The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah seeks a full-time Legislative and Policy Counsel position. This position leads the organization’s state legislative advocacy and has primary responsibility for administrative advocacy at the state level.
Job Posting: Legislative and Policy Counsel
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The Legislative and Policy Counsel reports to the Director of Campaigns. The position works collaboratively across departments, using integrated advocacy tools, including legislation, policy research and analysis, coalition building, and other tactics, to advance meaningful change and defend against attacks on civil rights and civil liberties.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:
The ACLU of Utah is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We believe that having a board, staff, and volunteer base with diverse personal and professional backgrounds and lived experience enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive. We strongly encourage and greatly value applications from women, people of color, immigrants, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, those who have been formerly incarcerated, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.
- Pursue the ACLU of Utah’s strategic priorities by leading the organization’s lobbying efforts at the State Legislature, including attending and testifying in legislative meetings and hearings.
- Develop and manage the ACLU of Utah’s legislative agenda through ongoing dialogue with stakeholders including, legislators, state agency personnel, lobbyists, and community partners.
- Track legislation related to civil rights and civil liberties using legislative tracking software.
- Coordinate with the Legal Director to research and analyze legislative proposals, assess their political viability, and evaluate whether and how the ACLU of Utah should respond.
- Lead the Campaigns team in planning and implementing legislative strategies to achieve campaign priorities.
- Work collaboratively with the Legal Director and the Communications Manager and other staff to monitor and achieve legislative and policy goals.
- Inform relevant staff of developments related to the organization’s strategic priorities at the legislature and within state agencies.
- Assume the primary role of liaison with state administrative agencies on issues related to civil rights and civil liberties.
- Maintain, organize, and expand coalitions and partnerships with organizations and community partners working towards common legislative goals.
- In coordination with the Communications Manager, explain ACLU of Utah legislative positions and priorities to the media, ACLU supporters, and the general public.
- Manage select local and federal-level advocacy efforts to the extent feasible, including engagement with Utah’s congressional delegation in coordination national ACLU colleagues.
- Attend national and regional ACLU training and staff conferences.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
Qualified Candidates Will Have:
- J.D. with experience drafting or analyzing legislation or public policy, or advocating with a legislative body.
- Demonstrated understanding of the legislative process and the ability to build respectful relationships across the political spectrum.
- Proven analytical, research, writing, and oral advocacy skills.
- Ability to communicate effectively with the media, stakeholders, and the public, including synthesizing complex issues and speaking about them to diverse audiences.
- Ability to work independently as well as with a team while maintaining a high-level efficiency and respect towards others in difficult situations.
- Ability to take professional initiative; excellent time-management skills; multi-tasking ability; orientation to detail.
- Demonstrated ability to keep organized in a fast-paced environment and manage several projects simultaneously.
- Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office and the ability to learn new computer platforms and databases.
- Strict adherence to confidentiality duties and guidelines.
- A commitment to diversity- a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, ability, involvement with the criminal legal system, and socio-economic circumstance.
Strong Candidates Will Have:
- One year or more experience drafting legislation, analyzing legislation, or advocating for legislative change.
- Demonstrated practice working in broad and diverse coalitions.
- Experience working or advocating with state or local administrative agencies.
- Experience with public speaking, including working with the media.
- Familiarity with Utah politics and civil rights and civil liberties issues in the state.
Salary & Benefits:
The salary range for this position is $52,500-$57,500 depending on experience. Excellent benefits include paid time off, generous paid holidays, 401(k) plan with employer matching contribution that vests after one year of employment, and medical, dental, and vision insurance.
This is a lobbyist position with the 501c4 arm of the ACLU of Utah, and as such is ineligible for Public Service Loan forgiveness
Application review will begin in November 2021 and will continue until the position is filled
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About the ACLU of Utah
Founded in 1958, the ACLU of Utah is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that utilizes legal, legislative, and public education approaches to fight for individual rights and fundamental freedoms. Our mission is to defend and promote the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution, including reproductive freedom, immigrant rights, free speech, racial justice, privacy, religious liberty, LGBTQ rights, and more. For more information, please visit www.acluutah.org