Nationwide Indigenous Justice Project Manager

Seattle, WA
Full Time
Mid Level
Nationwide Indigenous Justice Project Manager
(2 Year Term Limited Fellowship)

Position Open Until Filled
First Review of Applicants Scheduled for June 21, 2024

The ACLU of Washington (ACLU-WA) advances liberty and justice in the courts, in the legislatures, in the streets, and at the ballot box. Our work is rooted in belief in a future where everyone in Washington, particularly those who have been historically and systematically denied full enjoyment of their promised civil rights and liberties, are finally free to do so without barriers. Defending and advancing these fundamental rights and core values relies on the contributions of exceptional staff.

We are pleased to invite applications for a term limited Indigenous Justice (IJ) Project Manager Fellow to help lead efforts to promote Indigenous Justice work across nationwide ACLU state affiliates and national ACLU programs and departments. The IJ Project Manager works with the ACLU’s Indigenous Justice Working Group (IJWG), its steering committee (IJSC), and the Indigenous Justice Action Committee (IJAC) to build capacity of staff across the ACLU to effectively and respectfully engage in Indigenous Justice work. The position will provide project management support to ensure that the IJWG, IJSC, and IJAC stay on track to accomplish priorities, maintain awareness of and facilitate effective communication about IJ work across the ACLU, and help build bridges between ACLU staff members working on Indigenous Justice issues. In addition to nationwide responsibilities, the IJ Project Manager will work with staff in the ACLU of Washington to develop relationships with Indigenous leaders in Washington and beyond and identify opportunities to advance local Indigenous Justice work. Approximately 75% of the work with be focused on national work, and 25% of the work on the Washington affiliate.

Indigenous Justice (IJ) work at the ACLU seeks to support and advance the sovereignty of Indigenous people and Nations through culturally authentic and Indigenous-centered legal, policy, advocacy, and organizing work designed to dismantle colonial systems of oppression. Through this work, we aim to support Indigenous communities and follow their lead as they work to uphold their sovereignty, dignity, and autonomy. We strive to honor and, when possible, integrate Indigenous worldviews and values into our approaches and strategies.
The position reports to the ACLU-WA Integrated Advocacy Director.

This is a 2 year, limited-term position with the opportunity for renewal.

Race Equity
  • Actively participate in the ACLU-WA’s race equity work. This may include utilizing ACLU-WA race equity tools and adopting ACLU-WA race equity practices.
  • Ensure that the ACLU-WA’s Indigenous Justice work centers race equity and Indigenous justice as an overarching value in advocacy work. Develop and implements plan in a manner that increases the power and voice of impacted communities to effectuate sustained change and centers the ACLU-WA’s community agreements in internal operations.
IJ efforts across the National ACLU
  • Coordinate and facilitate the work of the IJ Working Group (made up of staff from dozens of affiliates and national programs, led by a steering committee of 5 staff) and IJ Action Committee (made up of Executive Directors and other senior leaders from across the ACLU). Ensure that the IJWG and IJAC are making progress towards identified priorities; facilitate team members to identify roadblocks, pivots, and needed supports.
  • Maintain awareness of and effectively communicate IJ advocacy across the ACLU. Work to publicize and promote ACLU IJ initiatives and resources to support effective IJ work on internal ACLU communication platforms. This could include working with the IJWG and IJAC to create and manage resource guides, toolkits, and information hubs.
  • With the IJWG Steering Committee, facilitate connections between ACLU staff working on similar IJ issues. Identify and generate opportunities for cross-affiliate training and consultation opportunities to ensure expertise and learning are shared among affiliates.
  • Working with other members of the IJWG, IJAC, or with ACLU-WA staff as assigned, support ACLU affiliates in states/regions engaged in Indigenous Justice issues or with significant Indigenous populations and relevant national projects to begin or deepen their Indigenous Justice work. This includes identifying needed technical assistance, facilitating connection to experts inside the ACLU-WA, and, as appropriate, helping to identify and build connections with tribes and Indigenous organizations.
  • Establish and cultivate relationships with the ACLU National’s office of Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives (ASNI) and other departments to promote Indigenous Justice work in the broader organization.
  • Organize regular opportunities to engage ACLU staff, leadership, board members, donors, volunteers, and members in learning about Indigenous Justice, the unique history and current context of Tribes and Indigenous communities (“IJ 101” trainings) and respectful ways of engaging and working with Indigenous people.
  • Support National EDIB staff to incorporate Indigenous perspectives into curricula and trainings.
  • Support the IJAC in its work to develop and build affiliate and national HR staff engagement with strategies for recruiting and retaining Indigenous staff in affiliates and the ACLU’s National office.
Support the ACLU-WA’s Indigenous Justice advocacy in Washington
  • With the Integrated Advocacy Director and other staff, build relationship with Indigenous leaders, Indigenous led community-based organizations, advocacy groups that focus on Indigenous Justice issues, and tribal government leaders across Washington to learn more about opportunities for the ACLU-WA to partner on efforts to advance Indigenous Justice.
  • Collaborate with other ACLU-WA staff members to incorporate Indigenous Justice principles and strengthen connections to Indigenous Justice leaders in ACLU-WA campaigns, amicus briefs, or affirmative litigation cases in one of our four major issue areas.
  • With the Integrated Advocacy Department leadership team, support efforts to enhance understanding of Indigenous Justice principles amongst ACLU-WA staff and build community accountability structures to inform the ACLU-WA’s Indigenous Justice work.

