Jobs and Fellowships

The ACLU of Massachusetts currently has these open jobs:

See job openings at the National ACLU and other state affiliates.

Communications Director

The ACLU of Massachusetts seeks a creative communications strategist and experienced manager to join our senior leadership team as Communications Director, defending civil rights and civil liberties in a fast-paced and action-oriented environment.

The Communications Director reports to the Executive Director, and is responsible for developing the ACLU of Massachusetts’ public narrative across multiple advocacy campaigns and platforms—print, broadcast, and online media. The Communications Director leads an in-house team of two direct reports, as well as managing and coordinating work with our external communications consultants. The Communications Director also works closely with ACLU issue-experts and advocates on staff, as well as the national ACLU staff, to enhance our visibility and advance our mission: to defend and promote core civil rights and civil liberties in Massachusetts and nationwide.

We invite candidates with the following required and desired skills, experience, and interests to apply for this opening.


1/ Leadership & Management

  • Serve as part of the ACLU of Massachusetts Senior Management Team, charged with aligning our work for maximum impact;
  • Lead, manage and foster talent in our communications department;
  • Manage relationships with communications consultants and advocacy staff;
  • Manage and monitor the annual department budget, and maintain ongoing evaluation and reporting of key benchmarks.

2/ Traditional Media Relations

  • Lead the strategic development of communications priorities and opportunities to best amplify our work and impact the public narrative;
  • Expand the ACLU’s newspaper, television, and radio presence in the Massachusetts market by cultivating relationships with key reporters, editorial boards, and producers;
  • Bring sophisticated framing and messaging skills and tools to our core areas of work and help teams produce and distribute concise and accurate talking points, news releases, op-eds, and letters to the editor;
  • Identify new strategies for injecting ACLU issues in the public debate to help sustain and grow a civil rights and civil liberties narrative.

3/ Social Media & Community Outreach

  • Elevate the ACLU’s influence online, and bring an inspiring and fresh perspective to digital and social media across all channels;
  • Build loyal organizational followings on social media platforms.

4/ Email & Web Production

  • Work with our Development Department to develop promotional materials, such as the annual report and other collateral publications;
  • Manage the creation and production of content for social media and publications such as annual reports and newsletters.


    • Outstanding writing and speaking skills. Proven ability to write and speak with clarity and to translate complex concepts into accessible and quotable explanations.
    • Dynamic leader. Experience building a team, managing tough situations, encouraging innovation, and working within an organization to set a vision and execute it effectively. Ability to nurture talent and supervise staff. Creativity and a sense of humor are essential.
    • Strategic thinker. Experience working within the daily news cycle as well as developing long-term strategic communications plans for maximum impact. Ability to navigate the terrain of being non-partisan while advancing strong progressive values and policies. Ability to listen, synthesize a range of viewpoints, and bring a plan to the group is essential.
    • Solid experience in strategic communications. At least 7 years as a communications professional, preferably at an advocacy organization or political campaign, and flexibility to work beyond 9-5.
    • Knowledge of framing and messaging. Familiarity with cognitive and social science research and practices on how people process and perceive information; experience with polling and survey practices and data.
    • Detail-oriented project management. Track record of effective delegation, ability to manage multiple priorities, and to organize a large volume of work and keep it flowing through the pipeline.
    • Commitment to diversity and equity. Experience working people from a range of backgrounds and experiences, as well as developing communications strategies that reflect a sophisticated understanding of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, LGBTQ, and class issues, both in management and messaging.
    • Cause-driven. In-depth knowledge of one or more ACLU priority issues, and demonstrable interest in the range of ACLU work. Deep commitment to the mission and principles of the ACLU.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, generous vacation, and generous matching through our 401k plan.

How To Apply:

Please send a cover letter describing how your experience and skills meet the requirements for the position to Please include your salary requirements, a resume, and list of at least three references. We will review applications on a rolling basis until we fill this position. No phone calls, please.

