This moment presents unprecedented challenges to the civil rights movement. The advocacy program in Wisconsin, a critical battleground state, is uniquely positioned to lead the fight both locally and nationally. The Advocacy Director (AD) will lead a highly dynamic and fast-paced team with resolve, tenacity, and resilience to build networks on a national level. The AD will work closely with the Executive Director to lead nonpartisan political efforts for policy reform and will also partner strategically with the Deputy Director.  The AD will help staff, Board members, and volunteers work effectively in a strategic manner on our affiliate’s core programs and current campaigns. The AD is a strong collaborator who holds a vision for the advocacy program. They will be aware of the priorities of the organization and will offer ideas for impact to the executive team. The AD will spend considerable time planning how to best accomplish administrative and program objectives, routinely working in collaboration with the legal team and communications team, with capacity-building work in concert with the Community Engagement Director. The AD will have excellent communication, interpersonal, and relationship building, and stewardship skills. Though the position will be mostly remote through COVID, there will be some in-person community events and interactions as safety permits. This leadership position also requires dynamic working hours, including some evening and weekend hours.

To strategically respond to shifts in the political landscape, the AD must be a skilled writer, collaborator, and be familiar with budgeting and accounting procedures.  They will possess a depth of understanding of the relationship between Wisconsin state politics and national political priorities, debates, discourse, and dynamics.

The Advocacy Director will:

  • Lead multiple legislative campaigns at a time to achieve an important organizational goal and organize our community engagement and communications efforts to achieve it.
  • Remain proactive and responsive on a variety of civil rights issues as they move through Wisconsin legislative bodies including the state, county, and federal levels.
  • Envision, develop, and manage the ACLU’s advocacy infrastructure —which may eventually include political/campaign staff, lobbyists and contract lobbyists, and communications experts—to bolster support for the organization’s legislative campaigns.
  • Maintain robust engagement and relationship-building with policymakers from both sides of the political aisle on the state, county, and municipal levels.
  • Directly supervise organizers and staff including managers.
  • Partner with the communications staff on strategy for direct communication with ACLU supporters via email and social media, as well as themes to emphasize in traditional media.
  • Oversee the evaluation of programs and campaigns, and developing reports to the Executive Director, the Board, other funders, and collaborators.
  • Work in coalition with diverse groups and individuals on a variety of issues, across varied positions.
  • Travel around the state, even though the position is based in greater Milwaukee.
  • Oversee the recruitment, supervision, and management of volunteers as needed.
  • Assist staff with design and implementation of programs, campaigns, and organizing strategies.
  • Develop and manage departmental and program budgets.
  • Coordinate with Development team to coordinate grant proposals, management, and reporting.
  • Oversee the maintenance of key partnerships, coalitions, and relationships with other advocacy, community, grassroots, grass tops, and movement organizations.
  • Work closely with the communications department to provide information and clear goals that will help shape and inform marketing and other campaigns.

Advocacy Director Qualifications:

  • Deep understanding of the Wisconsin state legislative process and other policymaking,
  • Familiarity with Wisconsin’s political landscape.
  • Campaign organizing experience around legislative and policy goals.
  • Depth of understanding of the relationship between Wisconsin state politics and national political priorities, debates, discourse, and dynamic landscape,
  • Excellent written, research, analytic and interpersonal and verbal skills. Ability to explain complex social issues to the public and media with clarity.
  • Excellent tech knowledge, including the ability to learn new programs and work on several platforms (Google, Microsoft, Zoom, etc.).
  • Ability to work independently with attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects under deadline.
  • Supervision experience with volunteers, interns, or employees.
  • Skilled with working in coalition with diverse groups and individuals on a variety of issues, across varied positions.
  • Ability to comply with employment policies including the ACLU of Wisconsin’s employee handbook and organizational policies.

Qualifications for all Director positions:

  • A strong commitment to the ACLU’s mission and goals toward the advancement of social justice, racial equity, dismantling white supremacy and incorporating a structural power analysis into work, with knowledge and understanding of how power is manifested in matters of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstances.
  • Extraordinary leadership skills and ability to quickly establish relationship.
  • Successful Experience managing diverse teams with varied skill sets.
  • Experience developing and implementing strategic plans.
  • Substantial programmatic or project management experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to speak and write in a clear, succinct, and persuasive manner.
  • Experience in a project/program management role, preferred.
  • Ability to travel within Wisconsin, as well as availability to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Wisconsin residency is required.

This job announcement provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU of Wisconsin reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice. The ACLU of Wisconsin is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages people of color, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and formerly incarcerated people to apply. The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact us at jobs@aclu-wi.org. The ACLU of Wisconsin is comprised of two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin Foundation. Both are organizations with the same overall mission; they share office space and employees. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.

  • The ACLU of Wisconsin offers excellent benefits including paid vacation and sick leave, medical, dental, and vision coverage for staff members, a pension plan, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, a generous number of paid holidays, and an optional 401(K) are also included.
  • Compensation is based on relevant experience and skills, starting at approximately $75K depending on experience and skills. All Director positions are full-time and exempt.
  • Remote work opportunities through COVID with in-person interactions as safety permits, then a remote/in-person hybrid office environment.
  • Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, 12 weeks paid family medical/parental leave, and optional medical for employee and family (includes one plan at no cost to the employee), vision, dental coverage, life insurance, short and long - term disability insurance, and a 401(k) / retirement fund with a stepped employer match.
  • While the ACLU of Wisconsin does not currently require proof of vaccination for employees, vaccination is highly recommended for all applicants. Moreover, fulfillment of certain job duties such as attendance of community events, may require proof of vaccination. The ACLU of Wisconsin reserves the right to change this policy at any time.

DIRECTOR APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Please email all items below, combined into one document, no later than 1:00 p.m. CDT on July 7, 2022, to ACLU@leadingtransitions.com : 1) Letter of interest describing your qualifications for the position, addressed to: Mindy Lubar Price, 2) Detailed and updated résumé and 3) Names of, your relationship to, and contact information for, three professional references.

** Please indicate in the subject line of your email which Director position you are applying for:  ADVOCACY, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, or DEPUTY DIRECTOR.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • References will not be contacted until a candidate has been notified.
  • All offers of employment are contingent upon clear results of thorough background and reference checks.
  • All inquiries about and interactions with candidates are kept in strict confidence.
  • These positions will remain open until filled. 

** Please check here for other exciting opportunities available at the ACLU – WI: https://www.aclu.org/careers/

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