The ACLU of Wisconsin plays a key role in defending civil rights and liberties. We are a highly motivated group of community leaders, organizers, coalition-builders, lawyers, and advocacy experts, and we are looking for people with exceptional talent to join our team.

The data and organizing specialist will build our organizing infrastructure, maintain databases, and coordinate with staff to track and evaluate progress to achieve campaign goals. This role is essential to measure our impact, communicate strategically with volunteers, and support the efforts of our team. The data and organizing specialist will assist the community engagement director to protect and promote the civil liberties and civil rights of all Wisconsin residents through education, advocacy, direct action, and programming, with an emphasis on directly engaging the community through organizing tools and strategies. 

Job Context

This position is a regular non-exempt full-time salaried position. The data and organizing specialist reports to the community engagement director, and works with the advocacy and legal staff to further the policy and litigation goals of the ACLU of Wisconsin.  Responsibilities will require limited travel around the state. 


  • Conduct community outreach such as organizing phone-banks and canvasses by cutting turf, training volunteers, working with National ACLU to coordinate organizing support, and evaluating results; 
  • Help the ACLU staff integrate VAN, Hustle and other organizing tools into campaigns by training and supporting staff and volunteers, building lists, writing scripts, offering technical support, and pulling reports; 
  • Identify, recruit, train, support and organize volunteers, maintain databases and information to strengthen ACLU campaigns;
  • Be a thought partner around audience planning and targeting to develop strategy and tactics for ACLU campaigns, help us determine impact analytics through after-action reporting, formulating lessons-learned and best-practices;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity 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, record of arrest or conviction;
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles or conflicts;
  • Ensure that the interests and vision of impacted populations and the broader community shape the ACLU’s work;

Job Requirements

A successful candidate must have and maintain the following qualifications:

  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU and racial equity is absolutely essential;
  • Proven experience organizing, particularly specializing in data collection and management;
  • Experience communicating with others through a variety of platforms like email, Facebook, Slack, Twitter, or others;
  • Experience working in the VAN and with other organizing tools and evaluating new technologies; 
  • A car and a valid Wisconsin driver's license and the ability to undertake travel within Wisconsin, as well as availability to work some evenings and weekends;
  • Flexible team player who understands opportunities and challenges of building and working in large, diverse coalitions, and sharing responsibilities and credit;
  • A demonstrated ability to manage details and follow through without direct supervision;
  • Proven ability to effectively communicate in writing and through public presentation;
  • Personal enthusiasm, optimism and a sense of humor.


Compensation is $41,000 per year, or higher depending on experience.  Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, medical and dental coverage for staff members, life insurance, short and long term disability insurance; and an optional 401(K). 

To Apply: 

The position will remain open until filled.  Please submit a resume, a brief cover letter describing your interest in the organizer position, and three references to:

The ACLU of Wisconsin is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to arrest or conviction, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability or veteran status.