Director of Field Organizing



Terms of Employment:



New York Civil Liberties Union, New York, NY


 $90,000 - $160,000

Application Deadline:

Applications will be considered 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 Description

The NYCLU seeks a dynamic leader with organizing, campaign development, and management experience to lead our Field Organizing Department. This is an extraordinary opportunity for a talented leader with strong organizing acumen and a commitment to the work and values of the ACLU and NYCLU to play a central role in implementing the NYCLU’s vision and theory of change to protect civil rights and civil liberties.

The goal of the NYCLU’s Field Organizing Department is to further the mission and strategic priorities of the NYCLU by growing the collective power of the NYCLU, our base, our allies, and our partners in order to advance the civil rights and civil liberties principles and priorities of the NYCLU. Under the direction and supervision of the Director of Field Organizing, NYCLU organizers engage, train, and mobilize NYCLU volunteers and New Yorkers around the state to take action with the NYCLU. 

The Director of Field Organizing reports to the Program Director and is a member of the NYCLU’s Senior Leadership Team.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Supervision and Department Management
    • Supervise and manage a team of NYC-based organizers and other staff in the Field Organizing Department.
      • Foster the professional development of Department staff through the use of, among other tools, performance evaluations and professional development plans.
      • Plan, monitor, track, and approve Department’s budgeting and spending.
    • Senior Leadership Team (SLT)
      • Serve as a member of the SLT and work closely with the SLT and middle management on program and organizational matters, including, but not limited to:
        • the Policy department to develop and execute strategies in support of legislative and policy advocacy; and
        • the Development and Communications departments to coordinate communications to our audiences.
      • Public Education, Training, and Workshops
        • Manage the NYCLU’s community education initiative, which includes (but is not limited to) “Know Your Rights” workshops, skill-based trainings, and other presentations.
        • Collaborate with the Communications department to develop educational and organizing materials.
      • Coalition and Movement Building
        • Work in coalition with key community members, groups, and grassroots organizations to achieve shared goals.
        • Expand the NYCLU’s network of support and alliances by identifying strategic allies and building new partnerships that will strengthen and broaden our impact.
        • Supervise NYC-based organizers in coalition and movement building activities designed to strengthen strategic partnerships and broaden our movement and base.
        • Engage a diverse set of policy-makers, stakeholders, and thought leaders from across the ideological spectrum.
      • Campaign Planning and Coordination
        • Closely coordinate with the Policy departments and other departments to develop and implement NYCLU’s campaigns on ongoing priorities and rapid response to urgent, unanticipated threats to civil rights and civil liberties.
        • Oversee the development and implementation of organizing campaign plans.
        • Working closely with the Director of Chapters and Chapters department on local and statewide campaigns.
        • Plan and execute lobby days and community engagement events.
      • Volunteer Network
        • Supervise, in close coordination with the Development and Communications departments, the management and development of NYCLU’s volunteer network of over 7,000 New Yorkers
      • DEI
        • Actively support the NYCLU’s internal and external commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.



  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in organizing, including substantial demonstrated experience leading organizing campaigns at the local, state or national levels. This includes experience working with organizational membership, volunteers, directly impacted communities, and/or community organizers.
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of experience managing and supervising a team.
  • An understanding of and commitment to the nonpartisan mission and goals of the NYCLU and ACLU.
  • Excellent communication, analytical, and critical thinking skills.
  • Strong analytical ability, intellectual curiosity, and critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and collaborative work style.
  • Demonstrated experience in applying principles of racial justice, diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Experience with digital organizing tools including e-mail-, call-, and text-to-action tools.
  • Availability and willingness to travel within the state, as necessary, and participate in occasional evening and weekend activities.



  • A love for the challenges and rewards of managing a diverse team.
  • Experience with Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) software (i.e., NPG VAN, salesforce, etc.)
  • Existing relationships with a diverse set of policy makers and/or constituencies.
  • Familiarity with the political landscapes of Albany and New York City.
  • Familiarity with the cultural and/or political landscapes of NYS regions outside of the NYC Metro area.
  • Familiarity with media strategy, including social media.
  • A great sense of humor, a collaborative disposition, patience, and flexibility.


How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume via https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/283343/New-York-Civil-Liberties-Union-Foundation/Director-of-Field-Organizing   


The NYCLU is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, sex, gender identity or expression, age, disability, religion, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the population that we serve.

The NYACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail ldecicco@nyclu.org.  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.



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