September 21, 2021


Phoenix, AZ



Deadline date

October 15, 2021

The ACLU of Arizona seeks a strategic and creative professional to fill the position of Policy Counsel. The Policy Counsel is responsible for advancing the ACLU’s broad civil liberties agenda before the state legislature, executive branch, and local governmental bodies. The Policy Counsel works collaboratively across departments, using an integrated advocacy approach that utilizes policy advocacy, litigation, organizing, and communications to advance ACLU of Arizona campaigns and priority issues. The Policy Counsel will engage state legislative and administrative agencies in support of the ACLU of Arizona’s legislative priorities, including but not limited to, education equity, criminal justice reform, LGBTQ+ Equality, and Immigrants’ Rights. The Policy Counsel will also work to advance and defend against threats to Arizonans’ civil rights and liberties through research and analysis on policy issues, providing testimony to lawmakers and other officials, and working with various community stakeholders. The Policy Counsel may also be asked to create public presentations, speak to the media, and engage volunteers as needed.

The ideal candidate is a skilled communicator, analyst, and strategic thinker with a demonstrated track record of advancing civil rights and civil liberties policies via lobbying elected officials and state agencies, testifying before legislative and public committees, and drafting legislation and policy proposals.  The ideal candidate will have a proven track record working in a fast-paced environment, problem-solving, and managing multiple projects in collaboration with diverse persons, teams, and groups.

This is a full-time, exempt position based in Phoenix. The Policy Counsel will not be responsible for supervising paid staff but may supervise interns and other volunteers as assigned. Please note that the position will be temporarily remote while our ACLU of Arizona offices remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


The Policy Counsel reports to the Policy Director. Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Conduct research and analysis, monitor legislation and lobby to advance ACLU of Arizona policy priorities

  • Monitor, conduct research, and analyze issues at the Arizona Legislature related to the ACLU of Arizona’s advocacy campaigns and other public policy goals.
  • Work in collaboration with the Policy Director and advocacy team to lobby members of the Arizona  Legislature and local agency officials to further the ACLU of Arizona’s policy goals.
  • Prepare and review written materials including legislative testimony, memoranda, policy papers and reports, talking points and fact sheets, advocacy letters, know-your-rights guides, and public commentary that further the priorities of the organization.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with the Policy Director, affiliate, and National ACLU colleagues to build and implement integrated advocacy strategies that use a combination of litigation, organizing, communications, and other tactics, where appropriate.
  • Track and report the status of activities both internally and externally as needed.

Cultivate relationships with a variety of stakeholders to advance ACLU of Arizona policy priorities 

  • Build and maintain trusted, respectful relationships with elected and appointed officials, agency decision-makers, lobbyists, and community stakeholders.
  • Work with a range of stakeholders, including state and local policymakers, elected officials, community leaders and other advocates to identify opportunities for collaboration and support on ACLU issues.
  • Represent the ACLU of Arizona in various community settings, working groups and stakeholder groups; help build and lead coalitions with diverse stakeholders to advance shared policy goals, and work in partnership with other organizations.

Convey the mission and policy advocacy efforts of the ACLU of Arizona to a variety of constituencies

  • Engage the ACLU of Arizona’s base of supporters on core issues through strategic public education, advocacy, and communications tactics (e.g. blog posts, op-eds, letters to the editor, etc.)
  • Represent the ACLU of Arizona at public forums, conferences, meetings, and to the media
  • Produce advocacy materials in collaboration with other staff members, including supporter toolkits or other training materials, talking points, issue briefs, stakeholder letters, action alerts, opinion editorials, web updates, and research or policy reports


  • A J.D. or graduate degree is preferred but not required for this position.

  • Minimum 2-3 years of policy advocacy experience at local or state levels preferred.  
  • Experience with legislative drafting and analysis, analyzing the impact of legislation, and advocating on legislative and administrative policy.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the legislative process and the ability to build respectful relationships across the political spectrum.
  • Excellent policy analysis and research skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. Ability to analyze and articulate complex issues and concisely communicate them to diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to keep organized in a fast-paced environment, manage several projects simultaneously, and work effectively and efficiently independently or as a team member.
  • Willingness and ability to work irregular hours, attend evening and weekend meetings, and travel in- and out-of-state.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software.
  • Commitment to centering the voices and leadership of directly impacted people. Persons who have been formerly incarcerated or otherwise impacted by legal systems are encouraged to apply.
  • Commitment to civil rights and civil liberties consistent with the mission and goals of the ACLU
  • Commitment to diversity that values all individuals and respects differences in race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, and record of arrest or conviction.
  • Commitment to non-partisanship per ACLU policy that stipulates the ACLU will not endorse or oppose a candidate or political party in the process of voter education or mobilization work


The ACLU-AZ offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience, and competitive with public interest salaries. The starting salary range for this position is $50,000 - $55,000 per year. Benefits include three weeks paid vacation; 100%-employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, life and long-term disability insurance; 401(k); and 16 paid holidays plus 1 personal day. This position is full-time, salaried, and exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.


Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references including their email, phone and relationship to you.  Send electronic materials to the Office Coordinator at: and please add “Policy Counsel” in the email subject line.  You can submit hard copies to ACLU of Arizona, Re: Policy Counsel, P.O. Box 17148, Phoenix, AZ 85011.  Please also indicate in your cover letter where you heard of this career opportunity. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.

Please submit your application materials by October 15, 2021.

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: Correspondence sent to this email address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.

With ACLU affiliate offices in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, the ACLU fights 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.

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

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.  

The ACLU of Arizona comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona and the ACLU Foundation of Arizona. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation of Arizona are statewide organizations with the same overall mission; they share office space and employees. The ACLU of Arizona has two separate corporate entities to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU-AZ.” 

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