Director of Field Organizing
Company: New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Location: New York
Posted on: May 24, 2020
Position: Director of Field Organizing
Terms of Employment: Full-time/Exempt
Location: New York Civil Liberties Union, New York, NY
Salary: $90,000 - $160,000
Application Deadline: June 10, 2020 (with applications will be
considered until the 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 140,000 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
The NYCLU seeks a dynamic leader with organizing, campaign
development, and management experience to lead 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 goal of the NYCLU's Field Organizing Department is to further
the mission and strategic priorities of the NYCLU by growing the
collective power of the NYCLU, our base, our allies, and our
partners in order to advance the civil rights and civil liberties
principles and priorities of the NYCLU. Under the direction and
supervision of the Director of Field Organizing, NYCLU organizers
engage, train, and mobilize NYCLU volunteers and New Yorkers around
the state to take action with the NYCLU.
The Director of Field Organizing reports to the Program Director
and is a member of the NYCLU's Senior Leadership Team.
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
--- Supervision and Department Management
o Supervise and manage a team of NYC-based organizers and other
staff in the Field Organizing Department.
? 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
--- Senior Leadership Team (SLT)
o Serve as a member of the SLT and work closely with the SLT and
middle management on program and organizational matters, 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.
--- Public Education, Training, and Workshops
o Manage the NYCLU's community education initiative, which includes
(but is not limited to) Know Your Rights workshops, skill-based
trainings, and other presentations.
o Collaborate with the Communications department to develop
educational and organizing materials.
--- Coalition and Movement Building
o Work in coalition with key community members, groups, and
grassroots organizations to achieve shared goals.
o Expand the NYCLU's network of support and alliances by
identifying strategic allies and building new partnerships that
will strengthen and broaden our impact.
o Supervise NYC-based organizers in coalition and movement building
activities designed to strengthen strategic partnerships and
broaden our movement and base.
o Engage a diverse set of policy-makers, stakeholders, and thought
leaders from across the ideological spectrum.
--- Campaign Planning and Coordination
o 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.
o Oversee the development and implementation of organizing campaign
o Working closely with the Director of Chapters and Chapters
department on local and statewide campaigns.
o Plan and execute lobby days and community engagement events.
--- Volunteer Network
o Supervise, in close coordination with the Development and
Communications departments, the management and development of
NYCLU's volunteer network of over 7,000 New Yorkers
o Actively support the NYCLU's internal and external commitment to
diversity, equity, and inclusion.
--- A minimum of 8 years of experience in organizing, including
substantial demonstrated experience leading organizing campaigns at
the local, state or national levels. This includes experience
working with organizational membership, volunteers, directly
impacted communities, and/or community organizers.
--- A minimum of 3-5 years of experience managing and supervising a
--- An understanding of and commitment to the nonpartisan mission
and goals of the NYCLU and ACLU.
--- Excellent communication, analytical, and critical thinking
--- Strong analytical ability, intellectual curiosity, and critical
--- Demonstrated leadership skills and collaborative work
--- 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.
--- Availability and willingness to travel within the state, as
necessary, and participate in occasional evening and weekend
IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL ALSO POSSESS
--- A love for the challenges and rewards of managing a diverse
--- Experience with Constituent Relationship Management (CRM)
software (i.e., NPG VAN, salesforce, etc.)
--- Existing relationships with a diverse set of policy makers
--- Familiarity with the political landscapes of Albany and New
--- Familiarity with the cultural and/or political landscapes of
NYS regions outside of the NYC Metro area.
--- Familiarity with media strategy, including social media.
--- A great sense of humor, a collaborative disposition, patience,
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit your cover letter and resume via
The NYCLU is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity
employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex,
gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual
orientation, veteran status or record of arrest or conviction. We
are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and having a
workforce that reflects the population that we serve.
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