Field Organizer

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $40,000
Maximum: $60,000




District of Columbia
United States


Strategic organizing around ACLU campaigns:

·        Organize, mobilize and expand support for civil liberties issues/ACLU policy campaigns among ACLU-DC members and non-member supporters in the District through both short-term and long-term community engagement efforts

·        Lead and implement on-the-ground organizing strategies to achieve ACLU-DC’s strategic objectives, including by developing campaign plans, turning campaign goals and strategies into tactics, timelines, and metrics, and conducting follow-up to ensure that goals are being met.

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

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

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

·        Track program’s progress, produce reports, and adjust plans as necessary.

Rights Education:

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

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

·        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

·        Personally committed to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, 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

·        A 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

·        Ability to communicate in a positive and persuasive way

·        Experience and ease with facilitation of meetings and discussions

·        Experience conducting educational/rights trainings

·        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, including nights and weekends, and to travel within the District

·        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.


  • Health Insurance: Medical, dental and vision All premiums are covered for the employee and their immediate family members at 100%
  • Retirement:
  • Long-term disability, Short-term disability and Life Insurance Coverage
  • Sick Leave
  • Vacation

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Send your cover letter, resume, a two-page writing sample and names and contact information of three professional references by email, to Position will remain open until filled.