National Organizing Specialist

National Offices, Washington, DC
December 21, 2018


American Civil Liberties Union

National Political Department – Various Locations


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 one 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 of the ACLU is seeking experienced, determined organizing staffers who can execute, demonstrate and model great organizing in the highest leverage, most important moments for civil liberties. 

These temporary full-time positions are for a period of 5 to 6 months with the opportunity for extension, if needed.  This is an excellent opportunity to become a core part of a team leading important fights for civil liberties and civil rights in 2019.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  1. Travel to and temporarily relocate to one or two states at a time to execute exemplary field organizing work.
  2. Relentlessly and respectfully recruit volunteers to take meaningful, effective actions.
  3. Plan and execute grassroots actions and events, such as in-district meetings, lobby days, phone banks, canvasses, community meetings and bird-dogging.
  4. Identify, recruit and sustain volunteer leadership, especially of directly impacted people.
  5. Plan and execute grassroots action/events trainings and briefings that result in volunteers having the appropriate skills, increased understanding of organizing approaches and greater confidence in their roles as volunteer leaders.
  6. Work in collaboration with ACLU staff, and local and national partners, to execute tactics, including field, communications, direct advocacy, and organizing, in furtherance of strategic state campaigns. 
  7. Demonstrate best practices of field organizing, including an inclusive leadership style, ability to work with local ACLU affiliate staff, coalition staff and community leaders.
  8. Facilitate and join debriefing conversations with volunteers and staff, along with helping to identify best practices and replicable models for sharing across all ACLU organizing work.


Experience & Qualifications:

  • At least 4 years of direct field organizing experience in electoral and/or legislative advocacy campaigns
  • The ability to recruit new volunteers,  and identify and sustain volunteer leaders
  • A track record of planning and executing volunteer events and actions in a fast-paced campaign environment
  • A demonstrated commitment to centering the voices and leadership of directly impacted people
  • A collaborative mindset and the ability to work with local staff as well as allies, coalition partners and community leaders.
  • Geographic flexibility – this work requires significant travel and the ability to temporarily relocate to one or two locations for weeks or months at a time.
  • Demonstrated flexibility in problem-solving and willingness to work long hours. 
  • Ability to take initiative, think creatively, problem solve, work well under pressure, and manage multiple priorities and projects effectively under tight deadlines.
  • Must possess and demonstrate the drive and dedication to move work from concept to implementation and completion.
  • Commitment to the ACLU mission. 



Please send a cover letter and resume to:    [Reference National Organizing Strategist in the subject line].

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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