ACLU-WI is hiring for two Organizer positions based in Milwaukee. Organizers will promote and protect the civil liberties and civil rights of all residents of Wisconsin by executing an organizing program that works to support the ACLU’s mission and goals by building and maintaining local volunteer infrastructure and building community power. Organizers will be involved in carrying out short-term, highly targeted advocacy campaigns in Milwaukee and throughout the state. The first series of campaigns organizers will work on are related to voting rights and voter access. Future campaigns could involve various ACLU-WI priority areas, including but not limited to: criminal legal system reform, police accountability, racial justice, Indigenous justice, reproductive rights, immigrants’ rights, youth rights and equal education, and LGBTQ+ rights. 

Job Context

This position reports to the Campaign and Political Manager within the Advocacy Department. The position is based in the Milwaukee area in a hybrid work environment (in-person and remote as necessary), the position responsibilities will require limited travel at the expense of the organization. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Build local grassroots volunteer teams that will engage in direct voter contact, volunteer recruitment, and volunteer retention;
  • Create a strong, inclusive, progressive presence in communities within your assigned turf;
  • Expand ACLU-WI’s current activist base, including developing authentic relationships with new constituencies;
  • Implement grassroots field tactics, including managing and executing effective activities such as phone banking, canvassing, and SMS texting;
  • Develop strong relationships with local stakeholders, including grassroots organizations and activists;
  • Meet or exceed metrics-based goals to build ACLU volunteer capacity;
  • Be a representative of ACLU-WI’s values and policies;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience & Qualifications:

  • A strong commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU, racial equity, dismantling white supremacy, and incorporating a structural power analysis into work;
  • Knowledge and understanding of how power and oppression is manifested in matters of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ability, citizenship and socio-economic circumstances;
  • Strong interpersonal communication and relationship-building skills; ability to connect with others, motivate and quickly gain trust with volunteers, staff, community members, and coalition partners;
  • Growth and learning mindset: ability to take and implement feedback;
  • The ability to travel throughout the Milwaukee area and occasionally other areas of the state;
  • A car and a valid Wisconsin driver's license is a plus;
  • Bilingual skills are a plus.

Working Conditions: permanent remote/in-person hybrid office environment; 10% traveling throughout Wisconsin; some night and weekend work.

Mental Demand: Decision making, emotional intelligence, interpreting data, multi-tasking, working in a fast-paced, hard-charging, sometimes high-stress, advocacy and community-focused organization that must plan for and often react to different situations in the political environment. The nature of this work can be emotionally demanding and requires thoughtful communication.

Compensation: Compensation is based on relevant experience and skills, ranging from approximately $46,509 to $54,829 depending on experience and skills, $60 per month for internet and cell phone allowance. Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, 12 weeks paid family medical/parental leave, and optional medical (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.

How to Apply: Please email a single document of the requested documents to HR@aclu-wi.org, please use ‘[YOUR NAME]-Organizer’ in the subject line of the email. The requested items are the following:

  • Cover letter explaining how you are qualified for this position and why you’re interested in being part of the ACLU of Wisconsin;
  • Resume.
  • Final interviewees will need three professional references.

Priority Deadline:  Monday, January 9, 2023. 

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 of Wisconsin 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 jobs@aclu-wi.org.

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.