Las Cruces or Albuquerque



Deadline date

May 23, 2022

The ACLU of New Mexico seeks a Policing Policy Advocate who is primarily responsible for developing and implementing integrated strategies, stewarding relationships, managing coalition work, organizing, and providing policy expertise to advance ACLU of New Mexico advocacy plans and priority issue campaigns, with a focus on policing and various aspects of criminal-legal system reform that intersect. The Policing Policy Advocate will focus on improving policing in Albuquerque and Las Cruces specifically, and will work to pass statewide policing reforms that strengthen accountability and constitutional use of force. The Policy Advocate will be responsible for building out a statewide coalition to generate public support and partnership and to engage a broader base of impacted community members. Additionally, they will be responsible for coordinating the APD Forward coalition, consisting of a group of 18+ community organizations committed to holding the Albuquerque Police Department accountable to a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice to end its “pattern and practice” of excessive use of force.

The person in this role will represent the ACLU in various public settings, including the legislature, potential media interviews, as well as convening and conducting events with community members and coalition groups around the state. In-person events and travel will be necessary.

This is a full-time, exempt position based in Albuquerque or Las Cruces that currently reports to the Director of Public Policy. The successful candidate must be committed to supporting and thriving in an equitable and inclusive work environment and understanding the nexus between all ACLU issues.


  • Identify and conduct outreach to partners to compose a statewide policing coalition
  • Convene, coordinate, and cultivate participation within the statewide policing coalition other allies on the design and implementation of strategies that promote policing justice
  • Represent ACLU-NM before community groups, legal, and legislative bodies, performing public speaking, providing testimony and advocating on key policing topics.
  • Keep abreast of police practices, policies and laws that shape policing in New Mexico and throughout the United States and as needed analyze data and draft reports or other advocacy tools to be used for educational purposes
  • Coordinate lobbying activities for volunteers and partners to advance our policy initiatives
  • Research police practices, policies and laws (both potential and existing), analyze data and reports, draft briefing papers and formal advocacy correspondence.
  • Coordinate activities of the APD Forward coalition, its steering committee and related groups, composing agendas, facilitating discussions, promoting internal communications, and fostering strategic approaches.
  • Coordinate communications with stakeholders, including the DOJ, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the APD, the City of Albuquerque and other community groups.
  • In collaboration with communications staff, develop and implement digital online strategies, including social media, VAN, website(s) and other tools.
  • Recruit, train, and manage volunteers to take action, especially among people who have been negatively affected by policing and the criminal legal system.
  • Plan and execute public events, including activist trainings, town hall-style meetings, listening sessions, panel discussions, and other community gatherings.
  • Facilitate collaboration between ACLU-NM departments to coordinate and integrate policing justice strategies.


  • Ability to build grassroots and grasstops support, to identify opportunities for coordination with allies and coalition partners, and motivate volunteers and spokespeople for the campaign. Demonstrated ability to create and sustain coalitions of diverse individuals or groups preferred.
  • Experience in policy advocacy and (at minimum) a basic understanding of the legislative process
  • 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.
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to identify meaningful opportunities for collaboration within the department and affiliate
  • Ability to motivate, develop, and direct people
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, including solid analytical abilities.
  • Good interpersonal communication skills. This includes the ability to navigate and resolve conflict in a manner that values and respects relationships with colleagues inside and outside the ACLU-NM.
  • Solid organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong familiarity with digital organizing and social media tools and a willingness to use these tools to further our efforts.
  • A conscientious, detail-oriented 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.
  • A flexible team player who works collaboratively, shares responsibilities, and supports and acknowledges colleagues’ contributions
  • A commitment to diversity; respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability, arrest or conviction history, and socio- economic circumstance.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with an understanding of issues facing communities directly impacted by the criminal justice system, police violence, economic injustice and immigration policies, either through personal lived experience or prior work experience.
  • Those impacted by the criminal legal system including police misconduct and violence are encouraged to apply.
  • Willingness to work occasional overtime or irregular hours, including some weekends.
  • Willingness to travel within and potentially outside of New Mexico.


The ACLU-NM offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and in line with the ACLU-NM compensation scale. The salary range for this position is $54,000 - 67,800 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.


If you are excited about bringing your talents and skills to the ACLU-NM, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references by email to HR@aclu-nm.org and include Policy Advocate in the subject line. 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.

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 May 23, 2022.


Due to the Coronavirus, the ACLU-NM is currently a hybrid workforce. 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. For the safety of our staff, their families, and the communities we serve, a COVID-19 Vaccination is mandatory for all employees.

The ACLU-NM is an equal opportunity employer. The ACLU-NM 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-NM 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.

The ACLU of New Mexico comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico and the ACLU Foundation of New Mexico; both have the same overall mission, and share office space and employees