The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii's next Legal Director will be a mission-driven, experienced attorney who will help advance the civil rights and liberties of the people of Hawaiʻi. We take pride in our reputation of over 50 years fighting for people whose civil rights are challenged. And now—with never-before-imagined threats to civil liberties nationally, the increased need to be a check on government locally, the still-evolving impacts of the COVID crisis on our rights, and the 400-years overdue increased awareness of the impacts of systemic racism on every element of our society—it is the ideal time to join us and make a meaningful impact on the future of Hawai‘i and the United States!
We are taking our organization to a new level by focusing our legal and legislative firepower, building field strength, and expanding our communications methods. We are pursuing specific integrated advocacy campaigns to achieve measurable goals that will expand civil liberties and civil rights while building the long-term power of the ACLU and the civil liberties’ movement.
The Legal Director will lead and grow the ACLU of Hawai’i’s legal program, including developing and litigating high-impact cases, managing an ongoing docket of cases and matters, and working with other departments to accomplish the affiliate’s goals. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Legal Director is responsible for setting overall legal strategy to advance the ACLU of Hawaii’s mission and campaign goals, as well as handling day-to-day management of legal staff and cooperating attorneys. The Legal Director will have a commitment to racial equity and will work to promote equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (EDIB) and incorporate an EDIB lens in the legal department’s internal and external work.
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Are You Ready to Help Lead Us into the Future?
If you’re excited about devoting your talents and skills to the ACLU of Hawaiʻi, please submit (1) your resume, (2) letter of interest, (3) writing sample of no more than 10 pages, and (4) three professional refences by email. Please include your last name and “Legal Director – Hawai‘i” in the subject line of the email and mention where your learned of this opportunity. No phone calls, please. To ensure that we receive your application, please do not send your application to any other ACLU email address.
Salary is commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU of Hawai‘i compensation scale. Excellent benefits include: generous vacation and sick leave; 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave; individual/family employer-provided health insurance with 100% of premiums covered for the employee; long-term disability; defined contribution plan with employer match; paid parking; and 14 paid holidays. This position is full-time, salaried, and exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
We will accept applications until November 13, 2020 or until the position is filled, when the job announcement will be removed from our website. We hope one of those applications is yours.
The ACLU of Hawai‘i is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest organization, dedicated to defending and enhancing civil rights and civil liberties through litigation, legislative advocacy, organizing, and community education.
The ACLU of Hawai‘i is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. It is our policy to employ qualified people without regard to: race; color; religion; sex; national origin; age; ancestry; disability; sexual orientation; veteran’s status; marital status; civil union status; arrest or court record; citizenship; credit history; genetic information; gender identity or expression; status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking; or any other characteristic protected under federal or state law.
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