Location

Indianapolis, IN

Department

Advocacy

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana seeks a Reproductive Freedom Advocate to support its advocacy program. Under the direction and supervision of the Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, the Advocate will work closely with other members of the advocacy team to develop and implement the ACLU of Indiana’s reproductive rights advocacy priorities.

Political and legislative attacks on reproductive rights have increased exponentially across the country. The Reproductive Freedom Advocate will collaborate and coordinate with local and statewide partners to strengthen capacity to address and implement strategies that will successfully prevent passage of anti-choice legislation and dismantle the stigma surrounding abortion. This position is currently funded for two years with the possibility of extension.

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 Reproductive Freedom Advocate will work out of our office in Indianapolis, Indiana, but will periodically spend time working in communities across Indiana.

Responsibilities: The Reproductive Freedom Advocate will focus on 1) increasing the public’s familiarity and support of reproductive rights, and 2) engaging and empowering affected communities statewide to develop leadership skills and networks.

This effort will deepen coalition relationships, strengthen leadership of directly impacted communities, and build a bench of messengers and committed volunteers for legislative advocacy and education efforts pertaining to reproductive freedom.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the execution of the ACLU of Indiana’s reproductive freedom advocacy agenda by assisting in the implementation of advocacy campaigns at the state and municipal levels, utilizing appropriate strategies and tactics;
  • Pursue targeted outreach and education opportunities to increase public familiarity with issues pertaining to reproductive freedom;
  • Engage and empower directly impacted communities statewide to share their stories, informing the public about the impact of anti-reproductive freedom policies and practices.
  • Assist in developing strategic responses to emerging and ongoing local and state policy issues that affect reproductive freedom;
  • Train and support messengers for education and advocacy efforts;
  • Attend relevant community meetings and committee hearings;
  • Assist in building and strengthening relationships with coalition partners, community leaders, and other advocacy groups;
  • Design and execute and conduct trainings for coalition partners, community groups, and legislative advocacy organizations on reproductive freedom and advocacy techniques;
  • Work with members of the Advocacy Department to plan and execute the ACLU of Indiana’s participation in community events (virtual and in-person), such as local festivals, and rallies;
  • Speak at public forums, conferences, and meetings on behalf of the ACLU of Indiana;
  • Conduct short-term and long-term research projects;
  • Assist in drafting advocacy and education materials;
  • Attend selected national and regional trainings and staff conferences;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • 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 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;
  • Demonstrated experience speaking in front of groups and the ability to communicate effectively to groups of all sizes; 
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including an ability to work collaboratively, be accountable, share responsibility and credit, and navigate and resolve conflict in a manner that values and respects relationships with colleagues inside and outside the ACLU;
  • Ability to strengthen and sustain partnerships with local and state partners, organizational allies, and community leaders;
  • Ability to work across the political spectrum;
  • Ability to build and maintain genuine and strong relationships with marginalized communities;
  • Willingness and ability to occasionally work evenings, weekends, or irregular hours;
  • Willingness and ability to travel when needed; 
  • Emotionally mature, with a sense of humor and ability to maintain balance and perspective, preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree is preferred;
  • Familiarity with reproductive rights is a plus; commitment to those rights is essential;
  • Bilingual skills a plus. 

Compensation:   

Salary is based on relevant experience and skills. The salary range for this position is $40,000- $48,000. 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. 

To support the ACLU of Indiana team in its difficult and important work, we foster a flexible and collaborative workplace. 

To Apply: 

Send a cover letter and resume to: hr@aclu-in.org

Please put "Reproductive Freedom Advocate" in the subject line.

Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. References may be requested. We hope to have this position filled by the end of June but can be flexible for the right candidate.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to gender, gender identity or expression, race, sexual orientation, color, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, criminal history, and veteran status.