Phoenix, Arizona



The ACLU of Arizona—a leader in the fight against mass incarceration, discrimination in public education, threats to LGBTQ equality and immigrants’ rights—is seeking a Policy Associate to work in our Phoenix office. Under the supervision of the Policy Director, this position will provide research, writing, and advocacy support on a wide range of civil liberties issues. The policy associate will be tasked with preparing written reports, tracking legislation, running stakeholder meetings, educating and lobbying policymakers, and attending public meetings.


  • Provide research and analysis to support ACLU-AZ policy priorities
  • Draft and develop content for reports, fact sheets, talking points, issue briefs, legislative testimony and other materials
  • Plan and coordinate workshops and meetings, including within the Campaign for Smart Justice
  • Under the guidance of the Policy Director, lead and support state and municipal-level policy initiatives
  • Track and analyze legislation affecting civil liberties
  • Create regular reports for internal and external stakeholders regarding priority legislation and issues


  • A demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and civil rights, and strong support for the mission and goals of the ACLU
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience and familiarity with legislative and/or policy advocacy
  • Ability to interact with the community, build trust and work effectively and collaboratively with diverse staff, coalitions, community groups, and volunteers
  • Research, writing, and analytical skills are required
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to influence others and obtain cooperation both internally and externally.
  • Commitment to diversity and respect for differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Familiarity with the political landscape within Arizona preferred
  • Experience with issue or electoral organizing is preferred 

Salary & Benefits: Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, including three weeks paid vacation; 100%-employer paid medical and dental insurance for staff members; life and long-term disability insurance; 401(k); and twelve paid holidays.

Send a cover letter, CV, list of three professional references, and a writing sample (no more than 5 pages, double-spaced, which may be an excerpt from a brief) to: Lizabeth Thomson-Gorman, Office Manager, Policy Associate, P.O. Box 17148, Phoenix, AZ 85011 or email to: info@acluaz.org. Please list “Policy Associate” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Please indicate in your cover letter where you found this listing.

For the past nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been at the forefront of every major civil liberties fight in our country’s history. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote, we take up the toughest civil liberties issues to defend all individuals from government abuse and overreach. With ACLU affiliate offices in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, we fight tirelessly in the courts, legislatures, and through community engagement to ensure that all individuals’ rights are protected. We are a passionate, highly motivated group of lawyers, public policy experts, lobbyists, community organizers, and fundraisers, and we’re looking for exceptional talent to join our team.

The ACLU of Arizona comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona and the ACLU Foundation of Arizona. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona and the ACLU Foundation of Arizona have the same overall mission and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties.

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.     

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