Organizer

Eastern North Carolina, NC
Full Time
Policy & Advocacy
Student (High School)

JOB TITLE: Organizer            

REPORTS TO: Deputy Director for Engagement & Mobilization 

FLSA: Non-exempt/Full-Time 

UNION: Yes 

EMPLOYEE OF: American Civil Liberties Union - NC – 501(c)(4)  

 

ABOUT THE ACLU OF NORTH CAROLINA 

Whether it’s achieving full equality for LGBTQ people, fighting to achieve racial justice, pushing to eradicate our broken and racially biased criminal legal system, defending freedom of speech, religion, and the right to protest, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. 

Two critical components of our work are centering the voices of impacted people and applying an anti-racist lens to all aspects of our internal and external functions including but not limited to recruitment and human resources, strategic planning, donor and volunteer relations, Board and committee processes, and deciding what cases to litigate. We are looking for candidates who share our commitment to our values. 

We are currently a team of more than 20 that cares deeply about the work we do. Our team, at the moment, is predominantly white and we are actively striving to diversify our staff with individuals from underrepresented and marginalized groups who have experience in and share our passion for social justice. 

THE OPPORTUNITY 

The Organizer reports to the Deputy Director for Engagement and Mobilization. The Organizer is a community organizer who is responsible for implementing strategies to end systemic inequities through policy change by conducting outreach, base building, training, education, non-partisan electoral organizing, and leadership development in justice movement spaces in North Carolina among ACLU-NC members, members of directly impacted communities, and other stakeholders.  

The Organizer will work closely with the Campaign Strategists on ACLU-NC strategic priority efforts – Racial Justice, LGBTQIA+, Reproductive Freedom, Criminal Legal System Transformation, Immigrants’ Rights, and Voting Rights. The Organizer should have the ability to connect with transparency, humility, and courage with local advocates to ensure that the ACLU-NC's work is in harmony with community partners' interests and vision. Further, the Organizer should have the ability to help develop projects from idea to action, be goal-oriented, a self-starting problem solver, and able to meet tight deadlines and execute events. 

*This position will require the person to travel throughout North Carolina.  

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 

PROVIDE ON-THE-GROUND ORGANIZING AND ADVOCACY SUPPORT FOR ACLU-NC STRATEGIC PRIORITY EFFORTS   

  • Identify, recruit, organize, and mobilize volunteers and community leaders to advance organizational and issue specific objectives. 

  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with volunteers while moving them along the ladder of engagement through agitation, one-on-one conversations, and opportunities to build leadership. 

  • Train volunteers one-on-one and in groups to think strategically, develop issue-specific programs and projects, and build vehicles of engagement for the general public.   

  • Plan and manage events relating to issue centered programs and projects, volunteer engagement, and base building. 

  • Organize activists to join in ACLU lobbying, base building, and mobilization efforts.   

BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS TO CONNECT LOCAL ALLIES WITH THE ACLU’S STATE AND NATIONAL RESOURCES  

  • Maintain relationships and assist volunteer leaders in developing relationships with key political players, opinion leaders, allied organizations, and coalitions to build our base of support.  

  • Coordinate issue centered objectives and actions with allied coalitions.   

  • Contribute to the research, drafting, and implementation of a statewide campaign plan.  

INCREASE AWARENESS OF THE ACLU AND ITS EFFORTS IN NORTH CAROLINA   

  • Collect, cultivate, utilize, and archive stories of impacted people in ways that affirm their humanity and center their leadership.  

  • Generate public awareness and support by engaging with new, grassroots groups. 

  • Contribute to and disseminate social media content for volunteers.   

  • Speak to community groups about ACLU-NC campaigns and mission.  

  • Recruit volunteers to write blogs, op-eds, and letters to the editor. 

OTHER  

  • Participate in planning and implementing other civic engagement projects as needed. 

TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THIS ROLE, THE CANDIDATE WILL HAVE 

  • Proven experience in political or community organizing through both traditional and online outreach to expand and activate the ACLU's base. 

  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, and goals, including a demonstrated deep commitment to racial justice.  

  • Ability to maintain near constant communication with diverse volunteer base, leaders, and team during peak organizing seasons through writing and private and public speaking. 

  • Proven ability to work independently as needed, create work plans for multiple projects that encompass key tasks of community organizing, manage multiple projects with competing deadlines, while maintaining a strong attention to detail. 

  • Demonstrated ability to both identify and reconcile hindrances to success across local and statewide groups. 

  • Demonstrated experience in both identifying and reconciling programmatic success and potential shortcomings in group dynamics. 

  • Identifiable ability to problem-solve, successfully navigate difficult group dynamics, and effectively resolve conflicts. 

  • Must be willing and available to work evenings and weekends according to meeting-related scheduling. 

TO STAND OUT FROM THE OTHERS, YOU WILL HAVE 

  • Knowledge and understanding of how power is manifested in matters of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance. 

  • Exceptional emotional intelligence through the abilities to listen, follow instructions, grasp concepts quickly and intuitively, and express thoughts and ideas effectively 

  • Gravitas and grit 

  • Above average interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy with the ability to develop and maintain cooperative, collaborative, and successful working relationships with a wide range of people; 

  • Work independently with minimum supervision; 

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to address a range of audiences; 

  • Demonstrated awareness of all issue areas with in-depth knowledge of at least two of our priority issues; 

  • Fluency in Spanish  

WHAT ELSE SHOULD YOU KNOW? 

You are welcome here! The ACLU-NC is committed to an inclusive work environment that reflects the population that we serve. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and are committed to building an organization where all employees and North Carolinians can be proud. We eagerly anticipate applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, parental status, veteran status, or record of arrest or conviction. 

COMPENSATION 

The salary for the Organizer position is $55,500. Excellent benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401K plan, paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave, and professional development opportunities.  

TO APPLY 

Applications may be submitted via this link (https://www.acluofnorthcarolina.org/en/about/careers) and should include a cover letter explaining your specific interest in working for the ACLU of North Carolina, and resume. Please note that we will only be able to follow up with those candidates under consideration. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.   

The ACLU-NC is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. Recognizing that strict minimum requirements tend to disproportionately discourage women and people of color from applying for jobs for which they would otherwise be competitive, we encourage all qualified individuals to apply -- especially people of color; women; people from low-income backgrounds; people with disabilities; people who identify as LGBTQIA+; and people who are formerly incarcerated or otherwise directly impacted by the criminal legal system. 

The ACLU-NC and the ACLU-NCLF is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. Recognizing that strict minimum requirements tend to disproportionately discourage women and people of color from applying for jobs for which they would otherwise be competitive, we encourage all qualified individuals to apply -- especially people of color; women; people from low-income backgrounds; people with disabilities; people who identify as LGBTQIA+; and people who are formerly incarcerated or otherwise directly impacted by the criminal legal system.

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