Legislative Session Aide

Full-time, short-term position
December 2017 – March 2018
 
The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking a full-time, short-term Legislative Session Aide. The Legislative Session Aide is part of the Political Strategies Department, which consists of legislative and field staff who advance the ACLU-WA’s priorities at the state and local level and strategically involve ACLU-WA supporters in that effort.
 
The Legislative Session Aide will support the Legislative Director prior to and during the 2018 state legislative session. The Legislative Director is primarily in Olympia during the session and relies on the Session Aide, who works in our Seattle office, to manage scheduling, bill analysis and tracking, and conduct other important support work. The Session Aide also works within a closely coordinated five-person team consisting of the Director of Strategy, Field Director, and Activism Coordinator (based in Seattle) in addition to the Legislative Director. This is a full-time, temporary position which begins December 4, 2017, and continues through two weeks after the conclusion of the 2018 legislative session, currently slated for March.
 
Overview
 
The ACLU of Washington has long had a strong and effective presence in the state legislative arena, advocating for policies that advance civil liberties and pressing to change troublesome measures.  The ACLU’s advocacy is strictly nonpartisan, and we work with individuals from all political parties. 
 
Whether it’s ending mass incarceration and police brutality, achieving full equality for LGBT people, protecting privacy in the digital age, preserving the right to vote, or ensuring reproductive freedom, the ACLU is willing to take on tough civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.  The ACLU stands for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or national origin. 
 
The ACLU-WA’s staff of 30+ employees and numerous volunteers work in a fast-paced, friendly and professional office in downtown Seattle. We are supported by more than 75,000 members, activists, and donors.
 
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
 
  • Provide administrative support to the Legislative Director.
  • Track a high volume of bills at a fast pace using the legislature’s online bill tracker and Excel spreadsheets, and manage related electronic and paper files.
  • Coordinate and update the Legislative Director’s hearing calendar, including testimony on bills of interest.
  • Coordinate the schedule of lawmaker and staff meetings for the Legislative Director.
  • Coordinate the assignment and timely completion of bill analysis from various ACLU-WA staff.
  • Occasionally travel to Olympia to help with coordinated testimony at hearings or deliveries of ACLU-WA materials to lawmaker offices.
  • Develop an understanding of bills concerning civil liberties and the ability to communicate about them to stakeholders.
  • Communicate confidently and respectfully with legislative and ACLU-WA staff.
  • With attention to detail and professionalism, draft, produce, and proof-read e-mails and letters, and produce other materials.
  • Keep up-to-date on current legislative work and respond to questions from staff and others.
  • Other tasks as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS
 
  • Experience working in a legislative environment, such as in a lawmaker’s office or with an advocacy organization, is highly desirable. 
  • Excellent word processing and computer skills, including mastery of MS Office Suite, Excel, databases, and the Internet.
  • Experience with or ability to quickly learn to use bill tracking software online at leg.wa.gov.
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills, preferably related to non-profits or advocacy, to maintain legislative calendars and to initiate improvements in consultation with supervisors.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle stress well, to produce work reflecting consistent attention to accuracy and detail, and to coordinate numerous concurrent projects, often under tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage details, resourcefully solve problems and follow through with a minimum of direct supervision.
  • Strong writing and online research skills.
  • Ability to absorb and retain information regarding ACLU projects and legislation, and to communicate that information effectively to a variety of audiences, including legislative staff.
  • Ability to reach out via phone and obtain results through persistent communication.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; proven ability to work well with people with a wide range of interests, skills and concerns.
  • A confident and professional presentation.
  • A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance.
  • An understanding of and enthusiasm for civil liberties and civil rights.
  • A valid Washington State driver’s license for occasional travel to Olympia and elsewhere in the state.
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 reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice. This position is “non-exempt” under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
 
Salary is based on experience and qualifications.  Benefits include health leave, disability insurance, matching 401(k) plan and bus pass.
 
APPLICATION PROCEDURE
 
To apply, email a letter of application and resume to Jobs@aclu-wa.org and include in the subject line of the email:  your last name and Legislative Session Aide. In your letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. Interviews will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website at www.aclu-wa.org/careers.
 
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, and veteran status.
 
The ACLU of Washington comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Inc. and the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Foundation. The two corporations share the same overall mission, office space, and employees. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU of Washington.”