The ACLU Foundation of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) seeks a Policy Counsel to protect and advance reproductive justice, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (“LGBTQ”) rights, and gender equity in Southern California and throughout the state.
Founded in 1923, ACLU SoCal is dedicated to defending and advancing civil liberties and civil rights. ACLU SoCal works in the courts, legislatures, and communities to defend the principle that every individual's rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or national origin. ACLU SoCal has offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire (San Bernardino), and Kern County.
The Policy Counsel will work on the full range of LGBTQ rights, reproductive justice, and gender equity issues on which the ACLU of Southern California engages locally, statewide, and nationally. The Policy Counsel will be supervised by the Director of the LGBTQ, Gender & Reproductive Justice Project, and could be based in ACLU SoCal’s Los Angeles, San Bernardino, or Orange offices. We anticipate hiring an attorney with two to six years of relevant experience for this position.
The ACLU of Southern California operates on a model of integrated advocacy, using litigation, legislation, policy advocacy with government agencies and private actors, community engagement, and organizing as mutually supportive tactics to advance civil rights. The Policy Counsel will serve as a policy expert and advocate on reproductive justice, gender equity, and LGBTQ rights issues in support of policy reform, legislation and other campaigns, with responsibilities including policy analysis, policy drafting, legislation drafting, public speaking, media interviews, outreach and “know your rights” presentations, as well as writing op-eds, newsletter articles, advocacy letters, reports, and other non-litigation advocacy documents. In addition, the Policy Counsel will provide technical support and strategic guidance to community groups, advocates and organizers in the region; organize and lead community and stakeholder education events; mobilize support for policy reform, run trainings for activists and organizers; and conduct outreach to and advocacy with government officials and decisionmakers. The Policy Counsel will also support the organization’s base building and volunteer leadership development work, as needed.
ACLU SoCal is a local affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union, serving an eight-county area of Southern California. The Policy Counsel will be part of the ACLU of California’s statewide Reproductive Justice/Gender Equity and LGBTQ Rights issue teams, working closely with advocates at the ACLU of Northern California, the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, the ACLU of California’s Center for Advocacy & Policy in Sacramento, and the national ACLU to secure large-scale change.
ACLU SoCal’s recent priorities in the areas of gender equity, reproductive justice, and LGBTQ rights have included:
- Reducing police profiling and arrest for women and LGBTQ people, primarily through supporting the movement toward decriminalization of voluntary sex work in California;
- Improving conditions of incarceration for LGBTQ people and women, and improving access to reproductive health care and lactation accommodations in carceral settings;
- Protecting and expanding access to reproductive and gender-affirming health care, including fighting the use of religion as a license to discriminate by hospitals and other institutions and breaking down barriers to accessing abortion care and contraceptives;
- Protecting and advancing the rights of LGBTQ students, and expanding all students’ access to LGBTQ-inclusive social studies curriculum and to comprehensive, accurate, inclusive, and unbiased sexual health education;
- Increasing the ability of women, LGBTQ and non-binary people to safely and authentically access housing and public accommodations;
- Creating workplace equity for workers of all genders, with a focus on breaking down barriers to others’ participation in historically male-dominated industries and expanding supports for workers with family caregiving responsibilities;
- Supporting intersectional aspects of ACLU campaigns in other issue areas, including criminal legal system reform, immigrants’ rights, education equity, economic justice, First Amendment rights, and government transparency.
- Serve as a policy expert and advocate on gender equity, LGBTQ rights, and reproductive justice issues in support of policy reform, legislation, and other advocacy campaigns.
- Prepare and edit written policy documents, including advocacy letters, reports, op-eds, and other non-litigation advocacy materials, and contribute to the drafting and analysis of legislation.
- Discuss policy issues persuasively in media interviews, testimony before state and local legislative bodies, meetings with government decisionmakers, and Know-Your-Rights presentations and other community gatherings.
- Lobby federal, state, and local officials to secure policy change.
- Develop relationships with, and provide technical support and strategic leadership to, community groups, advocates and organizers around the region and state, and participate in coalition spaces.
- Organize and lead community and stakeholder education events and trainings for activists.
- Conduct outreach and advocacy to government officials and decisionmakers.
- Support the organization’s base building and volunteer leadership development work, as needed.
- Contribute to strategic planning and communicate work updates to internal audiences and funders.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Law degree.
- Two to six years of relevant experience.
- Hands-on experience with policy advocacy and analysis.
- Familiarity with reproductive justice, gender equity, and/or LGBTQ rights advocacy.
- Excellent research and analytical skills.
- Excellent communication skills: written and verbal English. Bilingual skills in Spanish preferred.
- Education or experience in public health or health care policy preferred.
- Excellent time-management skills.
- Flexible team player and also comfortable working independently and taking initiative.
- Demonstrated success in building and maintaining relationships with people from a variety of backgrounds, including those most impacted by the work of the ACLU and its allies. Ability to participate in, create, and sustain inclusive and engaging spaces for people of all races/ethnicities, genders, ages, classes, abilities, and geographies.
- Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
- Frequent travel throughout Southern California; occasional travel to other regions of California and beyond.
The salary range for this position is $60,500 - $79,250 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; ample vacation and sick leave with thirteen paid holidays; relaxed and pet-friendly office environment.
Please submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org (NO Phone Calls PLEASE) with the subject title "Policy Counsel, LGBTQ/Gender/Repro" or mail to:
HR Department — LGBTQ/Gender/Repro Policy Counsel
ACLU of Southern California
1313 W. 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Open until filled.
ACLU of Southern California is committed to developing a culture of diversity, equity, respect, and inclusion and to strive to maintain a workforce that reflects the communities that we serve. The ACLU SoCal is an equal opportunity employer that does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable law. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply and value people of all races, genders (including gender identity or expression), sexual orientations, disabilities, citizenships, ages, religions, and national origins and who have different marital statuses, family caregiving responsibilities, lived experiences with the criminal justice systems, and genetic information. ACLU SoCal does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of any of these characteristics.
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