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Executive Assistant

The ACLU of Massachusetts (ACLUM) offers a one-of-a-kind career opportunity for an Executive Assistant (EA) who will serve as a confidential, intuitive and thoughtful helper handling a range of administrative responsibilities with grace, poise, intelligence and humor.

Please be extraordinarily motivated, capable and detail-oriented. We seek someone who is considered a positive force; managing stressful situations with ease, and treating everyone with dignity and respect.

ACLUM is an affiliate of a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights. For most of the last century, we have been at the heart of many of the most major – and sometimes controversial – struggles for civil liberties in our state. Our mission is to ensure that Constitutional rights don’t just exist on paper, but are protected in practice.

Essential Duties

  • Provide outstanding administrative support to the Executive Director and executive office and serve as the primary point of contact.
  • Manage Executive Director’s calendar and schedule, keeping her well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, coordinating logistics for external activities and preparing presentations and reports for meetings and special events.
  • Systematically track correspondence and the status of requests and responses.
  • Prioritize conflicting needs, handle matters proactively and expeditiously, effectively manage deadlines and follow through on projects.
  • Manage filing, archiving, expense reports and reimbursements.
  • Provide comprehensive support for special initiatives and events as determined by the Executive Director including luncheons, dinners, ceremonies and community events.
  • Organize staff-wide events on behalf of the Executive Director
  • Support varied confidential HR-related projects including tracking managers’ completion of annual performance review, assist with plans for training delivery, update organizational charts, and with other HR special projects as needed.
  • Provide administrative support for the Board of Directors, including maintenance of committee rosters, meeting schedules, minute books, preparing meeting materials and taking and disseminating board minutes.
  • Maintain the board manual and board contact lists.
  • Submit annual Board filings with the Secretary of State.
  • Backstop the Office Manager to ensure efficient operations including ordering and organizing supplies and ensuring common office areas are well organized.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Substantial administrative experience in a fast-paced nonprofit, with a track record of deftly managing competing priorities and strong organizational, communication, prioritization and planning skills.
  • Outstanding client and customer service skills.
  • Highly proficient MS Office skills.
  • Reliable, discreet, and with reputation for maintaining confidentiality without exception.
  • Verbal, written and interpersonal savvy, with superior judgment at all times.
  • Deadline-driven and personally accountable.
  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Experience managing travel, calendar and a range of logistics for busy executives.
  • A sense of humor and empathetic orientation.

The ideal candidate for this position is a thoughtful helper and leader who takes pride in ensuring executives have the essential support they need each day, and who is comfortable in the role of a valued assistant and administrative liaison. Flexibility is required for minute-taking attendance of monthly ACLUM board of director meetings, and for other occasional evening meetings.

No task is considered too small and the EA ensures that the Executive Director and executive office have top-notch administrative support so they can thrive and do their best work. This administrative professional will be a valued, confidential partner, supported and rewarded by ACLUM leaders.

If you recognize yourself in this description and the requirements please forward CV and cover letter to recruiting@aclum.org with the subject line “Executive Assistant”. Tell us why this role resonated with you and what it would be like to have you on our team. All qualified applications will receive immediate consideration.

 

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

Updated 6.28.2018


Deputy Director of Philanthropy

The ACLU of Massachusetts seeks someone who can build relationships with philanthropic partners and help lead solicitation campaigns, to serve as our Deputy Director of Philanthropy.

Leadership Donor Management

  • Cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of approximately 120-150 donors with capacity to give at least $10,000;
  • Create comprehensive plan and individual dollar goals for each person in the portfolio based on the donor’s history of giving and the organization’s knowledge of that donor’s potential and interests;
  • Regularly record activity towards goals in database portfolio;
  • Participate in quarterly portfolio refresh process to assess portfolio and propose new or additional portfolio prospects;
  • Maintain knowledge of affiliate and nationwide programmatic priorities, issues and progress.

Development Operations

  • Supervise Database Coordinator to ensure high-quality systems for acknowledging donors, pledge tracking, gift processing, donor recognition and department reporting;
  • Work closely with Chief Development Officer on creation, tracking and reporting of department goals as well reporting, materials, and development committee meetings;
  • Work closely with Donor and Special Projects Officer to create and oversee the annual calendar of development events including Amicus, Leadership Luncheons and Salons, and other donor events;
  • Support the Associate Director on execution and architecture of Business Leadership Council;
  • Lead the planning and execution of annual Bill of Rights Dinner.

