Field Canvasser - ACLU of Kansas

Affiliate Offices
May 15, 2018

About the ACLU of Kansas


The ACLU of Kansas – a leader of the resistance against threats to civil liberties and rights – seeks a Field Canvasser to conduct sustained organizing campaigns to build civic engagement and social power. This position will provide organizing support to ACLU members and non-member volunteers, focusing on issues related to criminal justice, racial justice, immigrant rights and voter rights.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kansas is a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to preserving and advancing the civil rights and legal freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The ACLU of Kansas works in the state legislature, the courts, and local communities to protect the rights of all people living in Kansas. The organization’s work includes efforts to strengthen and defend First Amendment rights, voting rights, reproductive rights, racial justice, LGBT rights, and immigrants’ rights, stopping government surveillance, and reforming the criminal justice system. The ACLU of Kansas often works in broad-based coalitions made up of individuals and organizations from across the political, partisan, and ideological spectrum. The ACLU of Kansas is an affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union, has a current staff of 10, an annual budget of approximately $1 million, and more than 30,000 supporters across the state.

The ACLU of Kansas comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and the ACLU Foundation of Kansas. Both entities have the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. The ACLU Foundation of Kansas is a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation that primarily engages in litigation and public education. The ACLU of Kansas is a 501(c) (4) non-profit corporation that primarily engages in lobbying and advocacy.

More information about the ACLU of Kansas is available at

Position Overview

Under the direction and supervision of the Safe and Welcoming Field Organizer, this temporary position will be primarily responsible for building public support and volunteer capacity through door to door canvassing to help achieve the ACLU of Kansas’s strategic objectives.

The ACLU will be hiring a canvassing team and each canvasser has the expectation of being able to work collaboratively. The field canvasser will have the responsibility of representing the ACLU  and our values to the public, educating and identifying supporters in our community and mobilizing them to join our campaigns, accurately and timely completing data entry, and meeting personal campaign recruitment goals. The canvasser will work with the guidance of ACLU field, policy, communications, and legal teams at the affiliate.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Mobilize and expand support for state-based civil liberties issues among ACLU of Kansas members and non-member supporters by educating, identifying, and recruiting supporters and volunteers to participate in civil liberties campaigns and programs.
  • With the guidance of the field and communication departments, be able to carry out persuasive and informative conversations with residents at their homes regarding the ACLU and our current campaigns.
  • Work with advocacy technology tools, including tracking and entering data in relation to supports and the advocacy actions they take.
  • Meet daily campaign goals including number of doors knocked, conversations had, and new supporters, actions, and volunteers collected.
  • Speak publicly on behalf of the ACLU of Kansas.
  • Represent the ACLU of Kansas in a positive and informed light with the general public, community organizations and coalition partners.
  • Other duties as assigned

Field Canvassers should possess the following experience and personal attributes:

  • Individuals who have personal experience with immigration, incarceration, the criminal justice system and/or are bilingual are encouraged to apply.
  • The ability and willingness to walk up to 8 miles per day and work outside for four hours per day.
  • While experience isn’t required, a history of political/advocacy/campaign organizing is strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with the advocacy and community organizing landscape of Wyandotte County is preferred, but not required.
  • A history of working collaboratively and successfully with people and organizations from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and a broad range of ideological positions and religious views.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Strong oral communications skills.
  • Creative, results-oriented, self-starting, and willing to learn.
  • Detail oriented with the commitment to accurate data and the privacy of that data.
  • This position is based in Wyandotte County; candidates must either reside in the Kansas City Metropolitan area or be willing to relocate quickly.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU of Kansas.


This is a part-time, temporary position that runs from June 1st until approximately August 15th.  Compensation is $15/hour, with an anticipated weekly shift of 25 hours.  Shifts will be Monday - Friday from 4-9 and occasionally weekends.  This position is not eligible for fringe benefits.

Application Procedure

Submit a resume and three professional references (identifying their relationship to you and including their email address and phone number). Email your application to:

Please include “ACLU Canvasser” in the subject line. Applications accepted until position is filled. No calls or in-person applications, please.


Applicants will be reviewed beginning immediately and will be accepted until the positions are filled. The job announcement will remain posted on our website,, until the positions are filled. When the positions are filled, the announcement will be removed from the website.


The ACLU of Kansas is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Kansas encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to arrest or conviction, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.

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