Field Director

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



125 Broad Street
19th Floor
New York
United States



Field Director


Position: Field Director

Department: Field

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience; NYCLU has a generous and competitive benefits package.

Location: New York Civil Liberties Union, 125 Broad Street, N.Y., N.Y. 

Application deadline: Sunday, October 28, 2018 (with applications considered until the position is filled)


The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation's leading advocates on behalf of constitutional rights and liberties. Founded in 1951, as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with more than 200,000 members and supporters, and eight offices statewide. We work in the courts, in the legislatures and on the streets to advocate for racial and economic justice, free speech, freedom of religion, privacy and equality before the law for all New Yorkers. For more information please visit our website:




The NYCLU seeks a dynamic leader with management, organizing, and campaign experience to lead our statewide advocacy strategy and drive a period of growth for the NYCLU. This is an extraordinary opportunity for a talented leader with strong organizing acumen to play a central role in shaping a bold vision to protect civil rights and liberties. The right person for this position will have a dedication to the principles of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, experience leading a large team, an instinct for strategy, and familiarity with the political landscapes of Albany and New York City.


The Field Director is a new position for the NYCLU. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Field Director will be responsible for building political will to defend and expand civil rights and liberties in New York State, through the development of field strategy and management of a statewide team of organizers and chapter offices.


 The Field Director will join our Senior Leadership Team, and will be supported by two mid-level managers: our Assistant Advocacy Directors for Organizing and Chapters, who together manage more than a dozen full-time staff members and a list of more than 5,000 volunteers.


The Field Director’s responsibilities include the following major initiatives and teams at the NYCLU:


·        Our organizing program, including digital organizing and volunteer management;

·        Our chapter and regional offices, located in Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, Albany, White Plains, Nassau and Suffolk;

·        Collaboration with the National ACLU’s Political Advocacy Department and People Power initiative;

·        Key legislative campaigns in the areas of police and criminal justice reform, voting rights, immigration, reproductive justice, and privacy, among others;

·        NYCLU’s bi-annual Day of Action in Albany, and similar grassroots efforts statewide.




·        Supervise and manage a diverse statewide team of more than a dozen full-time staff, including remote offices, mid-level managers, and occasionally contract personnel; the Field Director must be committed to creating an environment where a complex team can succeed and excel.

·        Lead the planning and implementation of our campaigns strategy, in close collaboration with our Policy Director and other organizational leadership.

·        Serve as a key NYCLU spokesperson on campaigns and issues.

·        Develop and implement creative strategies to engage policy-makers, stakeholders, and opinion leaders from across the ideological spectrum.

·        Oversee the success of our chapter and regional offices by supporting interdepartmental relationships, providing input and guidance on local campaign strategy in our chapter regions, and incorporating chapter and regional offices into statewide strategies.

·        Manage the NYCLU’s program of Know Your Rights workshops and other trainings, which reach thousands of New Yorkers each year.

·        Shape the network of NYCLU members and volunteers into an effective grassroots force, supported by an infrastructure that promotes growth and retention (including communicating with our volunteer network, managing volunteer data, and making use of digital platforms and tools).

·        Strengthen relationships with mission-critical organizations and networks.

·        Contribute to the development of a communications strategy that leverages traditional and digital media to advance our policy goals.

·        Coordinate with the Legal Department to ensure that our campaign strategies support, and are supported by, litigation strategies.




·        A minimum of 10 years’ experience in advocacy or organizing, including substantial demonstrated experience leading campaigns at the state or national level.

·        A minimum of 3 years in a substantial management role and a demonstrated aptitude for recruiting, retaining, and supervising talented people.

·        Strong analytical ability, intellectual curiosity, and critical thinking skills.

·        Understanding of and commitment to the nonpartisan mission and goals of the NYCLU and ACLU.

·        Exceptional communications skills and a collaborative personality.

·        A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

·        CRM experience (i.e. NPG VAN, salesforce, etc.) and familiarity with digital organizing tools including e-mail, call and text tools.

·        Availability & willingness to travel within the state, as necessary, and participate in occasional evening and weekend meetings.




·        A love for the challenges and rewards of managing a large team.

·        Experience working with organizational membership, volunteers, directly impacted communities, and/or community organizers.

·        Existing relationships with key external constituencies and/or policy makers from diverse backgrounds and ideological positions.

·        Familiarity with the political landscapes of Albany and New York City

·        Familiarity with the cultural and/or political landscapes of NYS regions outside of the NYC Metro area.

·        Experience working with remote colleagues.

·        Familiarity with media strategy, including social media.

·        A great sense of humor, a collaborative disposition, patience, and flexibility.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Applicants should email a cover letter and resume by email to with “Field Director” in the subject line that includes:


  • Your unique qualifications for this position
  • Where or how you learned of this job posting.
  • Your salary requirements

The NYCLU is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the population that we serve.