The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (ACLU of GA) seeks a policy counsel/analyst to advance its civil liberties and civil rights agenda. The policy counsel/analyst will provide critical research, analysis and advocacy for the ACLU of Georgia’s policy and legislative program. The position is responsible for state and local level policy development and research, as well engaging in and planning advocacy efforts and cultivating partner relationships.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Develop policy goals and options rooted in the affiliate’s priorities; identify opportunities to advance these goals at the state and local level and create plans to achieve them.
- Help to develop and implement the ACLU of Georgia’s overall state legislative agenda, including but not limited to regular policy analysis, drafting and analyzing legislation and/or amendments, lobbying members of the legislature, their staff and the Governor’s office, preparing and delivering written and oral testimony.
- Help develop strategy and action plans to advance policy goals, working cross departmentally as needed.
- Conduct rigorous policy research and fact-finding; provide content expertise as well as legislative and regulatory knowledge.
- Draft factsheets, policy briefs and memos, talking points, speeches and other related materials intended for multiple audiences.
- Help maintain and/or expand organizational and individual partners in relevant issue areas
- Support organizational spokespeople in providing expertise to policymakers, the press, and coalition partners; participate in media briefings, and contribute to op-eds and other publications, as relevant.
- Contribute to other projects as needed by the organization.
- Advanced degree (J.D., M.P.P.) or substantial equivalent training and experience in policy analysis and advocacy strongly preferred.
- 5-7 years of relevant work experience, 1-3 years of legislative experience
- Prior lobbying experience strongly preferred.
- Experience working in political, policy, legal, or government settings; high degree of familiarity with public policy and legislative or administrative processes.
- Substantive experience and expertise in policy development.
- Excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills.
- Ability to communicate complex policy issues to government decision makers, and the general public.
- Knowledge of state and local government politics, including the legislative process; familiarity with Georgia legislature and legislative process strongly preferred.
- Ability to work and communicate quickly and accurately, handling multiple projects and deliverables under pressure.
- Strong organizational and time management skills, and attention to detail.
- Excellent interpersonal, relationship building and communication skills, including with government and elected officials.
- Strong proficiency with the use of software platforms and high degree of comfort with multiple technology applications.
- Positive up-beat attitude; team player.
- Ability to work long hours and commute to meetings and events throughout the state, as needed.
- A demonstrable commitment to civil liberties and civil rights.
- Ability to work with and center historically marginalized or oppressed communities of different cultures and backgrounds. This includes having a mature understanding of how structural racism, sexism, and prejudice against all kinds of marginalized communities pervade our society.
The ACLU of Georgia offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU-GA’s compensation scale. Excellent benefits include paid vacation, sick time and holidays; medical, vision and dental insurance; life and long-term disability insurance; and 401(k) Defined Contribution Retirement.
Applications should include a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. To facilitate our review, your emails should have the subject line: “[Your last name] Policy Counsel/Analyst Application.” We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
This job announcement provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU-GA reserves the right to change the description and/or posting without advance notice.
The ACLU-GA is an equal opportunity / fair chance employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU-GA encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or record of arrest or conviction. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: email@example.com.