Location

Las Cruces

Department

Policy

Deadline date

June 27, 2022

THE OPPORTUNITY

The Reproductive Rights Policy Advocate (RRA) works cross-department to develop and implement advocacy strategies aimed at protecting and expanding access to reproductive health care and rights and gender equity. Reporting to the Policy Director, this advocate supports other strategic issues areas. The position requires data-gathering and research; forming alliances with strategic partners; mobilizing and organizing partners in support of the ACLU-NM’s mission; serving as a media spokesperson, advocating with policy makers; and representation of the ACLU-NM’s positions in public forums.

The RRA is committed to advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice. They have a proven ability to take initiative, think on the micro and macro level, learn new areas related to reproductive health and rights quickly, think strategically, communicate clearly and persuasively, and work collaboratively in partnership with diverse groups. This person has a commitment to the principles of reproductive and racial justice. The position carries out these duties in close coordination with other ACLU-NM departments, especially legal and communications programs. The Policy Advocate is based in Las Cruces.

WHO WE ARE

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 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.

WHAT YOU’LL DO

  • Assist the Public Policy Director and Reproductive Rights Attorney in developing plans and strategies to lobby the New Mexico Legislature and the Governor’s office; advocate with local, state and federal policymakers to protect and expand access to reproductive healthcare and rights and gender equity; represent the ACLU-NM’s positions before legislative and policy making bodies, as required by the Director of Public Policy;
  • Support the Director of Public Policy and Reproductive Rights Attorney in developing a vision for the ACLU-NM policy program and designing campaign plans to achieve the organization’s strategic priorities.
  • Review, monitor, and analyze current or proposed local and state legislation, regulations, and policies related to the ACLU-NM’s strategic priorities;
  • Develop and produce advocacy tools, including fact sheets, talking points, public education materials, position letters and policy briefs;
  • Research and draft reports that recommend specific legislative or administrative policy reforms;
  • Help build grassroots and grasstop support for the ACLU-NM’s strategic priorities, and provide technical assistance for such efforts;
  • Cultivate relationships with allied leaders, organizations and coalitions in support of shared legislative and policy priorities;
  • Assist the Public Policy Director in convening and facilitating coalitions and other constituent groups to advocate for the ACLU-NM’s strategic priorities;
  • Assist in ongoing outreach activities to monitor reproductive health care, reproductive rights, and gender equity practices in New Mexico, including support of the legal team’s litigation efforts, drafting public records requests and analyzing responses;
  • Collaborate with the Communications Department in developing effective messaging and using the media to advance the organization’s strategic priorities; serve as media spokesperson, as needed.
  • Support the Public Policy Director in identifying funding sources, preparing grant applications and reporting to funders. Support other fundraising efforts, as needed.
  • Develop and manage relationships with key National ACLU partners in support of the ACLU-NM’s strategic priorities.
  • Supervise relevant staff.
  • Ensure that principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (EDIB) inform all policy advocacy practices and processes.
  • Other duties, special projects, and tasks as assigned.

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience in public policy, government relations, or nonprofit advocacy required;
  • Strong project management skills;
  • Leadership experience in either personal or professional capacity;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, as a public spokesperson and advocate;
  • Excellent research skills and demonstrated ability to analyze legislative and administrative policy;
  • Firm commitment to the mission and principles of the ACLU;
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; a personal approach that values the individual and differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance;
  • Ability to be proactive, understand the political landscape, and be able to work effectively on issues that require diverse support;
  • A demonstrated ability to work respectfully and effectively with coalitions and community groups, motivate volunteers, and work across the political spectrum;
  • Creative, results-oriented, self-starting;
  • Proficiency with Windows and Microsoft Office
  • Willingness to work occasional overtime or irregular hours, including some weekends;
  • Willingness to travel within the state and a current driver’s license.
  • A firm commitment to the principles of reproductive justice and racial justice;
  • Personally committed to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, goals and programs, with an understanding of the range of civil liberties issues and their implications;
  • A person who can handle and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities;
  • A team player that inspires collaboration and functions decisively; flexible and well organized.
  • An understanding of and enthusiasm for civil liberties and civil rights and a deep commitment to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, goals and programs.
  • Awareness of, and willingness to engage in, the difficult and transformative work of challenging systems of oppression, institutional and structural racism, and implicit bias.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A Bachelor’s degree; a JD or other advanced degree is preferred but not required. Commensurate experience and expertise is welcome;
  • Experience in civil liberties advocacy;
  • Bilingual Spanish/English skills in written and spoken communication;
  • Familiarity with design software

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.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

Salary is $54,000 - 67,800/year 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.

HOW TO APPLY:

All applications are treated confidentially. Please send cover letter no longer than one page, resume and three references by email to HR@aclu-nm.org. Please include “Reproductive Rights 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 June 27, 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

COVID:

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 Reproductive Rights 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.