The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana seeks a Public Policy and Community Engagement Associate to support its advocacy program. Under the direction and supervision of the Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, the Associate will work closely with other members of the advocacy team to develop and implement the ACLU of Indiana’s legislative and advocacy priorities by conducting rigorous research, tracking our legislative priorities, and building and maintaining trusted relationships with members of the community. This role will also support and strengthen our volunteer activists while implementing strategic education and mobilization tactics.
The American Civil Liberties Union is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. The ACLU of Indiana is a statewide affiliate of the national ACLU.
A commitment to civil liberties and the work of the ACLU of Indiana is essential, as is the ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise sound independent judgment. The Public Policy and Community Engagement Associate will work out of our office in Indianapolis, Indiana, but will periodically spend time working in surrounding areas and in communities across Indiana.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Support the execution of the ACLU of Indiana’s advocacy agenda by assisting in the implementation of broad-based advocacy campaigns at the state and municipal levels, utilizing appropriate strategies and tactics;
- Research, review, and flag pending legislation and issues related to ACLU priorities;
- Assist with preparing and reviewing written materials including legislative testimony, reports, briefing papers, letters, public commentary, talking points, and content that furthers the legislative and policy priorities of the organization;
- Maintain and track a database of bills of interest in the Indiana legislature;
- Attend community meetings and committee hearings related to ACLU issues and priorities;
- Conduct short-term and long-term research projects;
- Assist in building and strengthening relationships with coalition partners, community leaders, and other advocacy groups;
- Design and execute trainings for coalition partners, community groups, and legislative advocacy organizations in advocacy techniques and other trainings that advance the ACLU’s priorities;
- Manage volunteer recruitment and assessment; assist in providing volunteers with information, guidance, and training; act as primary liaison between the volunteers and staff; and expand volunteer base committed to action;
- Speak at public forums, conferences, and meetings on behalf of the ACLU of Indiana;
- Manage summer internship programming across departments;
- Attend selected national and regional trainings and staff conferences;
- Other duties as assigned.
- Demonstrated commitment to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, and goals; an understanding of the range of constitutional rights and civil liberties issues we advance, and their implications;
- Experience researching, collecting, and synthesizing large amounts of information from a range of sources and provide recommendations on next steps;
- Experience reading and interpreting the impact of complex state and municipal statutes is desirable;
- Experience in effectively keeping organized in a fast-paced environment, managing several projects simultaneously, and adjusting to frequently changing demands;
- Ability to follow directions, exercise sound independent judgment, work independently and on a team, meet deadlines, pay strong attention to detail, and maintain confidentiality;
- Ability to work across the political spectrum;
- Ability to build and maintain genuine and strong relationships with marginalized communities;
- Ability to travel when needed;
- Ability to occasionally work evenings, weekends, or irregular hours;
- Bachelor’s degree is preferred;
- Bilingual skills a plus.
Salary based on experience. Excellent benefits include 10 days paid vacation and 10 paid sick/personal days; medical and dental insurance; life and long-term disability insurance; 401(k) with matching contribution; and generous paid holidays.
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Applications will be reviewed as received. Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. We hope to have this position filled by mid-April but can be flexible for the right candidate.
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, transgender individuals, and people with arrest records and/or convictions.