Position Overview

The ACLU of Alabama is one of the nation’s foremost defenders of civil liberties and civil rights. We are a part of the American Civil Liberties Union, a nonprofit nonpartisan organization with 51 local affiliates across the country. Our mission is to protect and advance the rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution by working through public education, legislative advocacy, and litigation.

The Community Outreach Manager is responsible for implementing public advocacy campaigns and outreach strategies that mobilize grassroots organizations, coalition partners and volunteers to uphold and defend civil liberties and civil rights.

Based in Montgomery, Alabama, the Community Outreach Manager plays a key role in bolstering the ACLU of Alabama’s visibility across the state by engaging community members, organizations, and mobilizing supporters. The Community Outreach Manager works closely with National and Affiliate staff.

Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain coalitions with grassroots groups and advocacy organizations around civil liberties and civil rights issues.
  • Coordinate with local and national non-profits to create and support coalitions through internal program resources or funding to help mobilize support around an issue.
  • Organize large-scale public education and organizing events, such as rallies, community forums, lobby visits, public hearings, panel discussions and trainings.
  • Create a comprehensive plan for community engagement and outreach by using local and national resources to implement the plan. Assist with the development of the organization’s strategic plans in collaboration with colleagues.
  • Recruit, engage, and supervise office interns and volunteers. Develop and strengthen the internal volunteer management system and ensure that volunteers are plugged into the organization.
  • Build strategies for outreach and public advocacy, which involves curriculum building for workshops, public speaking at community events, “know your rights” presentations at various organizations, schools, etc, and other advocacy strategies as needed.
  • Conduct targeted outreach to mobilize organizers and activate grassroots relationships in various spaces: Reproductive Health, LGBTQ+ Rights, Immigrants’ Rights, Voting Rights and other ACLU issue areas.
  • Advance the ACLU’s priorities by strategically involving local nonprofits, grassroots organizations, community leaders and ACLU volunteers in that effort.
  • Represent the ACLU of Alabama at workshops, conferences, presentations, and functions, including those created by the ACLU of Alabama and those of partner organizations.
  • Provide Spanish-language access to the office, including translating documents, engaging with Spanish-speaking media, giving presentations, and attending Spanish- speaking events. [For Spanish-speaking applicants only]
  • In conjunction with the Policy Analyst, create and execute campaign strategy around the Campaign for Smart Justice and our legislative work, including drafting resources, giving workshops, and identifying local partners to help advance policies through grassroots efforts.
  • In conjunction with the Director of Communications & Public Education, develop campaigns, both digital and non-digital, to support our main areas of work and help to shift narratives around main issues in Alabama.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • At least two years’ experience in community organizing (can be paid or volunteer work) and a demonstrated ability to plan and execute campaigns.
  • Excellent public speaking skills and an ability to present at a variety of different events.
  • Ability to take initiative, think strategically, work cooperatively with lawyers and non-lawyers, and share responsibility and credit.
  • Ability to analyze and explain concepts of civil liberties and public policy, and to communicate complex issues clearly to a variety of audiences.
  • Experience in developing successful political, legislative or public education campaigns.
  • Effective problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage details and follow-through with a minimum of direct supervision.
  • A commitment to grassroots organizing and an ability to recognize institutional and organizational privilege when working in collaboration with other organizations.
  • Strong time management skills and the ability to work under pressure and with competing deadlines.
  • Previous experience managing interns and volunteers desired.
  • Fluency in another language, particularly Spanish, is greatly desired.
  • A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio- economic circumstance.
  • Ability to work evening and weekends. Current driver’s license and access to a car is needed. Must have a willingness to travel across the state.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU of Alabama: $45,000 - $55,000 DOE. Benefits include medical and disability insurance, 401(k) and vacation, holiday and sick leave.

Application Procedure

Please submit a letter of interest, current resume and salary requirements via e-mail to: jobs@aclualabama.org with “Community Outreach Manager” in the subject field.

The ACLU of Alabama is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

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