Public Policy Counsel
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1,001-5,000 employees

Non-profit organization advocating for civil rights and liberties.
Company Overview
The ACLU stands out as a leading non-profit organization committed to defending and preserving the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Its culture is deeply rooted in action, with a focus on tackling the most pressing civil rights and liberties challenges through nationwide litigation, advocacy, and public education. The ACLU's competitive advantage lies in its Systemic Equality agenda, which actively works to end discriminatory policies and practices that disproportionately impact Black communities, thereby fostering a more equitable society.
Social Impact

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New York, New York

Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth

Baltimore, MD, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Public Policy
Legal & Compliance
  • Demonstrated personal commitment to advancing the ACLU's values, mission, goals, and programs, with an understanding of the range of civil rights and civil liberties issues and their implications through previous
  • (Relevant education/experience may substitute for required education/experience at a rate of one-year relevant education/experience per year of required education/experience.)
  • Juris Doctorate Degree
  • A minimum of 3 to 7 years' experience in a similar position. Certification or License Requirements:
  • Ability to contribute legal knowledge and expertise in support of community-generated
  • Ability to be proactive and work effectively on issues that require bipartisan
  • Analytical, legal research, negotiation, writing, and oral advocacy skills; ability to articulate complex issues and communicate them effectively to a variety of
  • Ability to think strategically and conceptually with a self-awareness to dismantle your biases in order to approach to solutions using a race equity
  • Proactively identify issues and analyze qualitative and quantitative data to make policy
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to use professional judgment and practice
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with coalitions and community groups, motivate volunteers, and work across the political spectrum
  • Willingness to take direction from directly impacted people and to contribute public policy and legal knowledge with the purpose of empowering community members and making the law accessible and useful to disenfranchised
  • Ability to give presentations and engage diverse
  • Adaptable team player with the ability to engage various constituencies in a complex
  • Familiarity with Maryland communities, state, and local government racial equity and social injustice issues that impact our
  • Ability to work independently and keep organized in a fast-paced environment; manage several projects simultaneously; and adjust strategy to frequently changing
  • Working knowledge of relevant current and proposed federal and local laws, regulations, and other legal directives related to assigned program area, and rules governing civil and appellate
  • Working knowledge on effective policy development and advocacy practices as well as internal policies and
  • Working knowledge of advocacy campaigns, including legislative advocacy, coalition building, and community
  • Working knowledge of communications best practices, cross-programmatic policy changes, and legislative
  • Demonstrate initiative, including pro-actively identifying and addressing issues and making
  • Recommend revisions to team procedures and practices to incorporate best practices and address changes in the legal landscape and cultural
  • Disseminate, implement, and enforce organization and team standards, policies, and procedures, including providing proper guidance to those carrying out related
  • Assist with developing and executing plans and strategies to meet team goals and
  • Work to actively elevate the work and leadership of communities directly impacted by
  • Conduct legal research to identify key issues related to proposed
  • Identify, track, and advise on introduced and proposed legislation before the Maryland General Assembly and other local legislative bodies that affect civil
  • Maintain bill tracking database and hearing schedule, program calendars and docket
  • Perform legal analysis to determine the Constitutionality of existing and proposed laws and
  • Monitor implementation of priority laws that passed from the previous
  • Attend hearings, briefings, and other proceedings before the General
  • Draft testimony on a wide range of bills to explain the constitutional implications of legislation, advance/protect rights related to racial equity and our strategic goals and the organization's
  • Deliver verbal testimony at the state and local level to represent the organization in front of government
  • Draft reports, memos, letters, and documents to different audiences to explain complex legal and policy matters and provide
  • Draft policy briefs, fact sheets, one-pagers, talking points, communications and education materials, and other documents to synthesize complex issues into persuasive language that is easy to
  • Build and maintain relationships with key legislators, coalitions, and advocates to advance the organization's legislative
  • Assist members of the legal department on an ad hoc basis by conducting legal research, writing, and
  • Assist with development and facilitate meetings with members of different departments and outside coalitions and
  • Collaborate with the engagement team on outreach and organizing
  • Collaborate with the communications team on media and communication
  • Assist with developing and executing plans and strategies to meet team goals and
  • Community volunteers
  • Interns
Desired Qualifications
  • Advanced Juris Doctorate or equivalent post-Secondary credentials
  • Bilingual ability to interpret or translate in a non-English language, preferably
  • Experience working in non-profit, advocacy, or political
  • Experience with statutory and legislative analysis, legal research and writing, and legislative and budget processes in Maryland; experience with advocacy and policy change tools; awareness of the political landscape