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Statewide Organizer

ACLU of Oregon

ACLU of Oregon

Posted: 3/17/2017
Location: Portland Metro
Closing Date: open until filled
Industry: Nonprofit
Type: Full Time

The Opportunity
The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon (ACLU of Oregon) seeks to hire a two-year, full-time Statewide Organizer to build community and coalition support for the ACLU of Oregon’s policy agenda. The may be extended beyond the two years based on need and funding.

The ACLU of Oregon is an advocacy organization dedicated to defending and advancing civil liberties and civil rights through work in the courts, in the legislature, and in communities. We fight for free speech, racial justice, criminal justice reform, religious liberty, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, immigrants' rights, and more. We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit, membership organization with thousands of contributing members in Oregon. The ACLU of Oregon is an affiliate of the ACLU, our nation’s guardian of liberty for nearly 100 years.
ACLU of Oregon is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and encourage 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.

Job Overview
The Statewide Organizer will design new ways to harness the strength of our members and supporters statewide, as well as collaborate with community stakeholders and build new relationships. The Organizer will work across ACLU departments and projects to help develop and execute action plans to mobilize these constituencies throughout the state and will provide administrative support as needed. The Organizer will also be responsible for devising and implementing effective strategies to advance ACLU of Oregon policy and advocacy campaigns in our broad civil liberties agenda.

The Organizer will work in Portland under the supervision of the Communications and Outreach Director. The Organizer will be expected to work some evenings and weekends, and travel throughout the state.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Community outreach:
a. Organize public events, town hall meetings, conferences, panel discussions, community forums and related events around the state, as well as speaker training opportunities to promote the ACLU of Oregon’s public policy goals and mobilize ACLU of Oregon members and the broader public about specific advocacy priorities;
b. Conduct and facilitate follow-up with attendees to assist and encourage them to take action;
c. Assist with social media and other web-based outreach under the supervision of the Communications and Outreach Director;
d. Help build and participate in broad-based coalitions by fostering, strengthening and nurturing alliances with allied organizations and targeted community groups;
e. Plan, coordinate, and facilitate “Know Your Rights” trainings, including training others in the community to conduct similar or same type of trainings; and
f. Recruit, train, and manage an active volunteer base to participate in local events and support other public education activities.

Membership outreach:
a. Help develop and implement strategies to deploy ACLU of Oregon members as advocates for civil liberties and civil rights (e.g., work with them to send letters, emails, and make phone calls to their legislators; write letters to the editor); and
b. Conduct and coordinate outreach to ensure strong turnout at ACLU of Oregon events and co-sponsored events with coalition partners.

Programmatic support:
a. Help research proposals and issues;
b. Help develop persuasive and informative public education and outreach materials, including fact sheets, talking points, and sample letters-to-the-editor;
c. Track project outcomes and activities; and
d. Other duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications:
• Passion for civil liberties, civil rights, and the mission of the ACLU.
• At least two years related experience, with progressive responsibility and a proven track record of organizing and coalition building.
• Familiarity with the criminal justice system is beneficial.
• Strong commitment to and understanding of equity and inclusion work.
• Strong facilitation skills and demonstrated ability to work within diverse communities in a manner that is respectful, inclusive, and promotes equity.
• Effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication and presentation skills. Demonstrated ability to simplify complex themes and activities into a short, compelling presentation or written piece.
• Strong people skills. The ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse individuals, activists, organizations, and the general public.
• Demonstrated understanding of social media;
• Strong organizational skills and ability to maintain orderly records;
• Team-oriented personality and sense of humor;
• Proficiency with technology;
• Valid driver’s license required.

Application Guidelines/Contact:
If you would like to make your own impact on the ACLU's mission to protect and advance civil liberties, please email your resume and a cover letter describing your interest in the position and what you can uniquely contribute as the Statewide Organizer to:

Please use the subject line: Statewide Organizer. Combine your resume and cover letter into a single document. No calls or snail mail please.

Materials received by Tuesday, April 4th will receive preference. Resumes will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and will be accepted until the position is filled.

The salary range starts at $40,000.

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