ABOUT THE JOB
The ACLU seeks a full-time position of Deputy Organizing Director in the National Political Advocacy Department of the ACLU’s National office in Washington, DC or New York, NY.
The National Political Advocacy Department (NPAD) works to strengthen the efforts of the ACLU at the federal, state, and local levels of government. The department harnesses the political power that comes from having more than eight million members and supporters, as well as affiliates in every state. By organizing grassroots lobbying and issue campaigns using modern tactics, the ACLU seeks to achieve change as profound in the legislative, administrative and electoral arenas as it has accomplished through the courts.
The Organizing Division plans and executes high-impact grassroots organizing programs, in collaboration with both national office and affiliate colleagues, that result in immediate-term success and long-term capacity building. We work to ensure that supporters, volunteers, community leaders and staff are empowered and supported, realize their power and put it work to defend and advance civil liberties for durable and meaningful change.
Reporting to the Director of the Organizing Division, the Deputy Organizing Director will be responsible for managing and leading a team of Regional Organizing Directors.
- Plan and assist in planning nationwide campaigns and major state and regional campaigns and events
- Manage staff, including remote staff and consultants, for program success and professional growth
- Conceive, revise and share stories of organizing work, successes and lessons learned, within the ACLU and with current and prospective volunteers and volunteer leaders
- Collaborate with colleagues in the ACLU’s national departments and ACLU state affiliates, as well as national coalitions, academics/researchers, consultants and other allies as necessary
- Collaborate with national and affiliate communications staff to contribute to earned media coverage of grassroots organizing projects and events
- Assist with national coalition engagement, planning and organizing program execution
- Advise state affiliates on state-based coalition engagement, when requested
- Closely track political developments, and identify strategic organizing and advocacy opportunities for the ACLU, including opportunities for multi-state or nationwide program or technology solutions
- Identify and execute grassroots engagement experimentation, data collection, analyzation and results-based recommendations
- Help shape ACLU’s grassroots engagement on key political issues and pending legislation.
- Work across a multi-issue spectrum of issues that concern the ACLU
- Significant experience in political, advocacy and/or issue campaigns.
- Understanding of fundamental organizing approaches and skills, and the ability to inspire and teach others about organizing
- Strong communications skills in order to convey complex concepts, research and analysis in a clear and concise manner
- Must be self-motivated and possess the ability to work independently as well as within a team
- Ability to work and communicate quickly and accurately, handle multiple projects and devote time and energy to the most important responsibilities, and to lead others in doing so
- Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
- Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
- Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
- Experience managing candidate or issue campaign teams, or degree in Leadership, Management, Organizational Development or similar
- Experience developing, executing and/or evaluating data-driven organizing programs, experiments/tests and/or pilot projects
- Understanding of multiple approaches to organizing including distributed and digital
ABOUT THE ACLU
For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.
The Department of Education has determined that employment in this position at the ACLU does not qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.
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