Richmond, Virginia



Deadline date

5 p.m., Jan. 31, 2018

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia (ACLU-VA) seeks a dynamic individual to join its leadership team as its Legal Director. This is an exciting once in a career opportunity to help enhance civil liberties and civil rights in the Commonwealth, bring the protections of the Bill of Rights to everyone, and build the political power necessary to energize the fight for civil liberties and protect our hard won victories. Formally established in 1969, the ACLU-VA is Virginia’s premier guardian of civil liberties and a recognized champion of civil rights for all Virginians. The ACLU-VA is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that promotes civil liberties and civil rights for everyone in the Commonwealth through public education, litigation, and advocacy with the goal of securing freedom and equality for all. The ACLU-VA is an affiliate of the national ACLU, the leading defender nationally of civil liberties guaranteed by our nation’s Bill of Rights. The Virginia affiliate was recently named part of the national ACLU’s Strategic Affiliate Initiative (SAI) program, a large-scale monetary investment in key states across the country. Funds from this initiative will be used to rapidly expand the ACLU-VA legislative and communications programs while strengthening general organizational capacity. Being a member of the SAI program is an exciting time that will bring about organization transformation and help the ACLU-VA win legislative battles at the state and federal levels.

Position Overview:

The Legal Director plays a proactive, leadership role in advancing change through the ACLU of Virginia’s integrated advocacy program that seeks to protect civil rights and civil liberties through litigation, legislation, and public education. Guided by the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors, the Director identifies opportunities to advance our strategic priorities through impact litigation, oversees the work of an exceptional legal team, recruits and oversees the work of cooperating attorneys, develops and tries cases, writes appellate and amicus briefs and leads our work on selected issue priorities. The Director participates as counsel and advocate in the ACLU of Virginia’s representation before legislative and executive branch officials and agencies at the federal, state and local levels and assists in communicating our work to the public. As a key member of the leadership team, the Director participates fully in establishing and accomplishing program priorities, developing and managing the budget for the legal team, and collaborating internally with the communications, legislative, and development staff to advance the ACLU of Virginia’s priority campaigns ensuring maximum media exposure, coordinating policy and legal advocacy tactics, and developing necessary financial resources. 

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary based on market factors and individual experience and abilities. The salary range for this position is $80,800 to $121,200. To preserve the opportunity for advancement, we do not normally hire above the mid-point of the range. Excellent benefits include:

  • Paid time off
  • Generous paid holidays
  • Medical and dental insurance
  • 401K plan
  • Life insurance
  • Income replacement during illness through a combination of annual sick leave, short-term and long-term disability insurance.

To Apply:

Send a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position as detailed in the job description, a current resume, and a short, one or two-page writing sample by mail to ACLU of Virginia, 701 E. Franklin St., Ste. 1412, Richmond, VA 23219 or by email to jobs@acluva.org with Legal Director in the subject line of the email.

Applications accepted until position is filled. Submit your application as soon as possible. Please indicate in your cover letter where you found this job listing.

The ACLU of Virginia is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Virginia encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations.

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