Organizer (San Francisco, Fresno, or Sacramento)
Location: San Francisco, Fresno, or Sacramento CA
Date Posted January 23, 2019
The Opportunity: The Organizer works in close collaboration with colleagues within and outside of the ACLU to implement effective grassroots advocacy campaigns that engage, develop, and mobilize ACLU members and supporters and other activists and community members. The Organizer works in one or more issue areas.
Organizing, Mobilization, and other Grassroots Advocacy for Policy and Legislative Campaigns:
- Work in close collaboration with policy and legislative staff, and in consultation with the Grassroots Advocacy Manager, to develop and implement effective grassroots organizing and mobilization strategies that engage and mobilize ACLU members and supporters and build support for ACLU priorities.
- Participate in strategic planning processes and provide guidance on how to incorporate organizing strategies
- Identify opportunities to leverage grassroots support to help advance key legislative priorities
- Support coordination and collaboration with partner organizations
- Participate in formal coalitions
- Develop (and present, if relevant) content for fact sheets, toolkits, webinars, regional trainings, conference workshops, blog posts, and occasionally social media that meaningfully engage ACLU’s base in campaigns or mobilize them to action
- Build and maintain strong relationships ACLU colleagues
- Develop and maintain strong personal and organizational relationships and trust with community leaders and grassroots organizations comprised of and/or representing impacted communities
- Volunteer and Activist Development and Mobilization
Mobilize the ACLU base to campaigns and action opportunities.
- Train chapter leaders and other volunteers to participate in legislative, policy advocacy, and elected official accountability work
- Manage phone banks, text banks, and/or door-to-door canvasses
- Recruit and train volunteers and community members to meet with city, county, state, and federal elected officials
- Train volunteers to provide Know Your Rights trainings to impacted community members and allies and occasionally provide these trainings directly
- Represent the ACLU through public speaking and as a media spokesperson
- Develop content for and present webinar trainings to inform and engage ACLU activists and supporters
- Participate in various aspects of planning for Organizing Department programs and events
About the Organization: The ACLU-NC is an affiliate of a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights. For most of the last century, it has been at the heart of many of the most major – and sometimes controversial – struggles for civil liberties and civil rights in our state. Our mission is to ensure that Constitutional rights don’t just exist on paper, but are protected in practice. As we move into a new era and face dangerous policies that threaten our civil rights and civil liberties, we remain dedicated to confronting these issues and defending the progress we have made. We must use our decades of experience in impact litigation, legislative advocacy, and fearless organizing to fight these un-American policies and protect our most cherished rights and freedoms. We are the resistance. Join us.
3-5 years of experience of professional organizing, policy advocacy, legislative, or campaign experience
- Collaborative approach to working with colleagues
- Extremely strong project and time management skills and ability to set and meet deadlines, including demonstrated capacity to manage and prioritize competing projects
- High level of organization, attention to detail, and follow-through, as well as demonstrated experience and effectiveness in coordinating and organizing logistics for meetings, events, and trainings
- Ability to plan and implement activist/volunteer opportunities such as phone banks with very limited guidance from supervisor, including developing a timeline, recruiting, adapting past training materials, managing logistics, and following up with participants
- In consultation with supervisor or other colleagues, ability to conceptualize and draft high-quality activist materials, toolkits, and trainings
- Excellent judgment, dependable, punctual, and able to maintain a high level of confidentiality about campaign strategy and other intellectual property and legal matters
- Adept at computer programs including Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, other Office programs, and GSuite programs, especially Google Sheets
- Strong verbal and written communication skills, including excellent interpersonal skills
- Demonstrated success in building and maintaining relationships with people from a variety of backgrounds, including those most impacted by ACLU work and those less directly impacted
- Ability to adapt and change course quickly when needed
- Solution-oriented approach, including the ability to work independently and on a team, and demonstrated willingness to take initiative while juggling several priorities all with personal enthusiasm, optimism, and a sense of humor
- Commitment to the mission and values of the ACLU and understanding of how privilege and power impact the work and approach to the work
- CA Driver’s License and ability to travel primarily in northern and central CA but occasionally to southern CA and out of state
- Availability for evening and weekend work and occasional overnight travel
- Strong public speaking and meeting/training facilitation skills, especially when working with people from mixed backgrounds or knowledge bases
- Demonstrated comfort in implementing standard equity and inclusion practices for volunteers
Written and verbal language skills relevant to the demographics of the region
Competitive salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation in addition to 14 office holidays; medical, vision and dental insurance for staff members, their dependents and spouse or domestic partner; life and long-term disability insurance; and, 401(k) plan with employer match. Starting salary range is $69,500 - $83,000.
Applications must include (1) a cover letter, (2) resume, and (3) a list of three references. Applicants concurrently applying to any other position with the ACLU should state which other position(s) they are applying for in the cover letter.
Please submit your application in PDF format to to the attention of Organizer, ACLU of Northern California, 39 Drumm Street, San Francisco, CA 94111 or online (preferred method) here: https://boards.greenhouse.io/aclunc/jobs/4233509002
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