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Opportunity:

Policy Fellow: 8 months full-time (ideal start date Sept. 15- March 30) funded Professional Fellowship.

Deadline to apply:

Applications will close August 15, 2021.

Where:

Atlanta, Georgia.

Who is eligible to apply:

All US-based Humanity in Action Fellows and Senior Fellows and Fellows are eligible to apply. Applicants must have a US work permit.

Fellows engage with the ACLU of Georgia to learn about their current work and projects in the community

The ACLU of Georgia-Humanity in Action Fellowship provides Senior Fellows and Fellows the fully-funded opportunity to work with the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia for 8 months. The Fellowship is an opportunity to gain exposure and contribute to policy research and advocacy on the ground. Scroll down to learn more about this opportunity and qualifications.

To apply please send a cover letter, resume (max 2 pages), and a writing sample (2-5 pages) to usa@humanityinaction.org by August 15, 2021. For further questions please contact grants@humanityinaction.org.

2021-2022 Policy Fellow

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (ACLU of GA) seeks a Policy Fellow to advance its civil liberties and civil rights agenda, with an emphasis on voting rights. The Policy Fellow will provide critical research and support for the ACLU of Georgia’s Voting Access Project and overall legislative program. The position is primarily responsible for state and local legislative policy analysis and research, but may be called upon to engage in advocacy efforts and cultivate partner relationships.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct rigorous policy research and fact-finding;
  • Analyze and track legislation, prepare written testimony, draft amendments, with an emphasis on voting rights;
  • Draft factsheets, policy memos, and other related materials;
  • Support organizational spokespeople in providing expertise to policymakers, the press, and coalition partners;
  • Participate in legislative interim activity and legislative session activities, including attending legislative and committee hearings, policy-related workgroups, and meetings;
  • Support the core initiatives of the Voting Access Project as needed, including support for county Board of election monitoring and advocacy, poll worker training, and voter education;
  • Help maintain and/or expand organizational and individual partners as requested;
  • Contribute to other projects as needed by the organization.

Eligibility

Must be a Humanity in Action Fellow or Senior Fellow, who is eligible to work in the US.

Qualifications

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral (and the ability to explain complex policy principles);
  • Excellent research and analytical skills;
  • Basic knowledge of state and local government politics, including the legislative process; 
  • Basic knowledge of voting rights issues and quick learner to expand the knowledge base on the issue;
  • Ability to work independently when necessary and keep organized in a fast-paced environment, manage several projects simultaneously and adjust strategy to frequently changing demands;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain relationships with diverse groups;
  • Demonstrated initiative-taking, vision, and ability to manage short- and long-term projects;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, and attention to detail;
  • Demonstrable commitment to civil liberties and civil rights;
  • Strong proficiency with the use of software platforms and a high degree of comfort with multiple technology applications;
  • Ability to work with and center historically marginalized or oppressed communities of different cultures and backgrounds.  This includes having a mature understanding of how structural racism, sexism, and prejudice against all kinds of marginalized communities pervade our society.

We are grateful to the ACLU of Georgia and the Malka Fund of the Jewish Communal Fund for their support of this Professional Fellowship opportunity.

Malka Fund of the Jewish Communal Fund