Careers, Fellowships, Internships

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Design Associate Position

The Position
Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) seeks a Design Associate. This position, which will report to the Vice President of Strategic Communications, will grow and develop the organization’s brand, reaching a national audience with compelling visual messaging and developing creative direction, resources and assets for AU’s key initiatives.

Background
Americans United plays a prominent role in the national debate over issues that have taken center stage in recent years, including discrimination in the name of religion, LGBTQ rights, reproductive rights, religious freedom, school prayer and vouchers.

In 2022, AU launched a newly redesigned brand and website as part of a visibility strategy and campaign. As part of this strategy, the organization is seeking a creative candidate with graphic design and brand experience to hit the ground running and create compelling digital content utilizing our new brand guide. The candidate will play a key role in presenting AU to the world through their graphic designs.

Position Responsibilities
The responsibilities of the Design Associate include:

  • Work with Digital Communications Manager to develop and execute multiple digital design projects and creative digital campaigns including social media and web graphics, ads, PSAs, web pages and other digital communications.
  • Work with VP for Strategic Communications and staff members from other departments to develop consistent, innovative design for organizational marketing and branding materials. These include, but are not limited to, event collateral, brochures, annual reports, advertisements, and promotional premiums.
  • Provide production and design support on a wide variety of digital and print projects, working directly with printers and other external vendors to garner quotes and produce quality materials. Must be able to pre-press materials to go to print.
  • General updates of all templated and collateral materials for teams across the organization.
  • Download and organize photos from events and site visits. Utilize stock photography options as needed.
  • Photo retouching and editing.
  • Help maintain design processes, traffic systems and production timelines.

Experience, Skills and Abilities

Required:

Minimum of 1-3 years of related work experience.

  • Proficient using Adobe Creative Cloud programs, including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Adobe Premiere/video editing.
  • Proven skills in typography, layout, and branding.
  • Fluency in Microsoft PowerPoint, Word and other Office applications.
  • Familiarity with digital platforms, including the most up-to-date digital trends and user and social media best practices.
  • Enthusiasm for civil rights and church-state separation.

Preferred:

  • Completed courses or degree in graphic design, fine arts, or related fields.
  • Enthusiasm for new design trends and technological resources.
  • Experience with photography or video editing/production.
  • Basic understanding of HTML/CSS.
  • General understanding of printing methods and print production.
  • Experience working with an advocacy organization or a political campaign.

Abilities:

  • Highly organized with the ability to handle multiple projects and priorities in a deadline-driven environment; strong project-management skills.
  • Able to adapt to changing circumstances in a busy environment while maintaining a creative approach to solving problems.
  • Ability to take complex, wonky policy/legal issues and convert them into unique, creative and compelling visual content.
  • Support and passion for church-state separation issues with a worldview that aligns with AU’s mission.

Competitive Salary and Generous Benefits: Salary is $58,000-$73,000 commensurate with experience. Americans United offers a comprehensive benefit package including health care, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, and long-term disability, 401(k) with
match and commuter subsidy.

About Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Americans United for Separation of Church and State is a nonpartisan educational and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure freedom of religion, including the right to believe or not believe, for all of us.

Founded in 1947, Americans United is a diverse and dynamic organization composed of people from all walks of life: lawyers and lobbyists, students and activists, religious leaders and impassioned Americans. AU includes people of faith and people who don’t profess any particular faith. It is a community that includes and welcomes people of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions or beliefs, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, classes and abilities.

