Jobs, Fellowships and Internships

The ACLU of Massachusetts currently has these open jobs:

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Talent Manager

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), America’s premier civil rights and civil liberties organization, seeks an insightful and mature human resources professional with deep expertise in leadership development and performance management to serve as Talent Manager (TM) for Massachusetts. The TM will join an exceptionally skilled and dedicated team of lawyers, organizers, communications specialists, and lobbyists, working together in the courts, the legislature, the media, with ACLU members, and with allied organizations and groups to extend constitutional protections and defend human rights and civil liberties.

For nearly 100 hundred years, the ACLU has been at the center re-shaping and expanding the definition of freedom, liberty, equality, and justice in America. The ACLU of Massachusetts (ACLUM), founded in 1920 as the first state affiliate in the ACLU network, stands on the forefront of on-going battles for racial justice, gender equality, LGBTQ equality, women’s rights and reproductive justice, immigrant’s rights, religious liberty and belief, privacy, due process, student rights, criminal justice, police misconduct, and freedom of speech and the press.

The ACLU of Massachusetts has created the Talent Manager role to help the organization drive towards more effective integrated advocacy, which combines litigation, legislation, and public education to protect and promote individual rights and liberties. The TM will identify opportunities for leadership development and provide effective individual coaching; build successful lines of internal communication across all functional areas and at all levels; and establish a valuable Human Resource Office that outlines processes and procedures for compensation and benefits, regulatory and compliance, conflict resolution, technology infrastructure, facilities management and programs for employee training and team development. This will serve to reinforce collaboration and integration across the enterprise and shape high-quality leaders who will positively influence the culture internally and amplify the work of the ACLUM externally.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the TM will be a strong coach and problem solver, diplomatic change agent, and an expert in understanding organizational dynamics. The TM will incorporate active and engaged learning into the life and activities of the organization, instill a shared sense of accountability between team members that fortifies their approach to integrated advocacy, and create pervasive, sustainable cultural norms and values that align with the mission of the ACLUM.

The ideal candidate must have sound judgment to deal with confidential and sensitive information, and often act as a liaison between the Executive Director and other constituencies, both internal and external. This person must be able to understand, clearly articulate, and operationalize the Executive Director’s ideas, thoughts, and perspectives as they relate to the organization’s internal purpose and objectives. They should be comfortable leading and sustaining change, and embody a sophisticated sense of racial and social justice with an appreciation for fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in all activities. The TM must be able to thrive in a small team environment, where members “roll up their sleeves”, to ensure effective and smooth HR support to employees across the organization, while also venturing upstream to be a strategic thought partner to the senior management team.

The ACLU seeks expertise in many of the following areas: organizational design, change management, professional development and training, leadership strategy, performance management, internal communications, conflict resolution, human resource administration. Experience in a mission-driven, fast-paced environment is highly desirable along with a quick-thinking, flexible, and inclusive approach that values the need for consensus while driving progress against stated goals.

An inspirational style that compels others to perform at the highest levels, embrace change and self-reflection, and adopt a cohesive vision is essential. The candidate will possess a deep commitment to the ACLU’s mission of protecting civil liberties for all people, a sense of duty to and understanding of racial justice and all forms of equity, and the wisdom to deploy influence, persuasion, and active listening in pursuit of change. Excellent communication and negotiation skills are critical. A Bachelor’s degree in human resources or related field is required, an advanced degree is preferred.

The ACLUM maintains a fast-paced and collegial work environment with offices in downtown Boston, a vibrant city steeped in history with diverse neighborhoods, a rich arts and culture scene, and a legacy of education, innovation and ideas.

Position Description

To be successful in this role, the TM must serve as a strategic advisor to the Executive Director, senior leadership team, and across all levels of the organization. Specific challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities include:

Serving as a strategic advisor and thought partner regarding leadership development and performance management across the organization.

The incoming TM will be expected to serve as a strategic advisor, thought partner, content expert, and coach regarding leadership development and performance management at all levels of the organization. This includes arranging appropriate training modules that promote self-awareness and advance management skills and leadership abilities; creating performance management strategies along with detailed action plans to help team members achieve goals; and delivering personalized coaching that offers thoughtful, practical, and wise counsel to all team members.

Evangelizing and promoting a unified and vibrant internal culture that supports integrated advocacy.

In partnership with the Executive Director, the TM will play a key role in promoting and fostering a unified culture that enhances relationships across all levels and bolsters the ACLUM’s approach to integrated advocacy. This will be achieved, in part, by ensuring that effective communication is occurring across the organization, defining clear roles and responsibilities for team members that offer flexibility at areas of intersection, and leading the celebration of team successes. The TM will work closely with the Executive Director and senior staff to steer the development and implementation of this supportive, collaborative culture.

Establish and shape a Human Resource Office that provides high quality, responsive, and efficient human resource support and services.

The TM will evaluate current HR policies and procedures to ensure best-in-class, equitable processes for recruiting and retention, employee orientation and onboarding, and succession planning, as well as the effective administration of compensation and benefit programs. As needed, the TM will offer recommendations of and closely oversee external HR vendors and partners. Further, the TM will guide and oversee the work of the IT Manager – responsible for IT, office management, and facilities – to ensure seamless service delivery to internal clients. The TM will also provide advice on resolution of employee questions and concerns related to internal operations, human resource policies, procedures, and employee relations issues.

