The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois seeks a legislative assistant to support its ambitious and vital legislative program. The successful candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, experience working with legislators and on advocacy campaigns, good judgment, and strong organizational skills. A commitment to social justice and the work of the ACLU is essential, as is the ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise sound independent judgment. The position is full-time with benefits, and is based in Chicago, with some travel to other parts of the state.
The ACLU of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to ex-offender status, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.
Provide administrative support to the Director of Advocacy and Intergovernmental Affairs
Maintain a database of bills of interest in the Illinois legislature
Create public education materials for broad audiences
Address community gatherings and engage in public education events
Compose content regarding legislative activity for the ACLU of Illinois website and social media
Work with coalition partners across the full range of ACLU issues, including attending coalition meetings and identifying new potential partners
Collect and maintain a library of resources and contacts relating to a variety of legislative and advocacy issues
Work with the communications department to maintain and update the legislative portion of the ACLU-IL website
Collect and catalogue internal talking points on legislative initiatives and issues of interest
Assist with events, including collecting RSVPs and managing logistics for coalition meetings and convenings
Prior legislative, advocacy, or organizing experience
Excellent written and verbal communications skills
A strong commitment to civil liberties and civil rights
Strong attention to detail and ability to manage multiple priorities effectively
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
Proficiency with Windows Operating System, especially with Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and other Office programs, including facility with email merge, spreadsheets, tables, and charts
Ability to follow directions, exercise sound independent judgment, work independently and on a team, meet deadlines, and maintain confidentiality
Creative and enthusiastic approach to the work
Experience working with diverse communities
Desired qualifications include:
Familiarity with and experience working on any of the ACLU of Illinois’s primary program areas, including issues involving racial justice, religious liberty, freedom of expression, the rights of children and people with disabilities, reproductive justice, criminal justice reform, privacy and fairness for LGBT individuals
Familiarity with the government structure of Illinois, Cook County, and/or Chicago specifically
Bilingual skills, especially Spanish language skills
Applicants should email a resume and cover letter describing: 1) your interest in this position, and 2) the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Additional Salary Information: The annual salary for this position will be based on the ACLU’s salary scale for administrative positions. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation after first year, medical and dental insurance, 403b plan with match, life insurance, and short and long-term disability insurance.
With a staff of 35 and more than 65,000 members, the ACLU of Illinois is one of the largest state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union, a nationwide, non-partisan membership organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil rights and civil liberties. The ACLU has been at the forefront of every major battle for civil liberties and social justice in this country and continue...s to work through integrated advocacy to advance equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society.
The ACLU of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.