Policy Associate


Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Minimum: $40,000.00
Maximum: $45,000.00
Details: Compensation for this full-time position is in the mid-$40,000s, but is negotiable based on experience and within the parameters of the ACLU of Kansas compensation scale.

Published:

04/02/2018

Start Date:

06/01/2018

Application Deadline:

05/07/2018

Address

Overland Park
Kansas
United States

Description

Policy Associate - ACLU of Kansas

Location: Wichita or Overland Park, Kansas


The ACLU of Kansas seeks a dynamic and driven Policy Associate with a demonstrated commitment to civil rights and civil liberties to support and advance the affiliate’s legislative and policy program as well as the racial justice project.


Position Overview

The Policy Associate position can be based in either the Wichita or Overland Park offices. Under the supervision of the Director of Policy, this position will provide research, writing, and advocacy support on a wide range of civil liberties issues, including racial justice, privacy, student rights, religious liberty, freedom of speech, gay and lesbian rights, criminal justice, prisoner’s rights, police accountability, and an array of other issues that are a current priority for the organization. The Policy Associate will be tasked with assisting with specific policy projects, preparing written papers and publications on a variety of topics, and working with policy staff to advance major ACLU of Kansas initiatives and advocacy objectives. Specifically, the Policy Associate will be responsible for managing the policy department and racial justice project’s website content, tracking legislation in the Kansas statehouse, coalition building, writing and publishing reports and testimony, legislative research, and participating in public meetings.


This is a full-time, exempt position. Very limited travel and occasional evening and weekend work may be required.


Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:


Primary Responsibilities

  • Conduct research and analysis to assist in carrying out both policy staff and self-initiated projects.
  • Draft, conduct research for, and help to develop content for reports, fact sheets, talking points, issue briefs, and other materials to be used to advance the affiliate’s policy and racial justice project activities.
  • Assist to develop and review documents, presentations, and data analysis on behalf of the policy department.
  • Help to manage legislative actions, briefings, and lobby days, by producing necessary documents, organizing speakers, and scheduling appointments.
  • Assist the policy department to plan and coordinate workshops and meetings, including a law enforcement roundtable.
  • Prepare minutes from coalition and committee meetings, and follow up on action items
  • Ensure policy department and racial justice network’s website content is current. Work with the communications department to develop and manage that content.
  • Assist with message development, content review, and editing in affiliate publications, letters to the editor, legislative testimony, white papers, graphics, and other advocacy documents. Ensure that content is timely, relevant, and that it supports the policy department’s initiatives, issues, and projects.
  • Track, analyze, and report on various legislative and regulatory actions.
  • Assist to develop, format, and prepare reports, charts, and/or graphs for various documents and written and oral presentations for both internal and external audiences.


Secondary Responsibilities

  • Attend, listen in, and report on briefings, hearings, coalition meetings and conference calls as needed.
  • Identify, develop, and nurture a professional relationship with partners, ally organizations, policymakers, as well as participating in and building coalitions as needed.
  • Collaborate with ACLU of Kansas staff, board members and volunteers on campaign-related activities to ensure timeliness, accuracy and messaging consistency.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Policy.



Qualifications

Required

  • An unwavering and demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and civil rights and strong support for the goals of the ACLU.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 1-2 years of experience and familiarity with legislative and/or policy advocacy.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders, including board members, policymakers, volunteers, and organizational partners.
  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills are required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills; keen attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently; judiciousness in asking for assistance.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic and flexible environment with a sense for discretion and judgment.


Preferred

  • Familiarity with Kansas and the policy/law/political context.
  • Experience with communications and public speaking a plus.


Compensation

Compensation for this full-time position is in the mid-$40,000s, but is negotiable based on experience and within the parameters of the ACLU of Kansas compensation scale. Benefits include medical and disability insurance (fully paid by employer), a 401(k) program, and generous vacation, holiday and sick leave.


Application Procedure

Submit a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references (identifying their relationship to you and including their email address and phone number). Email your application to:


Vignesh Ganapathy, Director of Policy and the Racial Justice Project

vganapathy@aclukansas.org


Please include “ACLU Policy Associate” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. No phone calls or in-person applications, please.


Deadline

Applicants will be reviewed beginning the week of April 9, 2018 and will be accepted until the position is filled. The job announcement will remain posted on our website, www.aclukansas.org, until the position is filled. When the position is filled, the announcement will be removed from the website.


About the ACLU of Kansas

The ACLU of Kansas is a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to preserving and advancing the civil rights and legal freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The ACLU of Kansas works in the state legislature, the courts, and local communities to protect the rights of all people living in Kansas. The organization’s work includes efforts to strengthen and defend First Amendment rights, voting rights, reproductive freedom, racial justice, LGBT rights, and immigrants’ rights, stopping government surveillance, and reforming the criminal justice system. The ACLU of Kansas is an affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union, has a current staff of 10, an annual budget of approximately $1.3 million, offices in Overland Park and Wichita, and more than 30,000 supporters across the state.


The ACLU of Kansas comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and the ACLU Foundation of Kansas. Both entities have 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. The ACLU Foundation of Kansas is a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation that primarily engages in litigation and public education. The ACLU of Kansas is a 501(c) (4) non-profit corporation that primarily engages in lobbying and advocacy.


More information about the ACLU of Kansas is available at www.aclukansas.org.



The ACLU of Kansas is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Kansas encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to arrest or conviction, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.


Benefits

Benefits include medical and disability insurance (fully paid by employer), a 401(k) program, and generous vacation, holiday and sick leave.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Submit a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references (identifying their relationship to you and including their email address and phone number). Email your application to:


Vignesh Ganapathy, Director of Policy and the Racial Justice Project

vganapathy@aclukansas.org


Please include “ACLU Policy Associate” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. No phone calls or in-person applications, please.


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