The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation of Florida seeks a Statewide Voting Rights Organizer that works within the Field Department to achieve the organization’s goal of protecting the liberties that define our democracy. This position will be hybrid (remote and in-person), will be located in Jacksonville, FL and includes travel.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is an affiliate of the national ACLU, a national public interest organization devoted to the defense of the Bill of Rights. For over 100 years, the ACLU has served as the nation’s primary protector of the liberties that define our democracy. The organization implements its vital civil liberties mission in all 50 states in large part through affiliate entities such as the ACLU of Florida. Operating out of six offices—Miami (main), Tampa, Pensacola, Orlando, Tallahassee and Jacksonville—the Florida affiliate has a budget of over $8 million and 55 staff members, placing it among the larger ACLU affiliates in the nation.
The ACLU of Florida, the state’s largest civil rights and civil liberties organization, employs litigation, public policy advocacy and organizing, and public education to protect and promote a broad range of constitutional values and individual rights, such as freedom of speech, racial justice, right to privacy, religious liberty, criminal justice reform, voting rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights, disability rights, and immigrants’ rights. The ACLU of Florida litigates a broad range of complex constitutional cases in federal and state courts through direct representation, filing amicus briefs, and submitting administrative complaints to state and federal agencies.
The ACLU of Florida has adopted a “campaign” approach for its work. Work is focused on pursuing specific integrated advocacy campaigns to achieve measurable goals that will expand civil liberties and civil rights, while building the long-term power of the ACLU and the civil liberties movement.
At the moment, the ACLU of Florida is focused on three campaigns: voting rights, criminal justice reform, and immigrants’ rights. The campaigns in which the organization engages are about integrated advocacy, and include lobbying, communications, and litigation in addition to grassroots organizing.
As a result of this campaign approach, the ACLU of Florida’s organizing model focuses on developing volunteer leaders for the civil liberties movement, mobilizing grassroots support for campaign objectives, and educating Florida residents about campaign objectives through person-to-person field contact. The ACLU of Florida organizing is intended to engage both existing ACLU members/supporters/volunteers in the movement, as well as to reach new constituencies. Organizing at the ACLU of Florida centers the experiences and leadership of directly impacted people and engages directly impacted people in the work, while also ensuring that non-impacted allies engage in effective and substantive action.
The Field team works with Florida residents to influence decision-makers, via direct contact of decision-makers by residents and by holding events/actions. The Field Department focuses on identifying and supporting volunteer leaders willing to work to mobilize contacts with their own networks, in order to expand the size, reach, and power of the movement.
Organizing at the ACLU of Florida is intended to complement the approaches used by some other groups—especially those that connect individuals to resources, build community/social capital, primarily react to unanticipated or emerging community concerns, or educate the public about important issues—but not to replicate those approaches. Organizing at the ACLU of Florida is instead oriented towards systemic change and policy action—moving people to take strategic actions that lead to decision-makers making different decisions, ones that result in the advancement of specific campaign objectives. These strategic actions can take place in the electoral, legislative, legal, and community education contexts. Organizing at the ACLU of Florida is also designed to build long-term political and community power for the civil liberties movement, so that civil liberties and civil rights are better protected and strengthened.
Under the direction and supervision of the ACLU-FL Grassroots and Advocacy Manager, and in collaboration with the ACLU-FL organizing team the Immigrant Rights Statewide Organizer will mobilize ACLU of FL supporters and volunteers to build power for immigrant rights in Florida. The Floridians for Immigrant Justice campaign focuses on changing the narrative in the state of FL through education, ensuring people know their rights, passing local policies that will keep families together, and advocating for those being abused in detention facilities across the state.
- Engage and recruit volunteers in support of the Floridians for Immigrant Justice Campaign, developing volunteer leaders and teams that continue to build power.
- Develop and maintain relationships with ACLU-FL supporters, community groups, and grassroots organizations.
- Elevate the stories and experiences of impacted communities and individuals, ensuring that the interests and vision of impacted immigrants and the broader community are reflected in campaigns.
- Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion within the workplace; using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance.
- In collaboration with the Grassroots and Advocacy Manager, develop strategy and field organizing activities for the campaign.
- Identify needed training and presentations and build out materials for volunteers.
- Organize and conduct volunteer trainings with an emphasis on immigrant rights, like Know Your Rights trainings for impacted communities and individuals, employers, educators, medical providers,etc.
- Organize, lead, and participate in community education events, rallies, and meetings.
- Assist the Communication Strategist and Policy Strategist in developing advocacy materials including fact sheets, toolkits, action alerts, blog posts, and social media content.
- Work closely with staff across different departments working in an integrated advocacy approach for the Immigrant rights campaign.
- Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
- Work with NGPVAN, Scale to Win, Google Suite, Asana, Slack and the suite of ACLU Florida tools including e-mail, text, and phone calls to increase engagement.
- Work with the field team to track progress to goals, produce reports and highlights, and adjust field plans as necessary.
While no one person will have all the qualities enumerated below, the successful candidate will bring many of the following qualifications and attributes:
- History of living in or working with immigrant communities, preferably in Florida and a general understanding of the current political landscape.
- Experience working in communities that are not immigrant-friendly is a plus.
- Commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles.
- Experience in community/field organizing and base building that uses a “snowflake” organizing model preferred.
- Fluency in Spanish or Haitian Creole 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.
- A flexible team player who works collaboratively and shares responsibility and credit.
- Excellent communication skills. A willingness and ability to speak in public and to facilitate meetings and trainings.
- The ability to convey ideas through writing, drafting campaign materials that ultimately persuade an audience to take action.
- Self-starter and strong willingness to learn.
- Able to self-motivate, create a daily schedule, and an annual work-plan.
- Initiative to think through challenging scenarios creatively.
- Ability to work on fast-paced campaigns with many moving pieces and ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
- Experience managing multiple projects and the ability to oversee volunteers and leaders
- Has a valid driver’s license and can drive across the state, as necessary, and work some evenings and some weekends when needed.
- Unwavering commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU, including a demonstrated commitment to racial justice and civil rights issues.
Compensation will be commensurate with experience, within the range of $48,000 - $60,000. The ACLU of Florida provides excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance with generous vacation, holiday and sick leave policies, as well as a Defined Contribution 401K Retirement Plan. Base vacation leave is five weeks per year (and six weeks per year after five years).
Please send cover letter, resume, by email to [email protected]. All inquiries should include Immigrant Rights Organizer in the subject line and all attachments should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please indicate where you learned from this job posting. No phone calls, please.
This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU of Florida reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.
The ACLU of Florida is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Florida encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, LGBTQIA+, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status. We encourage formerly incarcerated individuals to apply. If selected for an interview, please inquire if financial assistance is needed to attend.
At the ACLU of Florida, we value diversity, equality, equity, and inclusion and embrace the uniqueness of everyone. We seek to create a place of belonging where candidates of diverse backgrounds will be included, represented, and heard.
The ACLU of Florida makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment efforts provide persons with disabilities with full opportunities for employment in all positions.
The ACLU of Florida undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.