Portland, ME



The Opportunity

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine seeks a highly motivated and skilled professional with policy advocacy experience to join our growing policy team as the ACLU of Maine’s Policy Director. The ACLU of Maine is building a more expansive advocacy infrastructure and the Policy Director will lead the organization’s policy advocacy work to advance the ACLU’s strategic priorities. The Policy Director’s primary role will be focused on state legislative and executive branch advocacy as well as engaging with administrative agencies, local governments, and electoral opportunities.

The Policy Director is a key member of the ACLU of Maine’s senior leadership team and will report to the Executive Director. The Policy Director supervises our Policy Counsel and will also collaborate closely with the Legal Director, Communications Director, and Deputy Director as well as other members of the staff. This is a full-time position, based in Portland and requiring some travel around the state. During the legislative session, the Policy Director will be expected to be in the State House in Augusta on a regular basis.

About the ACLU of Maine

The ACLU of Maine is the state's guardian of liberty. We are active in the courts, the legislature and the public sphere to defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and to extend their promises to all Mainers. Our priority issues include criminal justice reform, reproductive freedom, racial justice, immigrants' rights, LGBTQ rights, women's rights, voting rights, freedom of expression, freedom of speech and religion, and privacy. 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, DC.

We are a passionate, highly-motivated group of community leaders and organizers, coalition-builders, lawyers, and public policy and legislative advocacy experts, and we are looking for exceptional talent to join our team and lead our policy program. To learn more about the ACLU of Maine, visit our website (https://aclumaine.org/)

Primary Responsibilities

  • Design and implement a policy agenda at the state and local levels to advance the ACLU of Maine’s civil liberties and civil rights priorities, through lobbying, electoral initiatives, litigation, grassroots and grasstops organizing, issuing reports.
  • Plan and execute the ACLU of Maine’s legislative agenda utilizing appropriate strategies and tactics, including lobbying members in the state legislature, their staff and the governor’s office.
  • Build and maintain trusted, respectful relationships with elected and appointed state and local officials, agency decision-makers, the Governor’s office, lobbyists and community stakeholders from across the political spectrum by finding the best messenger, bringing together unlikely allies, bolstering efforts with grassroots support, and by providing clear, fact-based analysis and resources and identifying opportunities for bipartisan, cross-ideological collaboration on ACLU issues.
  • Manage and supervise the work of policy counsel, contract lobbyists, and other staff members involved in legislative advocacy including setting priorities, delegating tasks, and managing and developing staff in order to achieve established goals.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with ACLU of Maine staff to build and implement effective multidisciplinary and integrated advocacy initiatives, involving a combination of policy, legal, communications, public education and organizing strategies.
  • Represent ACLU of Maine in various community and stakeholder groups, build and lead coalitions with diverse stakeholders to advance shared policy goals, and work in partnership with other organizations.
  • Conduct and oversee research and drafting of legislation and amendments that advance key policies for ACLU of Maine, as well as analysis of proposed and pending legislation.
  • Monitor and respond to issues under consideration by the state legislature and local governments.
  • Prepare and review written materials including legislative testimony, memoranda, reports, briefing papers, public testimony, letters, public commentary, talking points, and website content.
  • Participate in interim legislative activity, attend legislative hearings and participate in legislative workgroups and related meetings.
  • Design and maintain clear and quantifiable systems for tracking policy progress in and out of session.
  • Work collaboratively with the national ACLU and other ACLU affiliates to advance nationwide policy campaigns.
  • Respond to media requests on policy issues and represent the ACLU of Maine at events, forums and meetings.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Executive Director, including presentations for the Board and members.


  • Five years or more of state or national legislative, political or policy advocacy work. Law degree preferred. Familiarity with ACLU issues and/or Maine legislature and politics preferred.
  • Initiative, vision and ability to plan and build a strategic, integrated advocacy program through a broad range of short- and long-term legislative, electoral, education, and organizing tactics.
  • Understanding of the legislative process and political strategic planning, and the ability to build and maintain respectful relationships across the political spectrum.
  • Ability to develop and sustain allies and work collaboratively in coalitions, including navigating internal political dynamics among partner groups, and a personal approach that values and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socioeconomic circumstances.
  • Commitment to racial justice. Ability to work with emotional intelligence, receive feedback, work through conflict with integrity, and operate within principles of solidarity when working in partnership with groups representing constituencies impacted by oppression.
  • Passion for civil liberties, civil rights, and racial justice, and a commitment to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission and goals.
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and oral) and strong research and analytical skills.
  • Team player with ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across departments and functions. Ability to listen, guide and support people to achieve common goals. Creative, results-oriented initiative and a desire to learn, pitch-in, and anticipate new projects.
  • Management skills to effectively supervise and develop staff and contractors and ensure progress towards goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage extensive amount of details and to follow-through with a minimum of direct supervision. Strong time management skills and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment with frequently changing demands.
  • A commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards.
  • Ability to work long and irregular hours, particularly during the legislative session, including evening and weekend events as necessary. Valid driver’s license or driver’s privilege card and willingness to travel.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The ACLU of Maine is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We believe that having a board, staff, and volunteer base with diverse personal and professional backgrounds enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive.

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce at all job levels, and we are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We encourage immigrants, people of color, indigenous people, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, women, formerly incarcerated people, and members of any other group that may experience adversity in hiring to apply. You are encouraged to self-identify in the application materials.


Salary based on experience. Benefits include vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, individual employer-provided health insurance, life insurance and long-term disability, paid family medical leave, 401k defined contribution plan with employer match.

Application Procedure and Deadline

To apply, send your resume and a short email (no more than 500 words) telling us why you would be great in this position to: info@aclumaine.org. Include your name and “Policy Director Job Posting” in the subject line. If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, contact us at 207-774-5444 x6 or info@aclumaine.org.


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