Why work at ACLU-DE?

The ACLU of Delaware is a dynamic and inclusive organization, working to defend and expand civil liberties in the First State. We have staff with a variety of professional backgrounds — those with lived experience, social work, law, policy, communications, community organizing, and other expertise. Here are a few reasons people love to work at the ACLU of Delaware.

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Why we work at ACLU-DE

Organizational culture

  • We foster a collaborative atmosphere where we encourage staff to work across departments and with outside coalition partners.
  • In our advocacy work, we seek to center the people most impacted by the issue to ensure solutions are community-led and equitable.
  • Staff regularly participate in Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging programs including leadership training, self-guided learning, and self-care practices

Javonne Rich, MSW, Policy and Advocacy Director

"I am regularly offered opportunities to enhance my skills and training for future opportunities."
— Javonne Rich, Policy & Advocacy Director


Benefits include:

  • Paid Time Off (PTO) for all staff. Full-time employees accrue approximately 7.4 weeks of PTO annually. In addition, we observe 14 holidays annually.
  • 12 weeks of paid Family and Medical Leave for staff who have been at the organization for at least six months and worked at least 625 hours during that six-month period.
  • Healthcare benefits, including dental and vision, for all full-time employees that comes at no cost to them. Family members may be added but are the responsibility of the staff member.
  • A matching 401(k) plan.
  • Short-term disability, long-term disability, and life insurance.

Melissa Bryson, development director.

"I am grateful to have the trust of my boss and co-workers to take a break, care for myself, and honestly use my PTO in a way that values both my work and my need for space from my work."
— Melissa Bryson, Development Director

Professional development

  • We are an innovative organization that can provide tremendous growth opportunities for professionals at all stages of their careers.
  • As an affiliate of a nationwide organization, we provide access to trainings, conferences, and professional development opportunities offered to employees of the ACLU across the nation.
  • Staff regularly participate in courses, trainings, and other educational opportunities that advance their professional growth. The ACLU of Delaware encourages staff to seek out these opportunities and will support opportunities that benefit both the organization and the staff member.

Casey Danoff - Legal Fellow

"Jumpstarting my legal career as a legal fellow at ACLU-DE has given me an amazing opportunity to work both in my wheelhouse and outside of my comfort zone. I love getting to work on a broad array of pressing civil rights issue. It has also been great joining a supportive, knowledgeable, and passionate team - I couldn't ask for a better environment to start learning the ropes as a young civil rights lawyer." 

--- Casey Danoff, Legal Fellow