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American Civil Liberties Union

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The ACLU seeks a full-time position of Director of Border Strategies in the Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives Department (ASNI) of the ACLU’s National office in New York, NY.

The Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives Department (ASNI) builds state capacity and strengthens the connections between the ACLU and its network of 54 state affiliates and their 1,500 staff members across the country. Their work constitutes an unparalleled bulwark defending and advancing our civil liberties and civil rights. ASNI staff lead efforts to build program, build organizations, and drive resources to key battles across the country, positioning the nationwide organization for future challenges.

Now more than ever, tackling the ongoing civil and human rights crisis for U.S. communities and migrants at the southern border is a top priority for the ACLU and its affiliates on the border. For decades, ACLU staff working along the border and throughout the country have been challenging abusive and unlawful government practices, documenting misconduct and amplifying the stories of people on the border, and building power for and with border communities throughout the region. The ACLU now seeks to drive closer collaboration across its southern border affiliates and the national ACLU by more strategically leveraging the full arsenal of its policy, litigation, communications, organizing, political, operations, and development tactics. 

Reporting to the Director of Program and Strategy in ASNI, the Director of Border Strategies is a visionary leader with strong strategic, political, and leadership instincts who will lead the development of ACLU strategies to secure a border policy that comports with the U.S. Constitution and laws and international human rights. The Director is a senior leader who will work closely with ACLU colleagues in our four southern border state affiliates and across the Legal, Political Advocacy, and Communications Departments in the ACLU’s national office. Together, they will integrate litigation, communication, advocacy, and organizing tactics in a coordinated strategy to win major victories on U.S. border policy and ensure that U.S. border communities are safe from government abuse and overreach. The ideal candidate has expertise on U.S. border issues, and has designed, led, and successfully executed integrated, multi-tactical campaigns for policy and/or legal reform. 


  • Develop and lead an inclusive and robust planning process with the Southern Border Steering Committee and other internal stakeholders, including identifying strong and well-defined border priorities and goals, strategies to accomplish those goals, leads responsible for the execution of those strategies, and the deployment of resources needed to execute impactful and creative tactics.
  • Lead and manage the Southern Border Steering Committee and other internal stakeholders in executing toward the ACLU’s shared border priorities and goals, including developing strong and transparent tracking and accountability mechanisms.
  • Ensure consistent, effective and transparent communication among the four southern border state ACLU affiliates and national staff, including the National Political Advocacy Department (NPAD) and National Legal Department, including the Immigrants’ Rights Project, within the national legal department, to maximize the impact and coordination of work.
  • Guide the national ACLU’s border-related grants to affiliates, and lead the Steering Committee in making strategic budgetary recommendations about deploying critical resources to border advocacy work.
  • Measure and assess the influence and impact achieved by the ACLU’s programmatic goals, including using benchmarking and data metrics to assess progress toward goals and continually refining and improving our program.
  • Together with colleagues in border affiliates and in the national office, develop and manage relationships with mission-critical organizations, networks, policymakers, stakeholders and community members to further shared goals and ensure this critical work is coordinated across the organization.
  • Serve as lead coordinator for rapid response decision-making with the Steering Committee on fast-moving border developments, where appropriate.
  • At times, serve as an ambassador for the ACLU with key external audiences and stakeholders.
  • Consult with communications and fundraising colleagues in advancing strategic work to grow the capacity, reach, and impact of the ACLU’s border advocacy.
  • Serve as an advocate for and provide regular updates about the ACLU’s coordinated border work with ACLU leadership.
  • Ensure positive and clear lines of communication that promote programmatic alignment and a culture of trust.
  • When safe, travel to the border will be required.


  • Significant experience in senior leadership roles leading or managing advocacy programs, including work on legal, communications, legislative, organizing, political, electoral, or issue programs or campaigns.
  • Strong familiarity with the expansive toolbox of advocacy, communications, and litigation tools and tactics the ACLU has within its arsenal.
  • Familiarity with immigration policy, law enforcement policies and practices on the U.S. southern border, and the issues confronted by people living near or attempting to cross the U.S. southern border.
  • Proven track record of effective project management on large, multi-year, high-resource projects.
  • Experience with multi-team planning processes, with a particular focus on campaign planning.
  • A strong commitment to the civil and human rights of people living in U.S. border communities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to engage stakeholders across disciplines and geographies.
  • Confidence in taking initiative, thinking creatively, problem solving, working well under pressure, and managing projects effectively under tight deadlines.
  • Excellent track record of working with diverse teams.
  • Highly organized with attention to detail.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts


  • Experience managing up and laterally to move programs forward in a large institutional setting.


For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

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, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.

The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.


The ACLU seeks a full-time position of Director of Border Strategies in the Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives Department (ASNI) of the ACLU’s National office in New York, NY.

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