Campaign Strategist

The ACLU of New Jersey is looking to hire a full-time Campaign Strategist based in its Newark office. Initially, the primary goal of this position will be to support immigrants’ rights campaigns around the state.  The Strategist, working closely with other ACLU-NJ staff and coalition partners, will develop and implement a statewide plan to engage immigrant communities and allies in campaigns to expand legal and policy protections for immigrants in New Jersey. These community-driven campaigns will seek to make New Jersey a fairer and more welcoming state for immigrants and to ensure that state and local law enforcement serve local communities rather than diverting local resources toward abusive federal immigration enforcement.  The Campaign Strategist will also have opportunities to work on other ACLU-NJ policy campaigns.

The position requires coalition and organizing experience, strong policy research and analysis skills, and willingness to travel around the state. Political strategy experience is preferred. The Strategist will work in the ACLU-NJ Policy Department and will work closely with ACLU communications and legal staff, as well as with National ACLU counterparts. This position presents an opportunity to make a lasting contribution to immigrants’ rights in New Jersey.

About the ACLU of New Jersey

The ACLU-NJ, headquartered in Newark with a full-time staff of about 21, works in every corner of our state to defend the principles of civil rights and individual liberties. The ACLU-NJ values a diverse work environment and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including immigrants, women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, people with disabilities, people who have experienced poverty or homelessness, people who have had prior contact with the juvenile, criminal justice, child welfare, or immigration systems, and people who have personal experience with other issues we work on. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan and execute campaigns to build grassroots and grasstops support for the ACLU-NJ’s immigrants’ rights priorities;
  • Research and analyze local, state and national laws and policies affecting immigrant families;
  • Develop and implement strategies to support bills and policies that advance immigrant rights priorities with support from ACLU-NJ staff;
  • Develop advocacy tools, including fact sheets, talking points, public education materials, and position letters and policy briefs;
  • Strategically engage ACLU-NJ members and volunteers in coordination with the ACLU-NJ Field Organizer;
  • Participate in meetings and activities of the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice and other relevant coalitions, and support efforts to build local immigrant rights organizing capacity around the state;
  • Collaborate with the ACLU-NJ Communications Department to develop effective messaging and use media strategies to advance immigrants’ rights priorities;
  • Plan and execute events, such as activist trainings, community forums, listening sessions, panel discussions, and candidate forums, representing the ACLU-NJ at such events as needed;
  • Provide logistical support for advocacy initiatives across departments.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Commitment to racial equity, dismantling white supremacy, and structural power analysis, with knowledge and understanding of how power is manifested in matters of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ability, language, immigration status, national origin, and socio-economic circumstances;
  • Demonstrated experience developing and managing effective public policy or electoral campaigns, or comparable campaign experience;
  • Strong working knowledge of immigrants’ rights issues and immigrant communities;
  • Ability to think strategically and identify campaign-related opportunities and challenges;
  • Strong research and analytical skills, including ability to communicate legal concepts, polling results, and other complex issues to diverse audiences;
  • Demonstrated project management skills and ability to work effectively under pressure;
  • Experience working effectively and respectfully with coalitions and community groups/individuals across political and socioeconomic spectrums;
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU;
  • Ability to execute projects with limited direct supervision;
  • Ability to work collaboratively, share responsibilities, and support and acknowledge colleagues’ contributions;
  • Ability to manage a demanding schedule, working beyond 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. when needed;
  • Willingness to travel frequently throughout the state is preferred.
  • Bilingualism (fluency in English and another language spoken by large numbers of New Jersey residents) is strongly preferred, but not required.

Compensation

The ACLU-NJ offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and in line with the ACLU-NJ compensation scale. Benefits for first-year employees currently include 16 days paid time off in addition to 11 office holidays and 12 health care leave days; medical, vision, and dental insurance; life and long-term disability insurance; pre-tax transit benefits; and 401(k) plan with employer match.

To Apply

To apply, complete the application form below. Application materials will also be accepted via postal mail, but electronic filing is strongly preferred. No calls please. Resumes reviewed upon receipt. Position will remain open until filled. Your letter should explain ways in which you satisfy the skills and qualifications specified above. We also invite applicants to include in their letter information about how their background and/or experiences could contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and advocacy work.

Application materials will also be accepted via postal mail, but electronic filing is strongly preferred. The position will remain open until filled.

The ACLU-NJ is an equal opportunity employer and embraces diversity, including those characteristics protected by law and beyond. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills, and we value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The more inclusive we are, the better we are.

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