Redistricting Attorney (7-month term)
ACLU-SC is headquartered in Charleston, this position is remote anywhere in SC.
Open Until Filled
ABOUT THE ACLU-SC
The ACLU-SC works daily in communities, courts, and the South Carolina Legislature to defend and advance the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the U.S. and South Carolina Constitutions. The ACLU-SC is a highly rewarding place to work for those interested in protecting our fundamental civil rights and civil liberties. Founded in 1968, the ACLU of South Carolina has 9 full-time staff positions. To learn more about the work of the ACLU-SC and ACLU, please visit www.aclusc.org and www.aclu.org.
APPROACH TO ADVOCACY
ACLU of South Carolina takes an integrated advocacy approach to the work of advancing civil rights and civil liberties, meaning we deploy multi-pronged, multi-year strategies that include impact litigation, policy advocacy, legislative advocacy, organizing, and communications.
ABOUT THE JOB
The ACLU of South Carolina is hiring a full time, time limited, attorney position to support our efforts to make the South Carolina political redistricting process as fair and transparent as possible. This is a unique position that combines rigorous research, policy analysis, and carrying out a community-driven advocacy campaign to help advance our mission and innovative agenda. The position will last seven months.
The attorney will evaluate the legality of South Carolina’s redistricting process, conduct research and policy analysis on issues related to political redistricting in South Carolina, and will help develop and execute advocacy and public education strategies to advance our nonpartisan agenda of protecting civil liberties. The attorney will also work with national ACLU and local and state partners to advance the redistricting work.
- Closely monitor the 2021 political redistricting process in South Carolina.
- Provide legal support to partner organizations and community leaders to ensure that the redistricting process is administered fairly, rationally, and with proper regard for the impact of redistricting on marginalized communities.
- Update and consult with our Director of Legal Advocacy and our national Voting Rights Project regarding the redistricting process in South Carolina.
- Evaluate potential legal challenges to the redistricting process in South Carolina and, if necessary, help prepare the record for such challenges.
- Engage in community outreach to identify and deepen relationships with key community stakeholders.
- Create and disseminate public education materials, policy papers, and advocacy materials regarding redistricting and gerrymandering.
- Research and draft op-eds, online articles, and responses to media inquiries.
- Engage in public speaking, including with the media and at community events, for both expert and lay participants.
- Work with ACLU staff to develop social media campaigns for public education related to voting rights.
- You have experience working on legal issues related to voting, elections, and redistricting.
- You are an experienced advocate and leader who thrives in a busy, mission-driven environment.
- You have excellent interpersonal skills and enjoy building and cultivating diverse coalitions of stakeholders.
- You are committed to building cultures of belonging where staff and partners are and feel respected, valued, and welcome.
- You are a leader who trusts and inspires trust in supervisees and are comfortable sharing responsibility and authority with others.
- You have worked collegially on management teams and understand the value of inclusive, equitable leadership approaches.
- You work well under pressure, are personable, and are committed to racial and social justice in the work and interpersonal work relationships.
- J.D. from an accredited college or university.
- Licensed to practice law in South Carolina.
- Experience in legal, civil rights and social justice, public policy, legislative advocacy, community-based policy advocacy, and/or organizing experience. Clerkships are counted as legal experience.
- Demonstrated ability to build and work effectively with diverse coalitions and community groups and to work across political ideology, race, ethnicity, socio-economic circumstances, religion, gender, and sexual orientation.
- Outstanding research, writing, and oral communication skills; superior attention to detail; ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously; good problem-solving skills and a positive, professional attitude with excellent judgment, flexibility, determination, and grace in a fast-paced environment.
- Experience in translating technical analyses into compelling advocacy messages.
- Demonstrated familiarity and confidence with reviewing data and statistics on voting and political participation from a variety of sources.
- Integrity, honesty, and a balanced, non-partisan approach to the work.
- Ability to think creatively and develop new and innovative research, policy, and advocacy
The annual salary range for this 7-month term position is $50,000 – $70,000, prorated. Excellent benefits include generous paid vacation, sick, and holiday leave, 100% employer-paid medical and dental insurance for the employee and their partner and dependents, 401 (k) plan with an employer match, and life and long-term disability insurance.
HOW TO APPLY
Email a cover letter describing your interest in this position and the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above and resume. Email Information: firstname.lastname@example.org | Please write “Redistricting Attorney” in the subject line.
The ACLU of South Carolina is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of South Carolina 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, veteran status, involvement with the criminal legal system, or differently abled status.