The Organizing Director leads the ACLU of New Hampshire’s grassroots outreach and mobilization efforts, by harnessing the power of everyday people across the state. This position reports to the Executive Director, and the work includes both issue campaign and electoral work to advance campaign objectives.
The ideal Organizing Director is adept at overseeing the implementation of multi-faceted advocacy plans and works strategically with the organization’s legal, policy, communications, and development teams. They will bring demonstrated experience sharpening and utilizing organizing tools, policy savvy, and data-driven strategies to envision and build a New Hampshire that respects and ensures the rights of all!
Collaborate with and leverage external constituencies to achieve wins.
- Oversee the development and implementation of organizing campaign plans. This includes developing strategies with concrete tactics, timelines and metrics to achieve organizational goals;
- Lead the building campaign goals, strategies, tactics, and budgets to reach goals on specific issue areas at various levels of government;
- Oversee the development and implementation of 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;
- Lead the development and implementation of strategic rapid response actions as new opportunities emerge. Embrace flexibility if a rapid response leads to working outside of normal business hours or reprioritizing other work projects;
- Build upon the current network of ACLU members, donors, supporters, volunteers, and activists to create a more powerful grassroots advocacy force;
- Develop and manage relationships with mission-critical organizations, networks, partners, stakeholders, and impacted community members;
- Represent the ACLU at public forums, conferences and meetings, and to the media;
- Work with the Communications Team to produce messaging to educate the public and advance campaign goals.
Build and manage a cohesive Organizing Department that successfully executes campaign strategies.
- Hire and supervise additional organizing staff in consultation with the leadership team and within budgetary constraints;
- Provide leadership to the Organizing Team through effective delegation, team-building, and day-to-day supervision and mentoring;
- Engage with other leadership team members in managing the overall direction and management of the organization;
- Ensure successful implementation of technology, including of volunteer management software, social media, text messaging, e-mail, and phone calls to increase engagement;
- Ensure the Organizing Team is working effectively with colleagues across the organization to achieve benchmarks and goals, providing support and guidance as needed;
- Working with the Executive Director, develop, implement, and monitor departmental budget and spending.
- Demonstrated experience developing and leading successful legislative, ballot, issue and/or political campaigns at multiple levels of government;
- Proficiency in relationship building and mass mobilization;
- Sophisticated understanding of how to tie together and organize around research, legal analysis, litigation, lobbying, and communications;
- Proven leadership skills in managing a team, in staff supervision, and in working collaboratively across departments;
- Exceptional written and oral communication skills;
- Effectiveness and credibility in negotiating relationships and working collaboratively with coalition partners and other external constituencies from diverse backgrounds and ideological positions;
- Experience using volunteer management software and other technology used to generate text messages, e-mails, and phone calls to potential volunteers;
- Superb organization and time management skills;
- Demonstrated knowledge of and strong commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU;
- Ability to travel frequently across the state and participate in evening and weekend events.
- A commitment to the principles and values of the ACLU and its mission.
- Strong interpersonal skills and enthusiasm for building strong professional relationships with donors, volunteers, staff, and the general public.
- 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, EQUITY, 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 AND BENEFITS
The ACLU-NH offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience. The salary for this full time, exempt position will be $70,000 -$80,000. 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.
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.
Please send a cover letter and resume by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All inquiries should include Organizing Director 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 or walk-ins, 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-NH reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.
ABOUT THE ACLU
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.
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 are a passionate, highly motivated group of professionals including among others lawyers, public policy experts, fundraising professionals, and communicators, and we’re looking for an exceptional community organizer to join our team. To learn more about the work of the ACLU of New Hampshire, please visit www.aclu-nh.org.