Los Angeles office



Deadline date

January 29, 2018 or until filled


Founded in 1923, the ACLU SoCal has been at the forefront of many major efforts to protect civil liberties, civil rights and equal justice in California. Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU SoCal has offices in Los Angeles, Orange County (Santa Ana), the Inland Empire (San Bernardino), and soon Kern County (Bakersfield). The ACLU SoCal tackles a vast array of issues, including criminal justice, police practices, First Amendment rights, gender equity and reproductive justice, LGBT rights, immigrants' rights, education equity, and economic justice.


The Community Engagement and Policy Advocate ("Advocate") will advance the ACLU SoCal's work on immigrants' rights and policing issues in Los Angeles County through campaigns for policy change and legislation, community organizing and engagement, and public education. The Advocate will be supervised by the Director of Police Practices and the Director of Immigrants' Rights and will be part of both the Immigrants' Rights Project and Police Practices Project teams within the ACLU SoCal Advocacy Department, and will work closely with the other staff at the ACLU SoCal, as well staff in other ACLU offices in California. This position is funded for three years, with a possibility for future extension contingent upon additional funding.


Depending on the candidate hired, job responsibilities may include many or all of the following:

Policy Advocacy

  • Plan and execute grassroots and policy advocacy campaigns to effect changes at the local and state levels through legislation, changes in government policy, and ballot measures;
  • Cultivate strategic partnerships with organizational allies and relationships with lawmakers to advance policy objectives;
  • Draft advocacy letters and recruit diverse and powerful allies to sign on to letters;
  • Develop advocacy materials including fact sheets, toolkits, action alerts, blog posts, and social media content;
  • Track national, state, and local developments relevant to policing and immigrants' rights policy objectives, including legislative activity;
  • Organize and attend lobbying visits with state and local officials and provide testimony to administrative agencies and governing bodies;
  • Provide trainings for community members and coalition partners on how to conduct policy advocacy with decision makers; and
  • Other duties may be assigned as needed.

Community Engagement, Media and Digital Advocacy

  • Develop strategy and lead field organizing activities for policy campaigns;
  • Use new media strategies and activate ACLU membership, activists, chapters and community partners in campaigns and around policy priorities;
  • Provide guidance and mentorship to more junior policy & community engagement advocates at ACLU SoCal;
  • Establish and cultivate collaborative relationships with community partners, coalitions, and stakeholders, as well as ACLU members in the region, in order to identify issues around policing and immigrants' rights;
  • Attend and actively participate in community partner meetings and coalitions that focus on immigrants' rights and policing issues;
  • Working with ACLU SoCal Immigrants' Rights and Policing teams, provide strategic guidance, training, and support for community members and coalition partners conducting local policy advocacy;
  • Working with ACLU SoCal Immigrants' Rights and Policing teams, create training programs and materials on priority immigrants' rights and policing issues, and give trainings and presentations as needed;
  • Organize, lead, and participate in community education events, rallies, and meetings;
  • Write blog posts and social media content;
  • Help identify and tell compelling human stories to center the experiences of communities impacted by civil and human rights abuses;
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the ACLU SoCal both with the press and as a public speaker on policing and immigrants' rights and related issues; and
  • Other duties may be assigned as needed.


The ACLU SoCal anticipates hiring an Advocate with ten years or more experience in community organizing and/or leading legislative or policy campaigns, and working effectively with and building coalitions, , though will consider applicants with five or more years' experience for an Advocate position. Applicants must have a deep and demonstrated commitment to the cause of civil liberties and civil rights, including economic justice, voting rights and political participation; cultural competency, including the ability to create and sustain inclusive and engaging spaces for people of all races/ethnicities, genders, ages, classes, and geographies; outstanding interpersonal and communication skills; a willingness to work beyond a standard 7.5 hour workday, including evening and weekend meetings and events, and workweeks commonly in excess of 40 hours; and a valid driver's license and the ability to travel throughout southern California, with occasional travel to northern California or San Diego.


Strong candidates will have demonstrated experience with community organizing; state or local policy advocacy; connections to communities affected by policing and immigration and organizations working in those areas; Spanish language fluency (both speaking and writing); and relevant experience working on policing and/or immigration issues.


Benefits include medical, vision and dental insurance for staff members and their eligible dependents; life and long-term disability insurance; 401(k) plan with employer match; vacation and sick leave and thirteen paid holidays.


Please submit resume, cover letter, writing sample, and three references (NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE) to jobs@aclusocal.org with the subject line "IR/PP Community Engagement & Policy Advocate Application," or mail to:

HR Department-IR/PP Community Engagement and Policy Advocate, Los Angeles Office
ACLU of Southern California
1313 W. 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017


Deadline has been extended. Applications are encouraged before January 29, 2018, but will be considered until the position is filled.


The ACLU SoCal is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law. We consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable law, and encourage applications from individuals directly impacted by the criminal justice or immigration systems.

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