The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas is the unyielding guardian and promoter of freedom, justice, equality, and dignity of all people, particularly for those who are still fighting to secure the full exercise of their civil rights and liberties. ACLU of Texas is the leading civil rights organization in the Lone Star State. Since its formation in 1938, it has worked in the courts, the legislature, and communities to protect civil rights and individual liberty.

Role overview
The ACLU of Texas seeks an Executive Director with experience in managing and leading teams to provide direction and leadership toward achieving the organization’s mission, vision, strategic plans, and program goals. ACLU of Texas seeks a progressive leader with a demonstrated track record of commitment to civil rights, civil liberties, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The Executive Director will secure the resources and provide the leadership and planning necessary to ensure ACLU of Texas’ continued growth and impact. Reporting to the Board of Directors and in collaboration with the staff, the Executive Director will lead the organization’s statewide advocacy agenda and strategic priorities to protect, defend, and fight for racial justice, immigrant rights, LGBTQ equality, abortion rights, criminal law reforms, and voting rights.

The Executive Director’s primary responsibilities include the following:

  • Leadership and vision
  • Fund development
  • Management
  • Staff leadership
  • Communication and external relations

For a more detailed description of responsibilities, please visit this page.

Candidate profile
The ideal candidate will have the following professional skills, qualities, and competencies:

  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing and defending civil liberties and civil rights.
  • Ten years of professional or lived experience ideally in the civil rights or social justice space; proven managerial, fund development, and financial management experience in the not-for-profit or public sectors.
  • Experience connecting issue-based organizations to resources and opportunities outside of the organization; a successful track record of raising funds from a variety of sources.
  • Success with recruiting, supervising and mentoring staff and supporting professional and leadership development.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; ability to translate vision into action.
  • Proven success at working effectively and collaboratively with diverse staff as well as coalitions and community groups; ability to work across the political spectrum and value differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Empathetic and compassionate leadership style with the ability to listen to Board members, staff, members, donors, coalition partners and the public with respect and genuine openness to constructive input.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, creatively problem solve, exercise good judgement and lead change.
  • Strong diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging analyses and commitments as well as experience successfully leading and integrating diversity into organizational policies, practices, management, and culture.

To apply
Please visit this webpage to apply.

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

The ACLU of Texas is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Texas 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.