The Opportunity

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine seeks a skilled and motivated person to join our dynamic team as Public Policy Advocate/Counsel*. The Policy Advocate/Counsel is a member of our policy team and works with the Policy Director, Policy Counsel, and other ACLU staff to advance the ACLU's broad civil liberties agenda—including but not limited to access to justice, criminal legal system reform, election fairness and voting rights, freedom of expression, government transparency, police accountability, prisoners’ rights, immigrants’ rights, equal protection, privacy, racial justice, due process, religious liberty, LGBTQIA rights, and reproductive rights—before the Maine legislature, executive branch, and local governmental bodies.

The Policy Advocate/Counsel reports to the Policy Director and engages in substantive policy analysis, operational support, and advocacy to advance the organization’s agenda. During the state's legislative session, the policy team promotes the ACLU of Maine’s legislative agenda by tracking and analyzing bills, preparing and delivering testimony, attending hearings, coordinating advocacy efforts with impacted populations and partner organizations, and preparing hearing witnesses.

*If the candidate hired is an attorney, their title will be “Policy Counsel,” if not, the title will be “Policy Advocate.”

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 its promises to all people in Maine. Our priority issues include criminal legal system reform, reproductive freedom, racial justice, immigrants' rights, LGBTQIA 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 and we are looking for exceptional talent to join our team. To learn more about the ACLU of Maine, visit our website (https://aclumaine.org/)

Primary Responsibilities

  • Track and analyze legislative and other policy proposals; draft policy analyses designed to influence state and local policymakers. Conduct policy analysis on proposed state legislation and local policy initiatives.
  • Assist with administrative advocacy efforts by tracking state agency rulemaking notices, monitoring national ACLU list serves for federal rulemaking, and drafting and filing public comment on behalf of the ACLU.
  • Manage a portfolio of legislative relationships as set out annually by the Policy Director.
  • Deliver oral and written testimony to elected bodies and speak publicly to groups and organizations on civil liberties issues.
  • Collaborate and work closely with colleagues in the Communications and Legal departments.
  • Communicate with national ACLU staff and other ACLU affiliate staff as needed.
  • Assist in supervision of policy interns.
  • Collaborate in planning and implementing a comprehensive strategy to advance ACLU of Maine priority issues.
  • Participate in local and state coalitions and develop relationships with allies and other organizations to further our advocacy goals.
  • Assist with Development and other tasks as needed to promote the organization and its mission.

Qualifications

  • J.D. or 2 years of experience with legislative or public policy analysis or development.
  • Commitment to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, goals, and programs, with an understanding of the range of civil liberties issues the ACLU takes on and their implications.
  • Exceptional analytical, research, writing, and oral advocacy skills, including the ability to understand complex issues and communicate them effectively to a variety of audiences.
  • A demonstrated ability to work respectfully and effectively with coalitions, community groups, and people of all political parties.
  • Respect and value for diversity in race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstances.
  • Ideally, a familiarity with the political and legislative landscape in Maine.
  • Ability to work long and irregular hours, including weekends when the Maine Legislature is in session. 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.

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, or prior involvement in the criminal legal system.

Compensation

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, please send your resume and an 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 Counsel/Advocate 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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