Temporary Position, through at least May 2018 with the potential to extend the position for the length of the campaign, with the knowledge that we may shift our regional focus (requiring people to move) based on needs.
DEPARTMENT: Campaign for Smart Justice
POSITION(S) AVAILABLE: Oklahoma Campaign for Smart Justice Field Organizers; Position located in Oklahoma
REPORTS TO: ACLU of OK Smart Justice Campaign Manager
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The ACLU of Oklahoma has immediate openings for dynamic, innovative, and passionate individuals to serve as Field Organizers. The people in these newly-created positions will have responsibility for creating and mobilizing a statewide infrastructure designed to promote participation in electoral campaigns, ballot initiatives, and issue advocacy efforts; building an active base of community advocates who can be mobilized to participate in voter contact, meetings, rallies, hearings, and delegations; creating a volunteer leadership development process that empowers and includes all members of the communities they work within; and building relationships with community organizations, faith leaders, business leaders, donors, and new and diverse communities to advance our criminal justice reform effort. The position will require organizers to exercise independent judgment, and will center around recruiting and motivating supporters to invest their time and energy into criminal justice reform, and engage with our efforts by contacting their local elected officials, contacting voters, and hosting events related to dissemination of information about the state of the criminal justice system in Oklahoma.
Field Organizers will work in collaboration with ACLU campaign team at the affiliate and national level. The field organizer will report to the ACLU of Oklahoma’s Smart Justice Campaign Manager.
Roles & Responsibilities
- Under the guidance of the Campaign Manager, develop organizing campaigns around criminal justice reform issues that are generated through community interest and vision, and aligned with affiliate’s priorities
- Represent the ACLU of Oklahoma in coalition meetings and work collaboratively on joint efforts with community organizations and coalition partners
- Develop strategic partnerships with community-based organizations working in diverse communities of the region
- Speak publicly on behalf of the ACLU of Oklahoma
- Develop, conduct, and widely publicize campaign relevant trainings that promote grassroots leadership, strategic issue campaigns, organizing, and coalition building on priority issue areas
- Galvanize support of community organizations, public officials, law enforcement officers, faith leaders, business leaders, donors, and new and diverse communities for organizing campaigns
- Work collaboratively with grassroots leaders, allies, and ACLU of Oklahoma staff to execute large and effective community actions (hearings, rallies, etc.)
- Identify, cultivate, and develop strong community leaders who will lead campaigns that pursue our civil rights priorities
- Complete and execute work plans
- Identify, recruit, and train ACLU members to participate in civil liberties campaigns and programs
- Coordinate and execute citizen participation efforts and local ballot initiative campaigns, in coordination with coalition partners
- Ability to exercise independent judgment in managing simultaneous projects and shifting priorities
- Other duties as assigned
Experience & Qualifications
- Individuals who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system strongly encouraged to apply.
- Commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU and the Campaign for Smart Justice.
- At least two (2) cycles of experience in community/field organizing and base building. At least one (1) cycle of experience working directly with volunteers strongly preferred.
- A history of working collaboratively and successfully with people and organizations from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and a broad range of ideological positions and religious views.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills.
- Strong written and oral communications skills.
- Superb organization skills; detail-oriented with strong follow-through and the ability to meet tight deadlines.
- Creative, results-oriented, self-starting, and willing to learn.
- Strong task and time management skills.
- Attention to measurable goals and results.
- Ability to travel around the state as necessary and participate in evening and weekend meetings.
- This position is based in Oklahoma; candidates must either reside in the Oklahoma or be willing to relocate.
- Individuals with knowledge of current political alignments and opportunities for collaboration specifically in Oklahoma with a broad range of groups and familiarity with the advocacy and community organizing landscape of around the state strongly encouraged to apply.
Compensation for this temporary position is negotiable based on experience and within the parameters of the ACLU of Oklahoma compensation scale. This position is temporary, with a minimum commitment through May 2018, and the potential for extension through the end of the campaign. An extension of this position would make an employee eligible for benefits, including medical and disability insurance (fully paid by employer), a 401(k) program, and generous vacation, holiday and sick leave.
Submit a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references (identifying their relationship to you and including their email address and phone number). Email your application to:
Smart Justice Campaign Manager, ACLU of Oklahoma
Please include “Field Organizer Application” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. No in-person applications or phone calls, please. All applications will be treated confidentially.
The ACLU of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Oklahoma 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, and veteran status.