ACLU of Washington

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking a full-time Organizer, based in Spokane, to engage and coordinate with socially and politically diverse advocacy organizations on shared policy priorities and goals in state and local legislative advocacy, electoral engagement and education, ballot initiatives and referenda, and public education efforts to promote and protect civil liberties and civil rights. The Organizer is housed within the Political Strategies Department (PSD), which works with a broad range of stakeholders across Washington State to ensure decision makers in state and local legislative and executive bodies pass laws and adopt policies that advance and defend civil liberties and civil rights. The Organizer will work on a range of issues including, but not limited to, equitable access to education and health care, reducing the size and scope of our criminal legal system and stopping the criminalization of immigration status, and preventing the rise of a surveillance state. This position is based in Spokane, and ACLU-WA will provide all the technical equipment and support to ensure success and smooth coordination with colleagues across the state. The Organizer reports to the Field Director.

OVERVIEW

ACLU-WA works closely with state and local legislators and allies to promote bills that strengthen civil liberties and oppose bills that weaken them. Our state legislative program is well respected and vigorous. We work with aligned organizational partners to inform and mobilize people throughout the state. The people in the center of the struggles for justice, who feel the impact in their daily lives, are especially important allies. We provide resources and technical assistance through meetings, trainings, the website, and an action alert system. On federal issues, we collaborate with the Washington Legislative Office (WLO) in the nation’s capital.

We are a multi-issue organization—not every ally will agree with our stance on every issue, and sometimes we find ourselves partnering with stakeholders whose positions we more often oppose. Our team works to find intersections in values and priorities, and we respect differing perspectives and dissenting voices. We do not shy away from uncomfortable conversations.

The ACLU of Washington is a leader among state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union, the country's premier guardian of liberty. We work in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect and extend American rights to freedom, fairness, and equality. The ACLU is both nonprofit and nonpartisan. We are supported by more than 135,000 members, activists, and donors. 

The ACLU of Washington is committed to ending racism in Washington State and throughout the country. This includes how we work with each other, and with our partners and allies in the communities we serve. We are committed to bringing anti-racism to all aspects of ACLU-WA's internal and external functions, including but not limited to recruitment; hiring and human resources; strategic planning; ally; donor; and volunteer relations; Board and committee processes; and deciding what cases to litigate. We are looking for candidates who share this commitment to advancing racial justice, both internally in our organization and externally in the communities that we serve.

The 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, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, socio-economic circumstance, or record of arrest or conviction. We do not conduct criminal background checks on our candidates.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Build trust and strong relationships with community leaders who do advocacy work in issue areas that frequently intersect with ACLU’s policy priorities, and grassroots organizations led by and centering the voices of directly impacted individuals and communities disproportionately impacted by violations of civil liberties and civil rights; seek their input to help shape ACLU’s priorities; facilitate connections to ACLU-WA colleagues in the Legal and Policy Departments as needed.
  • Work closely with the parents of the Every Student Counts Alliance and provide support when appropriate.  
  • Provide logistical support and technical advice to community partners as appropriate and desired by the organizations’ leadership.
  • Facilitate coalition coordination as needed.
  • Work closely with colleagues across the office to support the development, coordination, and implementation of effective messages, strategies, and tactics to advance the ACLU’s commitment to cross-departmental collaboration.
  • Work with coalition partners to identify community spokespeople and connect them with ACLU staffers for media and lobbying training and preparation as needed.
  • Regularly update PSD teammates on developments in community and organizational relationships, priorities, and concerns, and provide officewide updates as requested by the Field Director.
  • Provide Activism Manager with ally engagement and coordination support for joint grassroots mobilization efforts and statewide legislative advocacy trainings; provide onsite logistical and programmatic support as needed.
  • Participate in ACLU-WA’s race equity work, which may include utilizing ACLU-WA race equity tools, adopting ACLU-WA race equity practices, serving on the Race Equity Team or subcommittees, etc.  

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Commitment to race and other forms of equity, dismantling white supremacy and structural power analysis, with knowledge and understanding of how power is manifested in matters of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ability, language, immigration status, national origin, and socio-economic circumstances, both internally in our organization and externally in the communities that we serve.
  • Ideal candidates will have an awareness of, and willingness to engage in, the difficult and transformative work of challenging systems of oppression, institutional and structural racism, and implicit bias.
  • Experience in community engagement and mobilization.
  • An understanding of and enthusiasm for civil liberties and civil rights.
  • Ability to describe ACLU issues with confidence to external allies.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, including an ability to connect with people from different backgrounds, build relationships across differences, and navigate and resolve conflict in a manner that values and respects relationships.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, and attention to detail.
  • Self-motivation, with a demonstrated ability to manage projects and follow-through.
  • A capacity for self-reflection.
  • Ability to have courageous conversations internally with colleagues and externally with allies when overcoming differences in opinion.
  • Ability to work evenings or weekends when needed.
  • Willingness to travel to Western Washington when needed.
  • Proficiency in a language other than English is a plus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The ACLU-WA’s offices are located in Seattle. This position will be working remotely in Spokane. Hours are typically 9am-5pm, but there are regularly scheduled evening and weekend meetings the Organizer will attend. The physical demands and work environment described below represent those required and encountered by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to view a computer screen for long periods of time.
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods.
  • Ability to participate in and lead meetings through video conferencing tools.
  • Ability to travel locally and across the state a minimum of 1-2 days every other month.
  • Ability to work some evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Ability to periodically work long and extended hours. Overtime will be paid for work beyond 35 hours.

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice. This position is non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

*Please note: the ACLU-WA is closely following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID19).  Currently, our office is operating remotely until January 11, 2021. We will continue to carefully monitor public health pronouncements and recommendations as we get close to January. 

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

The ACLU of WA is dedicated to centering equity in all aspects of the organization and, as such, has adopted a salary scale for measuring how to best compensate its employees. The salary for this position is $51,750. For purposes of calculating overtime, the hourly rate of pay is $28.43. Non-exempt employees observe a 35-hour work week with a 1-hour lunch break.

Benefits include three weeks of vacation, twelve sick days, twelve holidays, fully paid employee medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance, and a generous retirement plan. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to Jobs@aclu-wa.org and include in the subject line of the email: your last name and Organizer. In your letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. Applications will be accepted until August 27, 2020, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website at www.aclu-wa.org/careers. 

The ACLU of Washington comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Inc. and the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Foundation. The two corporations share the same overall mission, office space, and employees. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU of Washington”.