Campaigns Director

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest organization, dedicated to defending and enhancing personal freedoms protected by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights through litigation, advocacy, communications, and organizing. It is a fast-paced environment that addresses headline-making issues with dynamic, precedent-setting solutions. The ACLU-PA has three offices, ten volunteer chapters, over 40,000 members and donors, more than 30 full-time employees, and a $5.3 million operating budget.

The ACLU-PA increasingly advances its work by using an integrated advocacy model, which involves utilizing all of the ACLU-PA’s varied resources and strategies – litigation, advocacy, lobbying, communications, and organizing – to most effectively achieve specific civil liberties goals.

This position is an extraordinary opportunity for a talented leader with strong strategic acumen, comprehensive experience organizing at the grassroots level, and strong interpersonal skills to play a central role in shaping a new and bold vision to protect and expand the civil rights and civil liberties in Pennsylvania.

The campaigns director will be responsible for developing strategic, nonpartisan campaign plans and managing implementation by integrating grassroots organizing, legislative, communications, and legal strategies in collaboration with other staff and community partners.  This position will work closely with ACLU-PA staff, national ACLU staff, partner organizations, and impacted communities and individuals to create and implement campaign plans. The campaigns director will initially develop a plan around our Campaign for Smart Justice-Pennsylvania policy goals, which include probation and parole and bail reform.

The campaigns director will supervise several organizers and work with the volunteer coordinators to build a strategic and meaningful volunteer engagement program. Although based in the ACLU-PA’s Philadelphia office, this position will require regular travel and occasional nights and weekends. This position will report to the director of advocacy and policy.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop campaign plans with benchmarks and manage and track their implementation

  • Supervise and support a small team of grassroots organizers across the state working on multiple issues in a fast-moving environment

  • Organize ACLU supporters to take action in support of issue campaigns and electoral engagement initiatives, both statewide and in targeted geographies, though recruitment, training, recognition and thanks, and ongoing engagement

  • Work closely and collaboratively with the communications team on campaign strategies, using both traditional and new media to achieve policy goals

  • Develop and maintain deep substantive knowledge of campaign goals and issues as well as the dynamics of policy change in Pennsylvania

  • Develop and maintain equitable and reciprocal relationships with community organizations and networks – particularly community members impacted by policing and incarceration

  • Develop and provide presentations, trainings, and media interviews about ACLU-PA campaigns

  • Assist the legislative director and organizers with identifying and supporting community members, allies, and experts to give testimony at key hearings and events

  • Represent the ACLU-PA to a variety of constituencies and help cultivate an inclusive environment for employees and volunteers


  • At least seven years of experience in developing and implementing advocacy, legislative, or political campaigns, including experience managing staff and budgets, engaging volunteers, working with large, diverse coalitions, monitoring benchmarks and campaign progress, and persuading decision-makers

  • High-level strategic planning skills and a deep understanding of successful grassroots organizing and theories of change

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, ambitious work environment

  • Ability to quickly become conversant with the latest research, messaging, and tactics used to educate the public and move policymakers around our policy goals

  • Strong time-management skills and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

  • Team player who inspires collaboration, lifts up the work of others, and maintains balance and perspective with patience and a sense of humor; ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance the campaign’s effectiveness

  • Proven ability to build and nurture a calm and positive working environment, even in high-intensity situations. Demonstrated commitment to racial justice and proven ability to work with emotional intelligence, receive feedback, work through conflict with integrity and operate within principles of solidarity when working in partnership with groups representing impacted constituencies. Proven leadership in advancing equity and inclusion in hiring, staff and volunteer development, campaign management and partner relationships

  • A commitment to cultivating and following the leadership of those most directly impacted by the issues we work on

  • Excellent research and writing, analytical and communication skills. Experience working with media, including print, radio, television, and new media a plus

  • Proficiency with GSuite, databases, and various web platforms

  • Ability to work irregular hours, including evening and weekend events as necessary. Valid driver’s license and willingness to travel

  • Familiarity with Pennsylvania legislature and politics strongly preferred

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is $83,500 annually and within the parameters of the ACLU-PA compensation scale.

Excellent benefits include generous vacation and sick leave; individual/family employer-provided health insurance; life insurance and long-term disability; defined contribution plan with employer match; and 10 paid holidays. This position is full-time, salaried, and exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

To Apply

All applications are treated confidentially. Interested candidates should send a letter of application, resume, and a writing sample to Please include the job title in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until June 8, 2019. 

The ACLU of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and values a diverse workforce and inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.  We also encourage those with personal experience in the criminal justice system and those who have been formerly incarcerated to apply.

The ACLU-PA comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union (the “Union”) of Pennsylvania and the ACLU Foundation (the “Foundation”) of Pennsylvania. The Union is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation, and ACLU membership dues fund its lobbying work. Donations to the Union are not tax-deductible. The ACLU Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Foundation funds support litigation and public education efforts. Donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible. The campaigns director is an employee of the Union.

Both the ACLU of Pennsylvania and the ACLU Foundation of Pennsylvania have the same overall mission, and share office space, employees, and the same board of directors. The two entities are jointly known by the term “ACLU of Pennsylvania.”

ACLU-PA’s hiring process will comply with Philadelphia’s Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards (“Ban the Box”) ordinance.

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