New York Civil Liberties Union

Chief of Staff

New York, NY

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The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) seeks a seasoned professional to support the organization as Chief of Staff in its mission to protect the civil liberties of all New Yorkers. The NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization which uses legal, legislative, and public education approaches to protect and promote a broad range of constitutional issues including individual rights and freedoms, racial justice, privacy, religious liberty, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, free speech, and more.

Founded in 1951 as a balance to McCarthyism and the immense affronts to civil liberties prominent in that time, the NYCLU has led the way to create a more open, just, and equitable society. Today, the NYCLU is the largest affiliate of the national ACLU with more than 200,000 members and supporters, and 8 offices statewide. The Chief of Staff will join this affiliate at another urgent period in our nation’s history and will work in support of the Executive Director and collaboratively with the senior leadership team to strengthen organizational effectiveness and to maintain an inclusive, collaborative, and accountable culture at all levels. As a trusted advisor, support, and thought partner to the Executive Director, the Chief of Staff will assist in the refinement and implementation of the affiliate’s agenda through clear and open communication internally and with key partners, serving as a proxy for the Executive Director when needed. The Chief of Staff will work collaboratively with the Senior Leadership team and will lead the agenda and facilitation of effective team meetings and communications across departments as well as ensure alignment and accountability across the team. In support of the NYCLU’s ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion work, the Chief of Staff will bring a deep commitment to advancing equity and will ensure a strong pool of resources and formalized trainings are available to staff while striving to promote an equity lens in all discussions, decisions, and planning sessions. 

Chief of Staff candidates should have a demonstrated track record of effective management and organizational leadership in complex environments with competing responsibilities and the ability to prioritize urgent needs against long-term goals of an organization. The ideal candidate will have at least ten years of progressively responsible experience directly related to this position and ideally experience in a nonprofit setting, including experience with strategic planning, human capital management, meeting design, financial management, and technology systems to support organizational effectiveness.  S/he/they will have an ability to inspire and mobilize individuals around a shared vision, will have demonstrated success building staff capacity and managing systems and processes, and will have an effective verbal and written communication style. A Bachelor’s degree is required, advanced degree in a related field highly desired.



This search is being conducted with assistance from Katherine Jacobs, Chris Cannon, and Priscilla Martinez of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group (NPAG). Please send nominations and/or your resume and cover letter describing your interest and qualifications to:

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Katherine Jacobs, Ph.D.

As a trained psychologist, teacher, researcher, and consultant with twenty years of experience both in the U.S. and abroad, Katherine guides organizations through change with particular expertise in founder transitions, facilitation of Board and executive level decisions, and the implications for growth and strategic talent development. 

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