reflects understanding that legislative advocacy work is constantly moving, shifting, and changing, and the person in this role needs to be adaptable and flexible to this environment and able to meet people where they are.
- Demonstrated ability to track tasks, identify follow-up needs, and check progress against deadlines.
- Attention to detail that ensures all materials and communications intended for external audiences are respectful, accurate, and correct in content, spelling, and grammar.
- Proficiency with online research and Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word; enthusiasm for learning new online tools for legislative research, videoconferencing, scheduling, and relationship management, and being the team point of contact for troubleshooting issues.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and a communication style that is confident, warm, and welcoming to people with a wide range of backgrounds and lived experiences.
The ACLU-WA’s staff of 40+ employees and numerous volunteers generally work in a standard office setting in downtown Seattle between the hours of 9am and 5pm. The physical demands and work environment described below represent those required and encountered by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Ability to type on a keyboard for long periods of time.
- Ability to sit or stand for extended periods.
- Ability to view a computer screen for long periods of time.
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 description and/or posting at any time without advance notice. This position is “non-exempt” under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The ACLU of WA is dedicated to centering equity in all aspects of the organization and, as such, has adopted a salary scale for measuring how to best compensate its employees. The salary for this position is $50,420. For purposes of calculating overtime, the hourly rate of pay is $27.70. Non-exempt employees observe a 35-hour work week with a 1-hour lunch break.
Benefits include three weeks of vacation, thirteen sick days, fifteen holidays, fully paid employee medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance, a generous retirement plan, and an ORCA card, the regional transportation pass.
To apply, email a cover letter and resume to Jobs@aclu-wa.org and include in the subject line of the email: your name and Political Strategies Associate. In your cover letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. Applications will be accepted until September 23, 2021, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website at www.acluwa.org/careers.
The ACLU of Washington comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Inc. and the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Foundation. The two corporations share the same overall mission, office space, and employees. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU of Washington”.