Development Communications

  • Lead the development and creation of donor collateral material for solicitation and for Campaign
  • Lead the written quarterly supporter update for portfolio donors

Qualifications

  • Proven success of individual donor solicitations of five and six figure gifts.
  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent experience.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working with diverse individuals and organizations.
  • Organized, self-disciplined, creative and collaborative.

Salary and Benefits

ACLUM offers a competitive salary, 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 forward resume and cover letter with the subject line “Donor and Special Projects Officer” telling us how your experience and skills make you the ideal candidate for the position. Send email to recruiting@aclum.org.  We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

 

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

Updated 6.28.2018 


Donor and Special Projects Officer 

The ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts is in search of an engaging and accomplished Donor and Special Projects Officer to manage our annual fund donors ($1k-$9,999), manage a portfolio of foundations and law firms, plan and execute donor events, and assist with department administration.  This position will report directly to the Deputy Director/Chief Development Officer, and will join a team of four.  Our ambitious fundraising goals are based on programmatic goals on voting rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, immigrants’ rights, criminal justice reform, open government, digital privacy and free speech.

Responsibilities

Individual Portfolio Management

  • Lead stewardship and solicitation of Annual Fund for donors giving or with potential to give between $1,000-$9,999;
  • Create and track portfolio activity, progress and goals;
  • Lead and execute quarterly mailed solicitation to donor file;
  • Lead and execute quarterly events for donor file;
  • Qualify new prospects for assignment to leadership gifts portfolio;
  • Lead Quarterly Portfolio Refresh process to identify donors to be added to Special Gift Fund or Leadership Gift Portfolios

Special Projects Management

  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 35 Law Firms, to secure annual support;
  • Liaise with National gift planning staff to track and communicate realized bequest paperwork and tracking on new bequest commitments;
  • Department wide support for annual Bill of Rights Dinner working closely with Chief Development Officer;
  • Lead the planning and execution of quarterly Amicus Luncheon series;
  • Lead the planning of annual President’s Council dinner and SCOUTUS luncheon;
  • Lead and help execute additional donor engagement opportunities.

Other Tasks

  • Create and manage development department projects as assigned;
  • Assist Chief Development Officer and Leadership Gift Officers in their leadership gift meetings as needed;
  • Maintain working knowledge of national and affiliate programmatic priorities and issues as they occur;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience.

Please be organized, creative, a true team player, with relevant experience with constituent engagement. Superior verbal and written communication skills, adaptability, and at least two years experience in nonprofit fundraising, soliciting and closing major gifts in the $1000-$10000 range.

Salary and Benefits

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

How To Apply

Email resume and cover letter with subject line: Donor and Special Projects Officer telling us how your experience and skills meet the requirements for the position to recruiting@aclum.org.  We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

 

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

Updated 6.28.2018


Staff Attorney

The ACLU of Massachusetts seeks a dynamic, mission-driven Staff Attorney to join our legal team and help litigate federal and state cases at the trial and appellate levels. The ACLU has been our nation’s premier guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.  Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, advancing racial justice, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties and civil rights cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

The ACLU of Massachusetts (ACLUM) was formed in 1920, the same year as the national ACLU. As the first state affiliate in the ACLU network, ACLUM remains a nationwide leader in defending civil rights and civil liberties. Our mission is to ensure that Constitutional rights don’t just exist on paper, but are protected in practice.

Responsibilities

  • Evaluate and investigate potential claims.
  • Identify plaintiffs and defendants and handle intake.
  • Perform all aspects of legal research and draft pleadings, motions, briefs and complaints.
  • Conduct/defend depositions and engage in written discovery.
  • Devise legal theory and strategy and participate in and present oral arguments.
  • Engage in non-litigation advocacy, such as public speaking and education, working with community organizations, meeting with public officials, giving media interviews, and writing blogs and articles.
  • Work on other issues, including freedom of speech, privacy, student rights, racial justice, reproductive rights, criminal justice, and police misconduct.
  • Work closely with ACLUM’s legal director, with other full-time attorneys on staff with ACLUM, law student interns, and with volunteer attorneys who are co-counsel on many of ACLUM’s cases.
  • Share in the oversight of volunteers who staff ACLUM’s hotline for civil liberties complaints.

Qualifications and Attributes

  • Membership in the Massachusetts Bar or a willingness to become a member before joining ACLUM.
  • Ability to work cooperatively on a variety of projects, with lawyers, other staff members, and with diverse community organizations and coalitions.
  • Capable of litigating independently and under pressure.
  • Excellent writing, oral advocacy, and analytical skills.
  • A strong commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and the ACLU’s mission.
  • Strategic thinking about litigation and non-litigation tactics

How to Apply

For immediate consideration please email CV and cover letter telling us about your interest in working with ACLUM and your qualifications. Send material to recruiting@aclum.org

 

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

Updated 6.28.2018


Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Counsel

The Opportunity

The ACLU of Massachusetts seeks an experienced and innovative Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Counsel who thrives in a collaborative organization and can skillfully handle diverse approaches to a broad privacy, free speech, and technology docket. This position joins our Technology for Liberty team in the Boston office and reports to the Technology for Liberty Director.

