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Leadership Programs Alumni Job Board

Looking for an opportunity to flex your leadership skills? Listed below are opportunities for local nonprofit organizations that are looking for leaders like you to join their staff.

Senior Staff Attorney - ACLU of Arizona
OrganizationACLU of Arizona
LocationPhoenix
DepartmentLegal
Position OverviewWorking directly under the supervision of our Legal Director, the senior staff attorney will be primarily responsible for playing a lead role in compliance-related proceedings in Ortega Melendres v. Penzone, which successfully challenged a pattern of unlawful racial profiling by former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his agency during immigration sweeps and traffic stops. Compliance works entails reviewing and providing input on policies and procedures related to police practices, providing input on implementation of court-mandated reforms, participating in meetings with all levels of personnel at MCSO, including command-level staff, liaising with the court-appointed Monitor and his team and community representatives, representing the legal team in court hearings, and drafting court filings.

In addition to managing all compliance proceedings, the senior staff attorney also will be responsible for helping to build the litigation and legal advocacy docket for ACLU of Arizona, including identifying cutting-edge issues for the ACLU to litigate in Arizona. This includes proactively engaging in litigation and also mentoring and supervising staff attorneys and volunteer attorneys as they litigate cases involving significant civil-liberties and civil-rights issues in a range of areas, including criminal justice, racial justice, immigrants’ rights, privacy rights, voting rights, speech rights, and open government. In coordination with the policy staff at both the National ACLU and the ACLU of Arizona, the senior staff attorney also will actively engage in non-litigation advocacy campaigns at the local, state, or national levels.
Roles and ResponsibilitesInvestigate, develop, and litigate high-impact cases, including discovery, motion practice, hearings, trials, and appeals;

Proactively seek out and creatively implement a strategic impact litigation program that advances key civil liberties by persuading state and federal courts, administrative tribunals, and regulatory agencies to recognize new or established legal principles;

Serve as the primary point person and coordinator among plaintiffs’ class counsel for compliance proceedings in Ortega Melendres v. Penzone;

Collaborate in the development and implementation of integrated advocacy initiatives and strategies where litigation is one advocacy tool;

Develop strong co-counsel relationships with other public interest lawyers and existing and potential ACLU volunteer lawyers and cooperating counsel;

Serve as a resource to organizing, policy, communications, and development staff;

Support and deepen existing relationships – and create new ones – with community partners, coalitions, and stakeholders;

Engage in community outreach and public speaking, including representing the ACLU of Arizona’s positions to the media and public generally; and

Other general litigation and non-litigation duties as assigned, including factual and legal research, interviewing clients and potential witnesses, preparing correspondence, demand letters, and public records requests, and drafting memoranda, court papers, and other documents.
Experience and QualificationsJ.D. from an ABA-accredited law school and 10 or more years of experience with all aspects of complex litigation – including developing cases, all forms of discovery, motion practice, evidentiary hearings, and appeals – involving constitutional and statutory issues in federal and state court;

Member of the State Bar of Arizona or eligible for admission under Arizona Supreme Court Rule 38(f);

Fluency in Spanish (ability to read, write, and speak) strongly preferred;

Exceptional legal research, analysis, and writing abilities, and ability to develop novel and successful litigation and non-litigation advocacy in response to serious problems facing communities;

Ability to manage complex cases, with large volumes of document review, and a demonstrated ability to engage in complex legal and factual analysis;

Familiarity and ease with the legal doctrines and structures that apply to constitutional and civil rights litigation;

Experience supervising attorneys in their litigation and non-litigation related work;

Strong oral advocacy skills, including significant experience with oral argument and examining witnesses under oath,

Familiarity and comfort with being highly visible in the community, able to communicate effectively with the public and policymakers with limited prior approval or review;

A demonstrated commitment to civil liberties, immigrants’ rights, public interest law, and the mission and goals of the ACLU;

Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to influence others a must, frequently obtaining cooperation externally and internally from lawyers, other staff members, and diverse community organizations;

Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;

Self-motivated, diligent, and able to meet strict deadlines while under pressure;

Ability to make daily operational and strategic decisions, take initiative, and share responsibility and credit;

Commitment to diversity and respect for differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance.
CompensationCompetitive public interest legal salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, including three weeks paid vacation; 100%-employer paid medical and dental insurance for staff members; life and long-term disability insurance; 401(k); and twelve paid holidays.
To ApplySend a cover letter, CV, list of three professional references, and a writing sample (no more than 5 pages, double-spaced, which may be an excerpt from a brief) to: Gloria Torres, Paralegal, ACLU Foundation of Arizona, Re: Senior Staff Attorney, P.O. Box 17148, Phoenix, AZ 85011 or email to: gtorres@acluaz.org. Please list “Senior Staff Attorney” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Please indicate in your cover letter where you found this listing.

