Department

Communications & Development

Are you a talented writer with a fierce commitment to social justice? Do you want the words you write to make a difference in people’s lives?   

The ACLU of Massachusetts, the state’s premier civil rights and civil liberties organization, seeks a staff writer with proven success in the fields of public relations, journalism, marketing or copy writing to develop meaningful, high-impact content in support of its legal, legislative, and policy reform work.

We are looking for someone with the ability to write in a range of styles for a variety of mission critical assets including, but not limited to: press releases and advisories, website content and online case pages, funding proposals and grants reports, research papers, program collateral, membership emails, marketing materials and publications, legislative testimony, social and multimedia content, as well as blogs and op-eds.

Playing an essential role on the ACLU of Massachusetts’ five person communications team, the staff writer will report primarily to the Communications Director, though 25% of the staff writer’s work will be specifically dedicated to grant writing and reporting under the supervision of the Deputy Director/Chief Development officer.

Fighting for civil rights and civil liberties demands teamwork and every staff member at ACLU of Massachusetts relies on daily collaboration with colleagues from their own department, as well as staff from other departments. The staff writer position is no exception. Developing accurate, compelling and effective content for ACLU of Massachusetts requires frequent input and feedback from members of every department.

We are eager to hear from you if you’re a great writer and mission-driven, team-oriented work interests you!

We encourage candidates with the following skills, experience, and interests to apply:

  • BA/MA-preferred in marketing, communications, journalism, English or academic field of study with significant writing requirements
  • At least three years of professional experience in a high-volume media or content production environment, preferably in the fields of public relations, communications or journalism
  • Proven track record of high quality, high volume written content production
  • Ability to produce copy for a variety of short term and long term projects simultaneously
  • Ability to synthesize complex information into clear, concise, and persuasive writing
  • Ability to adapt writing style, tone, and format as required
  • Proven track record as a meticulous fact-checker, copy editor and proofreader to ensure accuracy and consistency with AP style guidelines
  • Demonstrable interest in and in-depth knowledge of ACLU priority issues;
  • Good problem-solving skills, flexibility, determination, and a sense of humor;
  • Strong collaboration skills for working with other staff, including legislative specialists, lawyers, fundraisers, board members, volunteers, and others
  • Dedication to equity and inclusion in both the internal and external work of the ACLU;
  • Availability to work beyond 9–5 as needed and a flexible schedule to ensure coverage
  • Familiarity with HTML, Drupal

Primary responsibilities

  • Website content: working collaboratively with the deputy communications director and digital media manager, write and copy edit content for ACLUM’s primary website aclum.org as well as any ancillary program- or campaign-specific webpages. Web content includes basic programmatic informational and summary text, legal case page text, campaign specific information, breaking news, and other miscellaneous content. As noted, all content production will also be done in collaboration with directors and staff of ACLUM’s advocacy, legal and development programs.
  • Grant writing and reporting: with supervision and guidance from the chief development officer, produce ten or more foundation grant submissions and reports per year in support of various ACLUM operating and program-specific needs.
  • Research papers: with input and support from advocacy and program directors and staff produce long-form academic-style content such as whitepapers, report narratives and advocacy materials for program- and project-specific purposes, targeted at elected stakeholders, expert audiences, and press.
  • Program collateral: write and edit content for various program and campaign assets including one-pagers, two-pagers, and multifold informational pamphlets, in collaboration with program, development, and communications staff. 

Secondary responsibilities

  • Marketing materials and publications: in collaboration with communications and development staff, write, and edit content on an as-needed basis for donor- and member-targeted collateral including appeal letters, quarterly supporter updates, the ACLUM’s annual Action Report (annual report), and variety of new collateral based on fundraising and marketing needs.
  • Membership emails: in collaboration with ACLUM communications staff and ACLU national staff write and copy edit content on an as-needed basis for ACLUM’s weekly, issue-specific constituent and membership emails in collaboration with program and advocacy staff. ACLUM sends up to five constituent emails monthly, with distribution reaching over 90,000 members in Massachusetts.
  • Legislative testimony and staff speeches: on an as-needed basis, write, and edit testimony in support or in opposition to specific bills before the state legislature in collaboration with legislative director and relevant program staff on as needed basis/work with ACLUM leadership and department directors to develop written remarks and talking points for events, press conferences, and other of public appearances.
  • Social and multimedia written content: on an as-needed basis, development content and copy edit social media posts across all social platforms including but not limited to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, and develop scripts for audio and video productions. Social and multimedia written content will be developed in collaboration with communications and program staff.
  • Editorial content and press relations materials: on an as-needed basis, write, and copy edit media advisories, press releases, statements, blogs, op-eds, and letters to the editor for national, regional and small-market newspapers and online publications featuring issue-specific, factually-supported arguments promoting current ACLUM legal, legislative, programmatic, and campaign priorities. Content to be developed in collaboration with deputy communications director with input from institutional leadership, legal, and program staff.

How to Apply

Please send resume, cover letter and two or three professional references to com-search@aclum.org, with “Staff Writer” in the subject line.


The ACLU of Massachusetts is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LBGTQ community to apply.

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