American Civil Liberties Union of Florida: Regional Director (Jacksonville, FL)


The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida (“ACLU”) is seeking a person to direct its Northeast Regional Office located in Jacksonville.

The ACLU of Florida Northeast Office serves a multi-county area to implement the civil liberties priorities of the state affiliate and the national ACLU. The Jacksonville office is one of four offices throughout the state and is staffed by the Regional Director and a Regional Organizer. The ACLU of Florida, which is the state affiliate of the national ACLU, works in the courts, legislatures, and through public education programs in communities to defend and expand the individual rights and personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Job Description: The Regional Director will work under the direction of the ACLU of Florida Deputy Director to expand civil liberties initiatives in the Northeast region, including all phases of management, public policy advocacy, public relations, membership, fundraising and community organizing in the Jacksonville office. S/he will work closely with the affiliate’s senior staff located in Miami, and will be responsible for directing ACLU activities in the Northeast region of Florida, including organizing public education programs, public speaking, media appearances, contact with public officials, and managing the office. The Regional Director also will assist the volunteer leaders of Chapters located in the Northeast Region.

Qualifications: The Director must be committed to the policies and goals of the ACLU, have a well-developed understanding of civil liberties and constitutional rights issues, and significant experience managing and implementing programs that address civil rights and civil liberties issues in community settings. Knowledge of the Jacksonville community and the surrounding area is a plus. The Director must have the ability to work with diverse communities, coalitions, and grass roots organizations, as well as demonstrated supervisory and management skills. Good writing, public speaking and people skills are a must. S/he also will help develop a civil liberties and civil rights legal docket in conjunction with the ACLU of Florida legal staff and the affiliate Legal Director. The Regional Director, in cooperation with ACLU-FL Communications and other program staff, also will represent the ACLU in public education efforts and to the media to advance the goals of the state affiliate. Fundraising skills also are essential. The person must have the ability to work independently with flexibility for travel, including evenings and weekends. S/he must have transportation.


Preference will be given to applicants with prior management, public policy advocacy, and public speaking experience and demonstrated commitment to civil liberties, who possess the attributes necessary to run a Regional Office, and who will exemplify the ACLU’s principles in interaction with the public and governmental officials. A familiarity with civil liberties issues and a commitment to the goals of the ACLU in defending and advancing civil rights and civil liberties is essential. Fluency in Spanish is a plus, but not required.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is comparable to managerial positions at other public interest organizations in the area and will be set depending upon experience. The ACLU provides excellent benefits including health and dental insurance, a defined contribution retirement plan, and generous vacation, holiday and medical leave policies.

Application Process: Please send resume and cover letter to with the subject line: Regional Director Application or surface mail to:

Beth Wilson, Deputy Director American Civil Liberties Union of Florida 4500 Biscayne Boulevard – Suite 340 Miami, FL 33137-3227

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The ACLU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, persons with disabilities and lesbians, gay men and transgendered persons are particularly encouraged to apply.