The ACLU of Vermont seeks a highly motivated, organized, and skilled professional with previous electoral, legislative, or issue advocacy campaign experience to lead our Smart Justice Vermont campaign. This position is an extraordinary opportunity for a talented leader with strong strategic acumen and personal relationship skills to play a central role in shaping a new and bold vision for the ACLU’s advocacy in Vermont.
As we face unprecedented challenges to civil liberties, the ACLU of Vermont is taking our statewide advocacy to the next level by strengthening our litigation and legislative capacity, expanding communications and public engagement strategies, and creating a new infrastructure for issue campaigns and electoral engagement. That includes data-driven campaign strategies and amplified communications and organizing tactics to fight for civil rights and civil liberties—and win.
This is a full-time position, based in Montpelier and requiring some travel around the state.
ABOUT ACLU OF VERMONT
The ACLU of Vermont integrates impact litigation, policy advocacy, organizing, public education, and strategic communications to defend and advance civil liberties for all people across a broad range of constitutionally protected rights and freedoms. Founded in 1967 and based in Montpelier, the ACLU of Vermont is the statewide affiliate of the national ACLU, a nationwide organization with a presence in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC. The ACLU fights tirelessly for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability or national origin.
We are a passionate, highly-motivated group of community leaders and organizers, coalition-builders, lawyers, and public policy and legislative advocacy experts, and we are looking for exceptional talent to join our team and help lead our campaign and advocacy strategies. To learn more about the ACLU of Vermont, visit our website.
Reporting to the Executive Director, working closely with the Communications Director and Policy Director, and supervising campaign staff and volunteers, the Campaign Director will guide planning and execution of strategic campaigns, currently our Smart Justice Vermont campaign. The Campaign Director will build our advocacy infrastructure, strengthen partnerships with key stakeholders, prioritizing directly impacted communities and individuals, and coordinate with local and national staff to track progress and win on the campaign’s goals.
Key responsibilities include:
- Develop campaign plans and manage implementation, initially focusing on our Smart Justice Vermont campaign, by integrating legislative, organizing, communications, development, and legal strategies in collaboration with other staff and community partners.
- Supervise assigned campaign staff and volunteers.
- Work closely and collaboratively with the Policy Director on legislative strategies for ACLU of Vermont campaigns. This includes building on our network of ACLU supporters to leverage opportunities for members and activists to take action in support of campaigns, as well as other electoral engagement initiatives, both statewide and in targeted geographies.
- Work closely and collaboratively with the Communications Director on communications strategies for campaigns, leveraging traditional and new media to achieve policy goals.
- Coordinate with the legal, administrative and development departments to ensure that campaigns support the organization’s full mission and are supported by all departments and staff in the organization.
- Develop and maintain deep substantive knowledge of campaign goals and issues and the dynamics of policy change in Vermont.
- Help coordinate research to inform the development of local policy agendas and develop benchmarks to ensure effective progress toward campaign goals, adjusting plans as necessary.
- Develop equitable and reciprocal relationships with community organizations and networks – particularly community members impacted by policing and incarceration, and racial justice initiatives led by people of color. Responsibilities include outreach, collaboration on events, volunteer recruitment, organizing meetings and regular communication with campaign partners and other allies.
- Develop and provide presentations, trainings, and media interviews about ACLU of Vermont campaigns. Identify and support community members, allies and experts to give testimony at key hearings and act as spokespeople with the press.
- Present a positive and professional face at all times when representing the ACLU of Vermont and help maintain a welcoming environment for employees and volunteers.
- Prior experience developing, coordinating, and managing successful issue advocacy legislative, or political campaigns, motivating volunteers within large, diverse coalitions, and engaging decision-makers. Experience using policy analysis, lobbying, polling, communications, and/or mobilizing or organizing tactics to influence a policy agenda.
- Demonstrated commitment to the advancement of civil rights and civil liberties. Familiarity with Vermont legislature and politics strongly preferred.
- Knowledge of criminal law reform advocacy and messaging, or an ability to quickly become conversant with the latest research, messaging, and tactics used to educate the public and move policymakers.
- Ability to establish credibility and respect with people impacted by the criminal justice system, create opportunities for their input and leadership to guide the campaign, and work collaboratively with other constituencies and policy makers from a range of backgrounds and ideological positions.
- Demonstrated ability to manage details and follow-through with a minimum of direct supervision. Strong time management skills and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, supervise staff and volunteers, monitor progress towards goals, and track campaign metrics.
- Team player who inspires collaboration, lifts up the work of others, and maintains balance and perspective with patience and a sense of humor; ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance the campaign’s effectiveness. Proven ability to build and nurture a calm and positive working environment, even in high-intensity situations.
- Demonstrated commitment to racial justice and proven ability to work with emotional intelligence, receive feedback, work through conflict with integrity and operate within principles of solidarity when working in partnership with groups representing constituencies impacted by oppression. Proven ability to work in a manner that respects differences in race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
- Excellent research and writing, analytical and communication skills, including ability to analyze and articulate legal concepts, polling information, and other complex issues and to communicate them to a variety of audiences. Experience working with media, including print, radio, television, and new media preferred.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office software, databases, and various web platforms.
- Ability to work irregular hours, including evening and weekend events as necessary. Valid driver’s license or driver’s privilege card, reliable vehicle, and willingness to travel.
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
The ACLU of Vermont is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive office culture. We believe that having a board, staff, and volunteer base with diverse personal and professional backgrounds enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive.
The ACLU of Vermont strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or prior involvement in the criminal justice system. The ACLU of Vermont undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include generous vacation and sick leave; individual/family employer-provided health and dental insurance; life insurance and disability; defined contribution plan with employer match; and 14 paid holidays. This position is full-time, salaried, and exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and a traditional writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include in the subject line of the email: your last name and Campaign Director. In your letter please indicate where you learned of the posting.
We will begin reviewing applications on May 1. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website at www.acluvt.org.