The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation of aho seeks a seven-month,
30/hour per week Advocacy Fellow to join our staff of eight in Boise.
This position begins on October 1, 2018 in the ACLU Boise office and is funded through April 2019. The position is designed to give a successful candidate firsthand experience with grassroots community organizing, legislative advocacy and policy research. The Advocacy Fellow will work under the supervision of the Policy Director and in partnership with the Community Engagement Manager.
FELLOWSHIP OVERVIEW: The Advocacy Fellow will have the unique opportunity to engage in the ACLU of Idaho's growing legislative advocacy work as well as the organization's broader public education campaigns. A diverse set of skills is required in order to assist in all aspects of work, from providing lobbying assistance during the 2019 legislative session, research and writing, to volunteer management, community organizing and event planning. As a part of the fellow's pre-session legislative outreach work, emphasis will be placed on connecting with formerly incarcerated individuals, their families and support networks and identifying opportunities to connect the community with the ACLU's criminal justice legislative priorities for the 2019 Legislative Session.
In addition to providing direct support to the ACLU of Idaho's legislative organizing work, the Advocacy Fellow will also be tasked with supporting the organization's "ACLU Voter" civic engagement campaign through the 2018 November General Election, which aims to increase voter turnout for members of the Latinx community as well as formerly incarcerated individuals.
The ideal candidate will have a passion for civil liberties and constitutional rights, exceptional research skills, an understanding of racial justice and the systems that impact marginalized groups, and an ability to quickly adapt to a very busy work environment.
Roles & Responsibilities
· Assist the Policy Director in contacting members, volunteers, and other individuals to take action on ACLU priority issues.
· Assist the Policy Director and Community Engagement Manager in recruiting and training community leaders and volunteers in support of the ACLU's legislative priorities and "ACLU Voter" civic engagement campaign.
· Research civil liberties implications of proposed legislation and assist in drafting testimony for public hearings.
· Monitor the status of ACLU's priority legislation; keep up-to-date on bill status, attend committee hearings as needed, prepare written reports on actions, maintain bill tracker and update fact sheets.
· Research and write issue statements for inclusion in ACLU communications including email action alerts, social media updates, blog posts and website posts in partnership with the Community Engagement Manager.
· Accompany the Policy Director on legislative visits and coalition meetings as necessary.
· Provide event planning support for the fall Activist Academy training tour and post-session "Session Confessions" statewide tour.
· Assist in the execution of the 2018 November General Election campaign plan including distribution of voter education materials, get-out-to-vote outreach efforts, community canvassing, educational presentations, event support and any other tasks as assigned by staff members in conjunction with the campaign.
- General knowledge of the legislative process and commitment to the mission of the ACLU.
- Basic understanding of racial justice, civil rights, and intersectionality of issues.
· Experience with grassroots organizing, legislative advocacy or similar work.
· Experience working with diverse communities and coalition partners and a proven track record of successful, mutually respectful relationships with diverse allies; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender entity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance.
- Flexibility and strong time management and multi-tasking skills; demonstrated ability to work laboratively and implement multiple projects simultaneously, manage tight deadlines and unexpected tasks as they arise.
- Excellent written and oral communication experience as well as the ability to synthesize complex information from a variety of sources.
· People with personal experience with the criminal justice system, including formerly incarcerated or close family experience with incarceration, are encouraged to apply for this position.
· Fluency in Spanish is a plus.
This is a seven-month fellowship (roughly 30 hours a week). The salary range for this position is $13-$16 an hour + benefits.
Please compile the following information (combine these materials into a single PDF file if possible) and send to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line of "Advocacy Fellow":
· Letter of interest, no more than one page, explaining how your background and experience prepare you for this fellowship, and the vision you have for how you would help the ACLU of aho and the people of this state in this position;
· One-page writing sample (see writing example below);
· Three references (identifying their relationship to you as well as their email address and phone number).
DO NOT EXCEED ONE PAGE
In 2018 the Idaho Legislature introduced SB 1307 (often referred to as "Ban the Box" legislation) aimed at reducing discrimination in hiring practices for people with previous criminal convictions. Locate the bill on the Idaho State Legislature website. After reading the bill, as the ACLU of Idaho, draft testimony to the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee either supporting or opposing the bill.
The ACLU of Idaho is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages people of color, people who have experienced incarceration, immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities, people who are queer, transgender, lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and women to apply.