Americans United uses high-impact litigation, powerful lobbying, and grassroots advocacy to ensure that:

  • Religion does not dictate public policy
  • The government does not Americans what to believe or how to practice their faith
  • Discrimination is not justified under the guise of religion

Through a strong, diverse national supporter network, both on the ground and online, AU defends the separation of church and state and protects religious freedom for all in communities across the country. Americans United is a 501(c)(3) organization and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

HOW TO APPLY:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a thoughtful, relevant cover letter and resume. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

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Prospect Research Manager

AU is seeking a fundraising professional to serve as its Prospect Research Manager to support the development team with portfolio management, prospect development and research. The successful candidate will help build, evaluate, maintain and rate portfolios for four front-line fundraising professionals while also assisting with implementing and tracking a moves management system.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for development of prospect and donor research, moves management, portfolio curation and pipeline building for both major gifts and foundation relations.
  • Work directly with fundraisers to ensure portfolio assignments are clear and transparent, information is accurate, and moves management activities are tracked in the CRM to evaluate the success rate of converting prospects to donors and upgrading current donors.
  • Research donors and prospects on a reactive and proactive basis with the goal of making appropriate assignments to development officers or building a roster of qualified prospects ready for assignment.
  • Draft initial general operating support concept notes, proposals and reports for major donors and foundation funders.
  • Compose detailed briefings for donors and prospects for use by fundraisers and executive staff and other team members ahead of events, meetings and calls.
  • Ensure complete, accurate, and timely updates of information are maintained in the CRM as it relates to staff contacts, research notes, and prospect management data.
  • Produce current and prospective donor profiles and help determine appropriate solicitation ranges and proposal ideas.
  • Contribute to the identification and cultivation strategy of prospects by researching and identifying personal and professional affiliations.
  • Develop dashboards to assess capacity, balance and overall health of portfolios for fundraisers.
  • Design pipeline and fundraising activity reports for development officers
  • Provide regular reporting on metrics, portfolio baselines and pipeline management practices for development officers and departmental leadership.
  • Assist and help manage prospect management meetings, contribute to the overall organizational structure of the development meeting and attend and participate in cross-department meetings.

Marginal Duties and Responsibilities (10%)

  • Participate in appropriate professional development activities to keep current with issues and trends in the fundraising field.
  • Perform other duties and special projects, as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree preferred
  • Minimum of three to five years conducting prospect research and/or prospect management, with demonstrated experience in prospect research methodology and practice.
  • Experience working with EveryAction or comparable fundraising-focused CRM.
  • Experience using wealth screening and analysis tools and foundation research platforms for prospect research and portfolio management.
  • Employee must have strong writing and communication skills to develop individual proposals and prospect reports.
  • The ability to maintain accountability and to work independently and creatively, while functioning as part of a cooperative and coordinated team.

Personal Characteristics

  • Advocate for church-state separation issues with a worldview that aligns with AU’s mission.
  • Tact and diplomacy in building strong working relationships with colleagues.
  • Conducts oneself in a professional, friendly and truthful manner.
  • Capacity to manage multiple tasks and negotiate several priorities simultaneously.

Competitive Salary and Generous Benefits: Salary is $65,000-75,000 commensurate with experience. Americans United offers a comprehensive benefits package including employer-paid premiums for health care, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401(k) with match, and commuter subsidy.

Work Location:
Americans United employees have been working remotely since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue working remotely for the next year as we discern our longer-term plan for remote and in-office work. Occasional participation in in-person meetings and events at AU headquarters in Washington, DC, is required.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy:
Americans United has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As a part of that commitment, AU has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. This policy states that all AU employees, interns, and fellows (AU staff) who work regularly or occasionally in the office are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. If a candidate selected for hire has a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination, a medical exemption should be requested from Human Resources.

HOW TO APPLY:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a thoughtful, relevant cover letter and resume. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

Apply Today

Digital Communications Associate

The Position

Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) seeks a Digital Communications Associate. This position, which will report to the Director of Digital Communications, will execute email campaigns to achieve fundraising, advocacy, and organizing goals, as well as to engage, grow, and diversify our base of supporters through paid and organic growth strategies and assist the social media teams with both creative content production and execution of social media campaigns.

Background

Americans United plays a prominent role in the national debate over issues that have taken center stage in recent years, including discrimination in the name of religion, LGBTQ rights, reproductive rights, religious freedom, school prayer, and vouchers.

