Advocacy Manager

17 Jul, 2020


Advocacy Manager

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Sioux Falls, SD
  • Develop and execute effective multi-disciplinary advocacy campaigns to advance civil liberties, involving a combination of legislative, policy, legal, communication, and organizing strategies in collaboration with the Campaigns Director
  • Prepare and direct ACLU-SD statewide advocacy agenda; identify, analyze, and track priority issues in the state of South Dakota that affect civil liberties
  • Organize, lead, and participate in community education events, meetings and trainings
  • Develop strategy and lead field organizing activities for advocacy campaigns
  • Plan and manage events to raise visibility and support for campaigns
  • Recruit and train community leaders and volunteers in support of campaigns
  • Establish and cultivate collaborative relationships with community partners, coalitions, stakeholders, and key state and local policy-makers
  • Identify and develop relationships with and leadership opportunities for directly impacted community members in order to accomplish shared strategic goals
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the ACLU-SD both with the press and as a professional representative of the organization
  • Elevate the stories and experiences of impacted communities and individuals, ensuing that the interests and vision of impacted populations and the broader community are reflected in campaigns
  • Prepare materials in collaboration with communications staff, including blog and social media posts, issue briefs, letters, talking points, reports, action alerts, website updates, and op-eds
  • Work with communications staff to identify and develop stories of impacted individuals


  • Experience in political, advocacy, organizing, or policy related field
  • Commitment to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, goals and programs with a broad appreciation for and sensitivity to the culture of the organization
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with staff and partners from diverse backgrounds, coalitions, community groups, and volunteers
  • Ability to work evening and weekend hours and commute to meetings and events throughout the state as needed as well as to attend national and regional ACLU trainings and staff conferences
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities and to demonstrate grace under pressure
  • Ability to execute a goal-oriented approach that meets objectives and deadlines
  • Ability to think creatively and to use non-litigation strategies to promote integrated advocacy campaigns
  • Personal initiative and the ability to follow through with minimal direct supervision
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, record of arrest or conviction, and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts


  • Proactive and adept with key tools in advocacy and policy change, understanding of the political landscape, and the ability to work effectively across the political spectrum and on issues that require bi-partisan support
  • Strong sense of accountability to both internal teams and external partners in the community
  • Open to constructive criticism and an interest in strengthening or developing professional skills and tactics
  • Strong interpersonal skills including an ability to resolve conflicts in a manner that respect relationships with colleagues and community partners
  • Prioritizes a team approach and collaborative decision making across departments


For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages 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, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.

The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

Learn more here

Job posted: 2020-07-17