Details: Salary is based on experience and qualifications. This is a temporary position through November, 2018, with the possibility of an extension for another six months.
The ACLU of Michigan seeks an innovative, organized, and dynamic individual with strong community ties to serve as a full-time Voting Rights Organizer for the greater Grand Rapids area. The Organizer is a newly-created position with responsibility for mobilizing community leaders, organizations and individuals to grow the ACLU of Michigan’s volunteer network to advance our voting rights agenda.
The Voting Rights campaign is designed to expand citizen access to and participation in our democracy. It is a priority of the ACLU of Michigan to increase civic participation and it is the expectation that this position will support that effort. The Organizer will collaborate with communities affected by our restrictive voting system to shape campaign strategies and tactics. The Organizer will be responsible for building capacity within a sustained organizing program to help achieve the ACLU of Michigan’s strategic objectives.
This is an ideal opportunity for a talented organizing professional to have a significant impact on civil liberties by ensuring that every eligible person can vote and that every vote will count. This position reports to the Voting Rights Strategist.
· Develop and implement strategies to mobilize community leaders and advocates in the greater Grand Rapids area to support and promote the goals and objectives of the voting rights campaign.
· Set metrics and goals that are aligned with the campaign and track programs’ progress to goals, produce reports and highlights and adjust plans as necessary.
· Galvanize support of community organizations, faith leaders, business leaders, and new and diverse communities.
· Support ACLU volunteers, ACLU Executive Director, Political Director, and Voting Rights Strategist in advancing campaign work.
· Recruit, train, support, and supervise volunteers; identify and develop volunteer leaders and teams; serve as the primary liaison between volunteers and staff.
· Develop strategic partnerships with key community-based organizations working in diverse communities.
· Represent the ACLU-MI in working collaboratively on joint efforts with community organizations and partners.
· Generate social media content and stories about affected voters that advance the campaign.
- Mobilize volunteers for voter education on voting rights campaign using a variety of tactics: event attendance, phone banks, fairs and festivals, speaking engagements, etc.
- At least two (2) years of experience in community/field organizing and base building. At least one (1) year of experience in political/advocacy/campaign organizing, with experience working directly with volunteers strongly preferred.
- A history of working collaboratively and successfully with people and organizations from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and a broad range of ideological positions and religious views.
- Knowledge of the opportunities and challenges of building and working in diverse coalitions.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills.
- Strong written and oral communications skills.
- Superb organization skills; detail-oriented with strong follow-through and the ability to meet tight deadlines.
- Strong task and time management skills.
- Willingness and flexibility to work weekend and evening hours when necessary.
- Ability to work independently and initiative to see projects through from planning to follow-up.
- 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.
Salary is based on experience and qualifications. This is a temporary position through November, 2018, with the possibility of an extension for another six months.
Please send resume, cover letter, and two references to email@example.com and indicate “Voting Rights Organizer” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin on June 25, 2018.
ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. 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, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction. The ACLU of Michigan comprises two separate corporate entities, the ACLU of Michigan and the ACLU of Fund of Michigan. The ACLU of Michigan and the ACLU Fund of Michigan share the same mission, office space, and employees. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU of Michigan.”
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