ACLU of Missouri Field Organizer - ACLU of New Mexico in United States

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Field Organizer - ACLU of New Mexico


Affiliate Offices


New Mexico

April 10, 2017

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico (ACLU-NM) seeks a dynamic and experienced Field Organizer to conduct grassroots and grasstops organizing activities designed to help broaden and build the organization’s base of support, particularly focusing on issues related to criminal justice, racial justice, digital privacy, religious freedom, immigrant rights and reproductive rights. This position will be based in Albuquerque.

The ACLU-NM is a non-partisan, non-profit public interest organization devoted to protecting civil rights and civil liberties. The ACLU-NM is an affiliate of the national ACLU, the leading defender of civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Its staff and volunteers work in a fast-paced, friendly and professional atmosphere with offices in Albuquerque and Las Cruces. The ACLU-NM has approximately 12,000 members across the state and an annual budget of $2 million. The ACLU works in the courts, legislature and in communities to defend and expand individual rights and personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and civil rights laws. The ACLU legal team litigates a broad range of constitutional cases in federal and state courts including, but not limited to, free speech, freedom of religion, lesbian and gay rights, equal protection, Fourth Amendment guarantees, and privacy rights.

Under the direction and supervision of the Director of Public Policy, the Field Organizer will be primarily responsible for coordinating volunteers to help achieve the ACLU-NM’s strategic objectives. The Field Organizer will also work closely with the organization’s Communications and Legal departments, coalition partners and the ACLU National Office.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Develop and implement strategies to mobilize New Mexicans across the state to work toward achieving the ACLU-NM’s strategic objectives.
  • Mobilize and expand support for state-based civil liberties issues among ACLU-NM members.
  • Develop and implement strategies to expand the ACLU-NM’s membership.
  • Conduct and coordinate outreach to ensure strong turn-out at public education events.
  • Conduct and facilitate follow-up with attendees to assist and encourage them to take action.
  • Work with communications staff to identify and train spokespeople.
  • In collaboration with the Communications Department, develop persuasive and informative public education and outreach materials, including fact sheets, talking points, and sample letters-to-the-editor.
  • Help recruit, train, and manage an active volunteer pool to expand and strengthen the base of the organization.
  • Represent the ACLU of New Mexico before community groups, including speaking at community events.
  • Work with online advocacy tools and new media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to promote events and communicate organizational messages.

The Field Organizer should possess the following experience and personal attributes:

  • Personally committed to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, goals and programs, with an understanding of the range of civil rights and civil liberties issues and their implications, particularly reproductive rights.
  • Bachelor’s degree, three years of relevant work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including an ability to navigate and resolve conflict in a manner that values and respects relationships with colleagues inside and outside the ACLU of New Mexico.
  • A flexible team player who works collaboratively and shares responsibility and credit.
  • Emotionally mature and self-confident, with a sense of humor and the ability to maintain balance and perspective.
  • A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Ability to build grassroots and grasstops support, to identify opportunities for coordination with allies and coalition partners, and motivate volunteers and spokespeople to support the ACLU-NM’s mission. Demonstrated ability to create and sustain coalitions of diverse individuals or groups preferred.
  • An energetic person who can handle and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities with strong time management skills and the ability to work under pressure.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability. A self-starter and finisher with a demonstrated ability to manage details and follow-through with a minimum of direct supervision.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. A positive, confident, professional and outgoing presentation. A willingness and ability to speak in public and to facilitate meetings and trainings. Bilingual, Spanish-English, a plus.
  • Knowledge of or experience working on civil liberties advocacy is preferred, although not required.
  • Willingness to work occasional overtime or irregular hours, including some weekends.
  • A car, a willingness to travel within the state, and a current driver’s license.
  • Proficiency with computers: Windows, Microsoft Office, and internet research in particular.
  • Salary range will be set depending upon experience. Excellent benefits include paid vacation, medical and dental insurance, pension plan, life and long-term disability insurance, and generous paid holidays.
To apply:

Send cover letter, with salary requirements, resume, and names and contact information of three professional references by email, in MSWord only, to Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but preference will be given to applications received by April 28, 2017.

The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.