Organizer – Lower Hudson Valley Chapter
The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation's foremost defenders of civil liberties and civil rights. Founded in 1951 as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with eight offices and 50,000 supporters statewide.
The NYCLU seeks to fill the position of full-time Organizer for the Lower Hudson Valley Chapter office in White Plains. This position is for a one-year contract with the possibility of renewal. He or she will report to the Chapter Director and the Statewide Advocacy Coordinator.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Assist the chapter directors in implementing campaigns to advance and defend civil liberties and civil rights.
· Engage in a wide array of tactics, including lobbying, coalition building and organizing to mobilize NYCLU members and supporters on a wide range of civil rights and liberties issues.
· Build and maintain a grassroots network of members, supporters and volunteers including on college, law school and high school campuses.
· Organize and conduct public education events, including “know your rights” presentations, community forums, and panel discussions.
· Respond to requests for support and information from the public.
· Other duties as assigned.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:
· A passion for and a familiarity with civil liberties issues and a commitment to organizing communities around those issues
· An Associates’ degree, and at least one year experience working with advocacy groups or community organizations on social justice issues. Or, lieu of a college degree, at least three years of experience working with advocacy groups or community organizations on social justice issues.
· Reliable transportation is a must; travel around the Lower Hudson Valley Chapter's seven county region will be a daily requirement of the position.
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
· Strong cultural competency.
· Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate people.
· Ability to explain concepts of law and public policy to a variety of audiences.
· Willingness to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.
· Proficiency with MS Office programs.
· Spanish language skills a plus.
· Experience with organizing around immigrants’ rights, policing, education and/or women’s equality a plus.
· Familiarity with Lower Hudson Valley or ties to the area a plus, but not a requirement.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants should email a cover letter (with salary requirements), resume, and a writing sample by email to[email protected] with “LHV Organizer” and where you saw our posting in the subject line.
Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.
The NYCLU is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.