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Policy Associate - ACLU of Arizona
OrganizationACLU of Arizona
LocationPhoenix
DepartmentPolicy
Position OverviewThe ACLU of Arizona—a leader in the fight against mass incarceration, discrimination in public education, threats to LGBTQ equality and immigrants’ rights—is seeking a Policy Associate to work in our Phoenix office. Under the supervision of the Policy Director, this position will provide research, writing, and advocacy support on a wide range of civil liberties issues. The policy associate will be tasked with preparing written reports, tracking legislation, running stakeholder meetings, educating and lobbying policymakers, and attending public meetings.
Roles and ResponsibilitesProvide research and analysis to support ACLU-AZ policy priorities

Draft and develop content for reports, fact sheets, talking points, issue briefs, legislative testimony and other materials

Plan and coordinate workshops and meetings, including within the Campaign for Smart Justice

Under the guidance of the Policy Director, lead and support state and municipal-level policy initiatives

Track and analyze legislation affecting civil liberties

Create regular reports for internal and external stakeholders regarding priority legislation and issues
Experience and QualificationsA demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and civil rights, and strong support for the mission and goals of the ACLU

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience

Experience and familiarity with legislative and/or policy advocacy

Ability to interact with the community, build trust and work effectively and collaboratively with diverse staff, coalitions, community groups, and volunteers

Research, writing, and analytical skills are required

Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to influence others and obtain cooperation both internally and externally.

Commitment to diversity and respect for differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance.

Familiarity with the political landscape within Arizona preferred

Experience with issue or electoral organizing is preferred
CompensationSalary & Benefits: Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, including three weeks paid vacation; 100%-employer paid medical and dental insurance for staff members; life and long-term disability insurance; 401(k); and twelve paid holidays.
To ApplySend a cover letter, CV, list of three professional references, and a writing sample (no more than 5 pages, double-spaced, which may be an excerpt from a brief) to: Lizabeth Thomson-Gorman, Office Manager, Policy Associate, P.O. Box 17148, Phoenix, AZ 85011 or email to: info@acluaz.org. Please list “Policy Associate” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Please indicate in your cover letter where you found this listing.

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#Demand2Learn Organizer - ACLU of Arizona
OrganizationACLU of Arizona
LocationPhoenix
DepartmentAdvocacy
Position OverviewThe ACLU of Arizona—a leader The ACLU of Arizona—a leader in the fight against mass incarceration, voter suppression, discrimination in public education, and threats to LGBTQ equality and immigrants’ rights—is seeking a full-time organizer to help build the ACLU of Arizona’s advocacy infrastructure and recruit, develop and mobilize volunteer leaders and activists who are committed to our aggressive multi-year #Demand2Learn campaign to eliminate student push-out while combating racial disparities in our education system. The #Demand2Learn organizer will play a central role in inspiring decision-makers to adopt policy changes to discriminatory policies and practices in our education system.



The ideal candidate has demonstrated excellent independent judgment, has strong interpersonal and communication skills and has a proven track record of recruiting and motivating others to invest their time into the ACLU of Arizona’s volunteer efforts. The Organizer will report to the #Demand2Learn Campaign Manager and work in the Phoenix office.
Roles and ResponsibilitesJob responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Identifying, supporting and cultivating leadership in volunteers who will lead our education equity initiatives.
Recruiting and organizing people who work within the education system and have been impacted by the exclusionary practices in schools to work for changes in policies and practices.

Speaking at events and to small groups on behalf of the ACLU of Arizona and D2L.

Planning, conducting, and recruiting volunteers to participate in relevant trainings and programs that develop grassroots leadership and support our advocacy efforts.

Supporting volunteer campaigns to contact local elected and appointed officials, and build support for campaign goals among community leaders.

Completing and executing work plans.

Managing simultaneous projects and shifting priorities.

Advancing other ACLU of Arizona priorities through organizing.
QualificationsWe’re seeking a candidate who is adept at mobilizing others for important social justice causes. While the qualifications below describe a typical candidate, strong consideration will be granted to individuals who may not meet the listed qualifications but demonstrate strong skills, knowledge, and organizing potential.

Experience in community/field organizing and at least one year of experience working directly with volunteers strongly preferred.

A history of successful collaboration with people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and a broad range of ages, ideological positions, and religious views.

Exceptional interpersonal skills, strong trust building, diplomacy and problem-solving skills.

Strong oral communications skills, familiarity and comfort interacting with members of the community and representing the ACLU in public. Fluency in Spanish is required.

Superb organization skills; detail-oriented with strong follow-through and the ability to meet tight deadlines.

Creative, results-oriented, self-starting, and eager to learn new skills.

Attention to measurable goals and results.

Ability to travel around the state as necessary and participate in evening and weekend meetings.

Individuals with knowledge of current political alignments and opportunities for collaboration specifically in Arizona with a broad range of groups and familiarity with the advocacy and community organizing landscape around the state are strongly encouraged to apply.

Knowledge of education policy issues impacting communities of color is a plus but not a requirement.
CompensationCompensation for this position is negotiable and depends on experience and is highly competitive. Benefits include generous vacation and sick leave; medical and dental insurance; life and long-term disability insurance; defined contribution plan with employer match; and 12 paid holidays. This is a one-year position with a potential to become permanent after 2019.
To ApplySend a cover letter and resume with three professional references by email to info@acluaz.org describing your interest in this position, and the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above. Include “D2L Organizer” in the subject line of your email. When submitting your application, please be sure to submit both a cover letter (with a document name formatted as “Last name, First name- Cover Letter”) and your resume (with document name formatted as “Last name.First name-Resume”). Please also indicate in your cover letter where you heard of this career opportunity. No phone calls or walk-ins, please. Applications accepted until position is filled.

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