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Deputy Director for Campaigns

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Location: New York, New York County, New York, USA Posted: Oct 15, 2022

Job Description


The ACLU seeks a full-time position of Deputy Director for Campaigns in the National Political Advocacy Department of the ACLU’s National office in New York, NY or Washington, DC.

The National Political Advocacy Department (NPAD) works to strengthen the efforts of the ACLU at the federal, state, and local levels of government. The department harnesses the political power that comes from having more than 11 million members and supporters, as well as affiliates in every state. Through issue campaigns buttressed by grassroots organizing, direct lobbying, leveraging earned and paid media and other tactics, the ACLU seeks to achieve significant policy and political change in the legislative, administrative and electoral arenas.

Reporting to the Director of the Liberty Division , the Deputy Director for Campaigns manages national staff responsible for designing, building, and executing campaigns directed at advancing civil liberties and civil rights by reaching specific political/policy outcomes. The Deputy Director of the Liberty Division helps oversee programmatic work related to advancing and defending LGBTQ equality and trans justice, gender justice and disability rights at the state and federal levels through legislative and administrative advocacy, candidate and ballot measure electoral campaigns, and organizing.


  • Work with national staff and ACLU affiliates to set long-term, transformational political objectives that advance LGBTQ equality, centering trans justice, and gender justice, centering women of color; developing viable integrated advocacy strategies to achieve those goals; and oversee budgets and teams responsible for the execution of supporting campaigns and tactics
  • Work with national staff and ACLU affiliates to devise defensive political campaigns in anticipation of attacks on LGBTQ rights at the state and federal levels, specifically attacks on trans and non-binary people
  • Work with the Division Director to manage a campaigns and policy team to achieve legislative, administrative, electoral and corporate policy outcomes that advance civil liberties and civil rights, while building the ACLU’s political power
  • Operate as a key liaison between the legal projects, policy and campaign staff, and NPAD senior leadership, to identify areas of work that advances our trans justice and gender justice objectives
  • Develop objectives for federal/state/local work, and partner with ACLU affiliates to build campaign goals, strategies, and budgets to reach political/policy outcomes in the federal/state/local legislative, administrative, and electoral arenas
  • Operate as a key decision maker on campaign and policy engagements, shaping budgeting decisions, campaign priorities, policy development agendas, and political messaging frames within the Liberty Division
  • Develop and grow relationships with ACLU affiliates, allies and other organizations to further political advocacy goals
  • Help lead federal/state/local advocacy work (legislative, administrative, and electoral), which is implemented by NPAD staff through direct lobbying and other direct campaign-based engagement
  • Work with others in the ACLU, such as colleagues in the Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives Department, to make affiliate campaign grants and provide feedback to affiliates on grant commitments
  • Help manage and develop staff capacity that builds a strong team that works together collaboratively and grows issue expertise and campaign skills

In addition to:

  • Engage in special projects and other duties as assigned
  • Center principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging in all work, embedding the values in program development, policy application, and organizational practices and processes
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts


  • Demonstrated advocacy and/or electoral campaign experience at the federal, state, or local levels, including campaign management experience
  • Experience in legislative or electoral campaigns at the state and federal levels in the areas of trans rights, LGBTQ+ nondiscrimination protections, marriage equality, gender justice, and/or disability rights
  • Familiarity building, leading, and working within coalitions
  • Experience designing campaign strategy and tactics and executing campaign plans
  • Demonstrated people management experience
  • Ability to manage and oversee multiple campaigns at once
  • Excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to speak in public settings on behalf of the organization
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, simultaneously handle many tasks, work efficiently and quickly, and meet deadlines, while remaining composed under pressure
  • Willingness to travel


  • Experience doing advocacy on both issue campaigns and electoral campaigns
  • Expertise in one or more key ACLU issue areas
  • Experience doing legislative and administrative advocacy
  • Experience generating creative campaign approaches to issue advocacy


The annual salary for this position is $168,683 (Level D). This salary is reflective of a position based in New York, NY. This salary will be subject to a locality adjustment (according to a specific city and state), if an authorization is granted to work outside of the location listed in this posting. Note that most of the salaries listed on our job postings reflect New York, NY salaries, where our National offices are headquartered.


The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union – beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.

For over 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBTQ+ community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the ACLU and central to our work to advance liberty, equality, and justice for all. We are a community committed to learning and growth, humility and grace, transparency and accountability. We believe in a collective responsibility to create a culture of belonging for all people within our organization – one that respects and embraces difference; treats everyone equitably; and empowers our colleagues to do the best work possible. We are as committed to anti-oppression and anti-racism internally as we are externally. Because whether we’re in the courts or in the office, we believe ‘We the People’ means all of us.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people; women; people with disabilities, protected veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.

The ACLU makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please email [email protected] . If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

The Department of Education has determined that employment in this position at the ACLU does not qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

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