The ACLU of Massachusetts (“ACLUM”) seeks a full-time Regional Field Organizer to help safeguard and promote civil rights and civil liberties in the Commonwealth, and advance the organization’s public advocacy objectives. The focus of this role is to expand ACLUM’s presence and impact in Southern Massachusetts; develop and maintain relationships with elected officials, community partners, and other stakeholders in the region; educate the public about ACLUM priority issue areas; organize and mobilize different populations to take action; work in coalition with partners to pass policy reforms at the state and local levels; and speak as an ACLUM ambassador in coalitions and at public events. This position will report to the Field Director, work deeply (though not exclusively) in areas including Bristol, Plymouth and Barnstable counties, and collaborate closely with other ACLUM colleagues in Boston and Western Massachusetts on a variety of advocacy campaigns and projects.
Travel within the state and flexibility to accommodate work during evenings and weekends when warranted are key requirements for this role.
- Cultivate and maintain relationships with community members and advocates, local organizations, and elected leaders, with particular focus in Southern Massachusetts, to strengthen ACLUM’s network of civil rights advocates.
- Help build coalitions with issue-aligned organizations and manage relationships with coalition partners.
- Contribute to strategic and tactical planning for advocacy campaigns to promote and advance civil liberties in Southern Massachusetts and statewide, as assigned.
- Develop public education materials and present to a variety of audiences to build awareness about civil liberties issues and support for ACLUM’s advocacy initiatives.
- Actively engage and mobilize stakeholders to share input about targeted issue areas and take action on ACLUM-sponsored campaigns.
- Partner with the Field Director and Community Outreach Strategist to engage ACLUM volunteers in advocacy campaigns and other field efforts. Maintain regular communication with volunteers in the region through various means, including regular email and online communications and in-person events.
- Represent ACLUM in public speaking engagements, in coordination with the Field and Communications departments, as assigned.
- Capture and maintain field data in the volunteer management database.
Special projects and other tasks as assigned by the Field Director.
Qualifications, Experience and Attributes
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in political science, government relations, community organizing, or related field.
- Minimum of five years’ experience in grassroots organizing or mobilization for issue campaigns.
- Bilingual in English and Portuguese strongly preferred.
- Proven leadership skills necessary to help build and lead coalitions, and ability to navigate complex relationships between coalition members.
- Experience and comfort in public speaking, and ability to convey complex concepts in simple terms to various audiences.
- Self-starter, comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, and capable of working in partnership and independently to get things done.
- Ability to effectively prioritize tasks, work well under pressure, and deliver against tight deadlines.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint; Google applications, including Docs, Sheets and Slides; and common social media platforms.
- Experience working with a volunteer management database a plus.
- A valid driver’s license.
- Strong belief in the ACLU’s work and mission to defend and strengthen civil rights and civil liberties.
- Commitment to diversity, and respect for differences in race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
Key Performance Indicators
- Proactivity and effectiveness in cultivating/expanding collaborative relationships with elected leaders, community organizations, and other external partners
- Effectiveness in executing public education activities
- Effectiveness in coordination, communication, and collaboration with ACLUM colleagues and other stakeholders
- Flexibility in pivoting between priority issue areas when needed
- Frequent written and verbal communication, in both English and Portuguese
- Frequent and extended periods of being in a stationary position, in an office environment and outdoor venues
- Extensive reading, preparing, and analyzing information, in hard copy and electronic format
- Flexibility to accommodate work outside of regular business hours when warranted
- Frequent travel to various locations across Massachusetts
Salary commensurate with experience and consistent with ACLUM’s collective bargaining agreement. Estimated minimum salary of $70,000. Benefits include 401(k) plan, medical and dental insurance, and paid vacation and holidays.
About the ACLU of Massachusetts
The ACLU of Massachusetts (ACLUM) was founded in 1920 and is an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan membership organization that works to preserve and expand the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Through strategies of litigation, advocacy, public education, and grassroots activism, we strengthen and expand public understanding of racial justice, juvenile justice, LGBTQ rights (including equal marriage), women's rights, criminal justice issues, equal opportunity, free speech and assembly, privacy rights, religious liberty, students' rights, voting rights, and reproductive rights. ACLUM staff are unionized and this position is within the bargaining unit.
ACLUM is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, queer people, and formerly incarcerated people to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
This position is based in Boston, MA and eligible for a hybrid work schedule, being in-person an average of three days per week, with the ability to be in the office on any given day as needed and assigned. ACLUM has a Covid-19 vaccine mandate, and candidates receiving a job offer will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to commencing employment. Exemptions to this requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis in accordance with applicable law. Applicants should be aware that fully remote work will not be deemed a reasonable accommodation.
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