Department

Public Advocacy

The ACLU of Massachusetts (ACLUM) seeks an aware, committed racial justice organizer who will inspire, support and strengthen ACLUM’s racial justice advocacy issues and campaigns, ensuring that they are rooted in community identified issues and done in partnership with organizations led by or serving communities and people of color. This position will be responsible for creating a network of racial justice community advocates to advance ACLUM’s vision and values in Massachusetts.

Essential Duties: Leadership and Administration

  • Develop and maintain authentic relationships between the ACLU of Massachusetts and organizations run by or working on behalf of communities of color, supporting the development of new and existing relationships with ACLUM partners and other community leaders of color.
  • Identify for the racial justice director, community-based needs that fall within the scope of ACLUM’s mission, skill set, and advocacy platforms. Provide the racial justice director with feedback and community concerns regarding ACLUM initiatives and activities, and work with the racial justice director to facilitate community action and activities to advance community-identified ACLUM racial justice priorities.
  • Support the development of grassroots education and action plans, constituent mobilization, and campaign strategies for the ACLUM.
  • Provide input to help identify and define ACLUM and Racial Justice Program integrated advocacy priorities.
  • At the request of the racial justice and litigation directors or designee, identify and recruit potential clients for impact litigation work with ACLUM attorneys to support lawsuits with the potential to effect systemic change.
  • Help organize community partners on ACLUM racial justice priorities for lobbying efforts, community actions, protests, observing, legal advocacy and communication needs.
  • Develop racial justice content for the organization’s website, traditional and social media.
  • Conduct Know Your Rights presentations with community partners with the goal of cultivating new relationships and advocacy partners. Train others in the community to conduct these educational sessions.
  • Develop strategies to grow ACLUM volunteer base in communities of color, and input info regarding volunteers into ACLUM database.
  • Provide volunteers information, guidance, assistance, and training; act as liaison between the volunteers and staff.
  • Identify and recruit potential clients for impact litigation work with ACLUM attorneys to support lawsuits with the potential to effect systemic change.
  • Identify and recruit potential witnesses for public hearings and speakers for ACLUM press conferences.
  • Prepare regular reports as appropriate on significant Racial Justice network and volunteer activist needs and accomplishments.
  • Assist with daily implementation of ACLUM racial justice agenda and campaigns.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience and Attributes

  • Passion for ACLUM’s mission and values.
  • 2 plus years of organizing or relevant experience.
  • Deep commitment to racial justice and dismantling white supremacy as it is manifested through structural and institutional racism.
  • A diplomatic touch and sense of humor.
  • Experience working effectively with community leaders, activists, and diverse groups of other stakeholders (including elected and agency officials) and a commitment to bottom-up change.
  • Experience working in communities of color and/or with non-English speaking populations.
  • Personal experience with the impacts of incarceration, either as someone who was formerly incarcerated or as a family member of someone formerly incarcerated.
  • Strong communication skills--persuasive writing, research, editing, and public speaking skills.
  • Fluency in Spanish is desired but not required.
  • Strong relational skills and ability to connect, engage and inspire people across race, gender, age, language, religion, and class differences, as well as the ability to build strong alliances.
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary staff teams, developing and executing work plans, and facilitating meetings.
  • Creative problem-solver.
  • Capacity to think strategically and analytically about social, economic, cultural, moral, and political issues impacting communities of color in the region.
  • Desire to learn and openness to challenge and accountability.
  • Valid MA driver’s license.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.
  • Proficiency with Windows, Microsoft Office, and Internet research applications required.

How to Apply

Applicants should send resume, references, and cover letter by e-mail to recruiting@aclum.org with the subject line “Racial Justice Organizer”.

The ACLU of Massachusetts is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women, people of color, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and persons formerly involved with the criminal legal system to apply.

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