Community Relations Director (ACLU - WA)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking a Community Relations Director. The Community Relations Director oversees the ACLU-WA’s promotion, supporter engagement, and public education programs across the state. The position collaborates across departments to create meaningful and mutually beneficial opportunities for the public to connect with the ACLU-WA. Reporting to the Communications Director, the Community Relations Director develops engagement plans to involve the public in the advancement of justice and equity and to position the ACLU-WA as a trusted and valued resource for the community.


The ACLU of Washington is a leader among state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union, the country's premier guardian of liberty. We work in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect and extend American rights to freedom, fairness and equality. The ACLU is both nonprofit and nonpartisan. 

The ACLU-WA’s staff of 40+ employees and numerous volunteers work in a fast-paced, friendly and professional office in downtown Seattle. We are supported by more than 80,000 members, activists, and donors.

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


Strategy. Collaborate in the development of organizational and specific issue messaging and strategies for community relations.

Promotions. Seek and maximize opportunities for ACLU visibility to potential supporters across the state through collaborations with other organizations and businesses, and via other means.

Supporter Engagement. Create meaningful ways for supporters at all levels to participate in the ACLU’s work and issues. Tailor experiences that will move supporters up the ladder of engagement, whether towards donating, activism, volunteering or network building.

Outreach and Public Education. Develop, oversee, and evaluate efforts to educate the public about ACLU-WA’s priority issues, programmatic work, and know-your-rights information. Constantly analyze and align ACLU-WA outreach and event resources with current organizational priorities, long-term campaigns, and the needs of directly impacted communities. Oversee Community Relations Coordinator’s work to support, inform and build trust in the community.

Publications, Messaging & Content Creation. Direct the creation of promotional and supporter publications such as the Annual Report, biannual supporter newsletter, relevant email communications, member engagement and “join” materials, and organizational and issue-specific items like stickers, pins, posters, signs, etc. Direct video, photography and other media for marketing and promotion, and advise or supervise for programmatic media.

Create supporter-centric content for the website and social media and “own” quality and updates of relevant areas of the website, working with Online Communications Specialist.

Supervise and support graphic designer in creation of all public education and programmatic materials; act as project manager and/or liaison with other departments and stakeholders as needed.

Leadership & Supervisory. Actively center race equity in all of the work above and in inter-department and external conversations. Participate on Racial Equity Team Committees and work to further racial equity organization-wide.

Supervise the work of the Community Relations Coordinator, including their professional development and management of other staff and interns. Supervise the Graphic Designer, including their professional development and work with other departments. 


  • A minimum of five years’ related experience in community relations, communications, or development is required.
  • Experience creating and managing the execution of strategic workplans, marketing campaign plans, and budgets.
  • Experience working and communicating with diverse constituencies.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communications skills; strong attention to detail, ability to write and deliver work product under deadlines, and commitment to high quality standards.
  • Ability to supervise staff, volunteers, and work cooperatively with others.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings, overtime, or irregular hours.
  • A commitment to advance racial justice, both internally in our organization and externally in the communities that we serve.
  • A commitment to diversity within the office; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance.
  • An understanding of and enthusiasm for civil liberties and civil rights.
  • Proficiency in a language other than English spoken by the communities we serve is a plus (examples are Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Somali, Arabic, Tagalog, and others).

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. This position is “exempt” under the Fair Labor Standards Act.


Salary is based on experience and qualifications.  Benefits include three weeks of vacation to start, medical and disability insurance, a retirement plan, and an ORCA card.


To apply, email a letter of application and resume to [email protected] and include in the subject line of the email:  your last name and Community Relations Director. In your letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website at

The ACLU of Washington comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Inc. and the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Foundation. The two corporations share the same overall mission, office space, and employees. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU of Washington.”




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