The ACLU of Massachusetts seeks a skilled and self-motivated Legislative Policy Counsel to engage in substantive policy analysis, operational support, and some advocacy to advance the organization’s agenda on Beacon Hill. This position is an excellent opportunity to use your legal, writing, and organizational skills to impact state-level policymaking to strengthen civil rights and civil liberties. The position joins our legislative team in the Boston office, reports to the Legislative Director, and collaborates with the organization’s entire advocacy team, including the legal, communications, and public advocacy programs.
We seek individuals who bring enthusiasm and passion to their work; excel at time-management; can keep a disciplined focus on making progress on priorities while balancing emerging opportunities; work thoroughly and efficiently; always produce top-notch work product tailored to legislative team goals; have a growth mindset; and always seek to learn and improve the quality of their practice.
The Legislative Policy Counsel helps advance the ACLU’s broad civil liberties agenda in the state legislature—including criminal law reform, racial justice, government accountability, freedom of expression, privacy and surveillance, immigrant rights, gender and LGBTQ equality, reproductive rights and voting rights.
This person is responsible for:
- Developing multi-issue subject matter expertise on policy and legislative issues in order to inform our strategic advocacy.
- Planning and implementing proactive projects and nimbly responding to emergent opportunities and threats.
- Integrating varied legal and policy tools into the work, including legal and policy research and analysis; legislative drafting; developing and leveraging relationships with allied advocates; public education; some direct advocacy and strategic communications.
- Working closely with the team to support ACLUM’s legislative law reform agenda.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Conduct in-depth legal and policy research and analysis to inform and support ACLUM’s broad legislative agenda, with an emphasis on criminal law reform.
- Develop policy memoranda; write fact sheets, testimony, and other advocacy materials to educate policymakers and the general public; prepare for legislative hearings and manage other efforts to build support for ACLUM’s legislative and policy agenda.
- Help to develop new legislation and policy models to promote and defend civil liberties.
- Work with national ACLU policy and advocacy experts to develop and pursue state-level public policy goals aligned with national priorities. Participate in national ACLU conference calls and attend national meetings as necessary.
- Monitor implementation of laws and policies impacting civil liberties, including regulations and on-the-ground practice.
- Identify and track all state legislation that impacts civil liberties; maintain bill tracking database and hearing schedule.
- Coordinate lobbyist registration and disclosure reports.
- Assist with program organization and operations to advance the work of the legislative team, as directed by the Legislative Director.
- Assist with the supervision of legislative/policy interns, working closely with the Legislative Director.
- Assist in the development and implemention of advocacy strategies to achieve the ACLU’s legislative agenda and priorities.
- Represent ACLUM in coalitions as needed, particularly those related to legislative and regulatory advocacy.
- Forge and maintain relationships with allied advocates to engage them in our work and implement collaborative projects.
- Serve as ACLUM’s auxiliary staff lobbyist at the State House; attend hearings; engage with legislators and their staff as needed.
- Coordinate with the Legislative Director and other staff and consultants engaged in direct lobbying.
The ACLU of Massachusetts seeks candidates with a law degree and excellent writing skills, who excel in relationship building. You should have:
- Significant experience in legal or policy analysis in areas related to civil liberties; particular knowledge of criminal law and procedure strongly preferred.
- Excellent research, analysis and writing skills.
- Demonstrated experience and success simplifying and communicating legal and technical issues to general audiences, including effective oral communication skills.
- Extremely strong project and time management skills, including a high level of organization, attention to detail, and follow-through, while balancing and prioritizing multiple activities and responsibilities.
- Excellent relationship-building skills and ability to inspire collaboration, including success working as a member of a team and/or with allied organizations and leading projects and people towards action.
- Some familiarity with the political/legislative environment preferred.
ACLUM offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience. We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, substantial vacation, and a 401k match.
How to Apply
Please email your resume, a short writing sample, and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org under the subject line “Legislative Policy Counsel.”