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ACLU of Missouri Executive Director in Charleston, South Carolina


The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer of the ACLU affiliate in South Carolina and is responsible for giving direction and leadership to the organization as it seeks to achieve its philosophy, mission, strategies and annual goals and objectives.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director ensures that the organization is fiscally sound and that its internal and external communications, fund development, and programs are meeting the current and emergent needs and interests of its constituents.


For nearly 100 years, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, preserving the right to vote, the right to have an abortion, the rights protected by the First Amendment and due process of law, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. The ACLU is a nationwide organization the fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, economic status, national origin, immigration status, incarceration or record of arrest or conviction. We are nonprofit and nonpartisan and have grown from a roomful of civil liberties activists to an organization of more than 1.6 million members and supporters.

  • The ACLU SC Affiliate is located in Charleston, SC and has an authorized full time staff of six who report to the Executive Director. The staff manages the legal, fund raising, communication and daily operation of the office.
  • It is anticipated that an applicant should have six to ten years of relevant experience in the functions described below and an undergraduate academic degree, or more. It is understood that applicants may not have experience in all functional areas, but they need to demonstrate that they can develop all needed skills. It is essential that the ACLU's underlying principles and reasons for being are passionately embraced by the applicant.
  • The annual salary of the Executive Director will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant, it is anticipated to be in the range of $70,000-100,000 plus benefits. As communication and transparency with the board is essential to the success of the SC affiliate office, additional details and requirements regarding board supervision will be addressed in the interview process.

The Executive Director has ongoing responsibility for the following:


  • Serve as an effective and visible spokesperson for the ACLU of SC, clearly articulating the organization’s non-partisan history, programs, and mission. Represent the organization in the media, increase public awareness, and broaden the organization’s reputation as a credible and strategic civic actor driven by its principles.
  • Establish a clear vision for the continued growth and expansion of the ACLU of SC. Provide direction to develop and execute programs that advance the organization’s vision.
  • Lead the organization’s fund raising efforts – utilize a staff-driven program model that focuses on increasing the number and capacity of major donors.
  • Initiate and strengthen relationships and collaborations with organizations and leaders who are connected to the ACLU of SC’s mission and purpose.
  • Serve as the primary liaison between the ACLU of SC and the National ACLU to assure that the affiliate maintains national standards, has opportunities to participate in national initiatives, and benefits from national resources.
  • Work in partnership with the board, staff and volunteers to carry out policies approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Ensure by effective management and leadership that the day-to-day operations are professionally, efficiently, ethically and equitably organized and administered.
  • Direct legal, legislative, and communications programs.
  • Oversee the ACLU of SC’s financial operations as it functions dual 501 (c) 3 and a 501 (c) 4 non-profit entities; oversee the budgetary process and ensure that sound financial controls are in place; oversee the production of transparent and clear fiscal reports.
  • Motivate and maintain a diverse and cohesive staff, ensuring that there is strong internal communication and coordination; recruit new staff when appropriate and evaluate performance; cultivate a welcoming work environment.
  • Use technology to facilitate organizational management, fundraising, public education and lobbying.
  • Implement policies, programs, goals, and objectives as established by the board.
  • Work with the board to identify and help recruit new board members who will add diversity to the board and whose talents, interests and commitment will help to further the ACLU’s mission.
  • Regularly brief the board on the status of its work and initiatives.
  • Engage the board in meaningful participation to further the organization’s goals.

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 job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

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, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.

The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU.”


Please submit a letter of interest (with salary requirements), and resume to Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position may be directed to this Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity. Posted June 11, 2019