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Company: American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Position: Multiple Positions
Requirements: See job description
Summary:

Advocacy Manager

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is looking for a full-time Advocacy Manager, who will support coalitions and build community connections to advance civil liberties for all people in Alaska. We are poised to undertake more comprehensive strategic advocacy, enhance our statewide presence, and address broader and deeper civil liberties concerns throughout Alaska; the Advocacy Manager will help make this possible. The Advocacy Manager will report to the Policy Director and, though based in Anchorage, will require periodic travel throughout the state. This position is through December 2020, though it may be extended based on funding.

Who we are

The ACLU of Alaska is the Alaska affiliate of the national ACLU, the nation’s oldest and largest protector of the Bill of Rights. We are Alaska’s premier civil rights and civil liberties advocate, and are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that integrates litigation, public policy advocacy, public education, communications with the media and our members, and coalition building and grassroots organizing to defend and expand Alaskans’ constitutional rights and individual freedoms. As part of the ACLU’s 100th anniversary in 2020, and in the wake of the Trump administration’s daily assaults on civil liberties, the ACLU of Alaska is embarking on its most ambitious advocacy yet, which includes eliminating discrimination against LGBTQ individuals, dramatically reforming the criminal justice system, paring back the national security state and strengthening the right to privacy, ensuring that all Americans can freely and easily vote, and defeating perennial attempts to restrict women’s right to safe and legal abortions.

Your responsibilities

Develop, in coordination with other ACLU of Alaska staff, and implement organizing campaigns centered on ACLU of Alaska’s issue priorities;

Identify key civil liberties and civil rights issues, aligned with the ACLU of Alaska’s priorities, through active inquiry of community needs, interests, and visions;

Establish and deepen strategic partnerships with community-based organizations working in diverse communities across the state, and help build and participate in

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coalitions by fostering, strengthening, and nurturing alliances with potential partner organizations and targeted community groups;

Work collaboratively with community leaders, allies, and ACLU of Alaska staff to execute large and effective community actions (community forums, rallies, trainings, engagement with elected officials, etc.);

Organize ACLU of Alaska outreach and educational activities at public events and forums, including training others in the community to conduct similar types of events, and manage follow-up with attendees to assist and encourage them to act;

Develop, supervise, and strategically deploy ACLU of Alaska volunteers, members, and supporters as effective advocates for civil liberties;

Coordinate local actions of nationwide ACLU grassroots initiatives;

Speak publicly on behalf of the ACLU of Alaska and help coordinate the speaking opportunities for other ACLU of Alaska staff;

Draft brief educational materials, flyers, and action alerts, and prepare reports on engagement and outreach activities and outcomes;

Assist with policy research, as needed; and

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate has:

3–5 years progressively responsible experience in community organizing or social justice advocacy, preferably on issues that fall within the ACLU’s strategic priorities (relevant campus or volunteer experience is applicable);

Exceptional interpersonal skills, including an ability to form groups and navigate and resolve conflict in a manner that values and respects relationships with colleagues inside and outside the ACLU of Alaska;

Experience working in and with diverse coalitions preferred;

Experience leading teams; ability to listen, guide, and support people to achieve common goals;

Excellent organizational and administrative skills; keen attention to detail; ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects at various stages of completion with

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minimal direct supervision; good problem-solving skills and a positive, professional attitude with sound judgment, flexibility, determination, and good humor in a fast- paced, sometimes high-pressure office;

Ambitious, creative, and results-oriented initiative and a desire to learn, pitch-in, and anticipate new projects; ability to collaborate, including working closely with colleagues at the ACLU of Alaska and national ACLU, as well as with board members and volunteers;

An absolute commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards and a willingness to work beyond 9 to 5 and to travel throughout Alaska as needed;

Commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socioeconomic circumstance; and

Fluency with computers and Microsoft Office. Experience with social media and database programs, including working knowledge and experience with VAN, desirable.

Compensation

This is an exempt, full-time, at-will position. The salary range is $45,000 to $50,000 and includes excellent benefits, including health, dental, disability, and life insurance, a 401(k) plan with an employer-match, and generous vacation, sick, and holiday leave.

How to apply

If this seems like you, please email PDFs of your

résumé;

three professional references; and

a letter describing why you think you’d be great at this job

to jobs@acluak.org with the subject “Advocacy Manager.” Please state in your letter how you learned of this position.

To be assured of consideration for the position, interested applicants should apply before 4:30 p.m. on July 10, 2019. Applications received after that date will be considered if the position remains available.

