Job Opening: Policy Advocate

The ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties (ACLU-SDIC) is seeking a full-time Policy Advocate to work as part of our local team to support efforts to achieve policy change that protects and advances civil liberties in the fields of privacy and technology and education equity.

The Policy Advocate’s work will include identifying policy change opportunities, policy research and writing, developing issue campaigns and messaging, mobilizing constituencies and coalitions, and working with decision makers. The policy advocate will coordinate strategies with the Sr. Policy Strategist and ACLU of CA statewide
issue teams.

About the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties and ACLU of California Affiliates
The ACLU-SDIC is a civil liberties and civil rights organization that uses the tools of litigation, legislation, policy, communications, and organizing to advance equality, freedom, and justice. The ACLU-SDIC is part of the ACLU of California, a collaborative of the three ACLU affiliates in California. The ACLU’s California offices are located in
San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire, Fresno, San Francisco, and Sacramento. Together, the three affiliates have more than 200,000 members and 160 staff people in California. In addition to our sister organizations, the ACLU values partnerships and collaboration with community organizations and groups across the state.

The ACLU-SDIC utilizes an integrated approach to our advocacy work and has a proven track record of success by combining litigation, policy advocacy, legislation, research and analysis, public education, strategic communications, and community organizing.

Key areas of work

Based in San Diego, the Policy Advocate will report to the Sr. Policy Strategist and will focus in these key areas of work:

  • Identify opportunities for policy change at the local, state and national levels, with a focus on education equity and privacy and civil liberties;
  • 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
  • Provide expertise to policymakers, the press, and coalition partners;
  • Lead local policy advocacy campaigns;
  • Assist in organizing and execution of coalition and community events;
  • Complete assigned project-related tasks on an as-needed basis;
  • Contribute to other projects as needed by the organization;
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree required and three years’ experience OR a master’s degree or law degree with experience. Relevant experience may include advocacy, policy analysis, campaigning, etc. Knowledge of technology preferred;
  • Proven track record in developing and leading successful policy advocacy and/or political campaigns;
  • Knowledge of state and local government politics;
  • Ability to explain complex policy principles in simple terms;
  • Technical Skills: Strong proficiency with the use of software platforms and high degree of comfort with multiple technology applications, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, databases, and website applications;
  • Communications: Demonstrated ability to maintain high-quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with team members and organizational partners. Strong verbal and written communications. Ability to negotiate, compromise and problem solve in coalition settings.

The ideal team member will also possess

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, time management skills, and ability to juggle multiple projects on a daily basis.
  • An established network of relationships in the San Diego region amongst advocacy organizations and leaders.
  • Ability and willingness to be a self-starter who can work independently and in teams.
  • Personal qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a productive member of a diverse community, respect differences while working toward shared goals, be comfortable with periods of ambiguity, and provide constructive participation in ongoing program development.
  • A desire and vision to protect and advance civil rights and civil liberties.
  • Valid driver’s license; some travel is required.

Reporting & supervision
The Policy Advocate will report to the Sr. Policy Strategist and be a crucial member of the ACLU SDIC Advocacy Department’s Team.

Salary based on experience. Excellent benefits.

Application Procedure: Interested individuals must send a cover letter, resume, list of references and a writing sample (no more than 5 pages), preferably by e-mail to [email protected] or by mail to:
ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties
ATTN: Deputy Director
PO Box 87131
San Diego, CA 92138-7131
Please send application package by June 30, 2017.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, and veterans.