Organizing and Program Associate/Regional Organizer (Sacramento)
Location: Sacramento CA
Date Posted: January 23, 2019
The Opportunity: You are responsible for leading our organizing, mobilization, and civic and community engagement work in the Sacramento area. As a key member of the Organizing team, you will build and mobilize the ACLUNC’s base in the region in order to increase the ACLUNC’s political power to influence and hold decision-makers accountable. You will implement programs that increase the ability of impacted communities to make informed decisions about how to exercise their rights. You will partner with legal and policy staff in the ACLUNC’s Sacramento, Fresno, and San Francisco offices and other ACLU of California offices in order to leverage the ACLU base to further critical policy priorities.
- Manage regular phone banks, text banks, and canvassing efforts on priority policy matters and civic engagement campaigns, including recruiting volunteers, securing space, developing and providing training, and managing logistics
- Host community meetings and other general public education and/or mobilization opportunities to connect local activists with relevant ACLU work
Volunteer and Leadership Development:
- Recruit, develop, and support volunteers and community members throughout the region
- Train volunteers to meet with local, state, and federal elected officials throughout the region and to represent the ACLUNC at community meetings, town halls, resource fairs, etc
- Support the leadership development of local chapter board members by providing training and strategic guidance
- Participate in local coalitions
- Build and maintain relationships with staff of elected officials, local partner organizations, and community leaders
- Proactively problem-solve
- Represent the ACLU publicly through public speaking and serve as a media spokesperson as needed
- Collaborate with legal, policy, and legislative staff to help ensure organizing and community engagement strategies are effectively integrated into local efforts
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.
Education / Experience:
- Five to seven years of professional organizing, policy advocacy, legislative, or campaign experience;
Required Skills / Competencies:
- Understanding of unique issues facing the Sacramento region and passionate desire to make change in this region;
- Extremely strong project and time management skills, including demonstrated capacity to manage and prioritize competing projects;
- Ability to adapt to changing circumstances
- Ability to plan and implement community meetings, phone banks, and other events from start to finish including developing a timeline and materials and following up with participants with only initial input from supervisor and consultation with supervisor when problems arise
- High level of organization, attention to detail, and follow-through, as well as demonstrated experience and effectiveness in coordinating and organizing logistics, meetings, events, and trainings;
- Excellent judgment, dependable, punctual, and able to maintain a high level of confidentiality about campaign strategy and other intellectual property and legal and personnel matters;
- Strong verbal and written communication skills, including excellent interpersonal skills and strong public speaking skills;
- Demonstrated success in building and maintaining relationships with people from a variety of backgrounds;
- 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; and,
- CA Driver’s License and ability to travel throughout the Sacramento region, to the Central Valley, to the Bay Area, and occasionally elsewhere in California and out of state, ocassionally for several days
Preferred Skills / Competencies:
- Fluency in Spanish or another language commonly spoken in the Sacramento region; and/or
- Knowledge and experience using voter files for advocacy/electoral campaigns.
- Adept at computer programs including Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, other Office programs, and GSuite programs, especially Google Sheets;
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 $33.41 -$40.14 an hour.
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 what other position they are applying for in the cover letter.
Please submit your application in PDF format to the attention of Organizing and Program Associate search here: https://boards.greenhouse.io/aclunc/jobs/4233515002
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