Field Organizer

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $40,000.00
Maximum: $60,000.00



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



United States


Under the direction and supervision of the Policy Director, the Field Organizer will be primarily responsible for leading and sustaining the organizing and community outreach efforts of the ACLU-DC to achieve strategic organizational objectives. This includes mobilizing ACLU-DC members and other community stakeholders around policy issues and leading the ACLU-DC’s public education efforts. In carrying out this work, 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:

Strategic organizing around ACLU campaigns:

·Mobilize and expand support for civil liberties issues/ACLU policy goals among ACLU-DC members and non-member supporters in the District through both short-term and long-term organizing efforts.

·Develop and implement strategies for organizing District residents to work toward achieving ACLU-DC’s strategic objectives, including developing campaign plans; turning goals and strategies into tactics, timelines, and metrics; facilitating discussions; and conducting follow-up to ensure that metrics are being met.

·Help build and participate in broad-based coalitions by fostering, strengthening, and nurturing relationships with allied organizations and targeted community groups.

·Engage in speaking opportunities to promote the ACLU-DC’s work and mobilize ACLU-DC members and the broader public around specific advocacy opportunities.

·Conduct and coordinate outreach with partners, ACLU membership, and community to ensure strong turnout at ACLU-DC events and co-sponsored events with coalition partners.

·Track programs’ progress to goals, produce reports and highlights and adjust plans as necessary.

Rights Education:

·In collaboration with the Policy, Legal, and Communications departments, help develop persuasive and informative outreach materials, including fact sheets, talking points, and “know-your-rights” materials.

·Plan, coordinate, and facilitate “Know Your Rights” trainings in the community on various ACLU civil rights and civil liberties issues.

·Maintain a bank of ACLU rights materials and training guidelines that are accessible by staff.

·Devise and implement trainings for ACLU-DC staff, members, and non-members supporters on community outreach and engagement, meeting with elected officials, volunteer-led outreach like phone-banking and canvassing, data management, interacting with media, and using social media and technology to take online activism offline.


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 as they relate to criminal justice reform

·Three to five years of relevant work experience, Bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience, including field organizing, training, and public speaking

·Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; a positive, confident, professional and outgoing presentation

·Experience and ease with facilitation of meetings and discussions

·Experience conducting educational/rights training's

·Strong time management skills, with an ability to work effectively under pressure and to prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities

·Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage details, work independently, and follow through with a minimum of direct supervision

·Willingness and ability to work irregular hours when needed, including nights and weekends, and to travel within the District

·A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstances

·Exceptional interpersonal skills, including an ability to work collaboratively, share responsibility and credit, and navigate and resolve conflict in a manner that values and respects relationships with colleagues inside and outside the ACLU

·Experience working with advocacy technology tools, including social media, text messaging, e-mail, and phone calls to increase engagement

·Proficiency with computers: Windows, Microsoft Office, and internet research in particular

·Demonstrated ability to create and sustain coalitions of diverse individuals or groups preferred.

·Individuals who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system strongly encouraged to apply.

·Bilingual, Spanish-English, a plus.

·Knowledge of or experience working on civil liberties advocacy is preferred, although not required.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual, Spanish-English, a plus.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Send cover letter, resume, two-page writing sample and names and contact information of three professional references by email, to Applications received before March 30 will be given priority; position will remain open until filled.