The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois seeks an experienced advocate to complement and advance the ACLU’s historic and ongoing effort to secure the rights of vulnerable people in state custody and care. The successful candidate will be housed in the Advocacy Department, and will work with our legislative, legal, and communications staff to develop short and long-term strategies to enact legislation and effect reform of policies and practices that work to improve the lives of thousands of at-risk Illinois children, youth and adults who are suffering needlessly because of government mistreatment or neglect.
The ideal candidate will have experience working on reform issues that affect individuals in foster care, juvenile justice and/or criminal justice systems, experience working with data and the Illinois budget process, work experience undertaking and managing projects involving many partners and complex issues, excellent verbal and written communication skills, good judgment, and strong organizational skills.
A commitment to social justice and the work of the ACLU is essential, as is the ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise sound independent judgment. The position is full-time with benefits, and is based in Chicago, with some travel to other parts of the state, but must be available to regularly travel to Springfield. The person will report to the Advocacy and Intergovernmental Affairs Director.
Broaden ACLU’s bandwidth to educate lawmakers on advocacy proposals related to our ongoing institutional reform work
Inform legislators about key milestones and status changes in court proceedings, including developing factsheets and educational materials
Respond to legislator inquires and coordinate necessary follow-up
Identify legislative opportunities and review applicable substantive and appropriations legislation
Plan subject-matter hearings and coordinate testimony before legislative committees, as appropriate
Provide internal analysis of state agency budgets
Gather and research information about state agencies’ activities pertinent to the ACLU’s advocacy and litigation
Represent the ACLU at advocate and coalition meetings
Support Communications Department efforts to engage media related to litigation, advocacy, and responding to current events
Identify local and national partnership/presentation opportunities to raise public awareness about ACLU advocacy
At least 5 years of legislative or advocacy experience
Self-motivated and committed to institutional reform advocacy
Ability to work cooperatively on a variety of projects with lawyers, other staff members and diverse community organizations and coalitions
Ability to communicate effectively in legal and non-legal settings with a wide range of individuals, including children and individuals in prisons, jails and juvenile facilities
Strong attention to detail and ability to manage multiple priorities effectively
Excellent written and verbal communications skills
Knowledge of the Illinois legislative and budget process
A strong commitment to civil liberties and civil rights
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
Proficiency with Windows Operating System, especially with Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and other Office programs, including facility with email merge, spreadsheets, tables, and charts
Ability to follow directions, exercise sound independent judgment, work independently and on a team, meet deadlines, and maintain confidentiality
Creative and enthusiastic approach to the work
Applicants should email a resume and cover letter describing: 1) your interest in this position, and 2) the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above. No calls or snail mail please. Email: email@example.com and type “Director of Systems Reform Policy” in the subject line of your email.
Applications will be accepted until 12/29/17.
About the ACLU of Illinois:
With a staff of 37 and over 65,000 members, the ACLU of Illinois is one of the largest state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union, a nationwide, non-partisan membership organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil rights and civil liberties. The ACLU has been at the forefront of every major battle for civil liberties and social justice in this country and continues to work through integrated advocacy to advance equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society.
The ACLU of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or criminal record.
Additional Salary Information: The annual salary for this position will be based on the ACLU’s salary scale. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation after first year; medical, vision and dental insurance for staff and their eligible dependents; 403b plan with match; life insurance; and long-term disability insurance.
With a staff of 37 and more than 65,000 members, the ACLU of Illinois is one of the largest state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union, a nationwide, non-partisan membership organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil rights and civil liberties. The ACLU has been at the forefront of every major battle for civil liberties and social justice in this country and continue...s to work through integrated advocacy to advance equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society.
The ACLU of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.