The ACLU of Wisconsin is seeking a person with strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills to join its legal team in the fight for civil rights and civil liberties. As the state affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Wisconsin works through the courts, in the state legislature, with local governments and with people in the community to protect and advance civil rights and civil liberties for all people in Wisconsin. 

The ACLU of Wisconsin seeks applicants for a part-time Legal-Policy Research Assistant position to help support the investigation, data collection, and research for a policy report focusing on legal financial obligations and wealth-based punishment in municipal courts throughout Wisconsin. 

Job Context 

This position is a part-time non-exempt position. The Legal-Policy Research Assistant is a member of the Legal Department and reports to the Staff Attorney Researcher. Although based in the Milwaukee area, their responsibilities will require limited travel. All required travel is at the expense of the organization. Lastly, we offer a hybrid work environment. RESPONSIBILITIES 

The responsibilities of the Legal-Policy Research Assistant include: 

  • Working 15-20 hours per week;
  • Assisting with the drafting, collection, and coordination of public records requests and responses; 
  • Traveling to municipal courts when necessary to observe court and collect documentation; 
  • Conducting data-related tasks: including data entry, formatting spreadsheets, and basic analysis of spreadsheets; 
  • Supporting with drafting and formatting documents such as letters and reports; 
  • Assisting in the creation of PowerPoint or other presentations;
  • Assisting with coordinating and conducting interviews;
  • Providing meeting and logistical support for interviews including scheduling video and/or conference calls, meeting set-up, and note-taking. 

EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS: 

Candidates must have: 

A strong commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU, 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;

  • Strong organizational skills; 
  • Demonstrated research experience; 
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills; 
  • Strong project and time management skills, including the ability to manage and prioritize completing assignments and complete assignments under deadlines; 
  • Demonstrated ability and effectiveness in coordinating and organizing logistics; 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including strong interpersonal skills; 
  • The ability to travel within Wisconsin and work occasional evenings. Strong Candidates will have: 
  • Experience conducting independent research projects; 
  • Experience with data related to courts and/or the criminal legal system;
  • Experience working with individuals who have been system impacted;
  • A car and a valid Wisconsin driver's license, but is not required. 

COMPENSATION: 

Compensation is based on relevant experience and skills, starting at $19 per hour for up to 20 hours per week for up to 6 months although the timeline is flexible. 

HOW TO APPLY:  

Please email a single document of the requested documents to jobs@aclu-wi.org, please put ‘[YOUR NAME]_Legal-Policy Research Assistant in the subject line of the email. The requested items are the following: 

  • Resume
  • Cover letter, explaining how you are qualified for this particular position and why you’re interested in the position 
  • The final interviewees: we will need two professional references. 

DEADLINE: WE WILL ACCEPT APPLICATIONS WITH A HARD DEADLINE OF AUGUST 12. 

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 of Wisconsin 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.