Community Engagement & Policy Advocate - ACLU of Southern California in

Community Engagement & Policy Advocate - ACLU of Southern California
American Civil Liberties Union

Job Details

Updated on 2019-05-30

The ACLU Foundation of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) seeks a Community Engagement & Policy Advocate to focus on immigrants' rights, criminal justice, and police practices in its Orange County office in Santa Ana for a limited term, through November 15, 2018.


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, criminal justice and policing issues in Orange County through campaigns for policy change and legislation, community organizing and engagement, and public education. Specifically, the Advocate will lead ACLU SoCal's involvement in work around immigration raid response and support work implementing Senate Bill 54 (2017) with local police departments in Orange County, campaigns around district attorney accountability in Orange County, and civilian oversight of police in Anaheim. 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 as staff in other ACLU offices in California. The position is full time and is for a limited term, through November 15, 2018.


Temporary, full-time

Job Responsibilities

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 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; 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.
  • Activate and mobilize volunteers, ACLU members, and other community partners and organizations around key actions and policy priorities.
  • Other duties may be assigned as needed.

Community Engagement, Media, and Digital Advocacy

  • 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 immigrant rights.
  • Attend and actively participate in community partner meetings and coalitions that focus on immigrants' rights and policing issues.
  • Working with ACLU SoCal Immigrant Rights and Policing teams, provide strategic guidance, training, and support for community members and coalition partners conducting local policy advocacy.
  • Working with ACLU SoCal Immigrant 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.
  • Other duties may be assigned as needed.


We are looking for an Advocate with experience in community organizing and/or leading legislative or policy campaigns, and working effectively with and building coalitions. 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.
  • A willingness to work workweeks commonly in excess of 40 hours.
  • A valid driver's license and the ability to travel throughout southern California, with possible occasional travel to northern California or San Diego.

Desired Qualifications

Strong candidates will have:

  • Demonstrated experience with state or local legislative advocacy, connections to Orange County communities affected by policing and immigration and organizations working in those areas.
  • Spanish language fluency (both speaking and writing).
  • Relevant experience working on policing and/or immigration issues.


Salary based on experience. 401(k) plan with employer match and sick leave hours.

To Apply

Please submit resume, cover letter, writing sample, and three references (NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE) to with the subject line "Limited-Term CEPA Advocate Application, Orange County Office" or mail to:

HR Department- Limited-Term CEPA Advocate, Orange County Office
ACLU of Southern California
1313 W. 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Applications are encouraged immediately and will be considered on a rolling basis 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.

Community Engagement & Policy Advocate - ACLU of Southern California
American Civil Liberties Union