Job announcement: Organizer

Posted: December 12, 2019

The ACLU of Vermont seeks a dedicated and highly motivated professional Organizer to coordinate public engagement and outreach efforts statewide and to build community and coalition support for the ACLU of Vermont’s policy agenda. The Organizer will work with our Campaign Director to utilize the strength of the ACLU’s growing network of members, supporters, and volunteer activists to enhance the organization’s advocacy capacity and effectiveness.

As we face unprecedented challenges to civil liberties, the ACLU of Vermont is taking our statewide advocacy to the next level by strengthening our litigation and legislative capacity, expanding communications and public engagement strategies, and creating a new infrastructure for issue campaigns and electoral engagement. That includes data-driven campaign strategies and amplified communications and organizing tactics to fight for civil rights and civil liberties—and win.

This is a full-time position, based in Montpelier and requiring travel around the state.

ABOUT ACLU OF VERMONT

The ACLU of Vermont integrates impact litigation, policy advocacy, organizing, public education, and strategic communications to defend and advance civil liberties for all people across a broad range of constitutionally protected rights and freedoms. Founded in 1967 and based in Montpelier, the ACLU of Vermont is the statewide affiliate of the national ACLU, a nationwide organization with a presence in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC. The ACLU fights tirelessly for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or national origin. 

We are a passionate, highly motivated group of community leaders, coalition-builders, lawyers, and public policy and legislative advocacy experts, and we are looking for exceptional talent to join our team. To learn more about the ACLU of Vermont, please review our website.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

The Organizer will report to the Campaign Director, work closely with the Advocacy Director and Communications Director, and supervise campaign volunteers. The Organizer will organize supporters and spokespeople for our priority campaigns, currently our Smart Justice Vermont campaign. The Organizer will build our organizing infrastructure, strengthen partnerships with key stakeholders, prioritizing directly impacted communities and individuals, and coordinate with local and national staff to track progress and win on the campaign’s goals.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate with the Campaign, Communications, and Advocacy Directors to develop and implement strategies to build and utilize a base of ACLU members, volunteers, and community members as advocates for civil liberties in support of the ACLU of Vermont’s campaign goals.
  • Develop equitable and reciprocal relationships with community organizations and networks – particularly community members impacted by policing and incarceration, and racial justice initiatives led by people of color.
  • Help build broad-based coalitions by fostering, strengthening, and nurturing alliances with partner organizations and community groups, assuming a leadership role on important issue campaigns.
  • Recruit, train, assist, and manage an active volunteer base to participate in events and support other public education and advocacy activities; act as primary liaison between the volunteers and staff.
  • Organize both small and large-scale public events statewide to educate and mobilize ACLU of Vermont supporters and the broader public for specific advocacy priorities. Events may include community forums, presentations, trainings, small group meetings, panel discussions, tabling events, press conferences, and rallies.
  • Represent the ACLU of Vermont in public speaking engagements and in local media interviews, either as a facilitator or speaker.
  • Collaborate with the Advocacy and Campaign Directors to coordinate constituent and coalition partner visits with legislators and provide training to constituents.
  • Identify and recruit potential witnesses for public hearings and speakers for press conferences on ACLU of Vermont issues.
  • Utilize ACLU of Vermont communications and advocacy technologies, social media, and other web-based outreach, including preparation of electronic action alerts to supporters to support achieving campaign goals.
  • Produce and update outreach materials (flyers, brochures, information packets, and other publications).
  • Maintain records and prepare regular reports on program needs, developments, and accomplishments.
  • Present a positive and professional face at all times when representing the ACLU of Vermont and help maintain a welcoming environment for employees and volunteers.
  • Work with the national ACLU and ACLU affiliates to advance nationwide policy campaigns. Attend national and regional ACLU training and staff conferences.
  • Other duties as directed.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and civil rights, and an understanding of and appreciation for the ACLU’s values, mission, and goals. 
  • Experience developing and coordinating successful political, legislative, or activist campaigns, preferably in the context of non-profit or community-based issue campaigns. The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of grassroots organizing strategies and techniques, including online organizing and internet-based communications strategies.
  • Strong group facilitation, coalition building, and leadership skills. Experience working in coalition as well as supervising, training, and motivating volunteers.
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial justice and proven ability to work with emotional intelligence, receive feedback, work through conflict with integrity and operate within principles of solidarity when working in partnership with groups representing constituencies impacted by oppression. Proven ability to work in a manner that respects differences in race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Excellent analytic and communication skills, both written and oral; experience as a public spokesperson and advocate. Ability to analyze and articulate complex issues and to communicate them to a variety of audiences; must be a “quick study” on a wide array of civil liberties issues.
  • Ability to work independently and to keep organized in a fast-paced environment, manage several projects simultaneously, and adjust to changing demands. A team-oriented personality and sense of humor are essential.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with lawyers and other professional staff, and with diverse groups and across the demographic and political spectrum. Personal enthusiasm and a confident, positive, and professional presentation.
  • Proficiency with computers, Microsoft Office software, database management, and various web platforms.
  • A valid driver’s license or driver’s privilege card, reliable vehicle, and willingness to travel extensively around the state.
  • Ability to work irregular hours, and to attend evening and weekend meetings.

​​​​​​​COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

The ACLU of Vermont is an equal opportunity employer.  We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive office culture. We believe that having a board, staff, and volunteer base with diverse personal and professional backgrounds enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive.

The ACLU of Vermont strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or prior involvement in the criminal justice system. The ACLU of Vermont undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with differing abilities and backgrounds have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Salary is competitive with similar organizations and commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include generous vacation and sick leave; paid family medical leave; individual/family employer-provided health and dental insurance; life insurance and disability; defined contribution plan with employer match; and 14 paid holidays. This position is full-time, salaried, and exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and a traditional writing sample to [email protected].  Include in the subject line of the email: your last name and Organizer.  In your letter please indicate where you learned of the posting.

DEADLINE

We will begin reviewing applications the week of January 6th. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website at www.acluvt.org.