Senior Public Policy Counsel
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ACLU

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

Company Stage

Seed

Total Funding

$120K

Founded

1920

Headquarters

New York, New York

Growth & Insights
Headcount

6 month growth

2%

1 year growth

5%

2 year growth

11%
Locations
Baltimore, MD, USA
Experience Level
Entry
Junior
Mid
Senior
Expert
Desired Skills
Communications
Public Policy
CategoriesNew
Legal & Compliance
Requirements
  • Demonstrated personal commitment to advancing the ACLU-MD's values, mission, goals, and programs with an understanding of the range of civil rights and civil liberties issues and their implications through previous experiences
  • Juris Doctorate Degree
  • A minimum of 7 years' experience in a similar position or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Lobbying experience required
  • Licensed to Practice Law in State of Maryland or ability to receive a license through reciprocity process
  • Experience drafting state and/or federal legislation
  • Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of and commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and the ACLU of Maryland's mission
  • Specialized experience in one of more of the follow areas of concentration within the field of law: Civil Rights, Corporate Law, Education Law, Family and Juvenile Law, Health Law, Immigration Law, International Law, Municipals Law, Real Estate Law, Securities Law, or Tax Law
  • Experience with statutory and legislative analysis, legal research and writing, and legislative processes in Maryland; experience with advocacy and policy change tools
  • Working knowledge of relevant current and proposed federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and other legal directives; knowledge of effective civil litigation, policy/legislative development, community lawyering, and advocacy practices
  • Strong ability to contribute legal knowledge and expertise in support of community-generated initiatives and make the law accessible and useful to disenfranchised communities
  • Ability to be proactive and work effectively on issues that require bipartisan support
  • Experience working in a non-profit, advocacy, or political organization
  • Exceptional ability to critically analyze policy issues
  • Experience with and understanding of Maryland legislative and budget process
  • Ability to analyze governmental budget and legal documents
  • Analytical, negotiation, writing, and oral advocacy skills; ability to articulate complex issues and communicate them respectfully and effectively to a variety of audiences
  • Ability to think strategically and conceptually with an unbiased approach to solutions using a race equity lens
  • Recognize and define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions in the context of a variety of situations with multiple variables, both predictable and unpredictable
  • Demonstrated ability to work respectfully and 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 legal knowledge and expertise in support of community-based initiatives, with the purpose of empowering community members and making the law accessible and useful to disenfranchised communities
  • Ability to give presentations and engage diverse audiences
  • Familiarity with Maryland communities, state, and local government racial equity and social injustice issues that impact our stakeholders
  • Ability to keep organized and thrive in a fast-paced, demanding (and sometimes unstructured) environment
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously and adjust strategy to frequently changing demands
  • Make sound and timely informed decisions in complex situations
  • Demonstrate initiative, including pro-actively identifying and addressing issues and making recommendations
  • Creative and willing to learn; ability to handle and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities with deliberate time management skills; ability to work under pressure
  • Compose precise, effective, and grammatically correct reports, procedures, legal documents, and business correspondence appropriate for the intended audience
  • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability in a fast-paced environment
  • Work independently with minimum direction while also working as part of a team and collaborating with others
Responsibilities
  • Maintain a current knowledge of legal developments and what effect the law will have on ACLU-MD entities and employees/clients
  • Recommend revisions to team procedures and practices to incorporate best practices and address changes in the legal landscape and cultural environment
  • Disseminate, implement, and enforce organization and team standards, policies, and procedures, including providing proper guidance to those carrying out related duties
  • Assist with developing and executing plans and strategies to meet team goals and objectives
  • Develop and disseminate policy and advocacy resources; work with Communications staff to bring and build awareness of policy positions to the public
  • Provide strategic advice and guidance on the development of department priorities in collaboration with the Legal team
  • Work with state and local advocates, organizers, and practitioners to formulate strategy around policy campaigns that connect to national and state policy priorities; help to translate all efforts to state and local political leaders and partners
  • Advocate and coordinate support for the organization's positions on governmental policies and legislation
  • Build and maintain relationships with policymakers and their staff
  • Promote and support strategies and approaches for effective advocacy
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate issues related to government action
  • Conduct research on legislative issues
  • Review, evaluate, edit, and draft federal, state, and local legislation
  • Assist in identifying legislative trends and developing strategies and policy language to further public interests
  • Identify, track, and advise on introduced and proposed legislation
  • Collaborate with Public Policy team members on market-specific legislative efforts
  • Coordinate with compliance, legal, and operations teams as new regulatory frameworks are implemented
  • Work to actively elevate the work and leadership of communities directly impacted by injustice
  • Conduct legal research to identify key issues related to proposed legislation
  • Identify and track legislation before the Maryland General Assembly that affects civil liberties
  • Maintain bill tracking database and hearing schedule, program calendars, and docket information
  • Perform legal analysis to determine the Constitutionality of existing and proposed laws and policies
  • Monitor implementation of laws
  • Attend hearings, briefings, and other proceedings before the General Assembly
  • Draft testimony on a wide range of bills to explain the Constitutional implications of legislation and the organization's position
  • Deliver verbal testimony at the state and local level to represent the organization in front of government bodies and provide legislative testimony on the legal implications of proposed legislation
  • Draft reports, memos, letters, and documents to different audiences to explain complex legal and policy matters and provide recommendations
  • Draft policy briefs, fact sheets, one-pagers, talking points, communications and education materials, and other documents to synthesize complex issues into persuasive and readily understood language
  • Build and maintain relationships with key legislators, coalitions, and advocates to advance the organization's legislative agenda
  • Encourage and facilitate effective working relationships with key government and policy allies
  • Travel to meet with policy groups, legislative staff, and other stakeholders to discuss policy, strategy, and how to effectively advocate to government officials and the public
  • Assist members of the legal department on an ad hoc basis by conducting legal research, writing, and analysis
  • Assist with development and facilitate meetings with members of different departments and outside coalitions and advocates
  • Collaborate with the engagement team on outreach and organizing strategies
  • Collaborate with the communications team on media and communication strategies
  • Assist with program organization and operations
  • The individual in this position is expected to perform work assigned and outlined in the annual organizational strategic operating plan, departmental operational plans, and/or in project/programmatic area workplans in addition to the position's other work
  • This position specifically supports the following strategic priorities on an ongoing basis: Individual Autonomy, Immigrants' Rights, and Government Accountability
  • Upon request, collaborate with the development team and program staff on grant proposals and reports; meet with funders; and provide information to funders
  • This position may be required to speak at public events and represent the organization as a spokesperson upon request
  • This position is expected to maintain and manage regular communications channels with immediate supervisors, management, and coworkers to ensure the smooth and efficient operations of the organization. Communications include but are not limited to email, telephone inquiries, letters of correspondence, video conferencing, and organizational meetings; this position is also expected to complete regular operational administrative tasks, such as timekeeping for payroll purposes, etc