The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation of Florida seeks a Database Associate. The Database Associate works closely with and reports to the Field Director to achieve the organization’s goal of protecting the liberties that define our democracy. This position is remote and may include 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 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.
For the foreseeable future, the ACLU of Florida will focus on three campaigns: voting rights, criminal justice reform, and immigrants’ rights. The Database Associate will be responsible for maintaining and overseeing the data and digital tools for multi-faceted organizing plans that are contained within these campaigns. 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 within their own networks, 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.
The Database Associate is a staff position within the Affiliate’s Field Department. The position reports to the Field Director. The position is focused on managing the organization’s volunteer and activist databases, managing software integration for the department, training on digital platforms and providing data support as the organization seeks to dramatically grow the scale and impact of its volunteer activist network.
● Manage and migrate the organization’s data of all sizes and levels into Every Action and NGP VAN databases.
● Export and Import data from the organization’s databases necessary for affiliate staff and volunteers to perform their work.
● Manage all software integration for the campaign.
● Submit regular reporting on campaign status updates.
● Support in writing scripts and survey questions for call and text.
● Complete regular internal system audits and prepare for upgrades.
● Understand and assist with the migration of affiliate data, edits to current data, and completing timely reconciliation to ensure data integrity.
● Use judgment and discretion to recommend changes that result in increased efficiency to the
● Conduct demos, trainings, and support for staff and volunteers.
● Additional digital campaigning responsibilities as assigned
While no one person will have all the qualities enumerated below, the successful candidate will bring many of the following qualifications and attributes
● Passion for digital and the intersection between digital, tech and field
● One year of experience working with nonprofits, unions, or political campaigns to use databases (especially NGP VAN, Civis Analytics and Every Action) in supporting their data needs
● Excellent oral and written communication skills, and strong critical thinking, logical problemsolving ability, and a willingness to learn.
● Experience in using data to build digital networks of volunteers.
● Experience working on field campaigns is preferred but not required.
● Unwavering commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU, including a
demonstrated commitment to equity and racial justice.
Compensation will be commensurate with experience, within the range of $54,000 - $65,000.
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 a cover letter, resume, by email to [email protected]. All inquiries should include Database Associate 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, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If selected for an interview, please inquire if financial assistance is needed in order to attend.
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 is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail [email protected] . If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process. Fluency in Spanish or Creole is preferred but not required.