About the OpportunityThe ACLU of Northern California (ACLU NorCal) is hiring a program director to lead the Criminal Justice (CJ) Program.The Criminal Justice Director will lead a team of motivated and mission-driven staff in one of six broad issue-based programs in the affiliates Legal-Policy Department.This is an exciting opportunity to provide vision, leadership and support to a program devoted to reducing the overall footprint, budget, and impact of our inflated and deeply inequitable systems of policing, prosecution, and incarceration.The ApproachACLU NorCal takes anIntegrated Advocacyapproach to the work of advancing civil rights and civil liberties in our region and across the state, meaning we deploy multi-pronged strategies that include impact litigation, policy advocacy, legislative advocacy, organizing, and communications.ACLU NorCals Criminal Justice Program seeks to dramatically reduce incarceration, criminalization, and police abuse by ending unjust and oppressive laws, policies, and practices that target and disproportionately harm Black, Brown, and other marginalized communities. We advocate for transforming the criminal legal system into one that keeps communities safe and respects the dignity and rights of all who come into contact with it. We work in partnership with organizations that are led by and organize with people who are directly impacted by systems of criminalization and oppression.The PositionYou are an advocate with experience inCriminal Justice and have a strong commitment to creating change in oppressive laws, policies, and practices that target and disproportionately harm Black, Brown, and other marginalized communities.You have experience in supervising and supporting a team and have also worked with in coalition with grassroots and community-based organizations.The Criminal Justice Director will provide supervision and support to a team that is comprised of two attorneys who primarily focus on litigation, a policy advocate who leads our work on District Attorney accountability, and a lawyer and an advocate who focus on policing. The team also includes two legal-policy professional staff, as well as two organizers from another department who routinely work with the Criminal Justice team.The Criminal Justice Director will be supervised by a Legal-Policy Co-Director and will work with the other five Program Directors on annual programmatic plans and intersectional cases and campaigns.Program Directors are expected to help advance the ACLU NorCal mission while modeling the values of the organization, including excellence, equity and inclusion, expansion mindset, and emotional intelligence.The Criminal Justice Director position can be based in ACLU NorCals San Francisco, Sacramento or Fresno offices.The Criminal Justice Director will spend 50-75% of their time on management and overall strategic planning, visioning, and content leadership, and 25-50% of their time on directly engaging in substantive policy advocacy, legal advocacy or litigation.The Criminal Justice Program has a number of active cases and multi-year priority areas and issues; it also responds to attacks on its core issues as they emerge.All six of our Program teams also prioritize work led by impacted communities, and regularly works in coalition with grassroots and community-based organizations, as well as the ACLU NorCal Communications and Organizing Departments, to impact policies and practices at the local, statewide and national levels.About the OrganizationThe ACLU of Northern California is an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU NorCal) comprises two distinct corporations, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California (501c3) and the ACLU of Northern California (501c4). The CJ Director is an employee of 501c3 entity. For most of the last century, the ACLU NorCal has been at the heart of many of the most major and sometimes controversial struggles for civil liberties and civil rights in our state.Our mission is to ensure that Constitutional rights dont just exist on paper but are protected in practice. As we move into a new era and face dangerous policies that threaten our civil rights and civil liberties, we remain dedicated to confronting these issues and defending the progress we have made.We must use our decades of experience in impact litigation, policy advocacy, and organizing to protect our most cherished rights and freedoms.Duties and ResponsibilitiesThe Criminal Justice Program Director will support and model a culture of shared purpose, mentorship and mutual respect in the Program team, in the Legal-Policy Department, across the affiliate and with partners. The Criminal Justice Director will plan and facilitate Program meetings, annual retreats, and one-on-one meetings with direct reports.The Criminal Justice Director will provide content for monthly organization and department meetings and will be responsible to leading the annual planning process for the Criminal Justice team.The Criminal Justice Director will be the point person for any discussions among ACLU NorCal leadership involving Criminal Justice issues. The Criminal Justice Director will participate in Program personnel decisions, including recruiting, hiring, promotions, terminations, and flex working arrangements.The Criminal Justice Director will meet regularly with their supervisor, a Legal-Policy Co-Director, to provide updates and solicit input and feedback and participate in formative and summative self-assessment.The Criminal Justice Director will also lead substantive Criminal Justice projects or initiatives. The Criminal Justice Director will work regularly with colleagues in the Southern California and San Diego/Imperial Counties affiliates and ACLU National.Required Education / Skills / Competencies:Significant experience in legal or policy work in criminal justice or policing required, with a preference for 10 or more years experience.Extremely strong project and time management skills, including a high level of organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through, while balancing and prioritizing multiple activities and responsibilities.Excellent relationship-building skills and ability to inspire collaboration, including success leading teams, projects, and people towards action through persuasion.Demonstrated ability to provide support, supervision, and strategic guidance to CJ team members.Experience managing complex coalitions with a variety of viewpoints and goals.Experience with policy or legal advocacy and/or litigation.Demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity and demonstrated ability to hold and foster difficult and necessary conversations about race, class, sexual orientation and expression, religion, ability, and other identity-based issues.Demonstrated experience engaging in creative problem solving and taking initiative, while utilizing a solutions-oriented approach and exhibiting flexibility and good judgment in a complex organizational ecosystem.Excellent verbal and written communications skills.Willingness to travel within Northern and Central California, and occasionally to Southern California and other parts of the country for speaking events, meetings, and conferences.Preferred Education/ Skills / Competencies:J.D. and/or graduate degree in a field such as public policy or political science preferred.Some experience working with litigators or directly litigating cases preferred.Compensation:Competitive salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation in addition to 14 office holidays; medical, vision and dental insurance for staff members, their dependents and spouse or domestic partner; life and long-term disability insurance; and, 401(k) plan with employer match. Starting annual salary is: $141,386.25 – $157,931.45.To ApplyApplications will be accepted until the position is filled.Applications must include (1) a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position and the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above, (2) resume, (3) a written sample of your work (campaign plan, legal brief, etc.). If your candidacy advances to the final round, you will be asked to provide a list of four references, including one direct supervisor and one direct supervisee (please indicate your relationship to each reference).Please submit your application in PDF form here: ACLU-NC is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please . If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request accommodation for the interview processThe ACLU of Northern California advances equity and inclusion in theworkplace by providing equal employment opportunityto support a work environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), sexual orientation, military and veteran status, arrest or conviction record, and any other basis prohibited by law. The organization also provides reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. This equal employment opportunity policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, selection, advancement, training, problem resolution, and separation from employment. Through this policy, the ACLU-NC strives to establish and maintain an equitable and accessible work environment that is supportive and free from discrimination.
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