The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (ACLU of GA) seeks a policy counsel/analyst to advance its civil liberties and civil rights agenda. The policy counsel/analyst will provide critical research and support for the ACLU of Georgia’s policy and legislative program, with a focus on reproductive rights and voter rights. The position is primarily responsible for state legislative and executive branch policy development and research but also will be called upon to engage in advocacy efforts and cultivate partner relationships. The policy counsel will report to the Political Director. 
 
 
RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Help to develop and implement the ACLU of Georgia’s legislative agenda, including but not limited to lobbying members of the legislature, their staff and the Governor’s office, analyzing and tracking legislation, drafting amendments and preparing and delivering written and oral testimony.
  • Conduct rigorous policy research and fact-finding;
  • Identify opportunities for policy change at the local and state level;
  • Draft fact-sheets, policy memos, talking points, speeches and other related materials;
  • Help maintain and/or expand organizational and individual partners in relevant issue areas
  • Support organizational spokespeople in providing expertise to policymakers, the press, and coalition partners;
  • Participate in legislative interim activity, attend legislative hearings and participate in policy-related workgroups, coalitions and meetings.
  • Contribute to other projects as needed by the organization;
 
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, research and analytical skills and the ability to explain complex policy principles in simple terms;
  • Particular expertise or knowledge in reproductive rights and/or voter rights is a plus. 
  • Basic knowledge of state and local government politics, including the the legislative process; 
  • Ability to work independently when necessary and keep organized in a fast-paced environment, manage several projects simultaneously and adjust strategy to frequently changing demands;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain relationships with diverse groups
  • Initiative, vision and ability to manage short- and long-term projects;
  • Ability to work long hours and commute to meetings and events throughout the state, as needed;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, and attention to detail
  • A demonstrable commitment to civil liberties and civil rights;
  • Strong proficiency with the use of software platforms and high degree of comfort with multiple technology applications;
  • Ability to negotiate, compromise and problem solve in collaborative settings;
  • A demonstrated commitment to racial equity and incorporating a structural power analysis into their work, with knowledge and understanding of how power is manifested in matters of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstances.
 
 
HOW TO APPLY
 Submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@acluga.org. Put “Policy Counsel/Analyst” in Subject. 
 
 
Compensation and Benefits
  • Salary is commensurate with similarly situated nonprofit advocacy organizations and will depend upon experience and qualifications.
  • Excellent benefits include: paid vacation and sick leave, health and dental insurance, life and disability coverage and a Defined Contribution 401(k) retirement plan.
 
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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 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 of 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: info@acluga.org.
 

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