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Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA) seeks a temporary, full-time election protection coordinator to organize and support the ACLU-PA’s nonpartisan election protection and voter education efforts around the 2020 election.

The election protection coordinator will play a key role in the ACLU-PA’s efforts to ensure that voters know their rights, including understanding Pennsylvania’s new election law. This includes helping people who are incarcerated either pretrial or for misdemeanors to register and to obtain absentee ballots and to educate people with criminal convictions about their right to vote. The coordinator also will play a major role in enhancing the ACLU-PA existing legal response system to help ensure that all eligible voters are able to cast a ballot that is counted.  

This position will be supervised jointly by the senior staff attorney and the director of advocacy and policy. The election protection coordinator will work closely with our advocacy,  legal, and communications staff and coalition partners across the state to develop and implement the organization’s voter education and election protection program. 

The ideal candidate will have a general understanding of Pennsylvania’s voting system (although they do not need to be an election law expert) and experience working with government stakeholders, volunteers, coalitions, and diverse communities. They will also be detail-oriented and have experience managing projects involving multiple stakeholders and pieces of information.

This position will be based in Philadelphia, but the coordinator must be available to travel around the state on a regular basis. Occasional weekends and evenings are required. This is a temporary, full-time position that will run from March 1 - November 30, 2020. 


Specific responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Setting up and maintaining systems to track the organization’s efforts around the state.
  • Organizing and running regular team meetings.
  • Managing and training volunteers.
  • Working in coalition with other groups on voter education efforts.
  • Responding to requests for information and speakers.
  • Speaking to community groups about voting rights.
  • Helping to recruit attorneys around the state to be on-call on Election Day.
  • Responding to individuals with questions about voting rights.
  • Assisting in preparation of written materials about voting rights.
  • Planning and coordinating election protection efforts on Election Day.
  • Working with state and local officials, as appropriate.
  • Assisting with other related tasks as needed.


  • Strong organizing and project coordination  skills.
  • Solid written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Some familiarity with or a strong interest in Pennsylvania’s elections law and procedures and voting-rights issues.
  • Experience working effectively and connecting with diverse populations and valuing differences of race, ethnicity, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstances.
  • Commitment to and experience with working in close partnership with community members
  • Experience working with volunteers.
  • Ability to travel required; driver’s license required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience participating in coalitions.
  • Experience speaking publicly.
  • Ability to speak Spanish a plus.
  • At least 1-2 years of experience in advocacy or organizing efforts, but applicants with a range of experience will be considered.  


Salary is $52,000-$55,000 annually.  Excellent benefits include generous vacation and sick leave; individual/family employer-provided health insurance; life insurance and long-term disability; defined contribution plan with employer match; and 10 paid holidays. This position is temporary, full-time, salaried, and exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.


To apply, send a letter of application and resume to advosearch@aclupa.org. Please include “election protection coordinator” in the subject line of the email.  In your letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. No calls, please.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website, www.aclupa.org/jobs.  

The ACLU-PA is an equal opportunity employer.  We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU-PA encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or record of arrest or conviction.

The ACLU-PA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest organization, dedicated to defending and enhancing personal freedoms protected by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights through litigation, legislative advocacy, and community education. It is a fast-paced environment that addresses headline-making issues with powerful personal stories and dynamic, precedent-setting solutions. The ACLU-PA has three offices, ten volunteer chapters, over 40,000 members and donors, more than 35 employees, and a $5.3 million operating budget.

The ACLU-PA comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union (the “Union”) of Pennsylvania and the ACLU Foundation (the “Foundation”) of Pennsylvania. The Union is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation, and ACLU membership dues fund its lobbying work. Donations to the Union are not tax-deductible. The ACLU Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Foundation funds support litigation and public education efforts. Donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible. The election protection coordinator is an employee of the ACLU Foundation of Pennsylvania. 

Both the ACLU of Pennsylvania and the ACLU Foundation of Pennsylvania have the same overall mission, and share office space, employees, and the same board of directors. The two entities are jointly known by the term “ACLU of Pennsylvania.” 

ACLU-PA’s hiring process will comply with Philadelphia’s Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards (“Ban the Box”) ordinance. 

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