Job Announcement: Policy Associate

The ACLU Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties (ACLUF-SDIC) is seeking a full-time Policy Associate.

The ACLUF-SDIC is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 civil liberties and civil rights organization working to advance equality, freedom, and justice, and while there are many ACLU offices around the country, our work covers the length of California’s border with Mexico.

We work collaboratively with our sister affiliates in California, along the U.S-Mexico border, and with the National ACLU. In addition to our sister organizations, the ACLU values partnerships and collaboration with community organizations and groups across the state and along the border.

The ACLUF-SDIC has a proven track record of success combining litigation, policy advocacy, legislation, research and analysis, public education, strategic communications, and community organizing to achieve meaningful social change.

As we move into a new era and face dangerous policies that threaten our civil rights and civil liberties, we remain dedicated to confronting these issues and defending the progress we have made. We must use our decades of experience in impact litigation, legislative advocacy, and organizing to fight these un- Constitutional policies and protect our most cherished rights and freedoms.

Position Overview

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual, eager to take on an unparalleled opportunity to work as part of our local team to support efforts to achieve policy change protecting and advancing civil liberties and civil rights in areas that will promote equity, including in the issue area of education.

Situated in the Advocacy department and working in coordination with the Deputy Advocacy Director, the Policy Associate will identify policy change opportunities, conduct policy research and writing, advance issue campaigns and messaging, mobilize constituencies and coalitions, and work with decision-makers.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Identify opportunities for policy change at the local, state, and national levels, with a focus on advancing equity within governmental agencies;
  • Work with statewide ACLU teams to pursue policy changes to advance the organization’s agenda;
  • Assist in policy research and fact-finding;
  • Help build and/or expand and manage a network of organizational and individual partners in relevant issue areas;
  • Provide expertise to policymakers, the press, and coalition partners;
  • Lead local policy advocacy campaigns;
  • Assist in organizing and execution of coalition and community events;
  • Contribute to other projects as needed by the organization;

Our “Must Have’s”

  • A demonstrable commitment to civil liberties and civil rights;
  • Basic knowledge of state and local government politics;
  • Ability to explain complex policy principles in simple terms;
  • 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, dismantling white supremacy 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, sexualorientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstances

About Our Culture
We are a diverse workforce and take pride in our ability to attract and retain employees with a huge array of backgrounds and experiences. We work hard but we also like to celebrate our successes. We take the time to high-five, eat together, and celebrate together.


Salary dependent on experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation; 13 office holidays; medical and dental insurance for staff members, and their families; life- and long-term disability insurance; and 401(k) plan with employer match.

What Now?

Please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position as detailed in this announcement, a current resume, names and contact information of three professional references (including at least one supervisor), and a writing sample. Kindly put “ACLUF-SDIC Policy Associate – your name” in the subject line of your email. If possible, please combine all documents into one PDF file.

Electronic applications are preferred. Please email to [email protected]. However, hard-copy applications can be mailed to:

ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties
ATTN: Deputy Director
PO Box 87131
San Diego, CA 92138-7131

Please send application package by June 28, 2019