ACLU of Washington

Youth Policy Counsel

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking a passionate and strategic advocate to lead its efforts to break the school to prison pipeline and promote community-based interventions for young people who commit crimes. The Youth Policy Counsel will be a member of the Policy Advocacy Group and will work collaboratively with the entire office.


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 135,000 members and supporters.

The ACLU-WA maximizes its impact through an integrated advocacy approach that aligns and coordinates legislative advocacy, policy development, litigation, organizing, and public education work across the organization with team members from all departments. In the past few years, the ACLU-WA has worked with community partners to advance legislation limiting incarceration of juveniles for non-criminal offenses and preventing youth from being automatically charged as adults in most cases, helped reform school discipline in Spokane Public Schools, filed litigation to challenge statewide discriminatory discipline of students with disabilities, challenged the denial of equal access to LGBTQ student clubs, led a coalition pushing for reforms to the state’s student discipline regulations, and secured religious freedoms for Native American youth incarcerated in state juvenile prisons.

We seek team members with a strong understanding of racial equity and commitment to centering the voices and lived experiences of directly impacted communities in the development and implementation of advocacy strategies. People who have been directly impacted by the school to prison pipeline or the juvenile law system are particularly encouraged to apply.

For more information about this opportunity and how to apply, please refer to the job description.

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.