The ACLU of New Mexico (ACLU-NM) seeks an experienced, self-motivated, and mission-driven Community Engagement Specialist (CES) to develop and implement community and membership engagement and advocacy strategies aimed at expanding access to reproductive healthcare, including abortion care in New Mexico. The CES will also work with activist systems and digital tools, work on other ACLU-NM strategic priorities, and on general member engagement. The CES will collaborate closely with the organization’s Policy, Communications, Legal, and Development departments, as well as coalition partners and community members.
Since its inception, the ACLU has recognized that personal privacy and reproductive rights are among our most important constitutional liberties. In the 1920s, we successfully appealed the obscenity conviction of one of our founders, sex educator Mary Ware Dennett. In the 1940s, we opposed bans on the sale and use of birth control devices and information. Since the mid-1960s, we have been pioneering legal advocates for the right to contraception, the right to abortion, and the right to bear a child. And since ACLU-NM’s founding in 1962, we have worked to protect and expand the rights of all New Mexicans to determine the course of their reproductive lives including for example: expanding protections for pregnant people, expanding and protecting contraception coverage, combating discrimination in health care settings, and ensuring abortion remains safe and legal.
The ideal candidate is committed to advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice. They have a proven ability to take initiative, learn new policy and advocacy strategies quickly, think strategically, communicate clearly and persuasively, and work collaboratively in partnership with intersectional groups. The successful candidate must be committed to supporting and thriving in an equitable and inclusive work environment.
The ACLU-NM is the state affiliate of the ACLU, the nation’s premier civil rights and civil liberties organization. The purpose of ACLU-NM is to protect and advance justice, liberty and equity as guaranteed by the constitutions of New Mexico and the United States. We work to make justice, liberty and equity realities for all people in New Mexico, with particular attention to the rights of people and groups who have historically been disenfranchised. For more information please visit www.aclu-nm.org
The ACLU-NM carries out a vigorous legislative program that enjoys the respect of New Mexico lawmakers. We partner with individuals and communities impacted by injustices to inform and mobilize people throughout the state. The people in the center of the struggles for justice, who feel the impact in their daily lives, are especially important allies.
The ACLU-NM is committed to ending racism and other inequities. This includes how we work with each other and with our partners and allies in the communities we serve. We are looking for candidates who share our commitment to advancing racial justice, both internally in our organization and externally in the communities that we serve.
A member of the organization’s Policy and Advocacy Department, the CES will work to recruit supporters, organize events, educate the public, and mobilize community advocates in support of policy objectives. The person in this position will be required to carry out their work digitally and virtually until pandemic conditions allow for face-to-face interaction. The successful candidate will work with the ACLU-NM’s communications team to produce digital and print organizing materials. Thus, the position requires knowledge of both digital and traditional organizing tools and methods.
The CES will collaborate closely with the organization’s Policy, Communications, Legal and Development departments as well as a broad range of coalition partners, and mobilize and maintain a broad base of impacted volunteers. There is another CES located in the Albuquerque office with whom this position will collaborate closely.
This is a full-time, exempt position based in Las Cruces and reports to the Reproductive Rights Counsel; however, the candidate is not required to reside in the metro area. Candidates who would live outside of the Las Cruces city area are strongly encouraged to apply, however regular travel to Las Cruces, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe will be required.
- Recruit, train, and manage an active volunteer pool to take action as well as to expand and strengthen the base of the organization.
- Develop and implement plans to engage and organize people throughout the state who will help advocate for reproductive rights as well as other ACLU-NM strategic priorities.
- Build, strengthen, and maintain working relationships with key coalition partners and other allies.
- Plan and execute events, including activist trainings, volunteer appreciation events, listening sessions, panel discussions, and other community event.
- Provide logistical support for advocacy strategies across departments.
- Represent the ACLU-NM before community groups, including speaking at community events.
- Work with digital tools (for example, VAN and Thru Text) to promote events and communicate organizational messages.
- With support of the communications team, generate digital and print materials, including but not limited to: graphics for email, social media, and web campaigns; brochures; signage; banners; etc.
- Promote the ACLU-NM’s reproductive rights work on various social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.), to increase the organization’s reach and engage supporters.
- Along with other team members, represent ACLU-NM at reproductive health, rights, and justice coalition meetings.
- An understanding of and enthusiasm for civil liberties and civil rights and personally committed to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, goals and programs.
- Commitment to race and other forms of equity, both internally in our organization and externally in the communities that we serve.
- Awareness of, and willingness to engage in, the difficult and transformative work of challenging systems of oppression, institutional and structural racism, and implicit bias.
- Ability to participate in, create and sustain inclusive and engaging spaces for all races/ethnicities, genders, ages, classes, and geographies.
- Good written and interpersonal communication skills. This includes the ability to navigate and resolve conflict in a manner that values and respects relationships with colleagues inside and outside the ACLU-NM.
- Solid organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Strong familiarity with digital organizing and social media tools.
- A detail-oriented self-starter and finisher with a demonstrated ability to manage projects and follow through with minimal direct supervision.
- Strong time management skills and the ability to work under pressure.
- A flexible team player who works collaboratively, shares responsibilities, and supports and acknowledges colleagues’ contributions.
- A commitment to diversity; respects and values differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability, arrest or conviction history, and socio- economic circumstance.
- Committed to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, goals and programs. Preference will be given to applicants with an understanding of intersectionality and reproductive justice and issues facing communities directly impacted by reproductive oppression and violence, the criminal legal system and police violence, economic injustice and immigration policies, either through personal lived experience or prior work experience.
- Willingness to work occasional overtime or irregular hours, including some weekends.
- The ability to travel within the state, and has a current driver’s license.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The ACLU-NM offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and in line with the ACLU-NM compensation scale. The salary range for this position is $38,000-$45,000 per year, depending on experience.
Benefits include 18 days of paid time off to start, 11 holidays, fully paid employee medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance, and a generous retirement plan.
Due to the Coronavirus, the ACLU-NM is currently a completely remote workforce. If the successful candidate is hired while the ACLU-NM staff is still remote, we will work with that candidate to ensure that they have the tools, equipment, and digital onboarding to be successfully integrated into our remote work environment.
To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to HR@aclu-nm.org and include in the subject line of the email: your last name and Community Engagement Specialist. In your letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting.
Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we will be evaluating applications on a rolling basis beginning October 30, 2020.
Application materials will also be accepted via postal mail, but electronic filing is strongly preferred. Mailed applications should be sent to c/o HR, P.O. Box 566, Albuquerque, NM 87103.
The ACLU-NM is an equal opportunity employer. The ACLU-NM is committed to creating a work environment that is free from discrimination and supportive of a workforce that reflects the rich diversity of our communities and the people we serve. The ACLU-NM strongly encourages applications from all qualified including women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, people who are gender diverse, people with disabilities, people who have experienced poverty or homelessness, people who have had prior contact with the juvenile, criminal justice, child welfare, or immigration systems, and people who have personal experience with other issues we work on.
“ACLU-NM” refers collectively to two separate corporate entities, the ACLU of New Mexico and the ACLU of New Mexico Foundation. The two entities share the same mission, office space, and employees.