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Marriage Campaign Strategist - American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

December 22, 2015 4:47 PM | Anonymous member


American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Affiliate Support and Advocacy Department, NY

For more than 93 years, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been at the forefront of virtually every major battle for civil liberties and equal justice in this country, including the fight for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU has offices in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico, and brings together the country's largest team of lobbyists, communication strategists, policy advocates, public interest lawyers, members, and activists in the advancement of equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society.

The Affiliate Support and Advocacy Department (ASA) of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City is seeking a full-time Marriage Campaign Strategist to join the ACLU’s National Marriage Campaign team. The position is for a duration of three years.

On the heels of our historic Supreme Court victory dismantling the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in United States v. Windsor, the ACLU launched Out for Freedom, an ambitious campaign to bring the freedom to marry to the entire country through a strategic litigation, legislative, ballot, and communications strategy.

The Marriage Campaign Strategist will be part of an exciting interdisciplinary team that is focusing on reaching 20 states with the freedom to marry and increasing nationwide public support to 60% by 2016, in order to lay the foundation for a favorable Supreme Court ruling to win marriage nationwide.

The Marriage Campaign Strategist will report to the National Marriage Campaign Manager, and will work in partnership with state ACLU affiliates and coalition partners, to plan and organize winning state campaigns. The campaign team will use tactics such as lobbying, polling and message research, earned and paid media, targeted constituent outreach, voter persuasion and turnout, grasstops engagement and deployment, and mobilization of the one million members in the ACLU activist network.


• Plan and implement multi-state campaigns to win the freedom to marry in key states in partnership with ACLU affiliates and other coalition partners.

• Provide legislative and strategic political guidance and tools to ACLU affiliates and state partners, including power-mapping, strategies for lobbying, decision-maker targeting, effective coalition building, community organizing, messaging and persuasion tactics, and public engagement in furtherance of the freedom to marry.
• Collaborate with colleagues in the ACLU National Office’s Communications, Legal, and Development Departments to enhance the effectiveness of the campaign.
• Develop and produce advocacy tools for ACLU affiliates to assist their state-based advocacy.
• Monitor state policy activity, including legislation, relevant to marriage equality.
• Coordinate ACLU affiliates’ participation in the National Office’s federal advocacy campaigns.
• Assist in the administration of grants awarded by the National Office to affiliates.
• Participate in national and state coalitions and develop relationships with allies and other organizations to further advocacy goals.
• Speak publicly at national, state, and local forums, conferences, and meetings.


• Bachelor’s degree and at least four (4) or more years of successful experience developing, leading, or implementing electoral, legislative, or issue campaigns.
• Experience working on marriage equality required.
• Demonstrated understanding of the legislative process, ballot campaigns, and political strategic planning.
• Familiarity with an expansive toolbox of strategies to move decision-makers and voters, including paid and earned media, message testing, persuasion tactics, field organizing, online activism and constituent engagement.
• Experience working in coalition, including developing shared plans, coordinating external and internal communications, and understanding internal political dynamics among partner groups.
• Excellent analytic, writing, and strategic planning skills.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to take initiative, think creatively, problem solve, work well under pressure, and manage multiple priorities and projects effectively under tight deadlines.
• Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues at all levels in the organization, including the ability to work with colleagues remotely.
• Willingness to travel frequently.
• Must possess and demonstrate the drive and dedication to move work from concept to implementation and completion.
• Commitment to civil liberties and social justice issues.

The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.

Education requirements

Bachelor's Degree

How to apply

HOW TO APPLY Please send a cover letter (with salary requirements) and resume to - Reference [ASD-41/LAT] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to the Affiliate Supporting and Advocacy Department posting. In order to ensure your application is received, please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials. Alternatively applications can be mailed to: Affiliate Support and Advocacy Department American Civil Liberties Union Foundation [Re: ASD-41/LAT] 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor New York, NY 10004 Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the job description and or posting at any time without advance notice. The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: Correspondence sent to this address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply. The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU.”

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