Voting Rights Associate/Attorney - ACLU

  • 03 Jul 2017 12:50 PM
    Message # 4930365
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The opportunity
    The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) seeks an advocate with two to three years of relevant experience to help advance voting rights across California. The Voting Rights Associate is a critical member of the ACLU of California’s Voting Rights Project team, which works to protect and promote the voting rights of Californians by utilizing a range of advocacy strategies, including collaborative work with other advocates and election officials, legislative and administrative advocacy, strategic communications/media, and litigation. The position will be based in our San Francisco office and reports to the Voting Rights Project Manager & Attorney, who is based in the Sacramento office.

    The approach
    You are a relationship-builder who is a passionate advocate for ensuring that every eligible Californian has full and equal access to our democracy. You exercise sound independent judgment, are self-motivated, and work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders. You thrive in a busy, bustling work ecosystem and balance being available to others while staying focused and prioritizing your key objectives. You have experience advocating for policies to benefit marginalized communities, which may include legislative, legal, or administrative policy advocacy.

    The position
    Your focus will be on advancing voting rights and reforming campaign finance in California. Specifically, you will work to improve California’s compliance with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), a federal law that is a critical vehicle to ensure that historically disenfranchised communities, including people of color, people with disabilities, and low-income people have access to engage in our democracy. You will also focus on advancing publicly financed elections in the Bay Area to help create a more level playing field for candidates. You are responsible for evaluating existing policies and best practices, crafting recommendations, and establishing relationships with stakeholders. You may also write reports and will serve as a resource for community groups and organize local events and meetings. You will support other Voting Rights Project work, including helping to implement new reforms such as California’s new vote center model and automated registration, while seeking opportunities to improve accessibility for voters with disabilities and voters with limited English proficiency.

    About the organization
    The ACLU-NC is an affiliate of a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights. For most of the last century, it has been at the heart of many of the most major – and sometimes controversial – struggles for civil liberties and civil rights in our state. Our mission is to ensure that Constitutional rights don’t just exist on paper, but are protected in practice. As we move into a new era and face dangerous policies that threaten our civil rights and civil liberties, we remain dedicated to confronting these issues and defending the progress we have made. We must use our decades of experience in impact litigation, legislative advocacy, and fearless organizing to fight these un-American policies and protect our most cherished rights and freedoms. We are the resistance. Join us.

    Duties & responsibilities
    Advocate for full and effective NVRA compliance to the Secretary of State’s office and NVRA agencies. The Associate/Attorney will coordinate advocacy with other partner organizations, work collaboratively with NVRA agencies and elections officials, develop best practices, track compliance by monitoring available data, and promote the expansion of the NVRA to new agencies for sustained voter registration opportunities.

    Advance publicly financed elections in the Bay Area. The Associate/Attorney will assess the current state of local public financing of elections, establish relationships with interested organizations and stakeholders, build the ACLU’s role as a constructive partner in the campaign finance reform space, and develop a strategy to support existing efforts and/or convene interested stakeholders.

    Advocate for compliance with other state and federal voting rights laws. Responsibilities will include legal and policy research, including data analysis, as well as supporting legislative advocacy and litigation.

    • At least 2-3 years of experience in policy research, development, or advocacy;
    • Demonstrated experience in policy development, advocacy, and research, including strong written and oral communication skills;
    • Excellent relationship-building skills and ability to inspire collaboration, including success working as a member of a team and in leading projects and people towards action;
    • Demonstrated experience engaging in creative problem solving, taking initiative, and bringing a solutions-oriented approach;
    • Demonstrated experience engaging and working with and/or on behalf of underrepresented communities;
    • Extremely strong project and time management skills, including a high level of organization, attention to detail, and follow-through, while balancing and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities;
    • Ability to work independently and with a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality.  Demonstrated commitment to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, goals and programs;
    • Willingness to travel occasionally, including regular trips to Sacramento; and
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
    Desired qualifications
    •  J.D. or graduate degree;
    • Voting rights policy or advocacy experience; and
    • Campaign finance reform policy or advocacy experience.

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