The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation of Florida seeks a Campaign for Justice Organizer. This position is in the organization’s Tampa office, but includes some travel.
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Florida is an affiliate of the national ACLU, a national public interest organization devoted to the defense of the Bill of Rights. For over 100 years, the ACLU has served as the nation’s primary protector of the liberties that define our democracy. The organization implements its vital civil liberties mission in all 50 states in large part through affiliate entities such as the ACLU of Florida. Operating out of four offices—Miami (main), Tampa, Pensacola, and Jacksonville—the Florida affiliate has a budget of over $8 million and 55 staff members, placing it among the larger ACLU affiliates in the nation.
The ACLU of Florida, the state’s largest civil rights and civil liberties organization, employs litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education to protect and promote a broad range of constitutional values and individual rights, such as freedom of speech, racial justice, right to privacy, religious liberty, criminal justice reform, voting rights, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, disability rights, and immigrants’ rights. The ACLU of Florida litigates a broad range of complex constitutional cases in federal and state courts through direct representation, filing amicus briefs, and submitting administrative complaints to state and federal agencies.
The Campaign for Justice Organizer is a staff position within the Affiliate’s Field Department. The position reports to the Field Director.
- Co-create a campaign aimed at ending mass incarceration in Florida by combining community engagement, legislative, grassroots advocacy, organizing, communications, and legal strategies.
- Develop, strengthen, and nurture alliances and work in partnership with stakeholders including formerly incarcerated people, crime survivors, chapters, volunteers, legislators, business leaders, legal professionals, reform advocates, and religious and political leaders.
- Identify, nurture, and elevate volunteer leadership within impacted communities and the broader public to help shape and inform campaign goals, tactics, and strategies.
- Meet quantitative goals for event building, volunteer contact and recruitment
- Provide regular, comprehensive updates on campaign progress to various stakeholders.
- Implement organizing plans with tactics for involving volunteers and chapters that balance immediate campaign goals with building long-term volunteer capacity.
- Plan and manage events to raise visibility and support for the campaign.
- Manage and help plan in-district visits with targeted legislators and other elected officials.
- Elevate the stories and experiences of impacted communities and individuals, ensuring that the interests and vision of impacted populations and the broader community are reflected in the Campaign for Justice initiatives.
- Produce ongoing reports tracking data and other metrics.
- Work evening and weekend events as needed, ability to have a flexible schedule.
- Mobilize volunteers to take action on legislative campaigns using a variety of tactics: event attendance, 1:1’s, calls, letters, petition signature gathering, canvassing, phone banking, in-person meetings, house parties, etc.
- Ensure that the interests and vision of impacted communities shape the affiliate’s work on criminal justice reform and elevate leadership within impacted communities and the broader public to help shape campaign goals, strategies, and tactics.
- While no one person will have all the qualities enumerated below, the successful candidate will bring many of the following qualifications and attributes:
- Personal experience being incarcerated or in other ways impacted by the criminal justice system is strongly preferred.
- Experience in community/field organizing and base building, preferably at least one year. This can include volunteer work.
- Experience in community/field organizing and base building that uses a “snowflake” organizing model preferred.
- Experience in political/advocacy/campaign organizing, with experience working directly with volunteers preferred.
- Experience putting campaign strategy and tactics for volunteer engagement into practice.
- 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.
- Demonstrated ability to work on a fast-paced campaign with many moving pieces and adapt to changing circumstances preferred.
- Knowledge of criminal justice reform or an ability to quickly get up to speed
- Superb organizational skills; detail-oriented with strong follow-through and the ability to meet deadlines.
- Creative, self-starting, willing to learn, and results-oriented with strong task and time management skills.
- Passion for and commitment to ending mass incarceration and advancing racial justice.
- Ability to have a flexible schedule and travel.
- Must have FL Driver’s License.
- Must have a working vehicle.
- Fluency in Spanish or Creole preferred, but not required.
- Unwavering commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU, including a demonstrated commitment to equity and racial justice.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Compensation will be commensurate with experience, within the range of $45,000 - $60,000. The ACLU of Florida provides excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance with generous vacation, holiday and sick leave policies, as well as a Defined Contribution 401K Retirement Plan. Base vacation leave is five weeks per year.
Please send cover letter, resume, by email to email@example.com. All inquiries should include Campaign for Justice Statewide Organizer in the subject line and all attachments should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please indicate where you learned of this job posting. No phone calls, please.
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 of Florida reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ACLU of FL, is currently working remotely.
The ACLU of Florida is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Florida 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, or veteran status. We encourage formerly incarcerated individuals to apply. If selected for an interview, please inquire if financial assistance is needed in order to attend.
The ACLU of Florida undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions. Fluency in Spanish and Creole is preferred but not required.