Location

Phoenix, AZ

Department

Advocacy

Deadline date

Open Until Position is Filled

The ACLU of Arizona—a leader in the fight against mass incarceration, voter suppression, discrimination in public education, and threats to LGBTQ equality and immigrants’ rights—is seeking a full-time Smart Justice Campaign Strategist to help achieve our ambitious campaign goals of reducing the number of people in Arizona’s carceral system and ending racial disparities in the criminal legal system.

As part of the ACLU-AZ Smart Justice Campaign team, and under the direction of the Smart Justice Campaign Manager, the Campaign Strategist will lead our prosecutorial accountability and advocacy efforts. This will include developing and implementing strategies and tactics to advance ACLU-AZ policy reforms and priorities within Arizona county attorney offices and hold prosecutors accountable for their role in perpetuating Arizona’s mass incarceration crisis. While the primary focus will be the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, this position will be responsible for staying up to speed with prosecutorial policies and practices across the state related to our campaign.

The Campaign Strategist will work with our organizing, communications, policy, and legal teams to execute strategic and integrated advocacy tactics such as: direct and indirect lobbying, coordination with and mobilization of directly impacted leaders, communication and collaboration with community partners and other stakeholders, and narrative building efforts to achieve Smart Justice policy priorities. The Campaign Strategist will keep the Smart Justice team informed of issues related to Arizona prosecutors and provide policy and data analysis on criminal legal reform issues.

This is a full-time, exempt position based in Phoenix though temporarily remote while our ACLU of Arizona offices remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a 12-month, grant-funded position with the possibility of renewal for a second year. 

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references including their email, phone number, and relationship to you. Send electronic materials to the Office Coordinator at: info@acluaz.org and please add “SJ Campaign Strategist” in the email subject line. Please also indicate in your cover letter where you heard of this career opportunity. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK

  • Working with the Smart Justice team, implement the ACLU of Arizona’s Smart Justice advocacy and policy agenda addressing prosecutorial accountability.
  • Lead direct advocacy and lobbying efforts at the county level in support of policies that advance Smart Justice strategic priorities.
  • Serve as the ACLU-AZ’s main point of contact and liaison to county attorney offices.
  • Research and analyze local, state, and national laws and policies on prosecutorial practices.
  • Research and analyze local and state data such as number arrests, types of charges, fines and fees, racial disparities, expungement petitions, prosecutorial budgets, and other relevant information.
  • Develop advocacy tools, including fact sheets, talking points, public education materials, position letters and policy briefs.
  • Cultivate relationships with allied organizations and lead or participate in coalitions in support of shared policy priorities.
  • Identify opportunities for bi-partisan collaboration that will advance our policy goals.
  • Collaborate with national ACLU staff who have expertise in relevant issue areas.
  • Collaborate with the Smart Justice team to engage ACLU of Arizona members and volunteers in advocacy.
  • Collaborate with ACLU-AZ communications team to develop messaging and speak publicly at events and to the media as needed.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach 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.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to working collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.
  • Demonstrate a 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.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong understanding or lived experience of racial justice issues and commitment to centering the voices of directly impacted communities in the development and implementation of advocacy strategies.
  • At least two years of experience in political, legislative, advocacy or related work, preferably in Arizona. Those with personal experience in the criminal legal system and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Experience working in advocacy or electoral campaigns and familiarity with Arizona grassroots/tops communities a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and enthusiasm for building strong professional relationships with volunteers, staff, and public.
  • Strong analytical, research, writing and oral advocacy skills, as well as the ability to articulate complex issues and communicate them tactfully and effectively to a variety of audiences.
  • Exceptional initiative and ability to develop and implement short and long-term advocacy plans.
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and the ACLU of Arizona’s mission.
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency with Zoom, VAN, ThruText, Hustle, and Microsoft Office technology (including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint, Microsoft Teams).
  • Ability to keep organized in a fast-paced environment, manage several projects. simultaneously, and adjust strategy to frequently changing demands.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse staff, coalitions and community groups, motivate volunteers, work across the political spectrum, and value differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
  • The ability to work occasional evenings, weekends, and irregular hours and to travel within the state as needed.

ESSENTIAL MINDSETS & APPROACHES TO THE WORK

  • Strong self-motivation; follow-through, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to cultivate relationships and build trust with networks across the political spectrum to help influence targets.
  • Strong reading, writing, and speaking skills and an authentic interest in talking and working with other people.
  • Understanding how to leverage local politics to build community influence and power.
  • Flexibility and openness to accept feedback, respect differing points of view, and find consensus internally within the ACLU and externally with other groups.
  • Willingness to learn new tools, technology, and resources.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

The ACLU-AZ offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience, and competitive with public interest salaries. Benefits include three weeks paid vacation; 100%-employer paid medical and dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance; 401(k); and 17 paid holidays. This position is full-time, salaried, and exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references including their email, phone number, and relationship to you. Send electronic materials to the Office Coordinator at: info@acluaz.org and please add “SJ Campaign Strategist” in the email subject line. Please also indicate in your cover letter where you heard of this career opportunity. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.

The 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 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: drobinson@acluaz.org. 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.

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled, at which time announcement will be removed from our website.

ABOUT THE ACLU

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.

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 in order 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.”  To learn more about the work of the ACLU, please visit www.acluaz.org and www.aclu.org.