Aclu Cover Letter


I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at American Civil Liberties Union (New York, NY) in September 2017.


My interview process spanned over 4 months, totaling 8 interviews. The process was incredibly slow and unorganized. I provided writing samples, assignments, and a strategy plan for the department, all which were positively received. All of my interviews went well, and I received good feedback. I had to follow up every time, and weeks would go by without any communications. Ultimately, my final interview with the executive director was so humiliating I withdrew my application. He dismissed me almost immediately (almost like I wasn't important enough to have his time), disrespected my work history and spoke disparagingly about the department I was joining. It was a terrible experience and has completely changed how I view the organization.

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American Civil Liberties Union 2017-12-01 18:37 PST

Application Deadline: September 12, 2016 
Inquiries will be accepted until position is filled

The American Civil Liberties Union of California seeks an experienced advocate with a passion for justice for the position of Legislative Advocate.

About the Organization and the Center for Advocacy & Policy:

The ACLU is a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU of CA Center for Advocacy & Policy is responsible for advancing the civil liberties agenda of the three ACLU affiliates in California before the State Legislature. The Sacramento-based office lobbies on a broad range of issues including criminal justice, policing, education, freedom of expression, immigrants’ rights, LGBT rights, privacy, racial justice, reproductive justice, and voting rights.

The office consists of the Center Director, Legislative Director, three Legislative Advocates, Legislative Coordinator, and other staff. The Legislative Advocate will work under the supervision of the Legislative Director and in concert with the staff of the three ACLU affiliates located in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. The office is collegial; the work is challenging, varied, and rewarding.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and deliver testimony on pending legislation; write letters stating the ACLU's position on legislation; negotiate with legislators, staff and other advocates; research and draft bills and amendments;
  • Assist in planning overall legislative priorities, and devising pro-active strategies to achieve legislative goals;
  • Participate as the ACLU representative in legislative coalitions;
  • Serve as a spokesperson on ACLU issues in the media and at public events; and,
  • Work with affiliate staff, responding to requests, participating in issue team meetings, and preparing written summaries of the work.


  • Required qualifications include:
    • Strong state legislative experience or experience working on legislative matters, preferably involving civil rights or civil liberties and preferably in Sacramento;
    • Strong strategic and analytic skills;
    • Ability to analyze and articulate legal concepts and communicate them to a variety of audiences;
    • Excellent writing skills and skills as an articulate public advocate;
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in large coalitions and with diverse staff, activists and legislators; and
    • Personal enthusiasm, optimism, and a sense of humor.
  • Desired qualifications include:
    • Law degree and legal experience strongly preferred; and,
    • Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of issues relating to civil liberties and civil rights.


Salary depending on 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/ domestic partner; life and long-term disability insurance; and 401(k) plan with employer match.

To Apply:

Applicants should email a resume, cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in this position, and short writing sample (no more than five pages) to the attention of Human Resources at Applicant concurrently applying to any other position with the ACLU should state what other position they are applying for in the cover letter.

The ACLU is proud to be an affirmative action employer. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex are particularly urged to apply.

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