Policy & Advocacy

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas is the leading civil rights organizations in the Lone Star State. We work in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect and extend the civil rights for Texans throughout the state. The ACLU of Texas is both a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization. The ACLU of Texas operates professional offices in Houston, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, and Brownsville, Texas.

Role Overview
The ACLU of Texas is hiring a full-time policy and advocacy strategist to join our smart justice team for one year. In this role, our newest policy and advocacy strategist will focus on driving strategic campaigns that reduce over-policing and police violence targeting communities of color. This position is ideal for a results-oriented person with an ability to create and adapt powerful campaigns, who possesses strong communication skills, and who has expertise in criminal justice issues and policies. The right candidate will be able to build collaborative relationships with movement leaders across the state, manage multiple projects, and work within the ACLU of Texas interdependent team of legal, communications, and policy experts. This position reports to the smart justice team leader within the Policy and Advocacy Department.


  • Assists in developing strategies and executing plans to achieve departmental objectives in one or more policy areas through a combination of policy knowledge and influencing skills, with guidance and support from the supervisor.
  • Maintains knowledge of a priority issue(s) and the key influencers and organizations that shape the issue(s) at the local/regional level.
  • Exerts influence at the local level through relationships with like-minded organizations, grassroots groups, and offices of elected officials at the local/regional level.
  • Participates in strategy development for the department, making strategic recommendations for action.
  • Produces high-standard written products for internal and external audiences, based on original research and analysis.
  • Represents the organization in coalitions, media, and other forums and the local and regional level.


  • Written and verbal communication:Quickly produces written products, including emails and memos, that summarize information and present options for action. Can communicate with internal and external stakeholders clearly and with empathy.
  • Organizational relations: Represents departmental and organizational positions in internal and external negotiations to achieve objectives. Responsive to requests for action, internally and externally.
  • Teamwork: Brings a positive, problem-solving attitude to relationships with colleagues and partners.
  • Dependability: Follows through on assignments. Colleagues can count on you to complete assignments on time and in line with expectations, communicating along the way.
  • Self-Starter: Shows the ability to work independently and in a team environment with minimal supervision, assisting team members as necessary.


  • At three years of experience working in community organizing, political campaigns, and/or public policy research and advocacy.
  • Familiarity building, leading or working in coalitions
  • Experience executing campaign plans.
  • Interest in expanding policy knowledge and influencing skills to achieve public policy objectives that improve civil liberties in Texas.
  • Solid computer skills, including proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, and communications tools.
  • Flexible schedule and ability to work non-traditional hours as needed.
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial justice and civil liberties.

Salary is commensurate with experience and within the parameters of ACLU of Texas salary scale.

To Apply:
Please submit an application here.

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.