Location

Baltimore, MD [Remote]

Department

Public Policy

Deadline date

The position will remain open until filled. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.

WHO WE ARE

The ACLU of Maryland (ACLU-MD) is a non-partisan, non-profit public interest organization that works in the courts, legislature, and in support of communities to affect structural change. We exist to empower Marylanders to exercise their rights so that the law values and uplifts their humanity. Our vision is a Maryland where people are united in affirming and exercising their rights in order to address inequities and fulfill the country’s unrealized promise of justice and freedom for all. We are committed to centering race equity in our work, internally and externally, in order to better support and be accountable to Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color, whose civil rights and civil liberties are systematically threatened by white supremacy.

ACLU-MD is an affiliate of the national ACLU.

ABOUT THE POSITION

The Temporary Public Policy Legal Assistant is a member of the ACLU of Maryland’s Public Policy team and is responsible for working with the Public Policy Director, Public Policy Counsel(s) and ACLU of Maryland staff to advance the organization's 2023 legislative priorities. The Public Policy Legal Assistant will conduct extensive legal and policy research and analysis, answer legal questions, and draft a variety of legal memos, letters, testimonies, and other documents that require an understanding of many different aspects of law, particularly Constitutional law.

Essential Functions, Duties, and Responsibilities

During the legislative session, the Public Policy Legal Assistant will carry out the following tasks:

  • Identify and track legislation before the Maryland General Assembly that affects civil liberties;
  • Conduct legal research to identify key issues related to proposed legislation.
  • Conduct bill review and legal analysis;
  • Maintain bill tracking database and hearing schedule;
  • Assist with program organization and operations;
  • Prepare program reports for staff, members, partners, and Board of Directors; and
  • Assist with development and support of coalitions;
  • Draft testimony on a wide range of bills to explain the Constitutional implications of legislation and the organization's position.
  • Draft reports, memos, letters, and documents to different audiences to explain complex legal and policy matters and provide recommendations.
  • 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.
  • Assist members of the policy department on an ad hoc basis by conducting legal research, writing, and analysis.
  • Deliver verbal testimony on key issue areas, when necessary.

Management & Supervisory Responsibility:

This position is designated as a non-management position and does not encompass supervisory responsibility.

Position 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 with legislative analysis;
  • Exceptional analytical, research, writing advocacy skills, as well as the ability to articulate complex issues and communicate them respectfully and effectively to a variety of audiences;
  • Ability to work independently and keep organized in a fast-paced environment; to manage several projects simultaneously; and to adjust strategy to frequently changing demands;
  • A demonstrated ability to work respectfully and effectively with coalitions and community groups, motivate volunteers, and work across the political spectrum;
  • Ability to be proactive and understand the political landscape and be able to work effectively on issues that require bipartisan support; and
  • Firm commitment to centering race equity in all aspects of our work.

Work Schedule & Travel Obligation:

  • The ability to work occasional evening, weekend, and irregular hours.
  • This is a temporary role; the position will start January 9, 2023 and April 30, 2023.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

The hourly wage for this position $25.00 per/hour.

Excellent benefits include:

  • Three weeks paid vacation at time of hire (increasing to four weeks after two years);
  • 13 paid office holidays;
  • 12 paid sick days, telework and flex-time;
  • Generous medical insurance including two health, dental and vision insurance options for staff members, their dependents and spouse/domestic partner;
  • Flexible spending accounts employee assistance plan;
  • Six weeks of paid medical leave;
  • Life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance;
  • Short-term disability and long-term disability 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 non-exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

DEADLINE & START DATE

The position will remain open until filled. Interviews will be scheduled 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.

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.

Required Application Packet Materials:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Short Writing Sample (no longer than 5 pages)
  • (3) References (include name and contact information)

Please submit a cover letter and resume using the following link.

APPLY HERE

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.

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

ABOUT THE ACLU OF MARYLAND

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.

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. The ACLU of Maryland is 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.

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.

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, in order to better support and be accountable to Black, Indigenous, POC individuals and communities, whose civil rights and civil liberties are systematically threatened by white supremacy. 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.