Organizer and Senior Organizer


Field Organizing Department

Terms of Employment:

Regular Full Time/Exempt


Buffalo, New York


$40,840.00 – $75,575.00 (based on qualifications & experience)

Application Deadline:

Until positions are 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 180,000 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.


The NYCLU affirmatively values the humanity and contributions of those we work with, inside and outside of the organization; and will take action to build and sustain an equitable, anti-racist culture that centers the voices and experiences of marginalized and directly impacted people and communities, and an organizational environment where all people feel valued, trusted, and respected. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the population that we serve and actively recruit people of color, women, people with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, and LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people.


The NYCLU seeks a full-time Organizer and Senior Organizer based in Buffalo. Candidates will be assigned to a position based on their qualifications and experience. The Organizer/Senior Organizer for Buffalo is a member of the NYCLU’s statewide Field Organizing Department, which engages in multi-layered advocacy efforts aimed at both the state and local levels including grassroots organizing, public education, coalition building, leadership development, and lobbying of state and local lawmakers. The Organizer/Senior Organizer supports the Field Organizing Department in a wide range of both local and statewide work to further the NYCLU’s mission, build visibility and strategic priorities and as part of the NYCLU’s interdisciplinary approach to policy advocacy and culture change.


  • Develop, organize, and lead public advocacy campaigns that mobilize the NYCLU’s base to uphold and defend civil liberties and civil rights  
  • Organize large-scale public education and organizing events, such as rallies, community forums, lobby visits, public hearings, news conferences, panel discussions, and trainings  
  • Conduct extensive public education, including public speaking at community events and representing the NYCLU in the media  
  • Contribute to the development of public education materials and workshops, including contributing to and/or editing blogs, public letters, reports, etc.  
  • Build relationships with grassroots groups, communities, advocacy organizations, schools, and government agencies, including representing the NYCLU at community events, coalition meetings, panels, and rallies  
  • Identify emerging issues and recommend response plans  
  • Coordinate and collaborate across NYCLU departments and regions 
  • Build a base of volunteers in and around Buffalo 
  • Stay abreast of NYCLU’s statewide organizing portfolio, including supporting the work of organizers statewide, where requested 
  • Actively support the NYCLU’s internal and external commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion 


  • Ability to regularly travel within Erie County and to Albany and New York City headquarters, as needed 
  • Must be a Buffalo resident 
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil rights and liberties 
  • Campaign and organizing experience  
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, proven ability to effectively interact with diverse populations and a proven track record of relationship building 
  • Ability to think critically and contextually about systemic issues of race, power and identity 
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects simultaneously 
  • Familiarity with Western New York State history, government structures and communities 
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including many evenings and weekends 
  • Proficiency with MS Office programs, digital organizing tools and social media platforms  
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license preferred 


The Organizer/Senior Organizer reports to Assistant Director of the Western Region and/or designee. The Senior Organizer tasks may include leading regional Organizers and administrative staff, as designated. The Senior Organizer is also expected to meet regularly with NYCLU organizers outside their designated region. 


Please submit your resume and cover letter that includes your unique qualifications for this position, where or how you learned of this job posting via https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/1117636/New-York-Civil-Liberties-Union-Foundation/Organizer-and-Senior-Organizer. If feasible, please submit these materials as a single PDF. 

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 communities that we serve. 

The NYCLU 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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