The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland/ACLU Foundation of Maryland seeks a talented community advocate, effective persuasive communicator, and an experienced outreach professional to develop grassroots-level initiatives that support engagement and mobilization goals of the organization in advancing the ACLU’s broad and ambitious civil rights and civil liberties agenda.
This is a full-time position based in Baltimore City.
The ideal candidate will be primarily responsible for building volunteer capacity within a sustained organizing program to help execute the ACLU of MD’s strategic objectives and our statewide movement building efforts. The Community Organizer will also work closely with our organization’s Communications, Public Policy, and Legal departments, coalition partners, and will also occasionally interface with the ACLU National Office.
Leads a team of community volunteers, interns, and others helpers engaged in race equity initiatives and social justice reforms through effective canvassing and campaigning. Applies a racial equity lens to all matters of work.
- Represents the ACLU of MD and promotes its strategic initiatives and core missions.
- Offers guidance in developing and implementing strategies to organize Marylanders across the state to work toward achieving the ACLU of MD’s strategic objectives, including developing campaign plans, and turning goals and strategies into tactics, timelines, and metrics.
- Mobilizes and expands support for state-based civil liberties issues among ACLU of Maryland members and non-member supporters.
- Develops and implements strategies to expand the ACLU of MD’s internal and volunteer corps though recruitment, training, recognition and thanks, and ongoing engagement.
- Works with advocacy technology tools, including implementing the best use of volunteer management software, social media, and digital outreach tools including text messaging & phone-banking software, to increase engagement.
- In collaboration with the Communications, Public Policy, and Legal Departments, develops persuasive and informative outreach materials, including fact sheets, talking points, and sample letters-to-the-editor.
- Tracks programs’ progress to goals, produces reports, and highlights and adjusts plans as necessary.
- Ensures that mobilization efforts are part of long-term organizing and capacity building for the ACLU of MD, including assisting in setting up and executing two-way communication channels for volunteers, and recruiting and supporting volunteer leaders and coalition members in key regional areas.
- Devises and implements training for ACLU staff, members, and non-member supporters to build an ongoing growth and development process, including specific training on community outreach and engagement, meeting with elected officials, volunteer-led outreach like phone-banking and canvassing, data management, interacting with media, and using technology to take online activism offline.
- Networks within Black, Brown, and communities of people who are formerly incarcerated, along with student/teacher leadership to help recruit, train, and manage an active volunteer pool.
- Provides activists and volunteers with information, guidance, and training to effectively lobby policymakers to pass legislation.
- Forges and maintains key relationships in and with local community, decision-makers, and grassroots partners.
- Organizes and represents the ACLU of MD at public events (rallies, town hall meetings, panel discussions, etc.) to mobilize impacted communities, ACLU members, and the public at large.
- Manages several projects simultaneously and adjusts strategy to frequently changing demands.
- Exercises independent judgment and discretion with respect to development and implementation of strategies and initiatives.
- Personal commitment to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, goals and programs, with an understanding of the range of civil rights and civil liberties issues and their implications.
- A demonstrated commitment to racial equity, dismantling white supremacy, and incorporating a structural power analysis. Experience centering race equity in all aspects of organizing. Knowledge and understanding of how power is manifested in matters of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstances.
- Four years of relevant work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and/or work experience, including field organizing, volunteer recruitment, training, campaign strategy, and building volunteer-leadership.
- Capacity to self-start and execute with a demonstrated ability to manage details with support of direct supervision.
- Ability to handle and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities with deliberate time management skills and the ability to work under pressure.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills, including an ability to navigate and resolve conflict in a manner that values and respects relationships with colleagues inside and outside the ACLU.
- Experience with digital tools for volunteer outreach and management, such as mass texting and database experience.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and ability to speak in public along with facilitating meetings and trainings. (Bilingual, Spanish-English, a plus).
- Proficiency with computers: MacOS, Microsoft Office, and internet research in particular.
- Demonstrated effectiveness in working and communicating productively with impacted populations, coalitions and community groups, motivating volunteers, working across the political spectrum, and valuing differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
- Willingness to work irregular hours, including some weekends and evenings. Must have a car and willingness to travel within the state, along with a current driver’s license.
This position is a non-management position and does not encompasses supervisory responsibility. This position operates on occasion as team lead while working with:
- Community volunteers
Compensation and Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience ($60,000.00 - $65,000.00). Excellent benefits include three weeks paid vacation at time of hire (increasing to four weeks after four years); 13 paid office holidays; 12 paid sick days, telework and flex-time, generous medical insurance including two health, dental and vision insurance options for staff members, their dependents and spouse/domestic partner; flexible spending accounts employee assistance plan; six weeks of paid medical leave, life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, short-term disability and long-term disability insurance; and 401(k) defined contribution retirement plan with employer match, free on-site parking, additional commuter benefits with access to commuter rail station. Direct exposure to cutting-edge civil liberties and civil rights work. This is a position in the bargaining unit represented by OPEIU Local 2 and is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The position will remain open until filled. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and a short (no longer than 5 pages) writing sample at this website: APPLY HERE
For alternate methods to apply please email HR@aclu-md.org.
We discourage applicants from applying through third party websites. Early applications are strongly encouraged. It will not be possible for us to respond to telephone or email inquiries.
Resumes or applications sent via other avenues will not be considered.
About the ACLU of Maryland
The ACLU of Maryland is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our work and on our teams. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran, or formerly incarcerated person status. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations.
The ACLU of Maryland is a non-partisan, non-profit public interest organization devoted to protecting civil rights and civil liberties. The ACLU of MD is an affiliate of the national ACLU, a key defender of civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. The ACLU works in the courts, legislature and in communities to defend and expand individual rights and personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and civil rights laws. The ACLU of Maryland is committed to centering race equity in our work, internally and externally, in order to better support and be accountable to communities of color, whose civil rights and civil liberties are systematically threatened by white supremacy.