Deputy National Organizing Director [PAAU-10], National Political Advocacy Department, DC or NY

National Offices, Washington, DC
District of Columbia
April 9, 2019

Deputy National Organizing Director [PAAU-10]

American Civil Liberties Union

National Political Advocacy Department

Washington, DC or New York, NY


For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.  Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than three million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., 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, national origin, record of arrest or conviction.

The National Political Advocacy Department, based in Washington, DC and New York, NY, seeks applicants for a full-time Deputy National Organizing Director.



The Deputy National Organizing Director will serve a critical function within the National Political Advocacy Department (NPAD).  The successful candidate will be entrepreneurial, possess demonstrated experience across a range of fields including managing organizers, distributed and digital organizing, program planning, and be able to work independently to identify projects that help drive the political conversation and achieve political advocacy objectives, while building long-term capacity for the national and state level organizations. The position will be responsible for managing the People Power program, helping to further develop the ACLU’s grassroots organizing culture and capacity, planning and managing distributed organizing campaigns, proactively producing best practices, trainings and resources for state affiliates, and connecting grassroots organizing with successful earned media coverage.  This role will principally be responsible for managing the distributed organizing pod, managing a staff who executes the national distributed program People Power, national distributed volunteer teams and People Power email and social media.  The Deputy Director will provide management and operational support to the Organizing team broadly. They will work collaboratively with policy and campaign staff within NPAD, as well as staff in other departments such as Digital, Communications, Analytics, state affiliate staff, affiliate support staff and others in the institution to help improve the grassroots organizing capabilities of the ACLU to help advance political advocacy objectives.

The position reports to the National Organizing Director.



  • Plan and assist in planning nationwide campaigns and major state and regional campaigns and events with policy and campaign staff within NPAD.  
  • Collaborate with colleagues beyond NPAD in the ACLU’s legal, communications, and digital departments, ACLU state affiliates, national coalitions, and other allies as necessary.
  • Manage staff, including remote staff, for program success and professional growth.
  • Closely track political developments, and identify strategic organizing and advocacy opportunities for the ACLU, including opportunities for multi-state or nationwide program or technology solutions. 
  • Identify and execute grassroots engagement experimentation, collect and analyze data and make results-based recommendations.
  • Generate and share reports, updates and analysis of organizing programs for organizational improvement and understanding.
  • Help shape ACLU’s grassroots engagement on key political issues and pending legislation.
  • Work across a spectrum of issues that concern the ACLU.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience.
  • Minimum 7 years’ experience in political, advocacy and/or issue campaigns required.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience managing candidate or issue campaign teams or advanced degree in Leadership, Management, or Organizational Development required.
  • Experience with digital or distributed organizing.
  • Experience developing, executing and/or evaluating data-driven programs, experiments/tests and/or pilot projects.
  • Strong communication skills in order to convey complex concepts, research and analysis in a clear and concise manner.
  • Must be self-motivated and possess the ability to work independently as well as within a team.
  • Excellent analytical, writing and organizational skills.
  • Track record of working collaboratively to bring projects to successful completion.



The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.



Please send a cover letter and resume to  Reference [PAAU-10] in the subject line. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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