The ACLU of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age,

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Communications Director

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is looking for a Communications Director to strategically and proactively increase the ACLU of Alaska’s visibility across Alaska. You’ll advocate for positive changes in the civil liberties landscape and grow the ACLU of Alaska’s political power to energize the fight for civil liberties and protect our hard-won victories. The position is in Anchorage but may require periodic travel throughout the state. A member of the senior staff, you’ll report directly to the Executive Director.

Who we are

The ACLU of Alaska is the Alaska affiliate of the national ACLU, the nation’s oldest and largest protector of the Bill of Rights. We are Alaska’s premier civil rights and civil liberties advocate, and are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that integrates litigation, public policy advocacy, public education, communications with the media and our members, and coalition building and grassroots organizing to defend and expand Alaskans’ constitutional rights and individual freedoms. As part of the ACLU’s 100th anniversary in 2020, and in the wake of the Trump administration’s daily assaults on civil liberties, the ACLU of Alaska is embarking on its most ambitious advocacy yet, which includes eliminating discrimination against LGBTQ individuals, dramatically reforming the criminal justice system, paring back the national security state and strengthening the right to privacy, ensuring that all Americans can freely and easily vote, and defeating perennial attempts to restrict women’s right to safe and legal abortions.

Your responsibilities

Strategy: Conceive a broad vision for using communications to further the ACLU of Alaska’s goals, and develop long- and short-term plans to execute that vision and measure progress. Determine ideal communications channels and tactics for distributing ACLU news, promoting advocacy campaigns, publicizing events, broadening ACLU audiences, and making civil liberties accessible and relevant.

Integrated Advocacy: Collaborate deeply with colleagues in the legal and policy staff, as well as with national communications staff, to ensure communications and public education strategies and content support and serve the goals of the ACLU of Alaska’s programmatic work. Work in partnership with relevant staff to co-produce

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external communications on legal and policy issues, including legislative action alerts and fact sheets, talking points, letters to the editor, press statements, and op-eds.

Brand Management and Marketing: Make sure that, through a consistent look and style, we’re speaking with one coherent organizational voice. Smartly raise the profile of the ACLU and our issues by helping colleagues prepare presentations in front of key constituencies and intelligently distribute ACLU-branded merchandize.

Media Relations: Own all aspects of media relations. Managing press releases and advisories, pitching stories to targeted reporters, fielding media requests, managing a media database, drafting talking points and message grids, making statements, and arranging interviews with ACLU spokespeople and coaching them. Monitor the media for opportunities to engage.

Digital Communications: Own and innovate the online presence of the ACLU of Alaska. Lead colleagues to strategically generate online and email content that engages and yields measurable action.

Print Materials: Develop, distribute, and maintain print materials. Provide editorial and design direction, handle quality control and proofreading, oversee production, and create and implement distribution plans.

Other Responsibilities: As a member of the senior staff, work with the Executive Director, Director of Philanthropy, Legal Director, and Policy Director to participate in budget, donor, and planning meetings as needed, and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate:

has a superb, deep relationship with the Alaska media and has successfully directed media campaigns and trained and coached spokespeople.

developed and implemented communications strategies by balancing strategies and tactics, and has exceptional initiative, vision, and ambition to build a vibrant, strategic, proactive communications program.

persuasively speaks and writes for print and online audiences, and easily edits the work of oneself and others to correct grammar and sharpen prose. Distills complex issues into exciting and useful messages and shares it with targeted audiences.

flourishes in a team environment, being equally comfortable in lead and support roles.

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is creative and fluent with Microsoft Office and interactive design, website and social media management, and email marketing strategy. Proficiency with digital content management systems a plus.

is passionate for, and has a well-articulated knowledge of, civil liberties and social justice, and a familiarity with the work and mission of the ACLU.

works effectively with diverse coalitions and community groups across the political spectrum, and values differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstances.

has excellent problem-solving skills and a strong sense of ownership over tasks, including follow-through, and is willing to do what it takes to get the job done.

is relentlessly positive and flexible.

You’ll also need to bring a strong commitment to excellence, an ability to work quickly but carefully, and a cutting-edge sense of humor!

Compensation

This is an exempt, full-time, at-will position. The salary range is $60,000 to $70,000 and includes excellent benefits, including health, dental, disability, and life insurance, a 401(k) plan with an employer-match, and generous vacation, sick, and holiday leave.

How to apply

If this seems like you, please email PDFs of your

résumé;

two writing samples, one that is traditional and one of online content, neither of which has been substantially edited by others;

three professional references; and

a cover letter describing why you think you’d be great at this job

to jobs@acluak.org with the subject “Communications Director.” Please state in your letter of interest how you learned of this position.

