POSITION OVERVIEW

The ACLU of Montana seeks a passionate, energetic, and optimistic person with political acumen and strategic, project planning, management, and organizing skills to join our team as a permanent full-time Political Strategist.  The Political Strategist leads the ACLU of Montana’s statewide electoral and political campaign work, engaging Montanans to use their political power to protect and expand civil liberties at every stage of the election cycle and at every level of the ballot. The Political Strategist also manages a limited lobbying portfolio during the Legislative Session (every odd year between January and May) that includes work on legislation impacting our democratic institutions. The ACLU is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse or oppose candidates but engages in issue-based voter education campaigns that impact the civil rights and civil liberties of Montanans.

The Political Strategist is a member of the Advocacy, Policy and Organizing Department (“APOD”) and reports to the department director. The Political Strategist sets the vision and strategy of our electoral and campaign work to further the ACLU of Montana’s strategic priorities. They foster deep, long-term relationships with elected officials, community members, organizers, advocates, and organizations committed to Indigenous Justice, criminal legal reform, and the broad range of civil liberties issues ACLU of Montana works on.

The ideal candidate is adept at overseeing the implementation of multi-faceted campaigns and working strategically with multiple stakeholders including the policy, legal, communications, development, and operations teams. They will bring demonstrated experience sharpening and utilizing electoral tools and policy savvy to envision and build a Montana that respects and ensures the rights of all.

ABOUT THE ACLU OF MONTANA

The ACLU of Montana Foundation “ACLU of Montana” (founded in 1972) is an affiliate of the national ACLU (founded in 1920) and operates as a private, independent, non-profit organization. We are the state’s largest and most influential civil rights organization. Our current strategic priorities are Indigenous Justice, criminal legal reform, 2S-LGBTQIA rights, reproductive justice and voting rights. We work on a range of additional issues including immigrants’ rights, freedom of speech and religion, and informational and digital privacy. The ACLU of Montana envisions a fair, equitable, and free Montana that welcomes and celebrates diversity of all kinds. In our Montana, everybody is treated with dignity and respect, and has equal access to rights and freedoms.

The ACLU of Montana has a current staff of 10 and an office located in Missoula. We aspire to a caring work environment, with flexibility and consideration of personal needs and circumstances. To learn more about the work of the ACLU of Montana, please visit http://aclumontana.org.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

ACLU of Montana is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and 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.

The ACLU of Montana does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, faith, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, tribal affiliation, disability, veteran status, or record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment and one that honors and promotes a culture of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. We are engaging in ongoing internal racial equity work, with an emphasis in anti-racism and anti-colonialism.

We strongly encourage applications from Black, Indigenous, people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, bi- or multi-lingual (including Indigenous languages) speakers, bicultural individuals, 2S-LGBTQIA individuals, those who have been formerly incarcerated or are currently under supervision, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. We seek to build a team reflective of our diverse communities. All qualified applicants who share this vision and who have a desire to contribute to our mission are encouraged to apply.

We commit to developing and collaborating on thoughtful training programs and onboarding processes with the Policy Strategist that identify an individual’s growth areas, in relation to the job description, and empowers their existing knowledge and skills.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Position Specific

  • Design and project-manage complex, multi-tooled advocacy and electoral campaigns from planning to execution at the local, tribal, and statewide level to advance priority civil liberties issues of the ACLU of Montana;
  • Work in coordination with a range of stakeholders including affiliate staff in legal, development, and operations, as well as National ACLU staff, in particular within the ACLU’s National Political Advocacy Department (NPAD);
  • Identify critical elections where civil rights and civil liberties issues are on the ballot, and develop strategies for electoral success;
  • Plan and coordinate organizing campaigns utilizing all necessary tactics, including but not limited to canvassing, phone banking, town halls, candidate forums, digital advertisements, and other social media content;
  • Lead and/or partner with ACLU National and allied organizations on voter education campaigns related to civil rights and civil liberties issues, overseeing development of organizing and earned media plans, and relationships with polling and paid media vendors (TV, radio, print);
  • Develop a limited lobbying portfolio around issues impacting democratic institutions, and conduct lobbying in odd years during the Montana legislative session;
  • In collaboration with allies, create materials to help our coalition partners when they directly educate existing and potential candidates around our priority issues;
  • Represent the ACLU-MT in coalition spaces, in front of community groups, and at conferences and convenings.

