The ACLU of New Mexico seeks an experienced, talented and innovative advocate to strengthen and lead our policy advocacy department. The successful candidate must be committed to supporting an equitable and inclusive work environment, thriving in a collaborative organization and managing relations with a diverse staff, including staff under their own supervision. They must also be committed to using diverse approaches to address a broad range of issues, including but not limited to, reducing the size and scope of our criminal legal system, ending the criminalization of immigrant communities, ensuring equitable access to reproductive healthcare and justice and fighting the rise of a surveillance state.


The ACLU of New Mexico is the state affiliate of the ACLU, the nation’s premier civil rights and civil liberties organization. The purpose of ACLU-NM is to protect and advance justice, liberty and equity as guaranteed by the constitutions of New Mexico and the United States.  We work to make justice, liberty and equity realities for all people in New Mexico, with particular attention to the rights of people and groups who have historically been disenfranchised.

The ACLU of New Mexico carries out a vigorous legislative program that enjoys the respect of New Mexico lawmakers. We partner with individuals and communities impacted by injustices to inform and mobilize people throughout the state. The people in the center of the struggles for justice, who feel the impact in their daily lives, are especially important allies.

The ACLU of New Mexico is committed to ending racism and other inequities. This includes how we work with each other and with our partners and allies in the communities we serve. We are looking for candidates who share our commitment to advancing racial justice, both internally in our organization and externally in the communities that we serve.

This is an exciting time to join the ACLU. Check out our website www.aclu-nm.org for more information about how we are fighting to protect civil rights and civil liberties


The Director of Public Policy is a senior position that leads the development and implementation of strategic, multi-faceted campaigns in New Mexico to ensure decision makers in state and local legislative and executive bodies pass laws and adopt policies that advance and defend civil liberties and civil rights and oppose laws, rules and policies that would compromise those freedoms. The Director of Public Policy is a member of the ACLU of New Mexico’s senior leadership team. An expectation of leadership is to take an active role in advancing organizational equity and support building an organizational culture of belonging that goes beyond diversity and inclusion.

The Director leads the Policy Department in working with a broad range of stakeholders in advocating on shared policy priorities and goals and in engaging, training and mobilizing ACLU members and other constituents to carry out activism in support of campaign objectives.

The position is based in Albuquerque and reports to the Executive Director.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop overarching vision for the Public Policy program and campaign plans centered in equity to achieve strategic policy goal.

  • Build trust and strong relationships with community leaders and grassroots organizations led by and centering the voices of directly impacted individuals and communities disproportionately impacted by violations of civil liberties and civil rights; seek their input to help shape ACLU’s priorities.

  • Lead lobbyist at state legislature, includes analyzing and tracking legislation; drafting amendments and delivering both written and oral testimony; educating and lobbying interim legislative committees and diverse, inclusive working groups.

  • Develop and execute plan to build trusted relationships with lawmakers, agency decision-makers, staff, lobbyists and other stakeholders by providing clear, persuasive, fact-based analysis and resources; identify opportunities for bipartisan support on ACLU issues.

  • Direct the ACLU-NM’s advocacy efforts before local decision-making bodies and agencies such as city councils and county commissions.

  • Create platforms for generating authentic input from people with direct experience with the systems and policies we seek to change and create opportunities for leadership development in our campaigns.

  • Develop strategies to work in coalition or other partnerships with allied organizations and individuals.

  • Collaborate with national ACLU and other ACLU affiliates to advance national public policy campaigns and enlist support for local initiatives.

  • Research policy questions and advise Executive Director in staking out policy positions.

  • Develop and implement public education strategies (including materials development and the organization of public events) to promote the ACLU’s public policy goals.

  • Collaborate on grant management and donor stewardship.

  • In coordination with the Communications Department, represent the ACLU-NM in the media; collaborate with communications staff in the development of effective messaging strategies.

Essential Qualifications and Experience:

  • An understanding of and enthusiasm for civil liberties and civil rights and personally committed to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, goals and programs.

  • Commitment to race and other forms of equity, both internally in our organization and externally in the communities that we serve.

  • Awareness of, and willingness to engage in, the difficult and transformative work of challenging systems of oppression, institutional and structural racism, and implicit bias.

  • Ability to participate in, create and sustain inclusive and engaging spaces for all races/ethnicities, genders, ages, classes, and geographies.

  • At least 3 years of experience in either government service or the non-profit sector with policy or advocacy experience, or as a legislative lobbyist. Experience with the New Mexico State Legislature is a plus. A law degree is a plus but not required.

  • Excellent research, writing and oral communication skills, including public speaking.

  • Demonstrated experience engaging and working with and/or on behalf of underrepresented communities is a plus.

  • Excellent leadership skills. Vision, initiative and ability to design new programs and policy strategies utilizing a broad range of tactics, and guide others in their implementation.

  • Ability to gather, analyze, and synthesize information and prepare compelling educational materials.

  • A demonstrated ability to work respectfully and effectively with coalitions and community groups.

  • Spanish language skills – optional but desirable.

  • Demonstrated supervisory and management skills.

  • A capacity for self-reflection.

  • Ability to have courageous conversations internally with colleagues and externally with allies when overcoming differences in opinion.

  • Ability to work independently and keep organized in a fast-paced environment, manage several projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and adjust strategy to frequently changing demands.

  • Ability to work evenings or weekends when needed.

  • Ability to travel when needed.


The ACLU of New Mexico offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and in line with the ACLU of New Mexico compensation scale.  The salary range for this position is $65,000 to $90,000 per year, depending on experience. Benefits include 18 days of paid time off to start, 11 holidays, fully paid employee medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance, and a generous retirement plan.


Due to the Coronavirus, the ACLU of New Mexico is currently a completely remote workforce. This position is, in non-pandemic times, based out of our Albuquerque office. If the successful candidate is hired while the ACLU of New Mexico staff is still remote, we will work with that candidate to ensure that they have the tools, equipment, and digital onboarding to be successfully integrated into our remote work environment.


To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to HR@aclu-nm.org and include in the subject line of the email: your last name and Director of Public Policy. In your letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting.

Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we will be evaluating applications on a rolling basis. 

Application materials will also be accepted via postal mail, but electronic filing is strongly preferred. Mailed applications should be sent to c/o HR, P.O. Box 566, Albuquerque, NM 87103.

The ACLU of New Mexico is an equal opportunity employer. The ACLU of New Mexico is committed to creating a work environment that is free from discrimination and supportive of a workforce that reflects the rich diversity of our communities and the people we serve.  The ACLU of New Mexico strongly encourages applications from all qualified including women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, people who are gender diverse, people with disabilities, people who have experienced poverty or homelessness, people who have had prior contact with the juvenile, criminal justice, child welfare, or immigration systems, and people who have personal experience with other issues we work on.

“ACLU of New Mexico” refers collectively to two separate corporate entities, the ACLU of New Mexico and the ACLU of New Mexico Foundation. The two entities share the same mission, office space, and employees.