Careers and Job Opportunties

Update 10/13/16


The Legal and Legislative Assistant works directly with the ACLU of Hawaii’s legal team on litigation activities and legislative work, as well as with the Deputy Director on public education programs, events, and development. The position is hourly, up to 40 hours a week, and is non-exempt; the employee will report directly to the Legal Director.


  • Legal Program:
    • Investigate potential cases: conduct interviews with potential clients/witnesses, meet with community members to locate individuals/information, prepare requests to access government records.
    • Oversee the intake process including detection of developing patterns and trends in complaints coming to the ACLU; and, ensuring an intake system that is responsive to requests for legal assistance.
    • Provide paralegal support to the legal staff, including preparing legal documents (summonses, certificates of service), managing logistics for court filings (arranging for service, preparing courtesy copies for court), maintaining case files, and preparing other documents as required.
    • Handle general administrative duties for the legal department, including filing, copying, and managing correspondence.
    • Conduct Internet and other factual research.
    • Proofread and cite-check legal pleadings.
    • Other administrative duties as assigned.
  • Legislative Program:
    • Track measures proposed by federal, State, County and/or government agencies.
    • Assist in drafting and submission of testimony on ACLU priority civil liberties issues.
    • Organize/attend meetings with community stakeholders on legislative issues.
  • Public Education/Development:
    • Assist in maintaining Excel databases relating to development and public education
    • Willingness to work with the public representing ACLU at events
    • Experience with social media, webpage maintenance (WordPress) or Adobe Creative Suite welcome
  • Additional duties:
    • Research and draft reports on key civil liberties issues.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work/study experience
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Outstanding writing and research skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to relate to diverse groups
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) and experience with Internet research
  • Proficiency in WordPress (or ability to learn) and other social media
  • Demonstrated initiative and creativity
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality in organizational matters
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines under pressure
  • Flexibility and willingness/ability to undertake many different kinds of projects
  • Ability to work professionally with individuals and organizations with diverse viewpoints
  • Ability to learn new skills/new substantive areas quickly
  • Demonstrated interest in civil rights and civil liberties issues preferred
  • Prior experience as paralegal or in the legal field preferred
  • Required to comply with rules set forth in ACLU of Hawaii employee handbook


Salary commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits package provided.


Applicants should submit a brief letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and the names and contact information of two references to Reference “Legal/Legislative Assistant” in the subject line. If sending documents via e-mail, please send all materials as PDFs rather than Microsoft Word documents.

Alternatively, applications can be sent by mail to:

American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii

RE: Legal/Legislative Assistant

P.O. Box 3410

Honolulu, HI 96801

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this job posting.

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, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.

We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact (808) 522-5906 or e-mail with the subject line “Accommodation Request.”