Deputy Director of Field Organizing


Field Organizing

Terms of Employment:



New York, NY or any of the seven regional office locations


$110,000 – $130,000

Application Deadline:

Until 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 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 dynamic leader with organizing, campaign development, and management experience to support the leadership 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 Deputy Director of Field Organizing supports the Director of Field Organizing to lead, direct, and manage the Field Organizing Department, which consists of organizers who undertake various activities, including campaign development and implementation, volunteer engagement and mobilization, and community education, to advance the NYCLU’s mission and strategic priorities. The Deputy Director also serves as the member of the NYCLU’s Middle Management Team, which guides the work and operation of the organization.


  • Supervise and manage a team of assistant directors in the Field Organizing Department, located across New York State.
    • Provide clear expectations and feedback that helps further the employees’ individual skills.
    • 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.
  • Provide reports to the Director of Field Organizing on a regular basis and as requested, and perform other duties as assigned.
  • Serve as a member of the Middle Management Team to support program operations and organizational decision making 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Support Assistant Directors to supervise organizers in coalition and movement building activities designed to strengthen strategic partnerships and broaden our movement and base.
  • Support engagement with a diverse set of policymakers, stakeholders, and thought leaders from across the ideological spectrum.
  • 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.
  • Work with Director of Field Organizing to oversee the development and implementation of organizing campaign plans.
  • Work closely with the Director of Regions on local and statewide campaigns.
    • Plan and execute lobby days and community engagement events.
  • Supervise, in close coordination with the Development and Communications departments, the management and development of NYCLU’s volunteer network of over 11,000 New Yorkers
  • Actively support the NYCLU’s internal and external commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


  • A combined minimum of 6 years of experience in political, community or issue advocacy organizing, including substantial demonstrated experience leading organizing campaigns at the local, state or national levels and 2-3 years managing a team. This includes experience working with organizational membership, volunteers, directly impacted communities, and/or community organizers.
  • Track record of training, developing and supporting new organizers
  • Demonstrated success in building organizational infrastructures.
  • 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.
  • Experience with Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) software (i.e., NPG VAN, salesforce).
  • Availability and willingness to travel within the state, as necessary, and participate in occasional evening and weekend activities.
  • Bachelor's degree in public policy or other related area preferred.


  • A love for the challenges and rewards of managing a diverse team.
  • Existing relationships with a diverse set of policy makers and/or constituencies.
  • Familiarity with the cultural and/or political landscapes of New York State.
  • Familiarity with media strategy, including social media.
  • A great sense of humor, a collaborative disposition, patience, and flexibility.


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/1123891/New-York-Civil-Liberties-Union-Foundation/Deputy-Director-of-Field-Organizing. 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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