Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Attorney

San Francisco, California, United States Full-time

The Opportunity

The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU-NC) seeks an experienced and innovative Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Attorney who thrives in a collaborative organization and can skillfully handle diverse approaches to a broad privacy, free speech, and technology docket. This position joins our Technology and Civil Liberties team, nationally recognized for its use of cutting-edge legal, policy, and technology strategies, in the San Francisco office and reports to the Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Director for the ACLU of California.

The Approach

You bring enthusiasm and passion to your work on issues at the intersection of technology and civil liberties. You are a creative thinker who can identify new opportunities to advance the goals of the Technology and Civil Liberties Project. You bring a big picture perspective to all of your work and have experience working on a multi-strategy team. You are a relationship-builder and willing collaborator with demonstrated success developing and maintaining key relationships with community groups and leaders. You excel at time-management and are able to keep a disciplined focus on making progress on your priorities while balancing emerging opportunities. You are thorough while also efficient and always produce top-notch work product that is tailored to Project goals. You have a growth-mindset and always seek to learn and improve the quality of your practice.

The Position

Your job is to defend and promote civil rights and civil liberties in the digital age. You are responsible for implementing multi-disciplinary, proactive projects and responding to immediate threats in the areas of government surveillance, consumer privacy, and free speech on the internet. Working closely with the team, you are responsible for integrating a range of legal and policy strategies into your work that may include, but not limited to, legal, policy, and technical research, legislative and agency lawyering, legal analysis and civic engagement, coalition development, public education, and strategic communications.

About the Organization

The ACLU-NC is an affiliate of a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights.  For most of the last century, it has been at the heart of many of the most major – and sometimes controversial – struggles for civil liberties in our state. Our mission is to ensure that Constitutional rights don’t just exist on paper, but are protected in practice. As we face dangerous policies that threaten our civil rights and civil liberties, we remain dedicated to confronting these issues and defending the progress we have made. We use our decades of experience in impact litigation, legislative advocacy, and fearless organizing to fight these policies and protect our most cherished rights and freedoms. Join us.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct legal, policy, and technical research about the civil liberties and civil rights impact of government actions and consumer technologies, design and lead public records request projects, and participate in litigation and amicus briefs;
  • Design and implement local and statewide campaigns to defend and promote rights, including developing legal and policy positions and working on civic engagement, public education, and strategic communication materials.
  • Engage in legislative, agency, and political process lawyering, and support legal and policy efforts, including evaluating local and state legislation and ballot measures, helping to develop new legislation and policy models, drafting local and state advocacy letters, and providing expertise to policymakers;
  • Forge and maintain relationships with technology experts, public interest groups, government officials, community stakeholders, and academics to engage them in our work and implement collaborative projects, and foster positive working relationships and opportunities to collaborate with state and national ACLU staff;
  • Supervise law and policy interns and fellows, working closely with the Project Director, and,
  • Engage in other activities to advance the work of the Project.


  • J.D. or graduate degree in a field such as public policy, information science, computer science, or political science.
  • Significant experience in legal, policy, or technical analysis in areas at the intersection of technology and privacy, free speech, or broader civil rights. Applicants with at least 6 years of directly relevant experience preferred.
  • Excellent analysis, writing, and research skills.
  • Demonstrated experience and success simplifying and communicating legal and technical issues to general audiences, including effective oral communication skills
  • Extremely strong project and time management skills, including a high level of organization, attention to detail, and follow-through, while balancing and prioritizing multiple activities and responsibilities.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills and ability to inspire collaboration, including success working as a member of a team and/or with community organizations and leading projects and people towards action.
  • Demonstrated experience engaging in creative problem solving and taking initiative, while utilizing a solutions-oriented approach and exhibiting flexibility and good judgement.
  • Demonstrated experience engaging and working with and/or on behalf of underrepresented communities.
  • Willingness to travel within Northern and Central California, and occasionally to Southern California and other parts of the country for speaking events, meetings, and conferences.
  • A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance.


Competitive salary depending on experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation in addition to 14 office holidays; medical, vision and dental insurance for staff members, their dependents and spouse/domestic partner; life and long-term disability insurance; and 401(k) plan with employer match.

To Apply

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Pacific on October 8, 2017. Applications must include (1) a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position and the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above, (2) resume, and (3) a list of three references. Applicants concurrently applying to any other position with the ACLU should state what other position they are applying for in the cover letter. Please submit your application in PDF format to the attention of Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Attorney/Technologist search at:

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