The ACLU of Washington State is Looking

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May 2012

The ACLU of Washington (ACLU-WA) seeks a self-motivated public policy advocate to lead its work to protect civil liberties in the face of society’s increasingly advanced technologies. The ACLU-WA’s staff of 30 employees and numerous volunteers work in a fast-paced, friendly and professional office in downtown Seattle.

Using strategies of education, policy analysis, legislative advocacy, coalition building, and legal efforts, the Technology and Liberty Director advances a civil liberties perspective on such issues as data aggregation, surveillance technologies, and online free speech. The Technology and Liberty Director works closely and collaboratively with senior ACLU staff, and has significant interaction with the national ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. The position reports to the Executive Director through the Deputy Director.

Responsibilities: Regular responsibilities will include the following work:

  • Engage in both technical and policy research to analyze technology-related programs and proposals by government and industry. In collaboration with senior staff, develop positions and strategies to respond to civil liberties and technology issues.
  • Provide expertise to policymakers, the press, and coalition partners.
  • Forge relationships with technology experts, public interest groups, government officials, community stakeholders, and academics to engage them in our work.
  • In collaboration with the Legislative Director, advocate on selected technology issues before the state legislature, state or local agencies, and other policy makers.
  • Engage in outreach and educational activities through written materials, speaking engagements, media, and visits with ACLU supporters.
  • Maintain positive working relationships with relevant national ACLU staff, and collaborate on selected efforts.
  • Recruit and supervise interns and volunteers working on technology policy.
  • Assist in other activities as assigned. Help maintain a positive, respectful, welcoming, and professional work environment for employees, interns and volunteers.


  • A law degree or another relevant advanced degree.
  • Experience in legislative advocacy and policy analysis in the areas of privacy, technology, or other related fields.
  • Demonstrated skills as an articulate, effective public advocate.
  • Excellent analysis, writing, and research skills. Prior experience simplifying and communicating technical issues to non-technical audiences.
  • Strong project management, organization and collaboration skills with attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong commitment to and understanding of civil liberties and civil rights.
  • Ability to work cooperatively on a variety of projects with a broad range of individuals and community organizations.
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure, to attend occasional evening meetings and sometimes to work long or irregular hours.
  • A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance.


Salary is based on experience and qualifications. Benefits include three weeks of vacation to start, medical and disability insurance, matching 401(k) plan and bus pass.

Application procedure:
To apply, email a letter of application and resume to and include in the subject line of the email: your last name and Technology & Liberty Director. In your letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled at which time it will be removed from our website at

The ACLU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages qualified individuals of every race, creed, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression to apply.

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