September 13, 2012
The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation's foremost defenders of civil liberties and civil rights. Founded in 1951 as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with eight offices and 48,000 members statewide.
The NYCLU seeks to hire a Lead Organizer who will take on a leadership role in coordinating and implementing the organization’s long and short-term advocacy campaigns. The Lead Organizer will report to the NYCLU’s Assistant Advocacy Director and Advocacy Director.
- Organize and implement advocacy campaigns to achieve the NYCLU’s public policy goals, including in the areas of education and police reform;
- Build and maintain coalitions with grassroots groups and advocacy organizations around civil liberties and civil rights issues;
- Assist in developing public education materials on civil liberties and civil rights, including reports, toolkits, and “know your rights” materials;
- Lobby local, state, and federal lawmakers on civil liberties and civil rights matters;
- Strategize ways to mobilize NYCLU members and supporters on key civil liberties and civil rights issues;
- Organize large-scale public education and organizing events, such as rallies, marches, community forums, lobby visits, public hearings, news conferences, panel discussions and trainings;
- Conduct public education, including “know your rights” presentations;
- Respond to requests for support and information from NYCLU chapters and the public;
- Assist in implementing the NYCLU’s on-line advocacy program, including the preparation of action alerts;
- Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications & Skills:
- A passion for civil liberties and a commitment to organizing;
- At least three years experience working with advocacy groups or community organizations on social justice or civil rights issues;
- Experience leading public policy or legislative campaigns;
- Strong team team-building and organizing skills;
- Excellent writing, research, and communications skills;
- Ability to communicate complex issues clearly to a variety of audiences;
- Experience in developing successful political, legislative or public education campaigns;
- Foreign language skills, Spanish in particular, a plus;
- A diplomatic touch and a sense of humor; and
- Willingness to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.
Please submit a letter of interest, current resume and salary requirements via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
with “Lead Organizer”
in the subject field
The NYCLU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, lesbians, gay men and transgender individuals to apply.