You will use your legal experience, creativity,
and collaborative approach to develop and lead integrated legal advocacy
work in the courts, communities, with companies, and with policymakers,
to defend and promote civil rights and civil liberties in the digital
age, maximize impact, and support systemic change in both the government
and private sector. . You will build on the inalienable constitutional
rights guaranteed to all Californians to safeguard and promote privacy,
free expression, and other rights for people in this state and far
beyond. You will uncover and stop dangerous government surveillance and
build real public safety. You will empower people to have meaningful
choices about how and when they use technology and to ensure that they
can control how their personal information is collected, shared, and
used. You will work with diverse partners across social movements to
build a world where technology is working for a just and equitable
society.About the Organization:
The ACLU of Northern
California is an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, a
nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the
defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU of
Northern California (ACLU NorCal) is comprised of two distinct
corporations, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California (the
“Foundation”, a 501c3) and the ACLU of Northern California (the “Union”,
a 501c4). The incumbent is a joint employee of both corporations. For
most of the last century, ACLU NorCal has been part of many of the most
major – and sometimes controversial – struggles for civil liberties and
civil rights in our state.
Our mission is to ensure that
Constitutional rights don’t just exist on paper but are protected in
practice. As we move into a new era, we face dangerous policies that
threaten our civil rights and civil liberties, we must use our decades
of experience in impact litigation, legislative advocacy, and fearless
organizing to fight these policies and protect our most cherished rights
and freedoms. At the same time, ACLU NorCal is committed to advancing
proactive and positive change to transform laws and institutions to
advance our values. We are committed to fostering an anti-racist work
culture and to anti-racist principles and learning.Duties & Responsibilities:
Qualifications:Education / Experience:
in the investigation, development, initiation, and litigation of
high-impact cases, which could include managing fact and expert
discovery; conducting legal research and analysis; drafting pleadings,
motions, briefs, and complaints; evaluating and investigating potentials
claims; identifying potential plaintiffs; issuing public records
requests; and coordinating amicus briefing.
- Engage in policy
advocacy at the local, state, and national level, which could include
performing legal and policy research; developing policy models; drafting
advocacy letters; providing expertise to policymakers; and drafting
reports and other public education materials to both demonstrate the
need for policy change and facilitate policy.
- Forge and maintain
relationships with community members, coalition groups, experts,
government officials, and academics to engage them in our work and
implement collaborative projects.
- Participate in team,
department, and other meetings; help to set a collaborative, inclusive
culture for the Technology and Civil Liberties team; engage with
colleagues at other ACLU affiliates and National ACLU as well as with
- J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school.
in the California State Bar. If you are currently a member of another
state bar, you must sit for the next available California Bar
Examination and pass the California Bar Examination within 12 months of
joining the organization.
- 2 or more years of policy advocacy
experience; at least 2 years of advocacy experience in the Technology
and Civil Liberties field.
- 2 or more years of litigation
experience in either federal or state court; at least 2 years of
experience litigating in the Technology and Civil Liberties field.
- Required Skills / Competencies:
- Commitment to and understanding of the Technology and Civil Liberties field.
analysis and the ability to contextualize Technology and Civil
Liberties issues within other social justice movements.
legal research, analysis, and writing abilities, and ability to craft
novel and successful legal and policy strategies in response to
- Experience engaging in the investigation, development, initiation, and litigation of high-impact cases.
with policy advocacy, including drafting, evaluating, and working to
advance key legislation and administrative policies.
- Ability to
effectively communicate, through both writing and public speaking, to
various audiences about complex legal and technical issues.
- Demonstrated initiative and creative problem-solving.
- Experience working directly or in coalition with grassroots and community-based organizations.
project and time management skills, including a high level of
organization, attention to detail, and follow- through, while balancing
and prioritizing multiple activities and responsibilities.
skills and willingness to work as part of a team, and to be an engaged,
proactive member of internal cohorts, as well as outside coalitions on
which you work and interact.
- Commitment to diversity and
demonstrated ability to hold and foster difficult and necessary
conversations about race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity and
expression, religion, ability, and other identity-based issues.
- Commitment to incorporating racial equity principles into all aspects of work.
Preferred Skills / Competencies:
- Direct personal or professional experience with impacted communities.
- Fluency in Spanish or other non-English language widely spoken in California.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat, PowerPoint, Excel, and other Office programs.
are committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce through
equity initiatives, which includes equitable pay practices. Competitive
compensation is commensurate with experience. Starting salary range for
this position is $88,606-$199,364 Annually.
We understand how
vital our work is and at the same time understand the toll engaged
activism can take. Our goal is to retain staff and we believe that
having a robust benefit offering is vital in meeting that goal. Our
benefits include four weeks paid vacation in addition to 14 office
holidays; fully employer-paid medical, vision and dental insurance for
staff members, their dependents and spouse or domestic partner; life and
long-term disability insurance; and 401(k) plan with employer match. We
have a robust Employee Assistance Program and emerging Employee
This position is represented by IFTPE Local 20.