Lead Organizer

Job Type

Full Time




1057 West Fireweed Lane
Suite 207
United States


The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is looking for a full-time Lead Organizer, who will build community connections and support coalitions to advance civil rights and civil liberties for all people in Alaska. The position is in Anchorage, Alaska but will require periodic travel throughout the state. This is an exciting opportunity to advance civil liberties, empower communities, and grow the ACLU of Alaska’s political power to energize the fight for civil liberties and protect our hard-won victories.

The ACLU of Alaska is the Alaska affiliate of the national ACLU, the nation’s oldest and largest protector of the Bill of Rights. We are Alaska’s premier civil rights and civil liberties advocate, and are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that integrates litigation, lobbying, public policy advocacy, public education, communications with the media and our members, and coalition building and grassroots organizing to defend and expand a broad range of constitutional issues and individual rights and freedoms. As part of the ACLU’s 100th anniversary in 2020, and in the wake of the Trump administration’s daily assaults on civil liberties, the ACLU of Alaska is embarking on its most ambitious advocacy yet, which includes eliminating discrimination against LGBTQ individuals, dramatically reforming the criminal justice system, paring back the national security state and strengthening the right to privacy, ensuring that all Americans can freely and easily vote, and defeating perennial attempts to restrict women’s right to safe and legal abortions.

Anchorage consistently ranks as one of America’s top 10 cities: with 300,000 residents, it has typical big-city amenities of diverse restaurants, cultural attractions, and a major international airport with regular nonstop flights to Seattle (just 3½ hours away), the rest of the Lower 48, and Hawaii. Surrounded by mountains and water, Anchorage offers unparalleled outdoor activities, and one can see moose, bears, eagles, and whales in town. With almost 20 hours of daily summer sun, winter’s northern lights, and the start of the 1000-mile Iditarod sled dog race, Anchorage offers the best of everything in the only state without any sales or personal income tax.

Job Description and Responsibilities

While organizing work will be a core part of the job, the ideal candidate will have the opportunity to learn and take on public education, media and public communications, and to participate in the tactical and strategic discussion of how to defend and advance constitutional rights in Alaska. We are poised to undertake more comprehensive strategic advocacy, enhance our statewide presence, and address broader and deeper civil liberties concerns throughout Alaska; the Lead Organizer will help make this possible.


Specific responsibilities include:

*Develop, in coordination with other ACLU of Alaska staff, and implement organizing campaigns centered on ACLU of Alaska’s issue priorities;

*Identify key civil liberties and civil rights issues, aligned with the ACLU of Alaska’s priority issue areas, through active inquiry of community needs, interests, and visions;

*Work collaboratively with grassroots leaders, allies, and ACLU of Alaska staff to execute large and effective community actions (community forums, rallies, trainings, engagement with elected officials, etc.);

*Organize ACLU of Alaska outreach and educational activities at public events and forums, including training others in the community to conduct similar types of events, and manage follow-up with attendees to assist and encourage them to take action;

*Help develop and implement strategies to deploy ACLU of Alaska members and supporters as effective advocates for civil liberties, and as the primary liaison with volunteers, identify, recruit, train, support, and supervise ACLU volunteers for specific campaigns and programs;

*Coordinate local actions of nationwide ACLU grassroots initiatives;

*Develop and deepen strategic partnerships with community-based organizations working in diverse communities across the state, and help build and participate in coalitions by fostering, strengthening, and nurturing alliances with potential partner organizations and targeted community groups;

*Speak publicly on behalf of the ACLU of Alaska and help coordinate the speaking opportunities for other ACLU of Alaska staff;

*Draft brief educational materials, flyers, and action alerts, and prepare reports on engagement and outreach activities and outcomes.


*Passion for and solid experience in community organizing or social justice advocacy, preferably on issues that fall within the ACLU’s strategic priorities;

*Exceptional interpersonal skills, including an ability to form groups and navigate and resolve conflict in a manner that values and respects relationships with colleagues inside and outside the ACLU of Alaska;

*Experience working in and with diverse coalitions preferred;

*Speak and write clearly and cogently, and ability to edit the work of oneself and others to correct grammar and sharpen prose;

*Experience leading teams; ability to listen, guide, and support people to achieve common goals;

*Excellent organizational and administrative skills; keen attention to detail; ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects at various stages of completion with minimal direct supervision; good problem-solving skills and a positive, professional attitude with sound judgment, flexibility, determination, and good humor in a fast-paced, sometimes high-pressure office;

*Ambitious, creative, and results-oriented initiative and a desire to learn, pitch-in, and anticipate new projects; ability to collaborate, including working closely with colleagues at the ACLU of Alaska and national ACLU, as well as with board members and volunteers;

*An absolute commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards;

*Willingness to work beyond 9 to 5 and to travel throughout Alaska as needed; and

*Commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance;

*Fluency with computers and Microsoft Office. Experience with database programs, social media, and working knowledge and experience with VAN desirable; and

*Discretion and an absolute commitment to maintain the confidentiality of all ACLU matters.


This is an exempt, full-time position. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes excellent benefits, including health, dental, life, and disability insurance, a 401(k) plan with an employer-match, and generous vacation, sick, and holiday leave.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply



Applications will be reviewed as they are received but will accepted until the position is filled, which will not be before May 7, 2018. Please email PDFs of your letter of interest, résumé, and three professional references to jobs@acluak.org with the subject “Lead Organizer.” Please state in your letter of interest how you learned of this position.

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