What is the Policy Support Associate position at the ACLU of Oregon?

As of the date of this posting (January 7, 2024), we are seeking to fill one Policy Support Associate position. We will likely reach out to applicants and engage in interview processes for this position after the 2024 Oregon legislative session ends in March 2024.

Summary of this position: The team member in this position is a doer, implementer, problem solver, and clear communicator who is detail- and deadline-oriented, capable, self-motivated, proactive, and supportive.

What this position does: This position supports and enhances the ACLU of Oregon’s mission, vision, and values by:

  • Supporting the Policy Director and Policy Team with administrative support, tasks, and projects.
     
  • This position may also be assigned administrative tasks and projects to support the ACLU of Oregon’s Community Engagement Team, although the primary assignment is with the Policy Director and Policy Team.

Who this position works with: This position is part of our Policy Team and works closely, collaboratively, and supportively with all areas of the ACLU of Oregon – especially with our Community Engagement and Communications & Storytelling teams. 

What values are important and required: This position requires a strong and continued commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, anti-racism, anti-misogyny, anti-transphobia, anti-homophobia, anti-ableism, and all other types of anti-oppression, as well as the proven ability to incorporate these values in work both internal and external to our organization.

Where to get more information: Please review this job description for more information about this position.

Additional information: 
Please note, this position will be expected to do work in-person in Salem – which may be often and significant during legislative regular and special sessions and related to other legislative work – consistent with the needs of the Policy Director and Policy Team. Also, especially during legislative sessions, there may be longer than usual working hours and work needed outside regular office hours and on weekends and holidays.

Organizational note: The ACLU of Oregon reserves the right to make changes to job duties and responsibilities for positions, consistent with the values and operational needs of the ACLU of Oregon, which may change from time to time.

What are the qualifications required for this position?

We are looking for individuals with the following experience, abilities, and values:

  • Required skills & abilities: an effective doer, implementer, problem solver, and clear communicator who is detail- and deadline-oriented, capable, self-motivated, proactive, and supportive.

    This position requires strong organizational, prioritization, and multitasking skills; the ability to effectively communicate with and support an array of team members; and the ability to quickly learn, use, and troubleshoot technology, software, and applications. 

    We will consider applicants who can demonstrate the ability to grow their strengths in these areas even though they may not have direct formal education or work experience. 
  • Required racial justice values and anti-oppression values: proven significant and continuous prior commitment to and experience with work and efforts — both internal and external to an organization — that align with and further the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, anti-racism, anti-misogyny, anti-transphobia, anti-homophobia, anti-ableism, and other forms of anti-oppression.

    We strongly prefer prior work, volunteer, or lived experience with communities and coalitions doing racial justice work.
  • Preferred experience in ACLU issue areas: prior work, volunteer, or lived experience in several of the following areas: free speech, racial justice, criminal justice reform, law enforcement accountability, LGBTQ+ rights, and immigrants’ and refugees’ rights.
  • Required values: A demonstrated ability to support the goals, priorities, and values of the ACLU of Oregon, including the following values related to building work-related relationships and trust:

    Sincerity: the assessment that you are honest; that you say what you mean and mean what you say. The idea that you can be believed and taken seriously and that your actions align with your words.

    Reliability: the assessment that you meet the commitments you make, and that you keep your promises.

    Competence: the assessment you have the ability to do what you’re doing or propose to do. Note that being competent does not mean being perfect. Part of doing something well is knowing what you don’t know how to do, being willing to learn, and asking for help when you need it.

    Care: the assessment you have the other person’s interests in mind in addition to your own when you make decisions and take actions.
  • Equivalent education and/or experience: We will consider applicants who can demonstrate non-traditional work-related experiences comparable to more direct forms of work experience or education. 

 What are the pay & benefits for this position?

This is an hourly, full-time, benefitted position. The hourly rate is $29.70, which is approximately $61,776 annually based on a 40-hour work week.

Because we have established an internal salary system that centers equity, clarity and transparency, competitiveness, and sustainability, salaries for positions are not negotiable.

Our current excellent benefits package includes:

  • paid vacation time
  • paid sick time
  • paid personal time
  • 14.5 paid holidays per year
  • office shutdown periods during summer and winter as consistent with the organization’s values and work needs
  • flexible Friday hours, consistent with operational needs
  • remote work stipend and commute-related benefits
  • health insurance (medical/vision and dental)
  • life insurance
  • long-term disability insurance
  • employer contributions to a wellness FSA account
  • 401(k) retirement plan with matching and other contributions of up to 5.5% of salary, subject to the organization’s 401(k) plan requirements, which include a vesting schedule
  • support for work-related coaching
  • parental leave
  • funds to support professional development related to work
  • funds to support relationship and connection building related to work

Please note that all employment-related pay and benefits provided to ACLU of Oregon’s employees are subject to all applicable policies, practices, processes, and legal requirements, including changes to them that may occur from time to time.

How do I apply for this position?

An application package requires the following three parts: 

1.   Cover letter. Please include why you are interested in the Policy Support Associate position and the ACLU of Oregon, including the organizational values and issue areas that most call to you. Also, please describe the strengths that you believe you will bring to this position, as well as the areas of growth you will need related to this position.

2.   Resume.

3.   Work samples. Please provide at least two work samples that showcase skills and abilities that you believe are relevant and important to the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position.

Please submit your materials via this application submission form.

Who to contact for assistance?

Please contact hr@aclu-or.org if you need any assistance accessing the job posting or job application, or need disability-related accommodations.