Career Opportunity



Washington Legislative Office

 Washington, D.C.


The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), founded in 1920, is a nationwide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with more than 500,000 members and is dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution. The Washington Legislative Office (WLO) in the ACLU’s National Office in Washington, D.C. seeks applicants for a full-time Lobbyist Assistant.




The Lobbyist Assistant will work directly with the ACLU Legislative and/or Policy Counsels on pending federal legislation, regulatory matters, research, and policy proposals.  The Lobbyist Assistant will provide support to the organization’s federal legislative and executive branch lobbying effort.




  • Review and analyze current and proposed federal legislation, regulations and policies for lobbyists.
  • Serve as a representative of the lobbyists in external and internal meetings including responding to questions from external sources regarding pending federal issues.
  • Gather, summarize and archive federal legislative, regulatory and policy developments relevant to lobbyists’ issue areas.
  • Track legislation by attending Congressional hearings and using specialized congressional databases.
  • Assemble and organize informational packets, binders and other necessary documents.
  • Draft and proofread documents, including policy memos, talking points, correspondence to Congress and federal agencies, and other research documents as requested on federal legislative, regulatory and policy issues.
  • Collaborate with the federal lobbyists and policy counsels to ensure the success of events and lobbying initiatives sponsored by the lobbying team.
  • Provide administrative support to lobbyists.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.




  • Bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 2 years work experience supporting federal lobbyists, legislators or policy makers.
  • Strong organizational skills with superb attention to detail.
  • Ability to multitask and meet strict deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Exceptional writing and verbal skills; strong interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of basic federal legislative, regulatory, and policy process and research tools, such as LEXIS/NEXUS, Westlaw, CQ, Gallery Watch, and/or Knowlegis.  Knowledge of Bluebook form for legal citations a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software and Internet research tools.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU.




The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.




Please send a cover letter (with salary requirements), resume, writing sample, and three references, complete with names, addresses and employment position by email to Please reference [WLOU-53/NABA] in the subject line.  Please note this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to the Department.


Application materials may also be sent by mail to:


American Civil Liberties Union


125 Broad Street, 18th Floor

New York, NY 10004


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Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 


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.


The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.


The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU.”