Job Title: Statewide Organizer

Reports to: Field Director

Classification: Full-time, exempt, 2-year position with potential for extension

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon (ACLU of Oregon) is a leader in the resistance against threats to civil liberties and rights. We are seeking to hire full-time Statewide Organizer to build community and coalition support for the ACLU of Oregon’s field program. This is a unique opportunity to be an integral player in building community power to advance civil rights and civil liberties in Oregon.

The ACLU of Oregon is an advocacy organization dedicated to defending and advancing civil liberties and civil rights through work in the courts, in the legislature, and in communities. We fight for immigrants' rights, racial justice, criminal justice reform, free speech, religious liberty, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, , and more. We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit, membership organization with thousands of contributing members in Oregon. The ACLU of Oregon is an affiliate of the ACLU, our nation’s guardian of liberty for nearly 100 years.

Job Overview

The ACLU of Oregon is seeking an exceptional individual to join our team to implement a new field organizing program. The Statewide Organizer will design new ways to harness the strength of our members and supporters statewide and will collaborate with community stakeholders. The Organizer will play a pivotal role in working across ACLU departments and projects to help develop and execute action plans to mobilize these constituencies throughout the state and will provide administrative support as needed. The Organizer will also be responsible for devising and implementing effective strategies to build power among grassroots activists to advance ACLU policy and advocacy campaigns in our broad civil liberties agenda.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Support members to engage around our civil rights and civil liberties legislative agenda.
  • Recruit, train, and manage an active statewide volunteer base to participate in eventsand actions.
  • Speak publicly to volunteer groups to keep them motivated and engaged.
  • Help develop and implement ongoing opportunities for civic engagement includingelection outreach, voter contact, lobby days, house parties, People Power events,trainings, and skill building.
  • Organize phone banks and canvasses and play a key role in grassroots lobbying efforts atthe Oregon Legislature.
  • Prepare regular progress reports to the Field Director and develop and maintain metricsfor tracking goals and outreach and volunteer engagement with ACLU members andsupporters.
  • Participate in broad-based coalitions by fostering, strengthening and nurturing allianceswith allied organizations and targeted community groups.
  • Help develop and implement strategies to deploy ACLU of Oregon members asadvocates for civil liberties and civil rights (e.g., work with them to send postcards,attend trainings and make calls to their elected officials.)
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Passion for civil liberties, civil rights, civic engagement and the mission of the ACLU.
  • Strong skills in building relationships with volunteers and volunteer leadershipdevelopment.
  • Understanding of how grassroots organizing increases political influence and communityconnections.
  • Strong facilitation skills and demonstrated ability to work within diverse communities ina manner that is respectful, inclusive, and promotes equity.
  • Effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication and presentation skills.Demonstrated ability to simplify complex themes and activities into a short, compellingpresentation or written piece.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to maintain orderly records and to track projectoutcomes and activities.
  • Proficiency with technology.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to workindependently.
  • Willingness to travel in state and occasionally out of state for conferences and trainingopportunities. Valid driver’s license required.

Preferences (not required)

  • At least two years related experience with a proven track record of organizing and coalition building with a campaign, membership organization, or nonprofit.
  • Strong commitment to and understanding of equity and inclusion work with a history of engaging diverse communities. Must have the ability to engage individuals of all races, nationalities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, income levels, ages, physical abilities, educational and occupational backgrounds and those with histories of trauma and justice system involvement.
  • A multifaceted combination of experience with grassroots base-building, community organizing, legislative advocacy and electoral work.
  • Familiarity with VAN (voter file).
  • Bilingual/multilingual.
  • Experience with facilitation, training/leading workshops, and familiarity with campaignstrategy.
  • Flexible, positive, team-oriented personality and sense of humor.

Location, Compensation and Benefits

We are seeking an ambitious and high-performing Organizer who will work in Portland under the supervision of the Field Director. The Organizer will be expected to work some evenings and weekends with travel throughout the state. The position is largely based in Portland but may be based in another county with the option to work remotely depending on the right applicant.

The salary range for this position is $47,000 to $55,000 commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include three weeks paid vacation, 9 office holidays; employer-paid medical, vision, and dental insurance for staff members, and 401(k) plan with employer contribution and match, transportation subsidy and direct exposure to cutting-edge civil rights work.

Application Procedure

To apply for this position, send a cover letter describing your interest in the position and what you can uniquely contribute as the Statewide Organizer, along with a resume to Please include your last name and Statewide Organizer in the subject line of the email.

No phone calls or mail, please. Resumes will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applicants who apply before Jan 7, 2019.

The ACLU of Oregon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and/or record of arrest or conviction. We also encourage qualified people with justice system involvement to apply.

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