South Carolina

Deadline date

Open Until Filled

The ACLU of South Carolina (ACLU-SC) seeks a full-time position of Research Advocate.

The Research Advocate will play a key role in the advancement of ACLU-SC’s goals in South Carolina. The Research Advocate will engage in research, documentation, story gathering, and data analysis that will be used to shift media, lawmaker, and community perceptions around the organization’s campaign priorities and achieve systemic policy reform victories. The Research Advocate will perform in-depth, original research and transfer the research/original data into persuasive advocacy materials, including blogs and op eds, white papers, reports, profiles of impacted individuals and communities, and more. While ACLU-SC is headquartered in Charleston, the position could be based anywhere within South Carolina. 


  • Conduct in-depth research on a wide range of civil liberties and rights issues as determined under the ACLU-SC’s strategic priorities;
  • Draft, file, and follow up on requests for public documents under the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act;
  • Collect, review, and analyze raw data, including via the FOIA, publicly available datasets, and other sources;
  • Communicate results of analysis orally and in writing, including via, reports, spreadsheets, and visuals (charts/infographics);
  • Contact and interview impacted individuals, experts, and other stakeholders to support research, documentation, and culture change efforts;
  • Develop research plans and methodologies, report outlines, and other work necessary to engage in the production of original documentation and policy reports;
  • Present research and findings at public events;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with appropriate staff at other ACLU affiliates and the ACLU national office, as well as with South Carolina-based coalition partners, academics, and practitioners; and
  • Undertake other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.


  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission of the ACLU-SC; 
  • Demonstrated experience or an advanced degree in journalism, law, social sciences, or related field required; 
  • Ability to gather and analyze original research in a rigorous, nuanced, and efficient manner; 
  • Ability to conduct interviews with a wide range of people, including impacted individuals, academics, and other stakeholders; 
  • Ability to produce high-quality written material under tight deadlines; 
  • Ability to get along and work collaboratively with diverse personalities; 
  • Strong initiative and follow-through and ability to multi-task effectively; and 
  • Willingness to travel throughout the state, as needed.

The ACLU-SC working daily in communities, courts, the South Carolina Legislature to defend and preserve 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, including immigrants’ rights, racial justice, religious liberty, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, and privacy. 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.

The salary range for this position is $50,000 – $70,000. To preserve the opportunity for advancement, we do not typically hire above the mid-point. Excellent benefits include generous paid vacation, sick, and holiday leave, 100% employer-paid medical and dental insurance, 401 (k) plan with an employer match, and life and long-term disability insurance.

Email a cover letter describing your interest in this position and the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above, resume, and two samples of your writing – these could include reports, news clips, or other content that demonstrate your research and writing.

Email Information: info@aclusc.org | Please write “Research Advocate” in the subject line.

Applications are being accepted until the position is filled.

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.