As part of this strategy, the organization is seeking a candidate with digital non-profit fundraising, analytics, and written communications skills to hit the ground running and take day-to-day responsibility for our growing email communications program. The candidate will also work with the Communications team to produce and manage social media content.

Position Responsibilities

  • The responsibilities of the Digital Communications Associate include:
  • Work with the Director of Digital Communications and the Senior Director of Direct Response Marketing to implement email campaigns that grow the file, meet or exceed fundraising goals, support organizational initiatives, drive action for advocacy and optimize user performance and experience, based on data-driven messaging
  • Help to create and implement an engaging communications strategy for our digital audience across platforms, including email, social media, the website, earned media, and other communications tools
  • Project manage timelines for the execution of email communications calendar across internal team and external partners
  • Oversee internal review routing process and coordinate copy editing for email content
  • Execute production of email:
    • Set up emails including HTML production, and dissemination
    • Work closely with Design and Creative Manager on graphics & other creative content
    • Build online petitions, advocacy actions, sign-up forms, and other landing pages
    • Segment email communications into various audiences based on input from Development and Outreach teams
    • Manage quality control process for all mass email communication
  • Conduct and report out performance analytics:
    • Pull results and update performance tracking documents
    • Identify the most effective strategies and messages
    • Update team on metrics and performance in meetings and written narrative
  • Creative and Social Media
    • Assist Creative Manager with graphic production and editing; video editing (captions and lower thirds); media collection; and maintenance of digital libraries
    • Assist with the design and execution of social media campaigns
    • Loading content into social media management tools
    • Monitor and engage with social media audiences across AU platforms

Experience, Skills, And Abilities

  • Minimum of 2-5 years professional digital communications experience, including email communication, with a proven record of success.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills and strong project management skills required.
  • Proficient in advocacy/nonprofit/business posts on social media platforms. Some working knowledge of image/video editing software and digital creative tools, preferably Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
  • Experience working with a CRM like EveryAction/NGP VAN or similar email software.
  • Experience gathering data from email communication and social media.
  • Experience with content management systems Basic HTML/CSS skills required.
  • Ability to troubleshoot email coding and email marketing software issues.
  • Experience working with an advocacy organization strongly preferred.
  • With guidance from senior Communications staff, ability to take complex policy/legal jargon and convert it into compelling, engaging, and simple actionable content.
  • Ability to plan and manage under a tight deadline with the ability to multitask and be flexible and effective in fast-paced and high-pressure situations.
  • Ability to manage up, collaborate with other departments on multiple projects and work effectively with senior colleagues in the organization.
  • Support and passion for church-state separation issues with a worldview that aligns with AU’s mission.

About Americans United For Separation Of Church And State

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is a nonpartisan educational and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure freedom of religion, including the right to believe or not believe, for all of us. Founded in 1947, Americans United is a diverse and dynamic organization composed of people from all walks of life: lawyers and lobbyists, students and activists, religious leaders, and impassioned Americans. AU includes people of faith and people who don’t profess any particular faith. It is a community that includes and welcomes people of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions or beliefs, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, classes, and abilities. We welcome people who will want to help us protect religious freedom for all and help to protect the separation of church and state, and we recognize that that requires diverse perspectives.

Americans United uses high-impact litigation, powerful lobbying, and grassroots advocacy to ensure that:

· Religion does not dictate public policy.
· The government does not tell Americans what to believe or how to practice their faith.
· Discrimination is not justified under the guise of religious beliefs.

Through a strong, diverse national supporter network, both on the ground and online, AU defends the separation of church and state and protects religious freedom for all in communities across the country. Americans United is a 501(c)(3) organization and is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Competitive Salary and Generous Benefits: Salary is $62,000-73,000 commensurate with experience. Americans United offers a comprehensive benefits package including employer-paid premiums for health care, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401(k) with match, and commuter subsidy.

