The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland (ACLU-MD) seeks a professional passionate about race equity, civil rights and civil liberties to work as a Temporary Parole and Legal Support Assistant. The ACLU-MD is a private, nonprofit organization that defends the civil rights and civil liberties of Marylanders through litigation, policy advocacy, community engagement and strategic communications. The Temporary Parole and Legal Support Assistant is a member of the ACLU of Maryland’s Legal Department, based in our Baltimore office.
The Legal Department consists of five staff attorneys and four non-lawyers, as well as several interns and volunteers. The legal team is currently working through litigation and advocacy to protect and expand civil rights and racial justice here in Maryland, which includes protecting immigrants’ rights, reforming our legal justice system, pushing for police accountability, challenging discrimination, and much more. The office is collegial; the work is challenging, varied and rewarding. Among ACLU affiliates, the ACLU of Maryland is known for its commitment to racial justice and combating structural inequality. For three decades, our staff has been in the forefront of this struggle in Maryland – challenging systemic racial segregation in housing in metropolitan Baltimore, working to advance equity in public education, and using litigation to disrupt patterns of racial discrimination in law enforcement and the legal justice system.
The ideal candidate is highly organized, with meticulous attention to detail, and experience working with voluminous documents. The candidate should have patience, stamina, and enthusiasm for administrative work from projects complex and highly technical to the more mundane. And, they value and respect differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
The Temporary Parole and Legal Support Assistant will provide administrative and clerical support for the Maryland Parole Partnership and related matters. The Maryland Parole Partnership (MPP) is a new initiative that pairs people serving life sentences who are eligible for parole with pro bono attorneys, who help them prepare and present their cases before the Maryland Parole Commission. In addition to supporting all aspects of the Partnership, this position may support related matters, such as pending cases involving people serving life sentences and similar prisoners’ rights issues.
- Help scan, upload, organize, and file documents electronically.
- Help facilitate and support all aspects of client communication, including scheduling legal visits and calls, returning calls, and supporting active written email and paper correspondence.
- Support all activities of the MPP and its development, including coordinating with close partners, scheduling meetings, tracking relevant information, helping maintain records, and supporting training events.
- Help solicit input and develop key client- and public-facing materials as assigned.
- Help recruit, communicate with, and support pro bono counsel as assigned.
- Help support the leadership of people with lived experience of the parole system.
- Communicate with lawyers, family members, and individuals; give updates, answer questions, share documents, get permission for sharing information.
- Take notes for relevant meetings.
- Help support related projects, cases or initiatives as assigned.
- Other tasks as assigned.
- Personal commitment to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, goals and programs, with an understanding of the range of civil rights and civil liberties issues and their implications.
- A clear and consistent commitment to racial equity, dismantling white supremacy and incorporating a structural power analysis. Experience centering race equity in all aspects of communications work. Knowledge and understanding of how power is manifested in matters of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstances.
- Must enjoy and have a strong ability to organize and manage information electronically and in hard copy.
- Must be detail-oriented and see purpose in detail and support work.
- Must be an excellent writer.
- Must have strong proficiency with office equipment and technology, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat.
- Must be comfortable speaking clearly, empathetically and kindly to people in a variety of situations.
- Familiarity with provision of legal services a plus.
Compensation & Benefits:
The salary is $25.00 per hour. The position also includes excellent benefits (i.e. 100% paid medical insurance for staff – health, dental and vision, prorated vacation and sick leave, life/accidental death and dismemberment coverage, long-term/short-term disability insurance and 401(k) plan with employer match, monthly cell phone and internet stipend, access to employee assistance program, teleworking, etc.) and direct exposure to cutting-edge civil liberties, and civil rights work. This is a position is in not the bargaining unit represented by OPEIU Local 2 and is non-exempt therefore, eligible for overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The position will remain open until filled. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.
We encourage all applicants committed to racial and social justice to join our Team. We strongly encourage people with incarcerated loved ones, people who are formerly incarcerated, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and people who are LGBTQ+ to apply.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and a short (no longer than 5 pages) professional or academic writing/work sample at this website.
For alternate methods to apply please email HR@aclu-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 regarding application status. 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 maximizing the diversity of our team and want to involve all those who can contribute to our inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations, including any accommodations needed in the application process.
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.