• Position: Organizer
  • Department: Field
  • Salary Range: Commensurate with experience; NYCLU has a generous and competitive benefits package.
  • Location: New York Civil Liberties Union, Genesee Valley Chapter
  • Application deadline: June 21, 2019, (with applications considered as submitted and until the position is filled)


The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation's leading advocates on behalf of constitutional rights and liberties.  Founded in 1951 as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with more than 140,000 members and supporters, and eight offices statewide. We work in the courts, in the legislatures and on the streets to advocate for racial and economic justice, free speech, freedom of religion, privacy and equality before the law for all New Yorkers. For more information please visit our website: www.nyclu.org

Summary of Position:

The NYCLU seeks to fill the position of full-time Community Organizer, based out of the Genesee Valley chapter office located in Rochester, NY. There is routine travel anywhere between Rochester and counties extended out 1-2 hours away. This position reports to the Chapter Director and works in collaboration with the Director of Organizing.

The NYCLU's Field Department develops campaigns to advance and defend civil rights and civil liberties across the state. The Field Department is comprised of 7 chapter or regional offices across the state, organizers, and administrative staff. The Genesee Valley Chapter office is comprised of a full-time chapter director, a full-time program associate, and a full-time chapter organizer.

The Genesee Valley Chapter organizer’s work will include:

  • Working closely with Genesee Valley Chapter Director to conduct outreach, base building, training, education and leadership development among NYCLU members and among members of directly impacted communities;
  • Be a representative of the NYCLU and an agent for change in the movement to end barriers to civil rights and civil liberties through coalition work, community organizing, public speaking, and by building relationships in key local and statewide strategic areas;
  • Participating in the development of local and statewide organizing plans to advance civil rights and civil liberties in coordination with the Genesee Valley Chapter Director.
  • Assisting in policy research and fact finding

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the development and execution of local and statewide advocacy campaigns to advance and defend civil liberties and civil rights;
  • Engage in a wide array of tactics, including lobbying, canvassing, tabling, digital organizing, conduct trainings, participating in stakeholder meetings, hosting community forums, in coalitions, and organizing to build grassroots and organizational power on a wide range of civil liberties issues.
  • Identify, develop and steward strong relationships with key stakeholders and allies including local and statewide social justice organizations, service providers, educational institutions, organized labor, faith groups, and lawmakers
  • Advance our mission, values and racial equity principles and further our local and statewide strategy as developed in collaboration with Chapter and Field Director;
  • Issue-spot and identify organizing opportunities in alignment with the vision, mission, and core equity, diversity and inclusion values of NYCLU and local and statewide priorities.
  • Train, engage and mobilize a grassroots network of members, supporters and volunteers;
  • Organize and conduct public education events, presentations, workshops and panel discussions that further our local and statewide strategic campaign plans;
  • Use interdepartmental tools and strategies to achieve campaign success.
  • Learn and use community asset mapping and a power analysis that centers and empowers directly impacted people and marginalized communities in local and statewide organizing plans.
  • Meaningfully engage in direct lobbying of public officials;
  • Develop policy expertise on NYCLU issues and local and statewide political trends;
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Experience and Qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this position will have a strong understanding and connections to the NYCLU's mission and a demonstrated commitment to civil rights; will have grassroots organizing experience, including leadership development and base building; will have experience developing or implementing policy and/or legislative advocacy campaigns in collaboration with directly impacted communities; and will have experience working on racial justice and immigration issues. 

Minimum Qualifications Required to Apply for the Position:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and one or more years of experience in grassroots or community organizing, advocacy, and/or related fields;
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil rights and civil liberties, and understanding of the mission of the NYCLU;
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills including active listening and public speaking ability in groups and one-on-one;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to effectively interact with diverse populations;
  • Ability to think critically and contextually about systemic issues of race, power and identity;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Proficiency with MS Office programs;
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license and registered vehicle;
  • Familiarity with New York State history, government, and communities;
  • Ability to regularly travel across eight counties in the Greater Rochester region, as necessary;
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • Experience organizing around police reform, racial justice and immigrants' rights.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to problem solve, negotiate, and compromise in coalition settings;
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain high quality interactions with team members and organizational partners;
  • Experience developing local campaigns that demonstrate a keen understanding of Genesee Valley region and New York State government, communities and power landscape.

How to Apply:

Applicants should email a cover letter (with salary requirements) that addresses the following two prompts:

  • Describe a time in which you planned an action in which you had to stand in solidarity outside a community that you were a representative of.
  • Discuss a time in which you've worked with an ally and an issue came up. Define the issue, the method of communication used to resolve the issue, and what the resolution was,

And a resume by email to apply.advocacy@nyclu.org  with “Organizer – Genesee Valley Chapter” in the subject line.

The NYCLU is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the population that we serve.

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