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Policy Director

American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to preserving the individual rights and liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.The ACLU of NH engages in litigation, legislative advocacy, grassroots organizing, and education campaigns. The ACLU’s mission stems from our core commitment to equality and reflects our decades-long work to fight discrimination, including on behalf of people of all faiths; immigrant communities; people of color; women; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and non-binary people.

We carry out this work statewide, including from our headquarter office in Concord, with a full-time six-person staff assisted by interns, volunteers, cooperating attorneys, and an active Board of Directors. We are one of 53 affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union nationwide.


The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire (ACLU-NH) seeks a sophisticated and experienced policy advocate to advance its civil liberties and civil rights agenda.  The Policy Director is a member of the ACLU-NH’s senior leadership team and provides vision and direction for its policy and legislative program.  The position is primarily responsible for state legislative and executive branch advocacy, but also engages with administrative agencies, local government bodies, and our congressional delegation and collaborates with other staff on integrated advocacy initiatives.  The Policy Director works under the supervision of the Executive Director and in close collaboration with other staff, including the Legal Director and Outreach and Communication Coordinator.

The ACLU-NH, the state-wide affiliate of the national ACLU, is a nonpartisan public interest organization dedicated to the defense and expansion civil liberties and civil rights through litigation, policy advocacy and public education.  The ACLU is a highly rewarding place to work for those interested in protecting our fundamental civil rights, including criminal justice, racial justice, free speech, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, and privacy.  We are a small but growing organization and our offices are located in Concord, New Hampshire.


  • Oversee the ACLU-NH’s policy program, including developing priority issue campaigns consistent with organizational priorities.
  • Develop and implement the ACLU-NH’s legislative agenda utilizing appropriate strategies and tactics including: lobbying members of the legislature and the Governor’s office; analyzing and tracking legislation; drafting amendments; and preparing and delivering both written and oral testimony.
  • Build trusted relationships with lawmakers, agency decision-makers, staff, the Governor’s office, lobbyists and other stakeholders by providing clear, fact-based analysis and resources; identify opportunities for bipartisan support on ACLU issues.
  • Develop strategies, work in partnership with allied organizations and individuals, and build and lead diverse coalitions.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with staff to plan and implement effective multi-disciplinary and integrated advocacy policy initiatives, involving a combination of policy, legal, communication, public education and organizing strategies.
  • Participate in legislative interim activity, attend legislative hearings and participate in policy-related workgroups, coalitions and meetings.
  • Respond to media requests on policy issues and represent the ACLU-NH at events, forums and meetings.
  • Prepare written materials in collaboration with the Outreach and Communication Coordinator including action alerts, talking points, issue briefs, reports, op-eds and website updates.
  • Work collaboratively with the national ACLU and other ACLU affiliates to advance nationwide policy campaigns.
  • Attend national and regional ACLU training and staff conferences.
  • Attend various ACLU functions and handle other projects, as assigned.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • BA required, JD preferred and at least one year of local, state, and/or national-level legislative, political or policy advocacy work, preferably in New Hampshire. 
  • Understanding of the legislative process, political strategic planning and the ability to build respectful relationships across the political spectrum.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly acquire issued based expertise as advocacy opportunities present themselves.
  • Knowledge of civil liberties and civil rights issues and a commitment to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission and goals.
  • Excellent communication advocacy skills, both written and oral, research and analytical skills and the ability to articulate legal concepts and complex issues tactfully and effectively to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to develop allies and work collaboratively in coalitions; ability to navigate internal political dynamics among partners groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain relationships with diverse groups, work cooperatively with communities across the political spectrum and a personal approach that values and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstances.
  • Initiative, vision and ability to develop and implement short and long-term policy strategies utilizing a broad range of political and lobbying tactics.
  • Ability to work independently when necessary and keep organized in a fast-paced environment, manage several projects simultaneously and adjust strategy to frequently changing demands.
  • Understanding of how to work collaboratively with colleagues across departments and functions; experience in integrated advocacy strongly preferred.
  • Commitment to the highest ethical standards of lobbying and professionalism.
  • Ability to work long hours during legislative session and commute to meetings and events throughout the state, as needed.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits include paid vacation and holidays, sick leave, medical insurance, and 401(k) matching.

Application Procedure:

To apply, email a letter of application, resume and three professional references (identifying their relationship to you and including their email and telephone number) to Karen Rose at  and include in the subject line of the email: your last name and Policy Director.  In your letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting.


Applicants will be reviewed beginning the week of July 20th and will be accepted until the position is filled, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website.

The ACLU-NH is an equal opportunity employer.  We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU-NH encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.

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Date Added: June 28, 2017

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