American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is the nation’s foremost defender of constitutional rights and civil liberties. ACLU of Colorado is an affiliate of the national ACLU, and it is the state’s guardian of freedom, working in the courts, in the legislature, and in communities across the state to protect and advance civil rights and civil liberties for all. Founded in 1952, ACLU of Colorado is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to fulfilling the promise of equal justice under the law for all Coloradans. For more information about the work of the ACLU of Colorado and the civil liberties principles we uphold, please visit our website at

Commitment To Equity, Diversity, Belonging, and Inclusion

ACLU of Colorado is an equitable opportunity employer. We believe that having a board, staff, and volunteer base with diverse personal and professional backgrounds enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all community members can thrive. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified persons, including people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, those with direct lived experience with the issues that are the subject of the ACLU’s advocacy, and other members of underrepresented and marginalized groups. 
ACLU of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to providing a work environment that practices equitable and inclusive treatment and is quick to act to prevent and address harassment or discrimination of any kind.  

Advocacy and Strategic Alliances

The ACLU of Colorado’s new Department of Advocacy and Strategic Alliances (“ASA”) focuses on achieving transformational and systemic change for civil rights and civil liberties.  ASA accomplishes this goal through multi-year, issue-based integrated campaigns, by building powerful coalitions and networks working together to achieve shared goals, and by empowering the next generation of civil rights and civil liberties champions. The ASA team includes policy experts, campaigners, organizers, data analysts and researchers who work in integrated teams alongside the ACLU’s litigators and communications experts.  These integrated teams combine policy advocacy, organizing and public education, litigation, electoral and political strategies, corporate campaigns, and communications strategies to achieve audacious goals.

Job Description

The Lead Analyst will be the most senior member of the affiliate’s newly created Research & Analytics team. The Lead Analyst reports to the Director of Advocacy & Strategic Alliances (“ASA”), and supervises a Research and Analytics Assistant. The Lead Analyst will be responsible for conceiving, executing, and managing research projects and analyses that will support the ASA’s core campaigns in the areas of criminal legal reform, housing and voting, and digital speech, privacy, surveillance, and technology. In addition, the Lead Researcher will also conduct and supervise affiliate-wide projects and operational analyses and support the work of other affiliate departments, including Legal, Communications, Development, and Executive.

Primary Responsibilities

  • In partnership with Senior Leadership Team and other staff, identify organizational and programmatic areas for research and analysis; conceive, execute, and manage research and analysis projects.
  • Collect and purchase data from state and local agencies, data vendors, and organizational partners. 
  • Ingest, clean, and validate the integrity of data used for analysis. 
  • Analyze data for trends, disparities, and patterns to inform electoral, strategic, and policy, and operational decisions. 
  • Create data visualizations for web and print to demystify data for general, non-technical audiences and package it for use in advocacy. 
  • Collaborate with staff across the ACLU to identify data-driven solutions to communications, legal, policy, campaign, and workflow needs. 
  • Supervise and support Research & Analytics Assistant. 
  • Establish systems, processes, and quality standards for the Research and Analytics Team.
  • Help ensure that the affiliate’s data and data systems comply with internal privacy policies and external requirements such as the Colorado Privacy Act
  • Serve as liaison between the affiliate and national ACLU’s analytics team.

Other Responsibilities

  • Strengthen relationships with strategic partners, including research vendors, academics, and others. 
  • Provide research and analytics capacity to coalitions. 
  • Contribute to the development of tracking and reporting tools for internal metrics. 
  • Facilitate polling and messaging testing with vendors. 
  • Provide software solution recommendations. 
  • Collaborate with senior ASA team leads on departmental culture, management, and strategic planning. 
  • Consult with other team members on policy, litigation or legislation that might intersect with relevant areas of expertise concerning data systems
  • Ability to apply the work of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging (EDIB) to the Department, including serving as a department representative on staff committees. 
  • Strengthen relationships with researchers and analysts in national ACLU and other ACLU affiliates.

Desired Qualifications

  • While no one person will have all the qualities enumerated below, we hope that a successful candidate will bring many of the following qualifications and attributes: 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in mathematics, computer science, statistics, applied public policy, social sciences, or similar field; or demonstrated work experience in similar areas. 
  • At least three (3) years of experience conducting research and data analysis in an advocacy or comparable work setting, with demonstrated experience in handling large data sets. 
  • Demonstrated experience in developing dashboards, visualizations, and reports for internal and external audiences with data visualization products, including but not limited to Tableau, Looker, Infogram, and similar programs. 
  • Proficiency in an analytics programming language such as R/Python/STATA 
  • Proficiency in a database query language such as SQL 
  • Proficiency in GIS 
  • Ability to develop a documentation system for the research & analytics team 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and partners with limited knowledge of data analytics  
  • Effective in seeking review and assistance from peers and mentors and input from stakeholders 
  • Experience managing direct reports, fellows, or interns 
  • Unwavering commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU, including a demonstrated commitment to equity and racial justice.

Work Accommodations during the COVID-19 Pandemic

ACLU of Colorado has a hybrid return-to-work model that began on June 1, 2022. To make it safe to work at the office amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we have a mandated mask policy and a mandatory vaccination policy, unless you request in writing a medical or religious exemption. You will need to send a copy of your updated COVID vaccination card.  

Compensation and Benefits

This position is full-time; the approximate salary range is $70,000 to $98,000. The starting salary is within the pay scale parameters of the nationwide ACLU and the Denver area nonprofit sector and considering skills and experience. To preserve the opportunity for advancement, we offer starting salaries no higher than the mid-point of the range. ACLU provides cost of living increases and opportunities for merit-based salary increases to staff.  


ACLU of Colorado offers generous benefits to full-time employees that include:

  • 100% coverage of employee’s medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Employer contribution to Health Savings Account
  • Life insurance, long-term disability insurance, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) 
  • Employer match up to 5.5% to 401k 
  • Twelve paid holidays, two personal days, vacation and healthcare leave.
  • Annual Professional Development funds
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

To Apply

Send a cover letter, resume, and references in an email with “Lead Analyst” in the subject line to No phone calls, please. Applications submitted by January 19 will receive full consideration.