Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff

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The ACLU seeks applicants for the full-time position of Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff in the Executive Department of the ACLU's National office in New York, NY.

The Executive Department is led by ACLU's Executive Director and provides leadership for the organization as a whole. It is integral in promoting a cohesive vision across departments and affiliates working to ensure alignment that is in support of the ACLU's common mission of preserving civil liberties and civil rights. The Executive Department is also responsible for the ACLU's national board and several special projects including the Advocacy Institute and Research Program.

Reporting to the Chief of Staff, the Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff will be responsible for providing project management and administrative support to the Chief of Staff, a member of the ACLU senior staff.


  • Project managing organization wide efforts and special projects at request of Chief of Staff and Executive team
  • Schedule, plan, and help facilitate on-site as well as off-site meetings, conferences, internal and external facing events, and presentations, which may include coordinating arrangements for participants, handling logistics, preparing and disseminating materials, managing budgets and project plans
  • Assist the Chief of Staff in her daily activities in the form of meeting confirmation and preparation, logistical planning, organization, and administrative support
  • Schedule a high volume of appointments/meetings and manage complex calendars for the Chief of Staff and others throughout the organization
  • Make travel arrangements, process invoices, and complete expense reports with accuracy and timeliness
  • Engage in special projects and other duties as assigned
  • Center principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging in all work, embedding the values in program development, policy application, and organizational practices and processes
  • 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


  • Excellent project management skills executed in fast paced and intense work environments
  • Highly organized with attention to detail
  • Proficiency with Excel and PowerPoint
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Willing to conquer the "small tasks" with an understanding of their vital importance in the success of the organization
  • Ability to take initiative and willingness to work individually as well as part of a team
  • Strong analytical and data analysis skills, comfort with numerical reasoning is preferred
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills is preferred


The annual salary for this position is $72,141 (Level J). This salary is reflective of a position based in New York, NY. This salary will be subject to a locality adjustment (according to a specific city and state), if an authorization is granted to work outside of the location listed in this posting. Note that most of the salaries listed on our job postings reflect New York, NY salaries, where our National offices are headquartered.


The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union - beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.

For over 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 LGBTQ+ 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.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the ACLU and central to our work to advance liberty, equality, and justice for all. We are a community committed to learning and growth, humility and grace, transparency and accountability. We believe in a collective responsibility to create a culture of belonging for all people within our organization - one that respects and embraces difference; treats everyone equitably; and empowers our colleagues to do the best work possible. We are as committed to anti-oppression and anti-racism internally as we are externally. Because whether we're in the courts or in the office, we believe 'We the People' means all of us.

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, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people; women; people with disabilities, protected veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.

The ACLU makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with 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 email . If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

The Department of Education has determined that employment in this position at the ACLU does not qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.


The ACLU seeks applicants for the full-time position of Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff in the Executive Department of the ACLU's National office in New York, NY.

The Executive Department is led by ACLU's Executive…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    November 3, 2021


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New York, NY, United States

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