The successful candidate will bring many of the following qualifications and attributes:
  • At least 3 years of advocacy or administrative experience required.
  • History of living in or working with Indigenous communities and familiarity with traditional and cultural protocols. Knowledge of current Indigenous movements, campaigns, and issues impacting Indigenous communities.
  • The ability and willingness to develop general understanding of civil rights and civil liberties advocacy in courts, and with the legislature and other government bodies.
  • Excellent work-planning and project management skills. The ability to develop concrete short and intermediate term workplans to advance longer term goals, the ability to track multiple projects simultaneously, and coordinate teams to drive strategies to completion. Attention to detail; the ability to prioritize, set, and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills and the ability to communicate to diverse audiences on complex topics. Strong listening skills and the ability to facilitate groups towards decision making and action steps.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the ACLU and its structure; the ability to coordinate and grow work across multiple affiliated but independent organizations.
  • Awareness of, and willingness to engage in, the difficult, transformative work of challenging structural racism, implicit bias and other inequities.
  • Demonstrated history of building strong relationships with internal and external partners. Able to build relationships across differences and navigate conflict in a manner that values relationships with people at all levels. Team player who inspires collaboration, lifts up the work of others, and maintains balance and perspective with patience and a sense of humor. Ability to collaborate with litigators, organizers, lobbyists and all other job occupations available at the ACLU.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with business applications, including Microsoft Office suite (e.g. SharePoint, Teams), with an ability to become familiar with organization-specific programs and software (i.e. Asana).

  • Be committed to advancing the mission, vision and values of the ACLU
  • Center and embed the principles of equity, inclusion and belonging in their work by demonstrating commitment to diversity with an approach that respects and values multiple perspective.
  • Be committed to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and conflicts
LOCATION: Seattle, Washington

CLASSIFICATION: This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. The ACLU-WA reserves the right to change the content of this posting at any time without advance notice. This position is “exempt” under the Fair Labor Standards Act and approved up to one (1) fulltime equivalent (FTE).

WORKING CONDITIONS: All ACLU-WA employees must reside in the State of Washington and be able to regularly commute to our Seattle office for periodic required in-person meetings.

MENTAL DEMAND: Decision-making, high emotional intelligence, giving and receiving feedback and building trusting relationships. The nature of this work can be emotionally demanding and requires thoughtful and clear communication and resilience.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The ACLU-WA observes a hybrid workstyle, with some staff working primarily remotely while others work in the office several days a week. Our office is generally open between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and is located in downtown Seattle.

The physical demands and work environment described below represent those required and encountered by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Able to input information into a computer for long periods of time.
  • Able to assess information communicated through a computer.
  • Able to work some evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Able to periodically work long and extended hours.
  • Able to travel locally/regionally/across the state as needed.

TOTAL COMPENSATION: The ACLU-WA seeks to provide equitable and competitive compensation for attracting and retaining staff with the skill, judgment, and perseverance to confront challenges to civil rights and civil liberties and build a state where all people live with dignity and equity, enjoying freedoms unimpeded by racial and economic injustice and other forms of oppression. We provide a mix of compensation for staff that is intended to address today’s needs and allow planning for tomorrow and into retirement. As such, the ACLU-WA has adopted a salary scale for measuring how to best compensate its employees. The salary for this position is $91,263-109,309. A range indicates the intention to accommodate those with varying years of relevant experience, as determined by the salary scale.

BENEFITS: Generous benefits include three weeks of vacation, thirteen sick days with an additional ten days given in 2024, fifteen holidays, employer-paid professional development, fully paid employee medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance, an employer contributed retirement plan, student loan reimbursement, family care and adoption assistance, life insurance, and an ORCA card, the regional transportation pass. ACLU-WA provides laptops, home office supplies, certain equipment, and technology support. You will need an effective Wi-Fi connection and a way to communicate by phone. This position is eligible for either a work phone or phone stipend, as well as an additional $150 stipend each month to help cover any additional costs while working from home.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To apply, please submit a cover letter, résumé and responses to supplemental questions on our online job portal. In your cover letter, please explain the ways in which you satisfy the skills and qualifications specified above. We also invite you to include in your cover letter information about how your background and/or experience could contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and advocacy work.  Please note that we will check references at the end of the recruitment process when a conditional offer is presented.  The offer will be pending the results of reference checks.  Be prepared to share references with us if you make it to the end of the process.

HIRING TIMELINE: This position is open until filled with the first review of candidates scheduled for June 21, 2024. We will schedule interviews with qualified candidates after the first review of candidates.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, socio-economic circumstance, or record of arrest or conviction. We do not conduct criminal background checks on our candidates. People of color, women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

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