The ACLU of New Mexico (ACLU-NM) seeks an experienced, self-motivated and mission-driven Organizer to lead the organization’s efforts to end the criminal fines and fees system in New Mexico and contribute to our broader efforts to reform the criminal legal system.
Our country has a two-tier system of justice where working class and low-income people – and particularly communities of color – are disproportionately punished. Across the country, courts impose fines as a punishment for minor traffic and municipal code violations, misdemeanors and felonies. People who cannot immediately pay face additional fees, license suspensions, loss of voting rights and, far too frequently, arrest and jail. Thousands of New Mexicans get trapped in the justice system simply because they can’t afford to pay fines and fees. Stuck in a cycle of punishment and poverty, people can lose their jobs, their homes, and even their children.
The Organizer will build and maintain the affiliate’s base of criminal legal system advocates using a combination of traditional and digital organizing tactics. Although the majority of the organizing work will focus on fines and fees, the organizer will contribute to broader and interconnected criminal legal system reforms such as probation and parole reform, police accountability and sentencing reform. 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 Organizer will work to recruit supporters, organize events, educate the public, and mobilize community advocates, throughout the state, 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 organizer will collaborate closely with the organization’s Policy, Communications, Legal and Development departments as well as a broad range of coalition partners, including the Fines and Fees Justice Center to engage, mobilize and maintain a broad base of impacted volunteers.
This is a full-time, exempt position based in Albuquerque and reports to the Senior Policy Strategist; however, the candidate is not required to reside in the metro area.
We encourage candidates that live elsewhere in the state who has a vision for doing fines and fees organizing work in their respective communities. However, regular travel to Albuquerque will be required. Formally incarcerated individuals and others negatively impacted by the state’s criminal legal system are also encouraged to apply.
Funding for this position is guaranteed for one year but is likely to continue thereafter.
- Recruit, train, and manage an active volunteer pool to take action as well as to expand and strengthen the base of the organization
- Assist the New Mexico State Director of the Fines and Fee’s Justice Center (FFJC) to facilitate FFJC’s New Mexico Advisory Board on Fines and Fees.
- Develop and implement plans to engage/organize people throughout the state who will help advocate for criminal legal system reform that address fines and fees and intersecting issues including police accountability, mass incarceration and racial disparities as well as other ACLU-NM strategic priorities
- Continue to build and maintain the affiliate’s network of crime and incarceration survivors to ensure the network addresses fines and fees issues
- 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 (Constant Contact, 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 fines and fees work on various social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.), to increase the organization’s reach and engage supporters.
- Along with senior policy team members, represent ACLU-NM at fines and fees coalition meetings. Collaborate with the Fines and Fees Justice Center and other coalition members to develop and execute strategies for fines and fees campaigns and reforms.
- 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 include 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 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 issues facing communities directly impacted by the criminal justice system, 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 Organizer. 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.