National Distributed Organizer [NPAD-30], National Political Advocacy Department, DC, NY or Remote

National Offices, Washington, DC
District of Columbia
April 30, 2019

National Distributed Organizer [NPAD-30]

American Civil Liberties Union

National Political Advocacy Department

Washington, DC, New York, NY or Remote


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, advancing racial justice, 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 and civil rights cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a 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 (NPAD) was created in 2015 to strengthen the work of the ACLU at the federal, state and local levels of government. The department is harnessing the political power that comes from having more than one million members and supporters, as well as affiliates in every state. It has also launched a grassroots organizing program to put the collective power of the American people behind the ACLU’s campaigns to defend our civil liberties under the Trump administration.

The National Distributed Organizer will be part of the Organizing team and will work to mobilize volunteers and grow our base of support. An ideal candidate possesses knowledge of grassroots organizing with expertise in digital organizing tools such as Slack, HubDialer, Relay, ActionKit, and VAN to assemble and support massive teams of remote volunteers on key campaign moments across our issue priority. The positions will be based in either the New York or Washington, D.C. office, or will work remotely. The position reports to the Deputy National Organizing Director.



  • Develop and design organizing and volunteer engagement plans for distributed organizing; evaluate results and make modifications, as needed.
  • Lead volunteer team, by developing close relationships with volunteers using tools such as Slack, Relay, and other various platforms.
  • Recruit, train, manage and generate compelling actions and tactics to cultivate engagement across our volunteer base.
  • Produce clearly-written and compelling call scripts for affiliate led and national campaigns on a tight deadline.
  • Collaborate with fellow national and/or affiliate organizing team members, cross team collaboration with other departments, and partnerships with other grassroots groups to strategize and execute state and national campaigns.
  • 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.



  • 1-2 years’ grassroots organizing experience, especially in a campaign environment (issue campaigns or electoral efforts).
  • Digital and/or distributed organizing experience strongly preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with team members and volunteers, both near and far.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  • Previous experience preferred with importing/exporting and segmenting call lists via platforms such as HubDialer, ActionKit, and VAN (experience with HubDialer or other phone banking platforms required).
  • Previous experience with Slack and Relay preferred.
  • Comfort and ability working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours as needed related to peak volunteer engagement times.
  • Ability to take initiative and see projects through to completion.
  • Ability to pay consistent attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to demonstrate grace under pressure.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU.



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

Please send a cover letter, resume and a relevant writing sample to: - reference [NPAD-30] in the subject line. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address.

Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.
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