The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska has an immediate need for a full-time, short-term Community Organizer to focus on the Fair Anchorage campaign. Anchorage expanded its nondiscrimination ordinance in September 2015 to protect sexual orientation and gender identity. Fair Anchorage is a coalition of national, regional, statewide, and local partners focused on defending the law from proposed Anchorage ballot initiative 2017–2, which aims to erase the parts of the law that protect the transgender community.
The Community Organizer will lead the effort to increase public support for inclusive nondiscrimination policies that protect gay and transgender people throughout Anchorage. They will do this by being in charge of (1) organizing grassroots and grasstops, (2) identifying supporters, (3) educating the public about the transgender community, and (4) building strategic coalitions in support of transgender nondiscrimination. They will be required to develop and implement an organizing plan focused on identifying and activating supporters as well as creating earned media opportunities. They should be adept at building coalitions of supportive organizations, as well as experience engaging strategic supporters and key messengers.
The ideal candidate will have a clear commitment to supporting LGBT issues, including an understanding of the importance of nondiscrimination legislation and issues specific to the transgender community. They must be able to work independently, manage large teams, and develop clear and specific public education plans. The Community Organizer will report to the ACLU of Alaska’s Communications Director and will be supported by staff from Fair Anchorage’s coalition partners.
The ACLU of Alaska is the Alaska affiliate of the national ACLU, the nation’s oldest and largest protector of the Bill of Rights. We are Alaska’s premier civil rights and civil liberties advocate, and are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that integrates litigation, lobbying, public policy advocacy, public education, communications with the media and our members, and coalition building and grassroots organizing to defend and expand a broad range of constitutional issues and individual rights and freedoms.
Anchorage consistently ranks as one of America’s top 10 cities: with 300,000 residents, it has typical big-city amenities of diverse restaurants, cultural attractions, and a major international airport with regular nonstop flights to Seattle (just 3½ hours away), the rest of the Lower 48, and Hawaii. Surrounded by mountains and water, Anchorage offers unparalleled outdoor activities, and one can see moose, bears, eagles, and whales in town. With almost 20 hours of daily summer sun, winter’s northern lights, and the start of the 1000-mile Iditarod sled dog race, Anchorage offers the best of everything in the only state without any sales or personal income tax.
- At least 12-months experience working on public education, advocacy, or electoral campaigns.
- Passion for and a well-articulated knowledge of LGBT advocacy and educational campaigns. Demonstrated experience working with transgender or gender non-conforming communities and with communities of color.
- Successful experience recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers, especially for phone banks and canvassing. Proven ability to build large teams of volunteers and activists to achieve field goals. History of creating and executing written field plans with clear, demonstrable goals.
- Familiarity with the Voter Activation Network, or similar voter databases.
- Demonstrated success in successfully managing coalition relationships.
- Experience with grassroots fundraising preferred.
- Ambitious, creative, and results-oriented initiative and a desire to learn, pitch-in, and anticipate new projects. Keen attention to detail; ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects at various stages of completion; good problem-solving skills and a positive, professional attitude with sound judgment, flexibility, determination, and good humor in a fast-paced, sometimes high-pressure office. Excellent interpersonal skills; proven ability to work well with people with a wide range of interests, skills, and concerns.
- Proven success obtaining results through persistent phone, email, and in-person communication.
- An absolute commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards.
- Excellent word processing skills; fluency with computers, Microsoft Office (including Excel), and the internet; strong writing and internet research skills.
- Willingness to work beyond 9 to 5 on a demanding campaign schedule and to travel throughout Alaska as needed.
This is an exempt, full-time, 10-week position that has the potential to last through April 2018, depending on funding and whether initiative 2017–2 qualifies for the April 2018 municipal ballot. Salary is in the mid-$40,000s and includes excellent benefits, including health, dental, life, and disability insurance, a 401(k) plan with an employer-match, and generous vacation, sick, and holiday leave.
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but because we hope to immediately hire, candidates should promptly apply. Please email PDFs of your letter of interest, résumé, and three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Community Organizer.”
The ACLU of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage 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, and veteran status.