Portland, Maine


Communications and Engagement


The ACLU of Maine is dedicated to defending the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and to extending their promises to all Mainers. We are active in the courts, the legislature and the community. Founded in 1968 and based in Portland, the ACLU of Maine is the statewide affiliate of the national ACLU, a nationwide organization with a presence in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington D.C. Our priority issues include criminal legal system reform, reproductive freedom, racial justice, immigrants’ rights, LGBTQ+ rights, women’s rights, voting rights, freedom of expression, freedom of speech and religion, and privacy. We are a passionate, highly motivated group and we are looking for exceptional talent to join our team.


The ACLU of Maine is seeking applicants for a full-time, one-year fellowship position with the Communications & Engagement Department to support its work and the work of our organization.

Our next Fellow works well under deadline, is able to problem-solve, multi-task, and works independently as well as with others across departments in a very collaborative environment. The Fellow will have a commitment to racial justice equity, diversity, and inclusion with an approach that values the individual and respects differences and builds networks and relationships.

This fellowship was created to give people just starting their careers a meaningful opportunity to receive training and experience in advancing civil rights and civil liberties, advocacy, and non-profit operations. More details can be found below.


We invite people with a connection to Maine who are recent college graduates, or who have equivalent experience, to apply. We are looking for an engaged and passionate individual with a meaningful interest in civil rights and civil liberties.


Location: The ACLU of Maine’s office is based in Portland, Maine, but currently our office is closed and staff are working remotely until further notice. As an organization, we value working together and look forward to when we can safely return to our office. Candidates outside of Portland and/or Maine will be considered for this position with the understanding that they must reside in Maine during the fellowship.
Time Commitment: 40 hours per week for one year
Start Date: September 2022
Salary & Benefits: $40,000 - $45,000 with excellent benefits including vacation, personal, and sick leave, generous paid holidays, individual employer-provided health and dental insurance, life insurance and long-term disability, paid family medical leave, 401k defined contribution plan with employer match.


Submit our fellowship application.


Please submit your application by 9:00 a.m. on February 7, 2022. We will call selected applicants for interviews and anticipate making a decision by April 2022.


The Communications & Engagement Fellow will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working with our team to:

  • Assist and support a range of communications and engagement projects and initiatives related to youth engagement, member engagement and public education.
  • Stay apprised and keep the staff apprised of local news that has civil liberties and civil rights implications.
  • Keep the ACLU of Maine’s webpage up-to-date, including by building new case pages, building pages for the legislative session, building press releases and statements, and building new staff pages.
  • Assist with quarterly newsletter production, which all our ACLU of Maine members receive.
  • Support engagement work including phone banking support, outreach initiatives, and planning member engagement and other special events, as necessary.
  • Draft and send membership emails, including action alerts, event invitation, and legislative/legal updates, as opportunities become available.
  • Support the Communications and Engagement team with administrative and database management as needed.
  • Support the Legal and Policy teams with administrative tasks, including legal intake and other assignments as needed.
  • Create and pursue a professional development plan, in consultation with the Communications Director and the Director of Operations.


We are looking for someone who is:

  • Dedicated to defending and advancing civil liberties, civil rights, and social justice
  • Demonstrates commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Willing to approach the work with a growth mindset
  • Driven to work both independently and as part of a team to complete projects successfully
  • Ready to work in a fast-paced environment, meet deadlines, and learn-by-doing

The ACLU of Maine is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Maine strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, prior involvement in the criminal legal system, or membership in any legally protected category.

The ACLU of Maine is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail ghooke@aclumaine.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request accommodation for the interview process.