Location

Concord, NH

Department

Policy

Position Overview

The ACLU Foundation of New Hampshire is seeking applicants for the full-time position of Policy Advocate. The mission of the Policy Advocate is to manage one or more issue areas before statewide and local legislative and administrative bodies. Our mission is only possible through co-building and sustaining a movement at the ground level. Through shifting power, we aim to advance civil rights and liberties issues at any given time.

Our team works on issue-based campaigns through an integrated advocacy format that demands a high level of interdependence. The Policy Advocate is a member of the ACLU-NH’s Policy team and reports to the Policy Director. Together, this team will help to achieve our goals at the local and state levels through long-term policy and culture shift campaigns. At the ACLU-NH, there is a strong emphasis on long-term relationship building, community empowerment, and transformation.

Core Accountabilities

Develop and Manage Statewide and Local Lobbying Initiatives

  • Develop policy advocacy components of integrated advocacy campaigns and strategies to advance the organization’s strategic priorities at the state, city, and county levels.
  • Identify, analyze, and track all legislation before the state legislature that affects one or more areas of the ACLU-NH docket.
  • Identify and draft amendments and legislative proposals, as well as prepare and deliver testimony and supporting materials.
  • Prepare, review, and edit research memos, briefs, reports, projects, and presentations in a variety of formats to engage a diverse range of constituents.
  • Cultivate relationships with key elected and appointed officials, their staff, and fellow lobbyists.
  • Manage relationships and collaborations with community groups and coalitions aligned with our strategic priorities work.
  • Serve as spokesperson on select policy matters, including legislative and administrative advocacy.

Collaboration for Movement Building

  • Build and sustain relationships with coalition partners and other community stakeholders and groups essential to advancing civil liberties issues. Move at the speed of trust with potential partners and continuously look for how the ACLU-NH can support our partners, especially those working with directly impacted communities.

Organizational Strategy

  • Work across issues while honoring and demonstrating the interconnectedness between issues. 
  • Participate in the development of local and statewide advocacy plans that advance our mission and fulfill our short- and long-term goals. Work collaboratively with organizations with similar goals and jurisdictions.
  • Issue-spot and identify policy shift opportunities in alignment with our mission and goals. 
  • Actively collaborate across the organization in alignment with our integrated advocacy approach. Remain vigilant of where cross-departmental strategies can form.
  • Effectively manage people, teams, and/or projects internally when necessary. 

Requirements

  • Commitment to the mission of ACLU-NH.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in and with historically oppressed communities and center the leadership of directly impacted people.
  • Substantial experience in political and/or legislative advocacy, preferably at both the state and local levels.
  • Demonstrated success as a lobbyist in a hostile political environment.
  • Ability to generate passion and optimism around our work through public speaking and public education.
  • Strong analytical, research, writing and oral advocacy skills, as well as the ability to articulate legal concepts and complex issues and communicate them tactfully and effectively to a variety of audiences.
  • Exceptional initiative, vision, and ability to develop and implement short and long-term integrated advocacy strategies.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse staff, coalitions, and community groups, motivate volunteers, work across the political spectrum, and value differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation/identity, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and a collaborative mindset with the ability to work with ACLU-NH staff as well as allies, coalition partners, and community leaders.
  • Strong project and time management skills, including demonstrated capacity to manage competing projects with tight deadlines and implement projects from start to finish with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated flexibility in problem-solving.
  • Willingness to regularly travel around New Hampshire and willingness to work occasional irregular hours, including some nights and weekends.
  • Ability to use or quickly learn technological platforms (i.e., Zoom, social media platforms, VAN, other volunteer management software, Google Drive, Sharepoint).
  • Must possess and maintain a current valid driver’s license or be able to access adequate transportation in order to travel to visits with partners, policymakers, and others.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

The ACLU of New Hampshire is an equity-based employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of New Hampshire encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, previous incarceration or involvement in the criminal justice system, or veteran status. We provide a friendly work environment, with flexibility and consideration of personal needs and circumstances.

COMPENSATION

This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position.  The salary for this position will be $50,000 - $60,000. The ACLU-NH provides excellent benefits, including health insurance, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, vision, dental insurance, generous paid-time-off, and a Defined Contribution 401K Retirement Plan.

TO APPLY

Please submit via email a resume and cover letter to Frank Knaack, Policy Director, at jobs@aclu-nh.org. Please put “Policy Advocate” in the subject line of your email.  

DEADLINE

Application review will start on July 29, 2022. Applications after that date are encouraged and will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

Note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ACLU of NH will temporarily accommodate remote work for this position. Subsequently, this position will be based out of the ACLU of NH office in Concord, NH. This is a full-time position, and the ACLU of NH will provide equipment for temporary remote work

ABOUT THE ACLU

For over 100 years, the ACLU has been at the forefront of every major civil liberties fight in our country’s history. Whether it’s reducing the prison and jail population, achieving full equality for the LGBTQ community, reducing immigration detention, or ending unjust laws that strip people of their fundamental right to vote, we take up the toughest civil liberties issues to defend all individuals from government abuse and overreach. With ACLU affiliate offices in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, we fight tirelessly to defend our rights in the courts, influence public policy, and empower communities to advance rights for all. The ACLU of New Hampshire was established in 1968 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public interest organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights in New Hampshire. We are the state’s largest and most influential civil rights organization, combining litigation, policy advocacy, communications, and community organizing tactics to promote a broad range of individual rights and liberties. We have a staff of twelve professionals working in our Concord office. We are a passionate, highly motivated group of lawyers, public policy experts, lobbyists, community organizers, communicators, and fundraisers, and we’re looking for exceptional talent to join our team.