Work Location: Americans United employees have been working remotely since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue working remotely for the next year as we discern our longer-term plan for remote and in-office work. Occasional participation in in-person meetings and events at AU headquarters in Washington, DC, is required.

Covid-19 Vaccination Policy: Americans United has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, we have implemented a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy that requires all Americans United employees, fellows, and interns to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and to have received a booster shot. If a candidate selected for hire desires a medical or religious exemption, the candidate should make a request to our human resources personnel, and the request will be considered in accordance with applicable law.

How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a thoughtful, relevant cover letter and resume. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Americans United is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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Constitutional Litigation Fellowship

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is looking for a two-year (Aug./Sep. 2023–Aug./Sep. 2025) Constitutional Litigation Fellow who is committed to civil rights, impact litigation, and upholding core First Amendment protections. Your work will include defending the rights of women, LGBTQ people, and racial and religious minorities against religion-based discrimination. And you will fight to keep religion out of government—including through challenges to religious activities in public schools, public financing of religious institutions, and government-sponsored religion in the public square.

Americans United is the nation’s leading church-state advocacy organization. For the last 75 years we have litigated church-state issues in federal and state courts across the country, with a substantial practice before the federal courts of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Most of our cases involve novel, cutting-edge First Amendment and other constitutional issues. In just the past few years, for example, we have litigated lawsuits and submitted amicus briefs challenging or opposing:

  • Religion-based refusals by businesses, foster-care agencies, and government officials to provide services to LGBTQ people and religious minorities.
  • Race-based and sex-based employment discrimination by religious employers.
  • Efforts to deprive women of access to abortion and contraceptives.
  • Trump Administration regulations that licensed healthcare workers to refuse care to women, LGBTQ people, and religious minorities.
  • The Trump Administration’s anti-Muslim travel and immigration ban.
  • Demands for religious exemptions from Covid-19-related public-health orders.

Fellows participate in all aspects of litigation before trial and appellate courts. Fellows write briefs, draft pleadings and discovery, work with clients, interview witnesses, participate in settlement negotiations, screen incoming complaints, and assist with development of new cases. Fellows may also have opportunities to take and defend depositions, conduct in-court examinations of witnesses, take part in oral arguments, and do public speaking. Under the close supervision of our four experienced litigators, Fellows receive the intensive training in trial and appellate litigation needed to become the next generation of leading impact litigators. Fellows regularly go on to serve as judicial clerks or work for public-interest organizations, government, academia, or plaintiffs’-side civil-rights firms.

Eligibility and Requirements: Third-year law students, recent law-school graduates, and judicial clerks who are committed to advancing the public interest and the separation of religion and government are encouraged to apply. Americans United includes and welcomes people of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions or beliefs, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, and abilities. Because we work on a wide variety of issues and with many different communities, we value what diversity and diverse perspectives bring to our work.

Compensation: $74,500–$77,500 annually, depending on experience. A comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401(k) with match, and commuter subsidy.

Work Location: Fellows should reside in or be willing to relocate to the Washington, D.C. area. Currently, Americans United offers its employees the flexibility to choose to work remotely every day, in the office every day, or a mix per their preference, except that occasional attendance of in-person meetings and events at Americans United headquarters in Washington, D.C. is required. It is possible, however, that this policy may change before the start of or during the 2023–25 fellowship term.

Covid-19 Vaccination Policy: Americans United has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, we have implemented a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy. This policy states that all Americans United employees, fellows, and interns are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and to receive a booster shot. If a candidate selected for hire desires a medical or religious exemption, the candidate should make a request to our human-resources personnel, and the request will be considered in accordance with applicable law.

