LGBTQ & HIV Project Director or Senior Supervising Attorney – ACLU of Illinois

  • Full Time
  • Chicago

Website Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU, Inc. (ACLU of Illinois)

The Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU, Inc. (“ACLU of Illinois”) seeks a Project Director or Senior Supervising Attorney to build and lead litigation and, in collaboration with other Departments, non-litigation advocacy to promote the ability of LGBTQIA+ people in Illinois to live with dignity and full equality.


  1. Demonstrated interest in protecting the civil rights and civil liberties of LGBTQIA+ people.
  2. Highly collaborative with the desire to consult and share information with colleagues and to respectfully resolve differences.
  3. Strong legal aptitude, including thoughtful engagement with legal principles and precedents and facility applying law to facts.
  4. Ability to synthesize multiple sources of facts and law quickly in response to emergent issues.
  5. Ability and willingness to absorb and litigate new areas of law outside of one’s existing expertise.
  6. Ability to produce exceptionally clear and persuasive written legal and non-legal documents.
  7. Ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively in legal (court) and non-legal settings, and with a wide range of individuals and organizations.
  8. Experience in federal or state court litigation and ability to develop and execute litigation and non-litigation advocacy strategies.
  9. Ability to take initiative, multi-task, identify priorities amidst competing demands, and lead projects to completion with strong strategic thinking, problem-solving, and relationship-building skills.
  10. Ability to effectively manage attorneys to consistently produce high-quality results while developing knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  11. Excellent track record of working with individuals and communities with diverse identities.
  12. Consistently integrates deep understanding of key racial equity concepts into work projects and interactions by addressing structural implications and disproportionate impacts of policies, activities, and decisions on race, class and other group identities within the context of job responsibilities and projects.
  13. Demonstrates an ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the office, using an approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, socio-economic circumstance, and other factors.
  14. J.D. degree.
  15. Admitted to practice in Illinois, can waive into the Illinois bar, or is willing to take the Illinois bar exam no later than summer of 2022.
  16. Willingness and availability to travel throughout Illinois and, when needed, work beyond the normal workday and on weekends.
  17. Highly qualified applicants will generally have at least 8 years of legal experience.
  18. Additional Minimal Qualifications for Project Director
    1. Subject mastery of core civil rights and civil liberties issues impacting LGBTQIA+ people.
    2. Demonstrated ability to bring creative approaches to building and sustaining relationships with organizations in the field, partners, and funders.
    3. Ability to build and develop an exceptional Project team, effectively conducting outreach, recruitment and hiring for diverse and excellent interns and staff.

The salary will be $85,000 to $140,000 in accordance with the ACLU of Illinois salary scale and commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation; 100% employer-paid medical, vision, and dental insurance for staff and eligible dependents; a 403(b) retirement benefits plan with employer match; life insurance; and long-term disability insurance.

Applicants should prepare the following:

  • A resume.
  • A letter addressing the following questions:Why are you interested in working with the ACLU of Illinois on advancing the rights of LGBTQIA+ people and people living with HIV? What are your experiences and qualifications for the Senior Supervising Attorney position? What are your experiences and qualifications for the Project Director position? What are the civil rights and civil liberties issue(s) that you feel are most pressing right now and why?
  • We value a diverse and inclusive workplace. If you feel comfortable sharing, please tell us about what aspects of your identity, if any, relate to your interest in working with the ACLU of Illinois to advance civil rights and civil liberties.
  • A legal writing sample that has not been substantially edited by others, such as a legal memorandum or your draft section of a legal brief. Please provide a cover sheet with a paragraph describing the process that you used for writing the piece, whether it was edited by others, and your own analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the writing.
  • No calls please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Apply by sending application materials to and subject line – LGBTQ & HIV Project Director/SSA position

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