Staff Teamwork and Collaboration

  • Collaborate with other departments of the ACLU of Montana, as necessary, to support legal, policy and organizing work, communications and storytelling, grant proposals and funding opportunities, administrative tasks, and other related work;
  • Ensure all administrative tasks are completed in a timely and accurate manner, including, but not limited to travel and other expense reimbursements, timesheets, and other related financial and personnel documents;
  • Actively engage with the ACLU of Montana team through regular staff meetings, continuing racial equity and inclusion work, professional development opportunities, occasional retreats, and periodic committees;
  • Attend certain ACLU functions;
  • Assist in other duties as assigned within the scope of these responsibilities.

Competency and Commitment to Racial Equity 

The ACLU of Montana is committed to, and engaging in, ongoing racial equity work with an emphasis on anti-racism and anti-colonialism. As a staff member, you will be asked to commit, contribute and engage in the following ways:

  • Demonstrate commitment to building or deepening understanding of equity, in which racial equity and anti-racism and anti-colonialism are centered;
  • Engage with the issues of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities;
  • Embrace self-learning and reflection through optional racial caucus group conversations, activities, and support.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

The following experiences are integral to meeting the job responsibilities. Please be sure to identify these in your application materials through lived, professional or volunteer experience, and/or coursework.

  • 2-3 cycles of issue advocacy, organizing and/or electoral campaign experience at the federal, state, tribal, and/or local levels, including but not limited to experience as a campaign manager or field director;
  • Experience building, leading, and working within coalitions;
  • Ability to efficiently and effectively weave policy objectives into campaign execution;
  • Skills to plan and execute community engagement events such as phone banks, canvasses, and organizing trainings, including logistics, materials development, and turnout;
  • Knowledge of state legislative sessions and process, including ability to testify on specific bills and ACLU priorities;
  • Experience writing, implementing, and tracking small budgets, including retaining
    receipts and reporting expenditures;
  • Solid computer and digital literacy skills, including proficiency with communications tools such as Zoom and Slack and creating spreadsheets;
  • Understanding and willingness to engage with the issues of institutional and structural racism and bias, and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities;
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging with anti-racist and anti-colonialist understandings of and respect for differences of race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance and class.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The following experiences are particularly valuable - please be sure to address these in your resume or cover letter. We encourage you to apply even if you do not have these qualifications:

  • Lived experience or knowledge of working with rural and urban Indigenous communities, preferably in Montana’s tribal communities, nations, and policy;
  • Experience in Montana political campaigns and/or legislative lobbying;
  • Knowledge and experience of C3 and C4 compliance;
  • Experience developing messaging and materials related to electoral campaign(s);
  • Experience using constituent management database tools and voter file programs;
  • Experience with public speaking and leading meetings and trainings;
  • Conflict resolution skills;
  • Experience with supervising remotely and being supervised remotely.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

This position is full-time, exempt, and will pay an annual salary between $57,500 and $68,499 depending on experience. Excellent benefits offered, including health, vision and dental insurance, short and long-term disability and life insurance, 401(k) retirement plan and employer matching, and generous vacation, holiday, sabbatical, and family and medical leave policies. Relocation reimbursements for actual moving expenses available up to $4,000, contingent on two year’s employment. A monthly reimbursement for personal mobile phone and utilities (including internet) is offered to all ACLU employees working remotely during the pandemic. The ACLU of Montana also invests in each staff member’s professional development.

The Political Strategist will be based in Montana. If the finalist is not a Montana resident yet, we will discuss with the finalist a timeline for moving to MT within the first month of the start date. The position is currently remote with optional access to the Missoula office, including safety precautions in place for optional and required in-office work. Many of our staff currently work remotely with occasional in-office work. If the final candidate is not based in Missoula, the position will require occasional travel to Missoula for three-day trips per quarter (travel expenses paid for by the ACLU of Montana).

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

All applications are treated confidentially. Please submit (preferably in PDF format):

  1. A letter describing your interest in the position;
  2. Resume

Email your application to jobs[at]aclumontana.org or mail it to: ACLU of Montana, Attn: Hiring, P.O. Box 1968, Missoula, MT 59806.

Please put “Political Strategist” in the subject line of your email or on your envelope. Also, please indicate in your letter of interest where you saw this job posting.

Applicants with Disabilities: Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing to jobs[at]aclumontana.org to request reasonable accommodation at the time of application.

PROCESS

Application review will start January 29, 2023 Applications after that date are encouraged and will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is removed from the ACLU-MT Job Openings page.

Our hiring process is managed by a dedicated hiring committee of three staff members and HR. The steps for finalist selection include a screening call by HR staff, interview (via videoconferencing) with the hiring committee, a compensated assessment/work sample exercise, a final interview (via videoconferencing), reference calls for the selected finalist, decision and making a job offer to the finalist candidate. We commit to regular communication with all applicants throughout the process and will apprise candidates of next steps as appropriate.

To learn more about the work of the ACLU-MT, please visit www.aclumontana.org.