An integral member of the leadership team, the Community Engagement Director (CED) will promote and protect the civil liberties and civil rights of all residents of Wisconsin through education, outreach, advocacy, organizing, direct action, and programming for adults and youth. They will be responsible for both managing staff and being a visible leader who will create relationships and coalitions to advance our work. The CED provides leadership and vision for a variety of highly visible and wide-reaching projects and initiatives. The CED will engage in meetings and discussions of a highly strategic and confidential nature, will liaise with staff regarding team and organizational initiatives, and will create and manage the structure, schedule, and internal communication plans for related projects to drive their successful completion. The CED will report directly to the Executive Director. They must be able to prioritize strong community relationships and should strive to be a well-respected and highly visible community leader. The CED will have excellent communication, interpersonal, and relationship building and maintenance skills.  The position also requires dynamic working hours, including some evening and weekend hours to connect with community leaders, stakeholders, volunteers, and manage campaign work. Though the position will be mostly remote through COVID, there will be some in-person community events and interactions as safety permits. The CED will have grant writing and reporting, as well as donor communications and engagement skills.

   The Community Engagement Director will:

  • Have a deep commitment to, and appreciation for, the needs and nuances in Greater Milwaukee and in the state of Wisconsin.
  • Lead the development of a wide range of statewide programs and campaigns in coordination with the CE staff and the Executive Director.
  • Evaluate and enhance efficacy and impact of campaigns, trainings, and programs, like ACLU’s Student Alliances, Youth Social Justice Forum, Summer Justice Institute, Legal Observing, and Election Protection.
  • Establish objectives, develop budgets, create staffing plans, determine priorities, identify risks, manage progress, gain cooperation of others, resolve potential conflicts, and manage communications in collaboration with the Communications and Advocacy Departments.
  • Represent the ACLU with diverse organizations, elected officials, board members, stakeholders, media, coalitions, and more broadly as necessary.
  • Lead the public engagement and grassroots organizing efforts, driving member and volunteer activation, education, and organization.
  • Build and manage a team to develop connections with community leaders and organizations to assist litigation efforts by identifying civil rights issues, recruiting potential clients, and facilitating communication between attorneys and the community.
  • Quickly develop a broad understanding and depth of knowledge about ACLU issue areas and positions to become a respected leader and advocate.
  • Engage in direct state and local level lobbying to advance organizational policy and legislative goals.
  • Design and implement methods for tracking deliverables, schedules, and metrics for projects, providing clear tasks and accountability for project workstream leaders and team members.
  • Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation, providing a clear historical record of decisions, systems, procedures, and communications involved in each project’s completion.
  • Create and implement effective roll-out plans, conduct post-completion evaluations to determine successful/unsuccessful project elements, and train project stakeholders accordingly.
  • Execute specific tasks within projects, including drafting communications, systems build-out and testing, and creating project evaluation and presentation materials.
  • Provide strategic vision and leadership for the ACLU’s CE initiatives throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Community Engagement Director Qualifications

  • Exceptional organizational, planning and project management skills; Demonstrated ability to manage large, complex projects and coordinate collaborative work processes involving multiple stakeholders.
  • Coordinate with Development team to coordinate grant proposals, management, and reporting.
  • Proven experience organizing and grassroots movement building.
  • Experience communicating with others through a variety of platforms like email, Facebook, Slack, Twitter, Instagram, or others.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully run concurrent programs, campaigns, and events.
  • Willingness to register as a licensed lobbyist in the State of Wisconsin.
  • Bilingual skills a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or project management certification is a plus.

Qualifications for all Director positions:

  • A strong commitment to the ACLU’s mission and goals toward the advancement of social justice, racial equity, dismantling white supremacy and incorporating a structural power analysis into work, with knowledge and understanding of how power is manifested in matters of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstances.
  • Extraordinary leadership skills and ability to quickly establish relationship.
  • Successful Experience managing diverse teams with varied skill sets.
  • Experience developing and implementing strategic plans.
  • Substantial programmatic or project management experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to speak and write in a clear, succinct, and persuasive manner.
  • Experience in a project/program management role, preferred.
  • Ability to travel within Wisconsin, as well as availability to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Wisconsin residency is required.

This job announcement 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 Wisconsin reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice. The ACLU of Wisconsin is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages people of color, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and formerly incarcerated people to apply. The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact us at The ACLU of Wisconsin is comprised of two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin Foundation. Both are organizations with the same overall mission; they share office space and employees. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.

  • The ACLU of Wisconsin offers excellent benefits including paid vacation and sick leave, medical, dental, and vision coverage for staff members, a pension plan, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, a generous number of paid holidays, and an optional 401(K) are also included.
  • Compensation is based on relevant experience and skills, starting at approximately $75K depending on experience and skills. All Director positions are full-time and exempt.
  • Remote work opportunities through COVID with in-person interactions as safety permits, then a remote/in-person hybrid office environment.
  • Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, 12 weeks paid family medical/parental leave, and optional medical for employee and family (includes one plan at no cost to the employee), vision, dental coverage, life insurance, short and long - term disability insurance, and a 401(k) / retirement fund with a stepped employer match.
  • While the ACLU of Wisconsin does not currently require proof of vaccination for employees, vaccination is highly recommended for all applicants. Moreover, fulfillment of certain job duties such as attendance of community events, may require proof of vaccination. The ACLU of Wisconsin reserves the right to change this policy at any time.


Please email all items below, combined into one document, no later than 1:00 p.m. CDT on July 7, 2022, to : 1) Letter of interest describing your qualifications for the position, addressed to: Mindy Lubar Price, 2) Detailed and updated résumé and 3) Names of, your relationship to, and contact information for, three professional references.

** Please indicate in the subject line of your email which Director position you are applying for:  ADVOCACY, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, or DEPUTY DIRECTOR.


  • References will not be contacted until a candidate has been notified.
  • All offers of employment are contingent upon clear results of thorough background and reference checks.
  • All inquiries about and interactions with candidates are kept in strict confidence.
  • These positions will remain open until filled.  

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