Attributes of the Ideal Candidate

While no one person will embody all the qualities enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related field required; MBA or similar degree preferred;
  • A minimum of seven to ten years’ in human resources with specific experience in performance management or leadership development, and demonstrated success in complex, dynamic social justice organizations is preferred;
  • Presence, maturity, and credibility to be an agent of organizational and cultural change; a track record of successful change management, including helping senior staff transform an organization;
  • Experience creating human resources strategies and programs designed to improve the work of a highly qualified and motivated staff; takes pride working behind the scenes to build a stronger organization;
  • A strong yet collegial style reflecting the ability to lead people and groups, develop leaders and teams; an outstanding competency and sensitivity to all dimensions of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace;
  • Strong emotional intelligence, accessible and trustworthy communication style with deep customer service orientation; able to handle sensitive and confidential information with the highest degree of professionalism;
  • A proactive and responsive style that challenges the status quo; values the need for consensus while driving progress against identified goals; a skilled negotiator;
  • The passion to support civil liberties, civil rights, and the ACLUM’s mission;
  • A commitment to diversity and respect for differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance.

How to Apply

ACLUM has retained Talent Citizen to assist in this recruitment. Associate Vice President Adele Mezher is leading the search. Please send a cover letter describing how your experience and skills meet the requirements for this position, along with your resume to: To facilitate our review, please include your “Last Name, First Name” as the subject line. We will review applications on a rolling basis until we fill this position.

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 12.20.2017

ACLU of Massachusetts 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) seeks applicants to sponsor for public interest fellowships beginning in the fall of 2019. We 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 2017, we won one of the early injunctions against President Trump’s Muslim Ban, and we won the dismissal of a record 23,595 convictions tainted by the Annie Dookhan drug lab scandal. We have also undertaken groundbreaking litigation and advocacy on the freedom of speech, government surveillance, freedom of expression, police accountability, racial justice, and many other issues. 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 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’s legal director and staff 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. 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 “2019 Fellowship – [your name].” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with a strong preference for applications received by August 7, 2018.

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

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.


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,, 617.482.3170 x 169

Summer Semester 2018 application deadline is February 23, 2018

Fall Semester 2018 application deadline is July 20, 2018

Spring Semester 2019 application deadline is November 9, 2018

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

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 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

Database Coordinator

The ACLU of Massachusetts is seeking a part-time Database Coordinator to play a key role in our growing development program. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Coordinator will be responsible for database management, gift processing and follow-up, direct mail coordination, coordination with finance department regarding reconciliation, and some administrative support for our six person development department. Most immediately, the Database Coordinator will lead learning and training in the new organizational database.


  • Administer and oversee development database, including maintaining confidential donor records, gift entry, acknowledgments, and updating other information; Learn and participate in trainings to master the new organizational Salesforce database
  • Create gift acknowledgment letters, quarterly appeals and stewardship mailings
  • Manage quarterly revenue reconciliation process between the development and finance departments, as well as the yearly reconciliation between the Massachusetts affiliate and National ACLU
  • Create and run reports, produce event invitation lists, track major gifts, and quarterly appeal
  • Provide administrative support when necessary, including support for development team events.


  • Experience and competence using Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel, required
  • Database experience or prior use of Salesforce NGIC and/or Donor Direct preferred
  • Finance experience a strong plus
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills: a strong, consistent attention to detail, an organized work style
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work well with many different types of people
  • Commitment to the mission and principles of the ACLU

How to apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter to and reference “Database Coordinator” in the subject line.

No phone calls.

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 3.21.2018


 Canvassing Coordinator

The ACLU of Massachusetts seeks a capable and energetic part-time, hourly Canvassing Coordinator to train and manage a team of 20 hourly canvassers to educate the public on its What A Difference A DA Makes (WADADAM) voter education campaign. The position is responsible for recruiting and overseeing hourly canvassing staff, setting up schedules, working with Field Staff to build canvassing plans in six urban centers in Eastern MA. Hours will include some weekday hours with a majority of the work being done on evenings and weekends.


  • Help identify, hire, and train 20 hourly canvassers for person-to-person outreach in MA cities
  • Travel to six different urban centers in MA
  • Weekend and evening work with some mid-week hours for oversight tasks
  • Maintain contacts, calendars, and team/individual schedules for all hourly canvassing workers
  • Manage the 20 hourly workers into shifts and canvassing teams
  • Organize ACLU of Massachusetts canvassing training events if necessary


  • Prior canvassing work and experience managing a team of canvassers
  • This position requires a flexible schedule, with availability to work evenings, weekends, and to attend occasional weekday meetings
  • A copy of a valid MA driver’s license, driving record reflecting zero violations within the past 6 months, and ability to travel across the Commonwealth is required
  • Previous experience within the criminal legal system preferred
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred
  • Creative and thoughtful approach to developing new ways to work with different geographic, cultural, and socio-economic communities across Massachusetts
  • Excellent organization skills: a strong, consistent attention to detail, an organized work style, and the ability to juggle and prioritize several issues at the same time
  • Firm commitment to the mission and principles of the ACLU
  • A “positive 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 (no mail, phone calls or faxes, please) to with the subject line “WADADAM Canvassing Coordinator.” Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through May 15, 2018.

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 5.3.2018

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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.

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