Job Title: Public Policy Director
Department: Public Policy
Job Reports to: Executive Director
FLSA Status: Exempt-Full Time
Pay Range: $101,000.00 - $110,000.00
Location: Baltimore, MD or Annapolis, MD
Remote: Prince Georges County and/or
Montgomery County (Takoma Park Area)
About the Position
The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland /ACLU Foundation of Maryland seeks a dynamic attorney, strong community advocate, and an experienced innovative program director to lead the public policy work of the organization in advancing the ACLU’s broad and ambitious civil rights and civil liberties agenda — including government accountability, police accountability, individual autonomy, voting rights, immigrants’ rights, and education — before the Maryland General Assembly, the executive branch, and local governmental bodies, as well as some work with Maryland’s Congressional delegation.
This is a full-time position. During the Maryland General Assembly legislative session (January – April), the Public Policy Director will be based in Annapolis. During the interim (May – December), the Director will be based in either Baltimore City, Prince George’s County, and/or Montgomery County within Takoma Park.
The ideal candidate will be a visionary leader who flourishes in a fast-paced environment and can effectively manage multiple issues and projects simultaneously. They will enjoy mentoring staff and cultivating advocacy and leadership skills within the team. They will have a demonstrated commitment to advancing racial equity, substantial public policy or legislative experience, knowledge about civil rights, and experience in working with local, state, and national partner organizations and community allies. They are a thoughtful leader who values and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance, and they actively work to foster an equitable and inclusive experience for everyone in their work. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team and Management Committee, the Public Policy Director will advise the Executive Director and colleagues on policy advocacy implementation consistent with ACLU-MD’s strategic priorities.
Manage a team of lawyers, advocates, interns, and contract lobbyists engaged in legislative and policy advocacy. Work in a fast-paced environment, including during Maryland’s annual General Assembly session.
This position is a management position which encompasses supervisory responsibility. Supervisory duties may include but are not limited to encompassing the authority to recommend individuals for hire, promotion, transfer and/or discharge. This position may recommend appropriate evaluation, rewards and/or disciplinary actions to other employees as needed in order to meet organizational policy. This position operates in the best interest of the organization using independent judgement to formulate and effectuate management policies by expressing and making operative decisions relative to the success of assigned departments or teams.
Compensation and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience ($101,000.00 to $110,000.00). Excellent benefits include three weeks paid vacation at time of hire (increasing to four weeks after two years); 12 paid office holidays; 12 paid sick days, telework and flex-time, generous medical insurance including two health, dental and vision insurance options for staff members, their dependents and spouse/domestic partner; flexible spending accounts employee assistance plan; six weeks of paid medical leave, life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, short-term disability and long-term disability insurance; and 401(k) defined contribution retirement plan with employer match, free on-site parking, additional commuter benefits with access to commuter rail station. Direct exposure to cutting-edge civil liberties and civil rights work. This is a position that is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Deadline/Start Date: The position will remain open until filled. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and a short (no longer than 5 pages) legal or policy-related writing sample at this website: Here. https://aclumaryland.applytojob.com/apply/OcYcW6vtaW/Public-Policy-Director.
For alternate methods to apply please email HRaclu-md.org. We discourage applicants from applying through third party websites. Early applications are strongly encouraged. It will not be possible for us to respond to telephone or email inquiries.
Resumes or applications sent via other avenues will not be considered.
About the ACLU of Maryland
The ACLU of Maryland is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our work and on our teams. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran, or formerly incarcerated person status. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations.
The ACLU of Maryland is a non-partisan, non-profit public interest organization devoted to protecting civil rights and civil liberties. The ACLU of MD is an affiliate of the national ACLU, a key defender of civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. The ACLU works in the courts, legislature and in communities to defend and expand individual rights and personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and civil rights laws. The ACLU of Maryland is committed to centering race equity in our work, internally and externally, in order to better support and be accountable to communities of color, whose civil rights and civil liberties are systematically threatened by white supremacy.
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