The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (ACLU-GA) seeks to hire a full-time Policy Advocate/Counsel with expertise in criminal legal/justice reform. ACLU-GA is the state affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union. Our mission is to preserve and expand the individual rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution, the Georgia Constitution, and related federal and state civil rights laws. The Georgia affiliate has approximately 20,000 members statewide.
Criminal Legal Reform is one of the ACLU of GA’s strategic priorities. Working with partners across the state, we seek to stop police violence and reduce the number of people in Georgia under correction control as well as reduce police violence. In 2020, several counties elected new reform-minded Sheriffs and District Attorney’s, presenting a unique opportunity at the local level to change policies and practices that have historically targeted communities of color.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Manage the criminal legal reform of the ACLU-GA, including developing policy proposals and issue based campaign plans.
- Work with community partners and grass roots organizations in the criminal justice landscape, including representing the affiliate in existing coalitions and identifying new partners to work with.
- Provide research and draft public education materials.
- Give panel and other presentations to ACLU supporters and the community at large on core policy issues within criminal justice reform.
- Organize community meetings and events; this includes logistics, outreach, developing the agendas and facilitation.
- Lobby/engage members of the legislature, local elected officials and administrative leaders.
- Work with the affiliate’s organizing staff to coordinate volunteers to engage in grassroots advocacy efforts.
- Extensive policy knowledge in criminal legal system reform.
- Advocacy experience, 3-5 years, including project management.
- Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to successfully juggle multiple responsibilities.
- Strong communication skills, oral and written.
- Ability to work with and center historically marginalized or oppressed communities of different cultures and backgrounds. This includes having a mature understanding of how structural racism, sexism, and prejudice against all kinds of marginalized communities pervade our society.
- Willingness to travel, work evenings, weekends, and holidays.
- JD or MPP a plus
- Other duties as assigned
This position is grant funded with a 24-month commitment. The ACLU of Georgia offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLUF-GA’s compensation scale. Excellent benefits include paid vacation, sick time and holidays; medical, vision and dental insurance; life and long-term disability insurance; and 401(k) Defined Contribution Retirement.
Applications should include a cover letter, resume, and list of at least three professional references to email@example.com. To facilitate our review, your emails should have the subject line: “[Your last name] Criminal Justice Policy Advocacy.” We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
This job announcement provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU-GA reserves the right to change the description and/or posting without advance notice.
The ACLU of Georgia is an equal opportunity / fair chance employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU-GA encourages 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, veteran status or record of arrest or conviction. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.