Civil Liberties Campaign Organizer

31 Jul, 2022


Civil Liberties Campaign Organizer

ACLU of Virginia
Hampton, VA

Civil Liberties Campaign Organizer (Full-time – Fully Remote)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia (ACLU-VA) is growing! We are looking for an experienced organizer who will primarily build authentic relationships with community members while working to advance policy changes for people impacted by the criminal legal system, voter suppression, classroom censorship, reproductive injustice, and LGBTQ+ discrimination. The Civil Liberties Campaign Organizer reports to the Director of Organizing and Community Engagement and has a demonstrated and deep commitment to racial justice.

This position is based in Hampton Roads and will require regular travel throughout the Hampton Roads Region. The organizer will be required to travel to Richmond once a month. Additionally, occasional travel may be required to other regions of the state.

This is a new position, and the individual hired will be able to assist in the development of the ACLU-VA’s newly formed community organizing and engagement programs.

Who We Are

The ACLU-VA strives to be Virginia’s premier guardian of civil liberties and a recognized champion of civil rights for all Virginians. For nearly a hundred years (50 in Virginia), the ACLU has made a profound difference in the lives of clients and community members, as well as historic contributions to our country and state. Now, more people than ever before have turned to the ACLU to fight back against unprecedented new attacks on civil rights and liberties. We are also committed to pursuing impactful policy changes at the local and statewide levels to achieve racial equity and advance civil liberties and civil rights for everyone. The ACLU-VA is committed to ending racist policing, cutting the number of people incarcerated in Virginia, increasing access to quality mental and medical care, ending sex and gender-based discrimination at work and in schools, and securing a constitutional right to vote for everyone.

What You’ll Do

You’ll help us protect and advance the ACLU’s mission by:

  • Working with the Director of Organizing and Community Engagement to actively growing the number of our strategic community partners and leaders; and working with them to identify community priorities.
  • Recruiting, training, and supporting volunteers; and building volunteer-led action teams;
  • Engaging in a wide array of tactics, including lobbying, canvassing, tabling, digital organizing, conducting trainings, and hosting community forums;
  • Working with the Organizing Department and other staff to assist in crafting and implementing strategies needed to advance the organization’s issue priorities – particularly those strategies and tactics pertaining to community organizing and core issue areas;
  • Collaborating with the relevant departments including Communications and Policy to organize and execute creative actions, media events, and community meetings; lobby city and county officials, and research and draft campaign materials; and help craft messages and strategies for media releases, social media posts, email action alerts, and blog posts.

Who You Are

Our “Must Have’s”

  • Demonstrated support of ACLU-VA’s mission including fighting for racial justice and civil rights issues;
  • At least 2 years of organizing experience leading and executing issue campaigns;
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and move projects forward with independence and autonomy;
  • Self-motivation and ability to work well both independently and on a team;
  • Ability to work well under pressure with a diverse team;
  • Experience organizing in BIPOC communities;
  • A collaborative mindset and ability to work effectively with legal, policy, and communications staff to achieve shared goals;
  • Ability to work irregular hours, attend evening and weekend meetings, and travel in- and out-of-state; and
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation meeting all state requirements

What Else You Should Know 

The ACLU-VA is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. Therefore, the ACLU-VA encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status and commits to comply with all applicable equal opportunity and nondiscrimination laws and to refrain from unlawful discrimination.

Salary is based on market factors and individual experience and abilities. The salary range for this position is $48,000 to $58,000. To preserve the opportunity for advancement, we do not typically hire above the mid-point of the range ($53,000). In addition, we offer excellent benefits include paid time off, generous paid holidays, a 401k plan with employer contribution, medical and dental insurance, life insurance, and income replacement during illness through a combination of annual sick leave, short-term and long-term disability insurance.

Due to COVID-19 and our desire to keep our employees safe, our organization is currently operating remotely. This will continue until at least September 1, 2022. After that time, we have an interim remote work policy in place that will offer remote work flexibility to all staff until Aug 31, 2022. After that time, employees will follow the long-term remote work policy (to be discussed during the hiring process). This position is fully remote and will be based in Hampton Roads area but will require a monthly visit to the downtown Richmond Office. All ACLU-VA staff members must reside within Virginia or within a 150-mile radius of our downtown Richmond office.

What Now?

 Please review the complete job description on our Careers page and apply from our career site. A resume and cover letter will be required. Our HR team will review applications on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

Submit your application as soon as possible. We will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Job posted: 2022-07-31