To be assured of consideration for the position, interested applicants should apply before 4:30 p.m. on July 10, 2019. Applications received after that date will be considered if the position remains available.

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Attorney

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is looking for an experienced and ambitious litigator as our full-time Staff Attorney to focus on cutting-edge, constitutional impact litigation. You’ll be responsible for litigating every step of your docket of complex cases, from initial client contact to final resolution at trial or appeal, and will report to the Legal Director as an integral member of our team’s mission to expand and defend civil liberties throughout Alaska and beyond. The position is in Anchorage.

Who we are

The ACLU of Alaska is the Alaska affiliate of the national ACLU, the nation’s oldest and largest protector of the Bill of Rights. We are Alaska’s premier civil rights and civil liberties advocate, and are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that integrates litigation, public policy advocacy, public education, communications with the media and our members, and coalition building and grassroots organizing to defend and expand Alaskans’ constitutional rights and individual freedoms. As part of the ACLU’s 100th anniversary in 2020, and in the wake of the Trump administration’s daily assaults on civil liberties, the ACLU of Alaska is embarking on its most ambitious advocacy yet, which includes eliminating discrimination against LGBTQ individuals, dramatically reforming the criminal justice system, paring back the national security state and strengthening the right to privacy, ensuring that all Americans can freely and easily vote, and defeating perennial attempts to restrict women’s right to safe and legal abortions.

Your responsibilities

In concert with the Legal Director, proactively seek out and creatively implement a strategic impact litigation program that advances key civil liberties by persuading state and federal courts, administrative tribunals, and regulatory agencies to recognize new or established legal principles;

Represent the ACLU of Alaska and its clients in all aspects of complex impact litigation, including factual and legal research, discovery, motion practice, trials, appeals, and amicus briefs;

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Proactively identify litigation opportunities, and, in consultation with the Executive Director and Legal Director, select direct-representation and amicus cases for the ACLU of Alaska;

Develop and maintain relationships with partner organizations, public interest law firms, legal service agencies, and other members of the Alaska legal community;

Recruit, train, and coordinate volunteer attorneys’ work on ACLU of Alaska cases.

Serve as a spokesperson for the ACLU of Alaska, with the Communications, Legal, and Executive Directors;

Work with fellow ACLU of Alaska staff to integrate litigation with policy advocacy, communications and public education, and philanthropy; and

Work with the Executive and Legal Directors and Director of Philanthropy to participate in budget, donor, and planning meetings as needed.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate has:

Law degree and a license to practice law in Alaska or the ability to be admitted by reciprocity or passing the next bar exam;

Experience litigating complex civil trials and appeals in federal and state courts;

Ability to work across the political spectrum with grasstops and diverse coalitions, including developing shared plans, and navigating internal political dynamics among partner groups;

Exceptional initiative, vision, and ambition to build a vibrant, integrated litigation program through short- and long-term integrated strategies;

Passion for, and a well-articulated knowledge of, civil liberties and social justice, and a familiarity with the work and mission of the ACLU;

Exceptional analytical, research, writing, and oral advocacy skills, as well as the ability to articulate legal concepts and complex issues and to communicate them tactfully and effectively to a variety of audiences;

Ability to edit the work of oneself and others with a collegial spirit to correct grammar and sharpen prose;

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Experience working with other staff and leading teams by listening, guiding, and supporting colleagues to achieve common goals;

Keen attention to detail; ability to work simultaneously with initiative on multiple projects at various stages of completion; good problem-solving and collaboration skills; a positive, professional attitude with sound judgment, flexibility, determination, and good humor in a fast-paced, sometimes high-pressure office;

An absolute commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards;

Willingness to work beyond 9 to 5 and to travel throughout Alaska as needed; and

Fluency with computers, Microsoft Office, and Westlaw.

Compensation

This is an exempt, full-time, at-will position. The salary range is $60,000 to $70,000 and includes excellent benefits, including health, dental, disability, and life insurance, a 401(k) plan with an employer-match, and generous vacation, sick, and holiday leave.

How to apply

If this seems like you, please email PDFs of your

résumé;

a professional writing sample that has not been substantially edited by others

three professional references; and

a letter describing why you think you’d be great at this job

to jobs@acluak.org with the subject “Staff Attorney.” Please state in your letter how you learned of this position.

To be assured of consideration for the position, interested applicants should apply before 4:30 p.m. on July 10, 2019. Applications received after that date will be considered if the position remains available.

The ACLU of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage 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, and record of arrest or conviction.

 
Contact: Casey Reynolds
Contact at: Creynolds@acluak.org
907.263.2015
Closing Date: Open until filled