Policy Associate


The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut (ACLU-CT) seeks a sophisticated policy advocate to advance its civil liberties and civil rights agenda. The position is primarily responsible for state legislative and executive branch advocacy, but also engages with administrative agencies and local government bodies and collaborates with other staff on integrated advocacy initiatives. The Policy Associate works under the supervision and direction of the Executive Director and in close collaboration with other staff, including the Legal, Communications, and Advocacy and Outreach Directors.

The ACLU-CT, headquartered in Hartford, is the statewide affiliate of the national ACLU. The ACLU-CT is a nonpartisan public interest organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights through litigation, policy advocacy, and public education. With a growing membership, budget, and staff, we are assisted by interns, volunteers, cooperating attorneys and an active Board of Directors. For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been at the forefront of every major civil liberties fight in our country’s history. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy provisions for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote, we work in the courts, legislature and communities and take on the toughest civil liberties issues to protect and strengthen the individual freedoms and liberties guaranteed by the Constitutions and laws of United States and Connecticut. Having experienced tremendous growth since the election, nationwide, the ACLU has more than 2.5 million members, activists, and supporters, who stand with us to fight tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC. We are a passionate, highly motivated team, and we are looking for an exceptional person to join us. For more information, please visit our website at www.acluct.org.


Under the direction and supervision of the Executive Director, the Policy Associate will:

  • Assist the ACLU-CT’s policy program, including developing issue campaigns consistent with organizational priorities.
  • Develop and implement the ACLU-CT’s legislative agenda utilizing appropriate strategies and tactics; lobby members of the legislature, their staff and the Governor’s office; analyze and track legislation; draft amendments; and prepare and deliver written and oral testimony.
  • Build trusting relationships with lawmakers, agency decision-makers, legislative staff, the Governor’s office, lobbyists, and other stakeholders by providing clear, fact-based analysis and resources; and identify opportunities for nonpartisan support for ACLU-CT issues.
  • Develop strategies and work in partnership with allied organizations, individuals and diverse coalitions to advance civil liberties and rights.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with ACLU-CT staff and board to plan and implement effective multi-disciplinary and integrated advocacy policy initiatives, involving a combination of policy, legal, communications, public education, and organizing strategies.
  • Participate in legislative interim activity, attend legislative hearings, and participate in policy-related workgroups, coalitions, and meetings.
  • When appropriate, act as an organizational spokesperson in the media and at events, forums, and meetings.
  • Prepare written materials in collaboration with the Communications Director, including but not limited to issue-specific policy reports, action alerts, talking points, and issue briefs.
  • Work collaboratively with the national ACLU and other ACLU affiliates to advance nationwide policy campaigns.
  • Attend national and regional ACLU training and staff conferences.
  • Attend various ACLU-CT functions and handle other projects, as assigned.


  • BA required, JD preferred, and at least one year of local, state, and/or national-level legislative, political, or policy advocacy work, preferably in Connecticut.
  • Understanding of the legislative process, political strategic planning and the ability to build respectful relationships across the political spectrum.
  • Substantial knowledge of civil liberties and civil rights issues, and a commitment to advancing the ACLU-CT’s values, mission, and goals.
  • Excellent persuasive communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Research and analytical skills, and the ability to articulate legal concepts and complex issues tactfully and effectively to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to develop allies and work collaboratively in coalitions; ability to navigate internal political dynamics among partners groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain relationships with diverse groups, work cooperatively with communities across the political spectrum, and a personal approach that values and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstances.
  • Initiative, vision, and ability to develop and implement short and long-term policy strategies utilizing a broad range of political and lobbying tactics.
  • Ability to work independently when necessary and keep organized in a fast-paced environment, manage several projects simultaneously, and adjust strategy to frequently changing demands.
  • Understanding of how to work collaboratively with colleagues across departments and functions; experience in integrated advocacy strongly preferred.
  • Commitment to the highest ethical standards of lobbying and professionalism.
  • Ability to work long hours during legislative session and commute to meetings and events throughout the state, as needed.


Salary is $45,000. Generous benefits include medical and disability insurance, 401(k) and vacation, holiday and sick leave.


To apply, email a letter of application, resume, and three professional references (identifying their relationship to you and including their email and telephone number) to: search@acluct.org

Include in the subject line of the email: your last name and Policy Associate. In your letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting.


Applicants will be reviewed beginning the week of September 4, 2017 and will be accepted until the position is filled, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website.

The ACLU-CT is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU-CT encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.

The ACLU-CT is comprised of two separate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Connecticut (which receives contributions that are tax-deductible by the contributor). The entities have the same overall mission and share office space, employees, and a Board of Directors. The two organizations are referred to collectively under the name “ACLU-CT.”