Indianapolis, IN

Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana

The Organization

Founded in 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is the nation’s foremost guardian of liberty, defending individual rights and enhancing and preserving liberties that are guaranteed in the U.S. and Indiana Constitutions and civil rights laws. The ACLU is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and dedicated to defending and protecting the individual rights and personal freedoms of all. In Indiana, the ACLU was established in 1953 as the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of Indiana (ACLU-IN) adopted its current name in 2006.

Through advocacy, education, and litigation, the attorneys, advocates, and volunteers work to preserve and promote civil liberties including the freedom of speech, the right to privacy, reproductive freedom, and equal treatment under the law. The ACLU-IN stands in defense of the rights of women and minorities, workers, students, immigrants, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, and others who have seen bias and bigotry threaten the rights afforded to all of us in this country by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Position Overview

The ACLU-IN seeks a courageous, strategic, collaborative, and visionary leader with a record of success. This individual will bring a modern framework of leadership characterized by an ability to enthusiastically articulate the agency’s mission and values to garner wide community support, enhance the reputation of the organization, build and support coalitions aligned with the mission, and support a high-functioning and professional team.

The ACLU-IN seeks a person with a minimum of ten years of senior leadership experience. They will possess demonstrated fundraising and communications skills and strong financial and business acumen. Leadership experience both on civil liberties issues and in nonprofit management is preferred.

  • Leadership and Management: The candidate should have knowledge of effective practices in the leadership and management of civil legal services and/or policy and advocacy.
  • Communications: The qualified candidate will be a relationship builder who demonstrates an ability to communicate and collaborate with a broad and diverse spectrum of stakeholders.
  • Coalition Building: The Executive Director has the ability to convene diverse groups of individuals and organizations across the political spectrum, faith communities, corporations, and marginalized communities in support of civil liberties issues of concern in Indiana, and try to build consensus.
  • Fund Development: A track record of achievement in developing multiple sources of revenues is expected, along with a demonstrated focus and achievement in long-term sustainability.
  • Business & Finance: This leader will ensure effective and efficient business operations, including oversight of finance and administration.
  • Board of Directors Relations: This individual will develop, maintain, and support a strong and diverse Board of Directors.

The salary range for this position annually is between $155,000 and $185,000. ACLU of Indiana offers a comprehensive package of benefits that includes paid vacation, sick leave, FICA, health insurance, Teledoc, dental Insurance, life insurance, short and long-term disability insurance, and employer contributions to employee’s Health Savings Account and 401k.

How To Apply

To apply, please submit a current resume and letter of introduction, as soon as possible, to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at Click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page). For more information about the ACLU-IN, visit

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