Location

Baltimore, MD (Remote)

Department

Public Policy

Deadline date

Open until filled. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.

ABOUT THE POSITION

The ACLU of Maryland exists to empower Marylanders to exercise their rights so that the law values and uplifts their humanity.

The Temporary Policy Counsel’s primary purpose is to work with the policy team to develop and execute the organization's 2024 legislative priorities. This position drafts legislation, conducts extensive legal and policy research and analysis, answers legal questions, and drafts a variety of legal memos, letters, and other documents that require an understanding of many different aspects of law, particularly constitutional law and civil rights and civil liberties protections.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

The information provided below encompasses the essential functions and capabilities linked with this position:

  • Perform legal analysis to determine the constitutionality and civil liberties and civil rights implications of existing and proposed laws and policies.
  • Conduct legal research to identify key issues related to proposed legislation.
  • Identify, track, and advise on introduced and proposed legislation before the Maryland General Assembly and local legislative bodies that affect civil rights and civil liberties.
  • Draft testimony on a wide range of bills to explain the constitutional, civil rights, and civil liberties implications of legislation and the organization's position.
  • Draft policy briefs, fact sheets, one-pagers, talking points, communications and education materials, and other documents to synthesize complex issues into persuasive language that is easy to understand.

Management Repsonsibilities:

These positions are designated as a non-management position and do not encompass supervisory responsibility.

QUALIFICATIONS

Values Agreement:

  • Demonstrated 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 through previous experiences.

Race Equity Commitment:

  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity, dismantling white supremacy, and incorporating a structural power analysis into work.
  • Must have knowledge and understanding of how power is manifested in matters of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstances.

Typical Education & Work Experience:

(Relevant education/experience may substitute for required education/experience at a rate of one-year relevant education/experience per year of required education/experience.)

  • Juris Doctorate Degree
  • A minimum of 3 to 7 years’ experience in a similar position.

Certification or License Requirements:  

  • Maryland-barred Attorney

Typical Functional Experience:

  • Prior work experience or knowledge about the legal issues that are the focus of our legal and policy work.

  • Ability to contribute legal knowledge and expertise in support of community-generated initiatives.

  • Ability to be proactive and work effectively on civil rights and civil liberties issues.

  • Negotiation skills and the ability to articulate complex issues and communicate them effectively to a variety of audiences.

  • Ability to think strategically and conceptually with a self-awareness to dismantle your biases in order to approach to solutions using a race equity lens.

  • Proactively identify issues and analyze qualitative and quantitative data to make policy recommendations.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to use professional judgment and practice patience.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with coalitions and community groups, motivate volunteers, and work across the political spectrum.

  • Willingness to take direction from directly impacted communities  and to contribute public policy and legal knowledge with the purpose of empowering community members and making the law accessible and useful to disenfranchised communities.

  • Ability to give presentations and engage diverse audiences.

  • Adaptable team player with the ability to engage various constituencies in a complex environment.

  • Familiarity with Maryland communities, state, and local government racial equity and social injustice issues that impact our stakeholders.

  • Ability to work independently and keep organized in a fast-paced environment; manage several projects simultaneously; and adjust strategy to frequently changing demands.

  • Working knowledge of relevant current and proposed federal and local laws, regulations, and other legal directives related to assigned program area and rules governing civil and appellate litigation.

  • Working knowledge on effective policy development and advocacy practices as well as internal policies and procedures.

  • Working knowledge of advocacy campaigns, including legislative advocacy, coalition building, and community outreach.  

  • Working knowledge of communications best practices, cross-programmatic policy changes, and legislative updates.

Technical Aptitude:

  • Maintain advanced working knowledge of office-related software, including Apple and Microsoft office products and any industry-specific technology or other internet research tools.

Work Schedule & Travel Obligation:

  • The ability to work frequent evening, weekend, and irregular hours during session, and occasional work in those time frames during other parts of the year.
  • Maryland residency is required within six months of employment for all ACLU-MD positions.
  • This is a part time position working 20 hours per week.

Bonus Considerations:

The following capabilities are general requirements necessary to perform the essential functions of this position related to work schedule, physical demands, working environment, travel, etc.

  • Effectively communicate with others verbally and in writing, including by phone, e-mail, or in person.
  • Understand, remember, communicate, and apply complex oral and/or written instructions and factual information.
  • Maintain sustained concentration on computer screens and use keyboards and a variety of peripherals.
  • Ability to push, pull, lift up to 25 pounds in the course of the workday in the normal performance of their duties.

