September 15, 2019

The ACLU of Wisconsin does innovative, critical work for civil rights and liberties, in a pivotal time for our country and state. Make it your job to spread the word—to reporters, and to our thousands of supporters across the state.

The ACLU of Wisconsin has made our top priority the Campaign for Smart Justice: a multi-year effort to cut Wisconsin’s prison population by half, and to eliminate racial disparities in our criminal justice system. At the same time, alongside our ACLU colleagues across the country, we work on other critical issues including immigrants’ rights, voting rights, and racial and gender justice.

Based in Milwaukee, reporting to our executive director, and working as a member of our senior staff, our communications director will plan and implement a statewide communications strategy for traditional broadcast and print media, along with online communication for ACLU supporters. 

We invite candidates with these required and desired skills, experience, and trainable interests to apply!

Traditional Media

Required: Experience cultivating media interest, handling media inquiries, and coordinating responses from experts; helping teams to produce and distribute concise, accurate talking points, news releases, op-eds, and letters to the editor; ability to work with colleagues in other departments, and to strategize and prioritize communications plans for raising our organization’s profile and helping us grow.

Desired: Journalism experience and contacts in one of Wisconsin’s major media markets; Spanish proficiency or fluency; experience tracking media coverage and measuring progress.


Social Media & Community Engagement

Required: Ability to make legal and policy work understandable and engaging online, with fresh, lively language and images; ability to spot ways to inform and engage our audiences via social media and to build loyal followings online.


Desired:  Knowledge of one or more Wisconsin communities, particularly those impacted by the criminal justice system; public speaking experience. Knowledge of how the criminal justice system impacts people in Wisconsin; public speaking experience.


Email, Web, and Print Production

Required: Experience managing creation and production of digital content or print publications; experience or willingness to work as a fact-checker, editor, and proofreader.


Desired: Working knowledge of content-management systems, and constituent-relationship management systems; SEO; familiarity with style and identity guidelines for strong, consistent branding; good eye for design; experience with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop; experience working with outside contractors for design, photography, and video production.


Leadership & Management

Required: Experience coordinating effective efforts with colleagues and teams.


Desired: Project management experience, and the ability to coordinate simultaneous interdepartmental efforts; budgeting experience; communications experience in support of fundraising efforts, including online fundraising, membership cultivation, and donor relations.


Other requirements include:

  • demonstrated interest in the range of ACLU work, and commitment to our mission;

  • good problem-solving skills, flexibility, determination, and good humor;

  • strong collaboration skills for working with other staff in an office of 16 people, including lawyers, fundraisers, and organizers, plus board members and other volunteers;

  • dedication to equity and inclusion in both the internal and external work of the ACLU;

  • ability to work daily in our Milwaukee office, and to travel occasionally to other parts of the state;

  • availability to work beyond 9–5 and a flexible schedule to ensure timely media responses.



Compensation starts in the $50K range. Benefits include paid vacation, family and medical leave, and sick leave, medical and dental coverage with a significant employer contribution, life insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance, and an optional 401(K). 

To apply

Please send your resume and a letter of interest by email, to: (put “Communications Director” in subject line). You may also apply by mail, to ACLU of Wisconsin, Attn: Communications Director Search, 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 325, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Please feel free to let us know your preferred name, pronouns, etc.

To ensure that we receive your application, please do not use any other ACLU email address.

We hope to have someone start by or before December 2019. We will accept applications until at least October 15, and we welcome yours!


The ACLU of Wisconsin is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to arrest or conviction, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability or veteran status. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact us at

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