September 14, 2022

 

The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia, the state’s leading civil liberties organization, seeks a full-time Advocacy Associate to work closely with our Advocacy Team to make West Virginia a safer, more welcoming home to all.

About the ACLU of West Virginia

The ACLU of West Virginia is a non-partisan, non-profit public interest organization dedicated to protecting and expanding civil liberties for all people in West Virginia. A major focus of our work is to extend the promise of the Bill of Rights to those groups who have traditionally been denied its protections. Given the policies currently being pursued in Washington and Charleston, we believe that our mission is as relevant and important today as it has ever been.

The ACLU of West Virginia is an independent affiliate of the National ACLU and comprises two separate corporate entities, the ACLU of West Virginia and the ACLU of West Virginia Foundation. Both entities have the same overall mission, the same Board of Directors, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties.

Position Overview
The ACLU of West Virginia seeks a dynamic, innovative, and passionate individual to serve as a full-time Advocacy Associate. This is a position that will work on the front lines of some of the most important issues of our time—criminal legal reform, defense of our democracy, abortion rights, trans rights, and potentially many other issues.  The Advocacy Associate will work closely with our Advocacy Director, lobbying in the state legislature, in municipalities around the state, and with our federal congressional delegation.  Additionally, the Advocacy Associate will lead our prosecutor reform work, and will be a key member of our election protection team.  

This position is an incredible opportunity for someone who wants to work with an outstanding team to make this a better world. This is a job for someone who dreams of making our government more responsive, transparent, equitable and just.

The ACLU of West Virginia’s main office is in Charleston. However, the Advocacy Associate will be working statewide. During the legislative session, the Advocacy Associate will need to regularly be at the Capitol. The Advocacy Associate will report directly to the ACLU of West Virginia’s Advocacy Director and will work in close collaboration with the rest of the Advocacy Team, as well as communications and legal staff.

Responsibilities

• Under the direction of the Advocacy Director, develop and implement strategies to support and expand the ACLU-WV's legislative and campaign work throughout the state

• Track legislative progress, produce reports, and highlights to share with stakeholders, media, and staff

• Develop and execute a plan to educate the public about prosecutor candidate positions on reforming the criminal legal system

• Research proposed problems and policy

• Develop lobbying and outreach materials for stakeholders, elected officials, partner organizations, and the general public

• Assist in drafting, editing, and proposing local and statewide policy proposals

• Coordinate and conduct outreach to stakeholders, volunteers, and elected officials to ensure advancement of ACLU-WV's policy and campaign initiatives

• Develop strategic partnerships with key community-based organizations working in diverse communities around West Virginia

• Support national and regional ACLU initiatives

• Assist the development department in identifying development opportunities and in building relationships with potential donors

• Assist the legal department, as appropriate, with the identification and recruitment of potential clients for impact litigation

Qualifications

• Exceptional interpersonal skills

• Deep understanding of the legislative process

• Superb organization skills; detail-oriented with strong follow-through and the ability to meet tight deadlines

• Strong written and oral communications skills

• A history of working collaboratively and successfully with people and organizations from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and a broad range of ideological positions

• Creative, results-oriented, self-starting, and willing to learn

• Strong task and time management skills

• Must be comfortable and confident in speaking to large groups and individuals. Must be comfortable and confident in speaking through social and traditional media

• Experience in lobbying preferred

• Experience in political/advocacy/campaign organizing preferred

• Knowledge of civil liberties issues preferred

• Experience working directly with volunteers preferred

• Familiarity with the current political alignments and the advocacy and community organizing landscape of West Virginia preferred

• Ability to participate in evening and weekend meetings

• Commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU

• Passion and humility are particularly valued in our workplace

Compensation
This is a bargaining unit position and the terms and conditions of employment are governed by the collective bargaining agreement. The starting salary is commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU-WV compensation scale and is expected to be between $50,000 - $60,000. Benefits include medical and disability insurance, a 401(k) program, and generous vacation, holiday and sick leave.

Application Procedure

Please submit a letter of interest and resume to:

Eli Baumwell, Advocacy Director, ACLU of West Virginia, ebaumwell@acluwv.org

Please include “Advocacy Associate” in the subject line. Applications accepted until position is filled.

Deadline
Applications will be reviewed starting on September 30, 2022 and will be accepted until the position is filled. The job announcement will remain posted on our website, www.acluwv.org, until the position is filled. When the position is filled, the announcement will be removed from the website.  

The ACLU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages women, people of color, people with disabilities and LGBTQ people to apply.  We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of West Virginia strongly encourages 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, criminal history, and veteran status.