Program Associate, Office of the Deputy Executive Director [EXEC-15]
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Executive Department, NY

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., 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 seeks a full-time Program Associate in its national Executive Department to support the Office of the Deputy Executive Director, as well as work with the Manager of Board Relations on internal operations for the ACLU’s Board of Directors and the Summer Advocacy Institute.


Supporting the Deputy Executive Director and Board Relations

  • Function as the principal liaison to the Deputy Executive Director, for all correspondence including confidential matters.
  • Plan and manage logistics for meetings and special staff projects including scheduling and preparing materials.
  • Draft, edit, produce, and distribute correspondence and public documents on behalf of the Deputy Executive Director. Maintain related files.
  • Participate in the development and maintenance of Board related records.
  • Liaise with the Accounting Department to process and reconcile payments and reimbursements.
  • Coordinate travel arrangements.

Summer Advocacy Institute

  • Connect with applicants, students and their families.
  • Participate in the creation of communications, marketing, outreach, and curriculum development materials.
  • Provide on-site support for the annual Institute in Washington, D.C.
  • Participate in the development and management of an ongoing communications program for the “Institute Alumni Network.”
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office; Use a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.
  • Other duties, as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience in youth programming preferred.
  • Experience with high level executive administration strongly preferred.
  • Ability to exercise tact and discretion in a highly confidential environment.
  • Marketing or social media experience preferred.
  • Superior time management skills and the ability to manage multiple projects with competing priorities and changing deadlines, in an efficient manner.
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team.
  • Ability to interact with all levels of staff and to accomplish tasks while displaying grace under pressure.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel).
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Willingness to travel (no more than 2-3 trips estimated each year).
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU.


Please send a cover letter, resume and a relevant writing sample to: hrjobsEXEC@aclu.org – reference [EXEC-15] in the subject line.

Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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.

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.

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The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU.”

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