Application Deadline: August 5, 2021
The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking a full-time Coalition Organizer, based out of the downtown Seattle headquarters, to engage and coordinate with socially, geographically, and politically diverse advocacy organizations on shared policy priorities and goals in state and local legislative advocacy, electoral engagement and education, ballot initiative and referendum campaigns, and public education efforts to promote and protect civil liberties and civil rights. The Coalition Organizer is housed within the Political Strategies Department (PSD), which works with a broad range of stakeholders across Washington State to ensure decision makers in state and local legislative and executive bodies pass laws and adopt policies that advance and defend civil liberties and civil rights. The Organizer reports to the Field Director.
OVERVIEWThe ACLU of Washington is a leader among state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union, the country's premier guardian of liberty. We work in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect and extend American rights to freedom, fairness, and equality. The ACLU is both nonprofit and nonpartisan. We are supported by more than 135,000 members, activists, and donors.
The ACLU of Washington is committed to ending racism in Washington State and throughout the country. This includes how we work with each other, and with our partners and allies in the communities we serve. We are committed to bringing anti-racism to all aspects of ACLU-WA's internal and external functions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring and human resources, strategic planning, ally, donor, and volunteer relations, Board and committee processes, and deciding what cases to litigate. We are looking for candidates who share this commitment to advancing racial justice, both internally in our organization and externally in the communities that we serve.
ACLU-WA works closely with state and local legislators and allies to promote bills that strengthen civil liberties and oppose bills that weaken them. Our state legislative program is well respected and vigorous. We work with aligned organizational partners to inform and mobilize people throughout the state. The people in the center of the struggles for justice, who feel the impact in their daily lives, are especially important allies. We provide resources and technical assistance through meetings, trainings, the website, and an action alert system. On federal issues, we collaborate with the D.C. Legislative Office.
We are a multi-issue organization—not every ally will agree with our stance on every issue, and sometimes we find ourselves partnering with stakeholders whose positions we more often oppose. Our team works to find intersections in values and priorities, and we respect differing perspectives and dissenting voices. We do not shy away from uncomfortable conversations.
*Please note: the ACLU-WA is closely following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and continues to carefully monitor public health pronouncements and recommendations. Currently, our office is closed and staff are working remotely until further notice.
As an organization, we value working together and look forward to when we return to our office. Until then, we provide laptops and technology support to do our best work even from our homes. You will need an effective WiFi connection and a way to reach you by phone. This position is eligible for either a work phone or phone stipend, as well as an additional $100 stipend each month to help cover any additional costs of working from home.
The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, socio-economic circumstance, or record of arrest or conviction. We do not conduct criminal background checks on our candidates.
- Participation in ACLU-WA’s race equity work. This may include utilizing ACLU-WA race equity tools, adopting ACLU-WA race equity practices, serving on the Race Equity Team or subcommittees, etc.
- Build coalitions with organizations sharing aligned policy goals, with priority given to organizations led by and centering the voices of directly impacted individuals and communities; seek their input to help shape ACLU-WA’s priorities; facilitate coalition coordination as needed.
- Represent ACLU-WA externally in various coalition spaces and explain ACLU-WA’s positions on issues with accuracy and confidence.
- Work closely with colleagues across the office to support the development, coordination, and implementation of effective messages, strategies, and tactics to advance the ACLU-WA’s commitment to cross-departmental collaboration.
- Work with coalition partners to identify community spokespeople; connect them with ACLU staffers for media and lobbying training and preparation as needed.
- Regularly update Political Strategies Department teammates on developments in community and organizational relationships, priorities, and concerns, and provide officewide updates as requested by the Field Director.
- Provide Activism Manager with ally engagement and coordination support for joint grassroots mobilization efforts and statewide legislative advocacy trainings; provide on-site logistical and programmatic support as needed.
- Lead internal issue-specific teams in developing strategy charts and workplans for legislative campaigns.
- Responsible for developing and implementing organizing workplans for their legislative portfolio during the legislative session and interim period.
- Commitment to race and other forms of equity, dismantling white supremacy, and structural power analysis, with knowledge and understanding of how power is manifested in matters of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ability, language, immigration status, national origin, and socio-economic circumstances, both internally in our organization and externally in the communities that we serve.
- Ideal candidates will have an awareness of, and willingness to engage in, the difficult and transformative work of challenging systems of oppression, institutional and structural racism, and implicit bias.
- At least 3-5 years of experience in community engagement and mobilization.
- An understanding of and enthusiasm for civil liberties and civil rights.
- Ability to describe ACLU issues with confidence to external allies.
- Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, including an ability to connect with people from different backgrounds, build relationships across differences, and navigate and resolve conflict in a manner that values and respects relationships.
- Strong organizational and time management skills, and attention to detail.
- Self-motivation, with a demonstrated ability to manage projects and follow-through.
- A capacity for self-reflection.
- Ability to have courageous conversations internally with colleagues and externally with allies when overcoming differences in opinion.
- Ability to work evenings and weekends.
- Ability to view a computer screen for long periods of time.
- Willingness to travel frequently throughout the state once it is safe to do so.
- Proficiency in a language other than English is a plus.
WORK ENVIRONMENTThe ACLU-WA’s staff of 40+ employees and numerous volunteers generally work in a standard office setting in downtown Seattle between the hours of 9am and 5pm. The physical demands and work environment described below represent those required and encountered by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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 reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice. This position is “exempt” under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITSThe ACLU of WA is dedicated to centering equity in all aspects of the organization and, as such, has adopted a salary scale for measuring how to best compensate its employees. The salary for this position is $57,808-$64,960. A range indicates the intention to accommodate those with varying years of relevant experience, as determined by the salary scale.
Benefits include three weeks of vacation, thirteen sick days, fifteen holidays, fully paid employee medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance, a generous retirement plan, and an ORCA card, the regional transportation pass.
APPLICATION PROCEDURETo apply, email a cover letter and resume to [email protected] and include in the subject line of the email: your name and Coalition Organizer. In your cover letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. Applications will be accepted until August 5, 2021, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website at www.aclu-wa.org/careers.
The ACLU of Washington comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Inc. and the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Foundation. The two corporations share the same overall mission, office space, and employees. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU of Washington”.