Summer 2017 Law Student Internship

The ACLU of Massachusetts invites applications from 1st and 2nd year law students for summer law student internships. Our office works on issues such as freedom of speech, assembly, and religion, police misconduct, immigrant rights, racial justice, reproductive freedom, privacy, surveillance and technology, juvenile justice, student rights, women’s and GLBT rights, and due process.

Legal interns at the ACLU perform the wide range of tasks required by litigation and other legal advocacy, including complaint investigation, legal research and memo writing, drafting of complaints, affidavits, and discovery requests; preparation of pretrial motions, trial preparation, drafting of appellate briefs, and preparation for oral argument. Students work closely with the ACLU of Massachusetts legal director and staff attorneys. Law students may also assist our legislative counsel with developing testimony for legislative hearings and other public policy materials.

Those interested in applying should send a cover letter, resume, and a list of references (a writing sample is preferred also) to Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled, but should be submitted no later than December 31.

Note: ACLU of Massachusetts abides by the NALP guidelines; accordingly, we will not initiate contact with, interview or make offers to first year law students before December 1.

Posted 9.20.16

2017 Legal Fellow

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (ACLUM), an affiliate of the national ACLU, seeks applicants to sponsor for public interest fellowships beginning in the fall of 2017. ACLUM is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with its main legal office in Boston. It will consider applications from third-year law students and attorneys seeking funding from outside sources such as Equal Justice Works, the Skadden and Soros Foundations, and school-specific sources such as the Arthur Liman Fellowship.

The ACLU of Massachusetts works on cutting-edge issues involving civil rights and civil liberties. In recent years, we have undertaken groundbreaking litigation and advocacy on the freedom of speech, government surveillance, freedom of expression, police accountability, racial justice, criminal justice, due process, reproductive freedom, immigrants’ rights, open government, and the criminalization of poverty. For more information, please visit

Subject Area of the Fellowship:

ACLUM welcomes fellowship applications on any significant issue involving civil rights or liberties. Recent ACLUM fellows have taken a leading role in key cases on the First Amendment right to record police officers and immigration detention. Areas of interest to ACLUM in 2017 might include free speech, racial justice, criminal justice, reproductive freedom, and the intersection between liberty and technology.

Job Description:

Fellows will work with ACLUM’s legal director and staff attorneys on trial-level and appellate work. Fellows may also work with staff members on non-litigation advocacy, such as public education, legislative work, public speaking, community organizing, and investigation. The fellowship’s length will be governed by the funding organization’s policy. Application deadlines typically occur in early fall.


Applicants should have a commitment to civil rights and liberties, be self-motivated, and be able to work well with a wide range of people. Excellent research and writing skills are required.

How to Apply:

Please email a resume, list of references, and writing sample, along with a cover letter indicating specific interests and possible project proposal, to Please use the subject line “2017 Legal Fellowship.” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

ACLUM is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and GLBT persons to apply.

Posted 7.8.16

Racial Justice Internships for Summer 2017

Do you care about racial justice and civil liberties? Do you love to research and write? Do you want to work for civil rights in a friendly and exciting environment?

The ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts, a public interest organization that defends civil rights and civil liberties, is seeking an undergraduate intern to work with our Racial Justice Program. The person will support the development and implementation of the ACLU of Massachusetts’ public policy/advocacy campaigns. He or she may also represent on our issues, communicate with advocates and community members, and attend community meetings and events on a variety of issues.

The intern/volunteer will address a variety of the issues the Racial Justice Program covers, from criminal justice reform, to police accountability, to immigration, and other issues.

The intern/volunteer will report to the Racial Justice Director, but they will work with various staff members

This is an unpaid position.


The applicant should be an undergraduate student with an interest in racial justice and public policy/advocacy. There are only two positions available for the spring semester so please be sure to send all application requirements before the deadline.

Please send a cover letter, a résumé or CV, and a writing sample to the contact below. Application Deadline: April 15, 2017.

Matt Allen
Field Director
617.482.3170 x 169
Updated 10.17.16


Learn more about our volunteer opportunities.

The ACLU of Massachusetts is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ people to apply.

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