Policy and Advocacy Strategist: Privacy, Technology and Surveillance
The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ACLU-IL) has an open Policy and Advocacy Strategist position, centering on our Privacy, Technology and Surveillance (PTS) work.
The Strategist will primarily focus on our work at the intersection of civil liberties and PTS, including the use of emerging and existing technologies by law enforcement and private actors, automated decision-making, and informational privacy. The Policy and Advocacy Strategist works collaboratively across departments to use integrated advocacy tools, including legislation, policy change, coalition building, and communications, to advance meaningful change.
Policy and Advocacy Strategists must have at least five years of policy development and implementation experience beyond an academic setting and at least three years of direct experience working on PTS issues.
The Policy and Advocacy Strategist is part of the Advocacy Department and reports to the Director of Advocacy and Intergovernmental Affairs. This is a full-time, non-exempt union position that is part of a bargaining unit represented by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers/United Auto Workers Local 2320.
The successful candidate will have:
- Demonstrated knowledge of PTS civil liberties issues.
- At least five years of hands-on experience successfully advocating for legislative or policy change, with at least three years working directly on PTS issues.
- At least five years of experience researching and synthesizing large amounts of information from various sources to provide policy recommendations.
- Proven ability to work independently and manage multiple projects with competing deadlines on a tight timeline while maintaining strong attention to detail.
- Proven ability to think critically and strategically about solving problems and coming up with solutions that drive results.
- Strong communication skills to explain complex issues in accessible terms for various audiences, both verbally and in writing.
- Proven ability to build and maintain effective relationships with a broad range of constituencies, including people who have been impacted by our work.
- Ability to travel throughout Illinois and work beyond the typical workday and on weekends.
The Policy and Advocacy Strategist helps to develop and implement the ACLU-IL’s legislative, policy, and advocacy priorities by:
- Analyzing priority local, state, and national ACLU issues.
- Conducting rigorous research that identifies and evaluates best practices around model policies and programs (legislation, ordinances, directives, practices) and implementation strategies.
- Building and maintaining trusted, respectful relationships with stakeholders, including but not limited to: people impacted by our work, community members and leaders, coalitions, allied organizations, issue experts, legislative staff, government officials, and elected officials.
- Drafting legislation, developing policy positions, and creating strategies that result in meaningful change while engaging the public on civil liberties issues.
- Executing implementation of strategy through partnerships, public education activities, legislative and stakeholder meetings, and delivering testimony.
- The Policy and Advocacy Strategist is expected to draft concise internal and external memos and develop advocacy tools, including fact sheets, talking points, public education materials, position letters, and policy briefs, in multiple formats for a range of audiences.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Benefits include four weeks of paid vacation (pro-rated the first year); 100% employer-paid medical, vision, and dental insurance for staff and eligible dependents; hybrid work options; a 403(b) retirement benefits plan with employer match; life insurance; and long-term disability insurance. In accordance with the ACLU salary scale and commensurate with experience, the salary range is $65,000 to $85,000.
JOB APPLICATION STATEMENT
The ACLU of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, criminal record or veteran status.
The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you need assistance applying online, please email email@example.com. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants should prepare a resume and cover letter addressing the following questions:
- Tell us about a time you advocated for a policy change. What skills did you use in the process? What was most challenging for you? Please be specific. (You do not need to limit yourself to a formal legislative effort or organized campaign led by an organization. Examples of where you have advocated for policy change in a personal capacity would also be applicable.)
- Describe a time when you worked with a diverse group of people to create change. What did you learn about yourself in the process?
- What is your experience working on PTS issues?
Please fill out the fields below. Then, email AdvocacyJobs@aclu-il.org and use the subject line “YOUR NAME Policy and Advocacy Strategist: PTS.” No calls or outreach via social media or other platforms, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.