The Approach

You bring enthusiasm and passion to your work on issues at the intersection of technology and civil liberties. You are a creative thinker who can identify new opportunities to advance the goals of the Technology for Liberty Project. You bring a big picture perspective to all of your work and have experience working on a multi-strategy team. You are a relationship-builder and willing collaborator with demonstrated success developing and maintaining key relationships with community groups and leaders. You excel at time-management and are able to keep a disciplined focus on making progress on your priorities while balancing emerging opportunities. You are thorough while also efficient and always produce top-notch work product that is tailored to Project goals. You have a growth-mindset and always seek to learn and improve the quality of your practice.

The Position

Your job is to defend and promote civil rights and civil liberties in the digital age. You are responsible for implementing multi-disciplinary, proactive projects and responding to immediate threats in the areas of government surveillance, consumer privacy, and free speech on the internet. Working closely with the team, you are responsible for integrating a range of legal and policy strategies into your work, including legal, policy, and technical research; legislative and agency lawyering; litigation, policy, and legal analysis; civic engagement; coalition development; public education; and strategic communications.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct legal, policy, and technical research about the civil liberties and civil rights impact of government actions and consumer technologies, design and lead public records request projects, and participate in litigation and amicus briefs;
  • Work with the Project Director and other departments to design and implement local and statewide campaigns to defend and promote rights, including developing legal and policy positions and working on civic engagement, public education, and strategic communication materials;
  • Engage in legislative, agency, and political process lawyering (not litigation), and support legal and policy efforts, including evaluating local and state legislation, policies, and ballot measures, helping to develop new legislation and policy models, drafting local and state advocacy letters, and providing expertise to policymakers;
  • Forge and maintain relationships with technology experts, public interest groups, government officials, community stakeholders, and academics to engage them in our work and implement collaborative projects, and foster positive working relationships and opportunities to collaborate with state and national ACLU staff;
  • Assist with the supervision of policy interns and fellows, working closely with the Project Director; and
  • Engage in other activities to advance the work of the Project, as directed by the Project Director.

Qualifications

  • J.D..
  • Significant experience in legal, policy, or technical analysis in areas at the intersection of technology and privacy, free speech, or broader civil rights.
  • Excellent analysis, writing, and research skills.
  • Demonstrated experience and success simplifying and communicating legal and technical issues to general audiences, including effective oral communication skills
  • Extremely strong project and time management skills, including a high level of organization, attention to detail, and follow-through, while balancing and prioritizing multiple activities and responsibilities.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills and ability to inspire collaboration, including success working as a member of a team and/or with community organizations and leading projects and people towards action.
  • Demonstrated experience engaging in creative problem solving and taking initiative, while utilizing a solutions-oriented approach and exhibiting flexibility and good judgement.
  • Demonstrated experience engaging and working with and/or on behalf of underrepresented communities.
  • Willingness to drive to cities and towns within Massachusetts, and occasionally travel to other parts of the country, for speaking events, meetings, and conferences.
  • A commitment to fighting racism, and a personal approach that generally values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance.

Compensation

Competitive salary depending on experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation in addition to office holidays; medical insurance for staff members, their dependents, and spouse/domestic partner; and 401(k) plan with employer match.

How to Apply

Please email your resume, a writing sample, and a cover letter to kcrockford@aclum.org under the subject line “Tech and Civil Liberties Policy Counsel.” No phone calls, please.

 

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

Updated 6.22.18


Campaign Coordinator

The ACLU of Massachusetts (ACLUM) seeks a driven and capable individual for a temporary full time role as Campaign Coordinator of our What a Difference a DA Makes (WADADAM) campaign. This position will work with community, grass roots, advocacy organizations, and volunteers to build ACLUM’s broad based network of groups and raise awareness about the role and power of district attorneys, engaging registered voters to turn out and participate in district attorney elections.

The Campaign Coordinator supports racial justice and civic engagement campaigns, and will be the primary point of contact for partner organizations, event logistics, and campaign trainings.  Please offer some flexibility for occasional evening and weekend work.