Physical Demands:

The following capabilities are general requirements necessary to perform the essential functions of this position related to work schedule, physical demands, working environment, travel, etc.

  • Effectively communicate with others verbally and in writing, including by phone, e-mail, or in person.
  • Understand, remember, communicate, and apply complex oral and/or written instructions and factual information.
  • Maintain sustained concentration on computer screens and use keyboards and a variety of peripherals.
  • Ability to push, pull, lift up to 25 pounds in the course of the workday in the normal performance of their duties.

Bonus Considerations:

The following are additional desired competencies, characteristics, or traits for this position:

  • Bilingual ability to interpret or translate in a non-English language, preferably Spanish.
  • Experience working in a non-profit, advocacy, or political organization.
  • Experience with statutory and legislative analysis, legal research and writing, and legislative and budget processes in Maryland; experience with advocacy and policy change tools; awareness of the political landscape.
  • Criminal defense trial experience.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

The hourly wage for this position $40.00 per/hour.

Actual starting salary is a set calculation based on the individual candidate’s prior relevant work experience (including full-time and part-time internships and volunteer work), education, certification, and required foreign language skills (if applicable) per the agreed upon OPEIU Local 2 Union Compensation Scale, and therefore is not negotiable upon hire. For any questions, please reach out to the HR team.

Excellent benefits include:

  • Up to 13 paid office holidays;
  • Prorated accural of paid vacation time based on the number of hours worked per week. The regular rate of accural for full time associate level staff is .83 days per month.
  • Prorated accural of paid sick time based on the number of hours worked per week. The regular rate of accural for full time associate level staff is 1 day per month.
  • Generous medical insurance including health, dental and vision insurance options for staff members, their dependents and spouse/domestic partner;
  • Flexible spending accounts employee assistance plan;
    Short-term disability and long-term disability insurance; life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance;
  • 401(k) defined contribution retirement plan with employer match;
  • Free on-site parking;
  • Additional commuter benefits with access to commuter rail station; and
  • Direct exposure to cutting-edge civil liberties and civil rights work.

This is a position that is not exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

DEADLINE & START DATE

The position will remain open until we fill it. We will schedule interviews on a rolling basis.

HOW TO APPLY

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.

Required Application Packet Materials:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. (3) References (include name and contact information)

APPLY HERE

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.

Request an Accommodation:

The ACLU of Maryland makes every effort to assure that its recruitment, selection, hiring, and employment practices provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please email human resources at HR@aclu-md.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process. We encourage individuals of all abilities to request reasonable job accommodations through our office of human resources.

Requesting a reasonable accommodation will not automatically be perceived as a disqualifying factor that would prevent an employee from performing the essential duties of the job.

Physical Demands:

The ACLU of Maryland makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provides all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions. The ACLU of Maryland is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities, as determined from a collaborative reasonable job accommodation evaluation process, if deemed necessary to perform the essential functions of the job, provided they do not constitute an undue hardship for the employer. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please email human resources at HR@aclu-md.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process. The following capabilities are general requirements necessary to perform the essential functions of this position related to work schedule, physical demands, working environment, travel, etc.

  • Effectively communicate with others verbally and in writing, including by phone, e-mail, or in person.
  • Understand, remember, communicate, and apply complex oral and/or written instructions and factual information.
  • Maintain sustained concentration on computer screens and use keyboards and a variety of peripherals.

ABOUT THE ACLU OF MARYLAND

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, to better support and be accountable to communities of color, whose civil rights and civil liberties are systematically threatened by white supremacy.

We put people first! The ACLU of Maryland is a Person, Family and Community - Centric Organization with Transparency, Collaboration, Equity, Integrity and Accountability as our core values. The entire workforce helps to promote a culture of continuous improvement where everyone works toward improving the quality of the services we provide as well as the quality of our work environment. All individuals in our organization are expected to carry out their job tasks in a manner that is consistent with our core organizational values.

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.

Organization Commitment to Race Equity:

All individuals in our organization are expected to support and maintain our organizational commitment to centering race equity in their work, internally and externally. We practice accountability and allyship to Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ+, and disability communities, whose civil rights and civil liberties are systematically threatened. Application of this principle requires the conscious use of a race equity lens at all levels of work to both identify and understand implications of structural racism, challenge or confront systemic conditions or resulting issues, and dismantle overall institutional systems related to white privilege and white supremacy when engaging, advocating, and defending the civil liberties and civil rights of all Marylanders.