Location

Concord, NH

For over 100 years, the ACLU has been at the forefront of every major civil liberties fight in our country’s history. Whether it’s reducing the prison and jail population, achieving full equality for the LGBTQ community, reducing immigration detention, or ending unjust laws that strip people of their fundamental right to vote, we take up the toughest civil liberties issues to defend all individuals from government abuse and overreach. With ACLU affiliate offices in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, we fight tirelessly to defend our rights in the courts, influence public policy, and empower communities to advance rights for all. The ACLU of New Hampshire was established in 1968 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public interest organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights in New Hampshire. We are the state’s largest and most influential civil rights organization, combining litigation, policy advocacy, communications, and community organizing tactics to promote a broad range of individual rights and liberties. We have a staff of 13 professionals working in our Concord office. We are a passionate, highly motivated group of lawyers, public policy experts, lobbyists, community organizers, communicators, and fundraisers, and we’re looking for exceptional talent to join our team. To learn more about the work of the ACLU of New Hampshire, please visit www.aclu-nh.org.

Position Overview

The ACLU Foundation of New Hampshire is seeking applicants for the full-time position of Community Organizing Advocate. The ACLU-NH’s passionate community of activists is stronger than ever. The mission of the Community Organizing Advocate is to unlock the full potential of activists, volunteers, community members, and the ACLU-NH as partners in the creation of a Granite State that is just and equitable for all. Our mission is only possible through co-building and sustaining a movement at the ground level. Through shifting power, we aim to advance civil rights and liberties issues at any given time.

Our team works on issue-based campaigns through an integrated advocacy format that demands a high level of interdependence. The Community Organizing Advocate is a member of the ACLU-NH’s Policy team and currently reports to the Policy Director. Together, this team will help to achieve our goals at the local and state levels through grassroots, community-based organizing and various creative organizing strategies and tactics. At the ACLU-NH, there is a strong emphasis on long-term relationship building, community empowerment, and transformation.

Core Accountabilities

Activist Engagement and Education

• Engage in a wide array of base building tactics to engage and activate members, volunteers, and civil liberties advocates including canvassing, tabling, phone or text banking, digital organizing, participating in and leading coalitions, participating in stakeholder meetings, hosting community meetings/townhalls, and organizing rallies.

• Develop and lead grassroots public education efforts on our issues by designing and conducting trainings, hosting and participating in community meetings and public forums, contributing to ACLU-NH communications (blog posts, social media, etc.), creating toolkits and other educational materials.

• Conduct strategic rapid response actions as new issues emerge. Embrace flexibility if a rapid response leads to working outside of normal business hours or reprioritizing other work projects.

Volunteer and Leader Development

• Respectfully and relentlessly recruit and sustain supportive relationships with volunteers, meeting people wherever they are in their activism to develop their skills, their commitment to justice, and ability to meaningfully engage in our work.

• Cultivate trust and reciprocity for transformative organizing by elevating volunteers’ strengths, talents, and special skills in alignment with our mission.

• Cultivate and nurture relationships with people who are impacted by our issues, providing support and development to connect their expertise and experience to advocacy through storytelling, testifying, co-authoring communications and educational materials, co-hosting meetings/calls, and contributing artwork or other talents.

Collaboration for Movement Building

• Build and sustain relationships with coalition partners and other community stakeholders and groups essential to advancing civil liberties issues. Move at the speed of trust with potential partners and continuously look for how the ACLU-NH can support our partners, especially those working with directly impacted communities.

Strategy

• Work across issues while honoring and demonstrating the interconnectedness between issues.

• Participate in the development of local and statewide organizing plans that advance our mission and fulfill our short- and long-term goals. Work collaboratively with organizations with similar goals and jurisdictions.

• Issue-spot and identify organizing opportunities in alignment with our mission and goals.

• Actively collaborate across the organization in alignment with our integrated advocacy approach. Remain vigilant of where cross-departmental strategies can form.

• Effectively manage people, teams, and/or projects internally when necessary.

Requirements

• Commitment to the mission of ACLU-NH.

• Demonstrated ability to work in and with historically oppressed communities and center the leadership of directly impacted people.

• Ability to identify, recruit, and sustain new volunteers and develop committed volunteer leaders and teams.

• Ability to generate passion and optimism around our work through public speaking and public education.

• Strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative mindset with the ability to work with ACLU-NH staff as well as allies, coalition partners, and community leaders.

• Strong project and time management skills, including demonstrated capacity to manage competing projects with tight deadlines and implement projects from start to finish with limited supervision.

• Demonstrated flexibility in problem-solving and willingness to regularly travel around New Hampshire and work beyond traditional 9 to 5 working hours, including some evenings and weekends.

• Commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, veteran status, involvement with the criminal legal system, or differently-abled status.

• Ability to use or quickly learn technological platforms (i.e., Zoom, social media platforms, VAN, other volunteer management software, Google Drive, Sharepoint).

• Must possess and maintain a current valid driver’s license or be able to access adequate transportation in order to travel to visits with volunteers, community leaders, and community events.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

The ACLU-NH is an equal opportunity and equity-based employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU-NH encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, previous incarceration or involvement in the criminal justice system (consistent with legal and job requirements), or veteran status. We provide a collegial work environment, with flexibility (subject to job requirements) and employee benefits designed to assist with personal needs and circumstances.

Compensation

The salary for this position will be $48,000 - $55,000. The ACLU-NH provides excellent benefits, including health insurance, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, vision, dental insurance, generous paid-time-off, and a Defined Contribution 401K Retirement Plan.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

This position requires the ability to operate a computer, laptop, and other office equipment, as well as personal electronic devices in order to draft/write, communicate, and perform other functions of the job in a professional office setting.

TO APPLY

Please submit via email a resume and cover letter to Frank Knaack, Policy Director, at jobs@aclu-nh.org. Please put “Community Organizing Advocate” in the subject line of your email.

DEADLINE

Application review will start on May 20, 2022. Applications after that date are encouraged and will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

Note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ACLU of NH will temporarily accommodate remote work for this position. Subsequently, this position will primarily be based out of the ACLU of NH office in Concord, NH. This is a full-time position, and the ACLU of NH will provide equipment for temporary remote work.