The Youth Coordinator will empower Wisconsin’s youth to become successful civil liberties and civil rights advocates. The Youth Coordinator will do this in two main ways. First, the Youth Coordinator will plan and implement programming that provides young people with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to become effective advocates and organizers. Second, the Youth Coordinator will be charged with finding ways to increase youth engagement within the Affiliate’s many advocacy projects and campaigns. The Youth Coordinator will be skilled at leading, organizing, recruiting, and engaging young people. 

Job Context 

This position is a full time non-exempt position. The Youth Coordinator reports to the Community Engagement Manager. Although based in Milwaukee in a hybrid work environment (in-person and remote as necessary), the position responsibilities will require travel around the state and all required travel is at the expense of the organization. Work may include some nights and weekends.

Youth Programs Responsibilities include:

  • Lead, develop, and facilitate the Affiliate’s various youth and public education programs such as the ACLU Student Alliances, Youth Social Justice Forum, and Summer Justice Institute; 
  • Assist the Development Team and Community Engagement Manager draft grant applications, grant reports, and other documentation required by the various funders of our youth programming;
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with young people, students, and community partners such as schools and youth service organizations to ensure the successful recruitment for youth programs;
  • Create and execute engaging youth programming that blends art, activism, education, and community organizing;  
  • Collaborate with the Community Engagement Manager to evaluate the efficacy of various youth programs to improve their reach, delivery, and impact.

Community Engagement, Organizing, and Outreach Responsibilities include:

  • Lead youth engagement in advocacy projects and campaigns through the implementation of various direct actions such as phone and text banking, canvassing, holding rallies, and meeting with government officials;
  • Represent the ACLU of Wisconsin in coalitions and with diverse individuals and organizations, elected officials, board members, stakeholders, allies, media, and the general Wisconsin public;
  • Design and facilitate civil liberties, civil rights, and social justice training sessions and workshops for diverse audiences across the state;
  • Assist with outreach and communications including public speaking, writing, and social media;
  • Communicate the intentions and accomplishments of the ACLU in clear and inspiring ways.

Experience & Qualifications:

  • A strong commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU, racial justice, dismantling white supremacy, and incorporating a structural power analysis into work;
  • Knowledge and understanding of how power and oppression manifest in matters of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ability, citizenship and socio-economic circumstances;
  • A passion for engaging and inspiring young people is essential;
  • A strong background in event planning and execution for a variety of audiences including youth, community partners, vendors and donors; 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement outreach programs, campaigns, and events with experience working with youth outreach strongly preferred;
  • Experience in political, advocacy, community organizing, and/or campaign, organizing, with experience working directly with young people a plus;
  • A self-starter and finisher with a demonstrated ability to manage details and follow through with a minimum of direct supervision;
  • Demonstrated ability to speak and write in a clear, succinct, and persuasive manner;
  • Personal enthusiasm, energized by engagement, and a sense of humor is welcome;
  • The ability to undertake travel within Wisconsin, as well as availability to work some evenings and weekends. All required travel is at the expense of the organization;
  • A car and a valid Wisconsin driver's license is a plus;
  • Bilingual skills a plus;
  • Will need to clear a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) background check.


Supervisory Responsibilities: This position is a non-management position and does not encompass any supervisory responsibility. 

Working Conditions: mostly remote through COVID with in-person interactions as safety permits, then a remote/in-person hybrid office environment; 10% traveling throughout Wisconsin; infrequent 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, starting at approximately $46,509 to $50,669 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, please use ‘[YOUR NAME]-Youth Programs’ 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.

Deadline: We will accept applications until SUNDAY, MAY 15. 

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

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.