New Mexico



Deadline date

August 5, 2022


The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico (ACLU-NM) is seeking an Indigenous Justice (IJ) Policy Advocate to support the organization’s efforts to advance civil and human rights for Indigenous people across the state. Collaborating closely with tribal leaders and communities, this person will work across ACLU-NM departments to combine legislative lobbying, policy advocacy, coalition building, community outreach, and communications approaches in an integrated advocacy model. Guided by Indigenous values, the IJ Policy Advocate is committed to advancing issues such as educational equity, smart criminal justice reform, voting rights, and environmental justice. They must have a proven ability to take initiative, quickly learn new information and skills, think strategically, communicate clearly and persuasively, and work in partnership with diverse groups.

The IJ Policy Advocate will help analyze current and prospective policies that impact Indigenous people; explore intersections of racial justice and police violence in Indigenous communities; build and maintain trusted and meaningful relationships with community members including leaders and stakeholders; and work to expand community engagement in collaboration with other impacted communities and groups. Importantly, the Policy Advocate will lobby policy makers, work to center impacted community members in the legislative process, and build relationships with partners and community in order to further our policy goals.

This is an exempt role that reports to the Policy Director. The IJ Policy Advocate must be based in New Mexico.


Our mission is to protect and advance justice, liberty, and equity as guaranteed by the constitutions of New Mexico and the United States. We are committed to ending racism and other systemic inequities. This includes how we work with each other and with our partners and allies in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit our website at www.aclu-nm.org

Equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging are core values of the ACLU and central to our work. We believe in a collective responsibility to create a culture of belonging for all people within our organization – one that respects and embraces difference; treats everyone equitably; and empowers our colleagues to do the best work possible.


Policy Advocacy

  • Research issues and policies impacting Indigenous communities in order to:
  • Identify and develop model policies and programs (legislation, ordinances, directives), as well as strategies for implementation, to advance the civil and human rights of tribal communities.
  • Analyze ACLU-NM priority legislation through an equity-focused lens in order to evaluate the impact on Indigenous communities.
  • Assess relevant quantitative and qualitative data as it relates to current policy goals.
  • Directly participate in the legislative process by lobbying and/or testifying when possible. Work with Indigenous Justice Attorney and Policy Director to develop legislative strategy and own parts of executing it.
  • Draft clear, concise internal and external memos and develop advocacy tools – including fact sheets, talking points, public education materials, position letters, and policy briefs – in multiple formats for a range of audiences.
  • Work with Communications department to identify opportunities, support their efforts to advance IJ priorities, and ensure Communication’s efforts are culturally responsive.
  • In collaboration with the Indigenous Justice Attorney, Policy Team, and community stakeholders, proactively center the voices, perspectives, and experiences of directly impacted communities in all communications and advocacy efforts.
  • Work with ACLU-NM staff and activist leaders doing criminal justice reform, reproductive rights, and immigrant rights work to identify individuals with an interest in understanding the nexus between these other strategic priorities for our organization and Indigenous justice, health, and rights.

Community Engagement   

  • Build, strengthen, and maintain working relationships with key coalition partners and other allies through community-building events and activities.
  • Work with other policy staff to: plan and execute events, including activist trainings, volunteer appreciation events, listening sessions, panel discussions, candidate forums and other community events to advance indigenous justice in key areas of New Mexico.
  • Represent the ACLU of New Mexico in coalitions and community groups, including speaking at community events and potentially with media.
  • Strategically recruit, train, and cultivate activists in key areas of New Mexico to take action to expand indigenous rights and to strengthen the overall base of the organization.
  • Identify stakeholders with an interest in Indigenous Justice, cultivate relationships and understanding in an effort to develop an informed network in key areas of the state.


  • Relevant policy advocacy experience successfully advocating for legislative or policy change.
  • Familiarity with the legislative process.
  • Experience researching, collecting, and synthesizing large amounts of information from a range of sources and providing recommendations on next steps.
  • Strong systems management skills and experience working with database systems, data entry, communication tools (i.e., VAN, Constant Contact, ThruText) a plus.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, including an ability to navigate and resolve conflict in a manner that values and respects relationships with colleagues inside and outside the ACLU of New Mexico.
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain effective relationships with a broad range of constituents, including communities impacted by ACLU.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU.
  • Passionate commitment to and familiarity with Indigenous Justice and rights.
  • Demonstrated commitment to cultural and social humility; and commitment to diversity and respect for diversity in race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
  • 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 be resilient and work towards long-term, systemic change.
  • Proven ability to think critically and strategically about solving problems and coming up with solutions.
  • A flexible team player who works collaboratively, shares responsibilities, and supports and acknowledges colleagues’ contributions.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Organizational skills and an attention to detail.
  • A self-starter and finisher with a demonstrated ability to manage projects and follow-through with minimal direct supervision.
  • Strong time management skills and the ability to work under pressure.
  • Willingness to work occasional overtime or irregular hours, including some weekends.
  • A registered vehicle, insurance, a current driver’s license; and a willingness to travel within the state.

No one person will have all the qualities enumerated above. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are interested and feel you could be successful in this role.


Salary is $54,000-67,800 depending on experience. We offer excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance, short and long-term disability and life insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, and generous PTO, holiday, family and medical leave policies.


All applications are treated confidentially. Please send cover letter no longer than one page and a resume by email to HR@aclu-nm.org. Please include “Indigenous Justice Policy Advocate” in the subject line and all attachments should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Your letter should explain ways in which you satisfy the skills and qualifications specified above. We also invite applicants to include in their letter information about how their background and/or experiences could contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and advocacy work. Please indicate where you learned of this job posting. No phone calls, please. Note: we will not accept resumes that do not include a cover letter.

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.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we will be evaluating applications on a rolling basis beginning on August 5, 2022.

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 of New Mexico reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice


Currently we are mainly working remotely with some voluntary work in the office. We anticipate that once it is safe to lift the work-from-home policy, the Indigenous Justice Policy Advocate, like most ACLU-NM staff, will work partially in-office and partially from home.

For the safety of our staff, their families, and the communities that we work with, ACLU-NM requires that staff be fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC.

ACLU of New Mexico is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and promote an inclusive culture. We believe that having a board, staff, and volunteer base with diverse personal and professional backgrounds enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, those who have been formerly incarcerated, and other members of underrepresented and marginalized groups.

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