The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (“ACLU-PA”) seeks a Staff Attorney. As an affiliate of the ACLU, the ACLU of Pennsylvania focuses its work on issues that directly impact people who live in, work in, or travel to/from Pennsylvania. We also work with the National ACLU on litigation and advocacy.
Our current work is organized around the following three priority areas: (1) reducing the number of people in prisons, jails, and detention centers; (2) minimizing police and other law enforcement interaction with Black and brown communities and holding the police accountable for grievous harm; and, (3) protecting and expanding voting rights and access, eliminating barriers that disenfranchise voters, and increasing civic engagement. The Staff Attorney will focus on these issues as well as other core civil rights and civil liberties matters.
The Staff Attorney will hone litigation skills under tutelage of more senior lawyers. We are accepting applicants to work either in the Philadelphia or Pittsburgh offices.
The ACLU-PA’s Legal Department is comprised of seven staff attorneys as well as legal fellows. Legal Department staff work on a wide range of civil rights and civil liberties cases, at both trial and appellate levels, in federal and state courts. They also support the legislative, advocacy, and communications work of the ACLU-PA.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Vision Statement
The ACLU-PA affirmatively values the humanity and contributions of those we work with, inside and outside of the organization, and will take action to build and sustain an equitable, anti-racist culture that centers the voices and experiences of marginalized and directly impacted people and communities, and an organizational environment where all people feel valued, trusted, and respected. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the populations that we serve; we actively recruit people of color, women, people with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, and LGBQ&T, and gender non-conforming people.
Our work is guided by the principles of freedom, equality, and justice enumerated in the Constitution. However, we understand that systemic racism and other forms of oppression have prevented the equitable application of these principles to all, and we strive to ensure that our approach accounts for this reality. We also acknowledge that demands of the work as well as the challenging subject matter it often involves take a toll. While we know that the path of this work is long and hard, we also value the importance of personal wellbeing. To that end, we endeavor to cultivate a culture that is supportive and sustainable and promotes taking care of oneself.
Duties and Responsibilities
Other important aspects of an ACLU-PA attorney’s job involve:
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (“ACLU-PA”) seeks a Staff Attorney. As an affiliate of the ACLU, the ACLU of Pennsylvania focuses its work on issues that directly impact people who live in, work in, or travel to/from…
Compensation & Benefits
We are committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce through equity initiatives, which includes equitable pay practices. Competitive compensation is commensurate with experience. The salary for the staff attorney is $68,000-$80,000 annually, depending on experience and within the parameters of the ACLU-PA compensation scale. We may also consider applicants who have additional relevant experience for a senior staff attorney position. Excellent benefits include generous vacation and sick leave; individual/family employer-provided health and dental insurance; life insurance and long-term disability; defined contribution plan with employer match; and 11 paid holidays. This position is full-time, salaried, and exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Compensation & Benefits
We are committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce through equity initiatives, which includes equitable pay practices. Competitive…
While no one person will have all of the skills and competencies enumerated below, the successful candidate should have many of the following:
Highly important skills/competencies:
Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2021. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Applications must include (1) a resume, (2) a cover letter, and (3) a writing sample.
Please email your letter of interest and attachments to Witold Walczak, Legal Director, at email@example.com with a subject line of “Staff Attorney Position.” Application materials sent via postal mail or fax will not be accepted. No calls, please.
The ACLU of Pennsylvania advances equity and inclusion in the workplace by providing equal employment opportunities to support a work environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), sexual orientation, military and veteran status, and any other basis prohibited by law. The organization also provides reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. This equal employment opportunity policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, selection, advancement, training, problem resolution, and separation from employment. Through this policy, the ACLU-PA strives to establish and maintain an equitable and accessible work environment that is free from discrimination and supportive of a workforce that reflects the rich diversity of our communities and the people we serve.
Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2021, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website, www.aclupa.org/jobs.
About the ACLU of Pennsylvania
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership organization that serves as an enduring guardian of justice, fairness, and freedom, working to protect civil liberties and advance equity for all.
ACLU-PA defends and promotes the fundamental principles and values protected by the constitutions of the United States and of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as by national, state and local civil rights laws. For more than 100 years, the ACLU has sought in particular to protect and expand the freedoms of expression, belief and association; voting rights; the separation of church and state; the right to privacy, including reproductive freedom; due process of law, including the rights of the accused and of immigrants; limitations on the power of police; limitations on the power of police; and the right to equal protection for all marginalized individuals and groups. In advancing these rights, ACLU-PA strives always to acknowledge and remedy the pervasive and persistent harms of systemic racism.
Integrating litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, organizing, and communications, ACLU-PA’s staff and volunteers work both independently and in coalition with those most affected by the issues we address to ensure that threats to liberty and the civil rights of all persons in Pennsylvania are met with stark resistance as we progress toward a more genuine multiracial, multicultural democracy.
ACLU-PA’s hiring process will comply with Philadelphia’s Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards (“Ban the Box”) ordinance.
Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2021. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Applications must include (1) a resume, (2) a cover letter, and (3) a…