Responsibilities

  • Capable, energetic and flexible, with creative problem-solving skills and the ability to leverage humor;
  • A minimum of 1-3 years of experience working in legislative advocacy, grassroots organizing, political campaigns, or related work;
  • Experience developing and implementing advocacy strategies for political campaigns, voter engagement, coalition building, or field organizing;
  • Personal experience being incarcerated or in other ways entangled with the criminal justice system;
  • Familiarity with public policy and the legislative processes;
  • Fluency in and ability to translate into Spanish;
  • Event coordination experience; and
  • Ability to work outside of regular 9-5 hours

Qualifications

  • Strong research, writing, analytic, and communication skills, including public presentation and meeting facilitation skills;
  • Experience and success in working collaboratively with colleagues across departments and functions;
  • Ability to simultaneously handle multiple tasks, work efficiently, and meet deadlines under pressure;
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to travel throughout Massachusetts;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, social media, and basic computer systems;
  • Excellent organization and administrative skills: a strong, consistent attention to detail and the ability to juggle and prioritize several projects at one time;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and coordinate volunteers and staff;
  • Creative problem-solving skills, flexibility, and good humor; and
  • Firm commitment to the mission and principles of the ACLU.

How to Apply

Applicants should send resume, references, and cover letter by e-mail to rjhiring@aclum.org with subject line “WADADAM Campaign Coordinator.”

 

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

Updated 7.6.2018


Campaign Canvassers

Position Overview

The ACLU of Massachusetts seeks capable and energetic part-time, hourly canvassers to do person-to-person voter education on our What A Difference A DA Makes (WADADAM) voter education campaign. In conjunction with the Canvassing Coordinator, the position is responsible for canvassing in six urban centers in Eastern Massachusetts. Work will take place evenings and weekends.

Responsibilities

  • Person-to-person conversations;
  • Weekend and evening work;
  • Travel to six different urban centers in MA;
  • Strict adherence to schedules and work plans; and
  • Positive attitude and able to have easy conversations.

Qualifications

  • Prior canvassing experience preferred;
  • Flexible schedule required;
  • Ability to travel across the Commonwealth required;
  • Previous experience within the criminal legal system preferred;
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred;
  • Firm commitment to the mission and principles of the ACLU; and
  • A “good attitude” is a must – we’re looking for a creative, flexible, results-oriented, self-starting, hard-working, good-humored team player to join our already great team!

How to Apply

Applicants should send resume, references, and cover letter by e-mail to cbensahih@aclum.org with subject line “WADADAM Canvasser.”

 

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

Updated 7.6.2018


Racial Justice Undergraduate Internships

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. They 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.

Qualifications

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.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, a résumé or CV, and a writing sample to Matt Allen, Field Director, mallen@aclum.org, 617.482.3170 x 169

Application deadline for Fall 2018 semester is July 27, 2018

Application deadline for Spring 2019 semester is November 16, 2018

Application deadline for Summer 2019 semester is February 22, 2019

 

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

Updated 3.21.18


2019 Public Interest Fellowships

Notice to Third-Year Law Students & Recent Graduates
Applications Preferred by August 7, 2018

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (ACLUM) is accepting applications for sponsored public interest fellowships beginning in the fall of 2018. Third-year law students and attorneys seeking funding from outside sources and school-specific sources for work involving civil rights and civil liberties may apply. Note: ACLUM does not fund its own in-house fellowship; please apply to ACLUM only if you are seeking outside funding from an organization (e.g. Equal Justice Works or Skadden) and/or law school.

ACLUM works on cutting-edge issues involving civil rights and civil liberties. In 2017, we won one of the early injunctions against President Trump’s Muslim Ban, and we have won the dismissal of drug convictions in an estimated 30,000 cases affected by the Annie Dookhan and Sonja Farak scandals. We have also undertaken groundbreaking litigation and advocacy on immigrants’ rights; freedom of speech, government surveillance, police accountability, racial justice, and other issues.

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 wrongful convictions, the First Amendment right to record police officers and immigration detention. Areas of interest to ACLUM in 2019 might include immigrants’ rights, criminal justice, and free speech.

Job Description

Fellows will work with ACLUM attorneys on trial-level and appellate work. Fellows 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.

Qualifications

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, possible project proposal, and fellowship or funding source(s), to fellows@aclum.org. Please use the subject line “2019 Fellowship – [your name].” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

 

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

Posted 2.2.18


Summer 2019 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 LGBTQ rights, and due process.

Internship Description

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.

How to Apply

Those interested in applying should send a cover letter, resume, and a list of references (a writing sample is preferred also) to summerintern@aclum.org. 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.

 

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

Updated 2.2.18


 

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