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The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking a multi-disciplinary and innovative Technology and Liberty Project Advocate who thrives in a collaborative organization and can skillfully handle diverse approaches to issues at the intersection of technology and the full spectrum of civil liberties. This position joins our Technology and Liberty Project (one of three at ACLU affiliates), which leads cutting-edge advocacy, organizing, and litigation strategies to protect constitutional rights in the face of game-changing advancements in technology. Our innovative approach centers race equity, fairness, accountability, and transparency, with a particular focus on disproportionately impacted communities.
This is a two-year position based at the ACLU of Washington office in Seattle and reports to the Technology and Liberty Project Director.
The ACLU of Washington is a leader among state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union, the country's premier guardian of liberty. We work in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect and extend American rights to freedom, fairness and equality. The ACLU is both nonprofit and nonpartisan. The ACLU-WA’s staff of 40+ employees and numerous volunteers work in a fast-paced, friendly and professional office in downtown Seattle. We are supported by more than 80,000 members, activists, and donors.
As Technology and Liberty Project Advocate you will help defend and promote civil rights and civil liberties in the digital age, pushing back on the creation of a surveillance infrastructure and helping ensure that technology deployments are fair, accountable, and transparent. You are a technologist who understands the disproportionate impacts of technology on vulnerable communities and work in close collaboration with them. You are responsible for implementing proactive projects and responding to immediate civil liberties threats in the areas of surveillance, privacy, data, algorithms, and automated decision-making. Your work may include, but is not limited to, policy and technical research and testing; developing technical analysis and projects; legislative and corporate advocacy; building and maintaining relationships with key private and public sector decision-makers; coalition and relationship building with community partners; public education; managing public disclosure requests and other litigation-related work; and clear, strategic communications. You bring a strong equity lens to the work and understand the critical importance of engaging and centering the perspectives of impacted communities.
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, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, socio-economic circumstance, or record of arrest or conviction.
The primary responsibilities of the position will include all or some portion of the below:
This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice. This position is “exempt” under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Salary is based on experience and qualifications. Benefits include three weeks of vacation to start, medical and disability insurance, a retirement plan, and an ORCA card.
To apply, email a letter of application and resume to Jobs@aclu-wa.org and include in the subject line of the email: your last name and Technology and Liberty Project Advocate. In your letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website at www.aclu-wa.org/careers.
The ACLU of Washington comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Inc. and the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Foundation. The two corporations share the same overall mission, office space, and employees. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU of Washington.”
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