Assistant, National Political Advocacy Department (NPAD)


Title: Assistant

Office: National Offices

Location: Washington, DC

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he ACLU seeks applicants for the full-time position of Assistant in the National Political Advocacy Department of the ACLU’s National office in Washington, DC.

The National Political Advocacy Department (NPAD) works to strengthen the efforts of the ACLU at the federal, state, and local levels of government. The department harnesses the political power that comes from having more than eight million members and supporters, as well as affiliates in every state. By organizing grassroots lobbying and issue campaigns using modern tactics, the ACLU seeks to achieve change as profound in the legislative, administrative and electoral arenas as it has accomplished through the courts.

The Organizing Division plans and executes high-impact grassroots organizing programs, in collaboration with both national office and affiliate colleagues, that result in immediate-term success and long-term capacity building. We work to ensure that supporters, volunteers, community leaders and staff are empowered and supported, realize their power and put it work to defend and advance civil liberties for durable and meaningful change.

Reporting to the Deputy Organizing Director, the Assistant will be responsible for the administrative and logistical duties of the NPAD Organizing division, in addition engage in organizing duties for projects.


  • Handle general administrative duties including scheduling, arranging travel, processing and tracking expense reports and invoices, data entry, maintaining filing systems, and ordering supplies.
  • Handle travel arrangements and calendar for Deputy Political Director and Division leadership.
  • Provide logistical support for division-wide events, scheduling and arranging meetings, conference calls and webinars; coordinating catering and audio-visual requests; preparing materials and taking minutes.
  • Process and track travel expenses.
  • Draft correspondence and other materials as requested; respond to written and verbal inquiries, as directed.
  • Prepare, proofread, and edit documents.
  • Provide administrative support for the managers’ review of applications for intern positions.
  • Work jointly with interns and communicate routine and/or procedural guidance on projects assigned by managers.
  • Engage in special projects and other duties as assigned
  • Center principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging in all work, embedding the values in program development, policy application, and organizational practices and processes
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance


  • Highly organized with excellent time management skills; detail oriented with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, and manage multiple projects simultaneously, often under strict deadlines.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and confidence to navigate a large department and complex organization.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Previous experience with legislative issues, advocacy, or political work is a plus


The annual salary for this position is $65,776 (Level K). This salary is reflective of a position based in Washington, DC. This salary will be subject to a locality adjustment (according to a specific city and state), if an authorization is granted to work outside of the location listed in this posting. Note that most of the salaries listed on our job postings reflect New York, NY salaries, where our National offices are headquartered.


The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union – beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.

For over 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBTQ+ community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the ACLU and central to our work to advance liberty, equality, and justice for all. We are a community committed to learning and growth, humility and grace, transparency and accountability. 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. We are as committed to anti-oppression and anti-racism internally as we are externally. Because whether we’re in the courts or in the office, we believe ‘We the People’ means all of us.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU 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, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people; women; people with disabilities, protected veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.

The ACLU makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions.

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The Department of Education has determined that employment in this position at the ACLU does not qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

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