The Deputy Director (DD) will work closely with the Executive Director on three overarching areas: managing the administration and finances of the organization, leading nonpartisan political efforts for policy reform, and board support and management.  The DD will help staff, board members, and volunteers work effectively in a strategic manner on the affiliate’s core program and current campaigns.  The DD will partner with the Executive Director in the leadership and the day-to-day management of the organization and facilitate cross-department activities. They will create robust systems and operations, including as a liaison between departments that will undergird and facilitate their vision. In addition to these leadership roles, the DD will serve as a trusted adviser to the Executive Director and serve as a key liaison to the Board of Directors.  The DD role demands excellent communication and interpersonal skills.  The DD must be a skilled writer and be familiar with budgeting and accounting procedures, people management and best practices of supporting staff. In addition to supervising staff, the DD will coordinate annual budgeting activities, financial reporting with auditors, board and committee relations, and coordinate with vendors for purchasing and contracts.

   The Deputy Director will:

  • Engage in troubleshooting any overall problems as needed.
  • Manage annual staff evaluations, ensuring that a mid-year review of goals and objectives occurs.
  • Oversee staff time study at least twice per year.
  • Staff the Executive Committee and help to set the agenda for upcoming Board meetings.
  • Keep important policies up to date and ensure they are followed by staff.
  • Provide support for other Board committees as needed.
  • Develop an impact evaluation plan.
  • Make priorities and their rationales clear to other department directors.
  • Ability to work in coalition with diverse groups and individuals.

Deputy Director Qualifications:

  • A commitment to the mission of the ACLU and the advancement of social justice.
  • Understanding of the Wisconsin state legislative process and other policymaking,
  • Familiarity with Wisconsin’s political landscape.
  • Experience with campaign organizing around legislative and policy goals.
  • Ability to work well with colleagues both inside and outside the ACLU to choose and advance goals.
  • Excellent written, research, analytic and interpersonal and verbal skills. Ability to explain complex social issues to the public and media.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit planning, programming, budgeting, human resources, and evaluation,
  • Demonstrated facility and experience with fiscal management, budgeting, strategic planning, familiarity with nonprofit financial reports, including reports generated in Quickbooks.
  • Supervision experience with volunteers, interns, and/ or employees.
  • Ability to comply with employment policies including the ACLU of Wisconsin’s employee handbook and organizational policies.
  • Experience managing staff and volunteers.
  • Bachelor’s Degree is necessary to demonstrate a basic level of skills in such areas as budgeting, accounting, and personnel management; Master’s Degree is preferred. 
  • Educational background in nonprofit management, political science, social sciences, and/or business management is a benefit.

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 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.


Please email all items below, combined into one document, no later than 1:00 p.m. CDT on July 7, 2022, to : 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.


  • 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.

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