How to apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript, writing sample, and a list of three references through our web-based application portal at https://bit.ly/3zUJXfw. The cover letter should highlight why you want to work with us and what perspectives you would bring to strengthen our practice. The writing sample may be of any length; it should be your best example of comprehensive and detailed legal argument or analysis, should be your own work, and should not be substantially edited by anyone else. If you have any questions about the position, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

Deadline: Open until filled. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from July 1, 2022, through November 1, 2022, but we may fill the position before that period concludes.

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Constitutional Litigation Internships

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is seeking legal interns who are committed to civil rights, impact litigation, and upholding core First Amendment protections. Full-time positions are available during the summer; both part-time and full-time positions are available during the fall and spring.

Your work will include defending the rights of women, LGBTQ people, and racial and religious minorities against religion-based discrimination. And you will fight to keep religion out of government—including through challenges to religious activities in public schools, public financing of religious institutions, and government-sponsored religion in the public square.

Americans United is the nation’s leading church-state advocacy organization. For the last 75 years we have litigated church-state issues in federal and state courts across the country, with a substantial practice before the federal courts of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Most of our cases involve novel, cutting-edge First Amendment and other constitutional issues. In just the past few years, for example, we have litigated lawsuits and submitted amicus briefs challenging or opposing:

  • Religion-based refusals by businesses, foster-care agencies, and government officials to provide services to LGBTQ people and religious minorities.
  • Race-based and sex-based employment discrimination by religious employers.
  • Efforts to deprive women of access to abortion and contraceptives.
  • Trump Administration regulations that licensed healthcare workers to refuse care to women, LGBTQ people, and religious minorities.
  • The Trump Administration’s anti-Muslim travel and immigration ban.
  • Demands for religious exemptions from Covid-19-related public-health orders.

Legal interns receive a substantive legal experience with in-depth exposure to some of the most important issues facing the nation. Interns assist with ongoing litigation by conducting legal and factual research and writing, analyze potential new litigation, and draft demand letters to resolve constitutional violations without filing suit. Interns may also draft pleadings, briefs, or discovery. Our attorneys endeavor to prepare interns for public-interest legal practice, including by providing training and practical experience, in house and in conjunction with partner organizations. Interns are encouraged to take full advantage of the many events that take place in Washington, D.C., or are available virtually.

Eligibility and Requirements: Law students (any year) who are committed to advancing the public interest and the separation of religion and government are encouraged to apply. Americans United includes and welcomes people of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions or beliefs, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, and abilities. Because we work on a wide variety of issues and with many different communities, we value what diversity and diverse perspectives bring to our work.

Compensation: A stipend of $6,300 for a ten-week term for summer interns.  For spring and fall interns, support in obtaining academic credit or a prorated stipend will be available. A commuter subsidy is also provided.

Work Location: Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 interns may be based anywhere in the United States and will have the flexibility to choose to work remotely every day, in our office every day (if they are in the Washington, D.C. area), or a mix per their preference.  As of this time, we have not determined our work-location policy concerning Summer 2023 interns; please check this page for updates.

Covid-19 Vaccination Policy: Americans United has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, we have implemented a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy. This policy states that all Americans United employees, fellows, and interns are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and to receive a booster shot. If a candidate selected for hire desires a medical or religious exemption, the candidate should make a request to our human-resources personnel, and the request will be considered in accordance with applicable law.

How to apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript, writing sample, and a list of three references through our web-based application portal at https://bit.ly/3zRst3C. The cover letter should highlight why you want to work with us and what perspectives you would bring to strengthen our practice. The writing sample may be of any length; it should be your best example of comprehensive and detailed legal argument or analysis, should be your own work, and should not be substantially edited by anyone else. First-year law students who apply before receipt of their initial grades may submit a law-school transcript that shows their initial courses or an undergraduate transcript. If you have any questions about an internship position, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

Deadline: Positions will remain open until filled. Applicants for summer positions are encouraged to apply by January 15. Applicants for positions during the fall are encouraged to apply by September 1; applicants for positions during the spring are encouraged to apply by December 15.

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