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Public Policy Associate

ACLU of Virginia


LOCATION  Richmond




The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia seeks a dynamic individual to join its team and help expand its statewide presence and accomplishments as the premier advocacy organization for civil liberties and civil rights in the Commonwealth. The Public Policy Associate will advance civil liberties and our civil rights agenda through the local legislature and serve as a fundamental source of support and execution in the emerging Advocacy Department.


Work with the ACLU at a pivotal time in history

Do you understand the urgency of the ACLU’s work today, and can you build relationships strong enough to support that mission and effect real and lasting change for Virginia? The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia seeks an organizing and legislative professional to work as our Public Policy Associate in this critical time.


For nearly a hundred years, ACLU work has made a profound difference in the lives of our clients, as well as historic contributions to our country and state. And now, more people than ever before have turned to the ACLU, to fight back against unprecedented new attacks on civil rights and liberties.


Working closely with the Advocacy Director, the Public Policy Associate will be the primary liaison and relationship builder between the Advocacy team of the ACLU of VA and the state legislature both in and out of session. The Public Policy Associate will focus on helping to craft and execute an effective legislative strategy that both expands and defends civil liberties. The ACLU of VA practices an integrated approach to advocacy so the work of this role will also help bolster our advocacy campaigns and legal work.


The Public Policy Associate will be based in Richmond – just a few blocks from the General Assembly building where much of their work will be focused. The job may require some travel throughout the state but is not an integral component.


Our next Public Policy Associate will:

Help to design and execute a strategic and action focused multi-year lobbying effort that maps out key legislators in Virginia and builds a diverse and incredibly effective coalition of individuals and groups capable of influencing meaningful change through the legislature.


Build trusted and effective working relationships with important and unlikely allies - Virginia legislators, agency decision-makers, staff, the Governor’s office, lobbyists and other stakeholders by providing clear, fact-based analysis and resources; identify opportunities for bipartisan support on ACLU issues.


Assist in the development and implementation of the ACLU of Virginia’s legislative agenda utilizing appropriate strategies and tactics; lobby members of the legislature, their staff and the Governor’s office, analyze and track legislation, and prepare and deliver both written and oral testimony.


Our next Public Policy Associate will bring:

B.A. degree or equivalent experience.

1-2 years of experience lobbying or assisting in advocacy work in a local or federal legislature.

Demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and the mission of the ACLU and a working knowledge and understanding of civil liberties issues and advocacy strategies.

Strong executing personality and ability to influence others. Able to translate strategy into actionable plans with strict timelines and real outcomes.

Professional experience in public policy advocacy, electoral organizing, legislative organizing, coalition building, civil liberties law or related field.

Demonstrated skill and comfort in building and maintaining coalitions with diverse partners and constituencies from both sides.

Effective public speaking ability in both planned and extemporaneous settings



To read the complete job description, please download the attached document below.


Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is based on market factors and individual experience and abilities. The salary range for this position is $32,142 to $48,213. Excellent benefits include paid time off, generous paid holidays, medical and dental insurance, 401K plan, life insurance, and income replacement during illness through a combination of annual sick leave, short-term and long-term disability insurance.


Are you ready to help us lead in the future?


To Apply:

Send a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position as detailed in the job description, a current resume, and a short, one or two-page writing sample by mail to: Jenny Glass, Director of Advocacy, ACLU of Virginia, 701 E. Franklin St., Ste. 1412, Richmond, VA 23219 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Public Policy Associate in the subject line of the email.


Applications accepted until position is filled. Submit your application as soon as possible. To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by May 1, 2018. Please indicate in your cover letter where you found this job listing.


The ACLU of Virginia is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Virginia encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations.


Job posted on 13th April 2018

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