Louisville, KY



Deadline date

5PM ET, Tuesday, September 7, 2021

We're hiring a policy strategist! Learn more and apply by 5PM ET, Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

General Information

The Policy Strategist will serve as a primary policy and advocacy expert on civil rights and civil liberties issues surrounding justice reform. The role is responsible for analyzing state and local policies, supporting an impactful, non-partisan policy advocacy program, and developing a range of materials and trainings to utilize and disseminate research findings and recommendations for public policy.

The campaigns in which the organization engages are about integrated advocacy, and include strategies across several disciplines including lobbying, communications, litigation, and grassroots organizing.

Advocacy at the ACLU of Kentucky centers the experiences and leadership of directly impacted people and engages directly impacted people in the work, while also ensuring that non-impacted allies engage in effective and substantive action. Further, our advocacy is oriented towards systemic change and policy action, moving decision-makers to make decisions that result in the advancement of specific campaign objectives.

Essential Functions

  • Coordinate and collaborate with ACLU-KY staff to build and implement effective multidisciplinary and integrated advocacy initiatives, involving a combination of policy, legal, communications, public education and organizing strategies to advance justice reform in Kentucky.
  • Maintain clear and quantifiable systems for tracking policy progress to ensure timely analysis and advocacy in and out of legislative session.
  • Develop legislative and strategic guidance and tool including policy analysis, strategies for lobbying, power-mapping and decision-maker targeting, effective coalition building, messaging and public engagement.
  • Analyze state legislative and other policy proposals and draft policy analyses designed to influence state policymakers.
  • In collaboration with the Communications and Legal programs, develop persuasive and informative materials, including issue specific policy reports, fact sheets, action alerts, talking points, issue briefs, op-eds, and website updates, and recommend communications messaging and strategy;
  • Represent ACLU-KY in various community and stakeholder groups, help build and lead coalitions with diverse stakeholders to advance shared policy goals, and work in partnership with other organizations.
  • Effectively manage the ACLU of Kentucky’s role in strategic coalitions and maintain its status and influence among partners, as well as, work on shared legislative and policy priorities.
  • Build and maintain trusted, respectful relationships with elected and appointed officials, agency decision-makers, lobbyists and community stakeholders by providing clear, fact-based analysis and resources and identifying opportunities for collaboration on ACLU issues.
  • Directly lobby state legislators and other public officials for policy change.
  • Speak publicly at state and local forums, conferences, meetings, and to the media.
  • Conduct research on priority ACLU of Kentucky issues and act as an in-house expert.
  • Attend conferences geared toward program area to stay abreast of national trends and policies.


  • Critical Thinking: Able to make substantial contributions on behalf of a project in matters of complex planning and coordination, including organizational strategic planning and formation of cross-departmental project teams.
  • Decision Making: Uses organizational vision and mission to set goals; develop and implement tactics; assume ownership and exercise a high degree of discretion.
  • Decision Making: A peer member of the Advocacy Team that reports directly to the Advocacy Director, but collaborates closely with all other departments within the ACLU-KY.
  • Leadership: May manage people, teams, or projects.


  • At least two (2) years of experience in community/field organizing and base building. At least one (1) year of experience in political/advocacy/campaign organizing, with experience working directly with volunteers strongly preferred.
  • Individuals directly impacted by the policy changes we have prioritized and that they, in their professional capacity, would be working to change, preferred.
  • A history of working collaboratively and successfully with people and organizations from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and a broad range of ideological positions and religious views.
  • Knowledge of criminal justice reform advocacy and messaging, or an ability to quickly become conversant with the latest research, messaging, and tactics used to educate the public and move policymakers.
  • Knowledge of the opportunities and challenges of building and working in large, diverse coalitions.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills.
  • Superb organization skills; detail-oriented with strong follow-through and the ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Creative, results-oriented, self-starting, and willing to learn.
  • Strong task and time management skills.
  • Ability to travel around the state as necessary and participate in evening and weekend meetings.
  • This position is based in Louisville; candidates must either reside in the Louisville metropolitan area or be willing to relocate quickly.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU. Strong passion for criminal justice issues, commitment to criminal justice reform, and an understanding of the racialized nature of the criminal justice system are absolutely essential.


The salary for this position will be $64,250.


The ACLU of Kentucky is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail Kelley Helgeson at Kelley.Helgeson@h2rconsultingllc.com. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request accommodations for the interview process.

How to Apply

Please apply online here and submit the following materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • 3 professional references

Apply online now

All materials must be submitted by 5PM ET, Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

The ACLU of Kentucky is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Kentucky encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, criminal history, and veteran status.