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Deputy Legislative Director
Position: Deputy Legislative Director
Terms of Employment: Full-time, salaried (salary subject to fixed NYCLU scale)
Location: Albany, New York
Application deadline: Friday, September 7, 2018 (with applications considered until the position is filled)
The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation's leading advocates on behalf of constitutional rights and liberties. Founded in 1951, as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with more than 200,000 members and supporters, and eight offices statewide. We work in the courts, in the legislatures and on the streets to advocate for racial and economic justice, free speech, freedom of religion, privacy and equality before the law for all New Yorkers. For more information please visit our website: www.nyclu.org.
The NYCLU is seeking a Deputy Legislative Director who will play a key role in the organization’s efforts to promote and defend civil rights and civil liberties in legislative and public policy arenas. The Deputy Legislative Director will carry out directly, and also supervise staff work with regard to, research, writing and advocacy on a wide range of civil rights and civil liberties issues in the New York State Legislature and on selective issues at the municipal or county level. The Deputy Legislative Director also participates in the advocacy and communications work of the NYCLU. This position will be based in the NYCLU’s Albany legislative office, but some travel is required between the Albany legislative office and the NYCLU’s main office in New York City, and on occasion to other locations in New York State. The Deputy Legislative Director reports to the Policy Director.
· Produce bill memoranda based on research and analysis of state and local legislation that implicate civil rights and civil liberties, as well as more detailed supplementary briefing memoranda as needed, and memoranda on proposed rules and regulations;
· Draft legislation and regulations, as well as proposed amendments to bills and regulatory proposals;
· Win support for NYCLU’s positions on legislative and public policy matters through direct lobbying of state and local legislators, public officials and their staffs;
· Produce and deliver testimony at public hearings conducted by the New York State Legislature, New York City Council, and other policy-making bodies;
· Produce briefing papers and draft public education materials on pending legislation and legislative proposals;
· Supervise legal research, analysis, bill drafting and other legislative work by Legislative Counsels and other legislative or policy staff as required by the Policy Director;
· Comply with, and supervise legislative and policy staff compliance with, lobbying record-keeping and reporting requirements;
· Work with allies and coalitions as appropriate;
· Participate in strategic planning and the development of annual work plans.
These tasks will include managing confidential and sensitive information responsibly. Specific tasks and areas of responsibility may change based on organizational needs.
The ideal candidate for this position will have significant experience in the legislative arena and should possess the substantive knowledge, broad legal expertise and diplomatic skills of a seasoned legislative counsel. The ideal candidate should have outstanding writing and analytical skills; strong inter-personal communication skills; experience working with spreadsheets; experience working on a range of issues, and some experience related to civil liberties or constitutional law research or advocacy. Experience working within the State Legislature would be desirable, although not required. Experience working successfully with a multicultural workforce or communities that are diverse with regard to age, race, disability, gender and gender expression is helpful. Demonstrated experience engaging in creative problem solving, exhibiting good judgment and the ability to shift course when the organization deems it necessary is very helpful. The ideal candidate will bring a diversity of experience and perspective to the position and will have a demonstrated ability to work well with a team.
· Eight years of substantial experience in lobbying or legislative work;
· Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of civil liberties and civil rights;
· Excellent writing, research, analytical and communication skills;
· Strong ability to prioritize and complete a project, with a proven ability to both carry out and delegate and supervise the completion of tasks to meet deadlines;
· A demonstrated ability to advocate effectively, including an ability to initiate and follow through on a lobbying or legislative effort;
· Detail-oriented, with a strong commitment to accuracy;
· Self-motivation and an ability to work collaboratively;
· A demonstrated commitment to the goals and priorities of the NYCLU;
· Willingness to travel within New York State for work-related meetings and events.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
HOW TO APPLY:
E-mail your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Deputy Legislative Director” in the subject line.
Please submit a resume with a cover letter (up to two pages) describing:
1. Your unique qualifications for this position
2. Where or how you learned of this job posting
3. Your salary requirements
The NYCLU will accept applications until midnight, September 7, 2018, or until the position is filled and will review applications as they are received. Qualified candidates may be asked to submit additional information, including performance samples and references from people they have worked with in the past.
The NYCLU is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the population that we serve.