This is a two-year organizer position. The racial justice organizer will be devoted full-time to advancing racial justice in New Hampshire by partnering with existing organizations and community leaders working on racial justice, and by mobilizing and empowering young people, including young people of color, to advocate on issues that directly relate to and advance racial justice in the state. The organizer will also work with all ACLU-NH staff to ensure that the organization's priorities incorporate a racial justice and equity lens. The organizer will report to the Field Director, will be an integral member of the ACLU-NH’s organizing team, and will work closely with all departments of the affiliate, particularly with the Political and Communications Departments. The position will be based out of Manchester, with flexibility to work remotely.
The racial justice organizer will lead ACLU-NH’s efforts in building trusting, mutually supportive relationships with organizations and individuals already engaged in racial justice work across the state. In addition, this position will engage with organizations and activists currently working on other issues to pursue opportunities for intersectional collaboration that advances racial justice. This could include intersectional collaboration on such issues as health care and education. There is already dedicated grassroots efforts underway to advance racial justice in New Hampshire, and the goal of this position will be to add capacity and support to these efforts in a trusted and collaborative way. Through these relationships, the organizer will identify opportunities for the ACLU-NH to bring its legal, policy, communication, and organizing capacity to support and advance the existing efforts of these community partners and stakeholders in the shared pursuit of racial justice and youth empowerment across the state.
As incidents of racial bias in recent years have demonstrated, young people are directly impacted by racial disparities and injustice in New Hampshire. Young people, particularly young people of color, should be at the forefront of grassroots efforts to advance racial justice, including by engaging with school administrators and elected officials, and determining priority policy reforms at the local and state level. A key goal of this position is therefore to establish a network of trained youth leaders with the skills and capacity to continue independently to advance racial justice work across New Hampshire – especially at the local level – over the long term.
This position will bolster and inform ACLU-NH’s priorities moving forward. ACLU-NH will consult with those recruited and trained by the racial justice organizer, and with partner organizations, in determining legislative and litigation priorities, with the goal of prioritizing areas that will positively impact young people and communities of color. The relationships established by the racial justice organizer between the ACLU-NH and volunteers and community organizations will enable continued collaboration on racial justice for years to come.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
- Building trusted relationships with partner organizations and community leaders currently engaged in racial justice work across New Hampshire, and with organizations and individuals working on issues that present opportunities for intersectional collaboration.
- Identifying new opportunities for the ACLU-NH to use its policy, litigation, communications, and organizing capabilities to support and advance the work of local organizations and leaders already working on racial justice or on issues that impact racial justice.
- Identifying and recruiting youth volunteers, in particular youth volunteers of color, to advocate for policies that advance racial justice and to engage in public education around issues of racial justice in New Hampshire.
- Providing trainings to volunteers and local activists on storytelling, engaging with elected officials, talking to the media, and policy advocacy. These could include joint trainings with partner organizations. A goal will be to empower volunteers and partners to either lead or co-lead trainings.
- Supporting and empowering volunteers and community partners in advocating for racial justice policy reform at the local level, including making racial justice a more prominent issue in local elections.
- Elevating the voices of young people, in particular young people of color, through op-eds, interviews, direct candidate engagement, and participation in public events in advancement of racial justice.
- Working with the ACLU-NH’s communications team to uplift issues of racial justice across the state, including by highlighting the racial justice impact of policies and issues, and to incorporate racial justice into ACLU-NH communications more broadly.
- Ensuring ACLU-NH legislative priorities reflect input from volunteers and partner organizations, and that ACLU-NH advocacy highlights the impact of legislation on racial justice.
- This position will initially focus on a select number of communities, with the opportunity to expand across the state over time.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants who do not meet all qualifications are still encouraged to apply.
- Prior experience in organizing or community engagement preferred. This could include volunteer experience.
- Existing relationships with community partners and leaders of color in New Hampshire preferred but not required.
- Track record of building strong working relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
- Ability to coordinate and lead a team of volunteers.
- Capable of and willing to work across the political spectrum.
- Experience with social media preferred.
- Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences.
- Ability to work independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
- Ability to balance competing deadlines and priorities.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Demonstrated commitment to the ACLU’s mission of defending and advancing civil rights and liberties, and empowering impacted communities.
- Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
- Availability to work flexible hours, as needed.
- A reliable and flexible means of transportation is required.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
The salary range for this position is $37,000. Benefits include paid vacation and holidays, sick leave, medical insurance, and 401(k) matching.
HOW TO APPLY:
Send cover letter, resume, and names and contact information of three professional references by email, to email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed starting on August 19th.
The ACLU of New Hampshire is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of New Hampshire encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to arrest or conviction, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.