Community Organizing Advocate (Organizing Advocate)
Open Until Filled.
ABOUT THE ACLU-SC
The ACLU-SC works daily in communities, courts, and the South Carolina Legislature to defend and advance the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the U.S. and South Carolina Constitutions. The ACLU-SC is a highly rewarding place to work for those interested in protecting our fundamental civil rights and civil liberties. Founded in 1968, the ACLU of South Carolina has 9 full-time staff positions. To learn more about the work of the ACLU-SC and ACLU, please visit www.aclusc.org and www.aclu.org.
APPROACH TO ADVOCACY
ACLU of South Carolina takes an integrated advocacy approach to the work of advancing civil rights and civil liberties, meaning we deploy multi-pronged, multi-year strategies that include impact litigation, policy advocacy, legislative advocacy, organizing, and communications.
ABOUT THE JOB
The ACLU-SC’s passionate community of activists is stronger than ever. The mission of the Organizing Advocate is to unlock the full potential of activists, volunteers, community members, and the ACLU-SC as partners in the creation of a South Carolina that is just and equitable for all. Our mission is only possible through co-building and sustaining a movement at the ground level. Through shifting power, we aim to advance civil rights and liberties issues at any given time.
Our team works on issue-based campaigns through an integrated advocacy format that demands a high level of interdependence. The Organizing Advocate is a member of the ACLU-SC’s Policy team and currently reports to the executive director. Together, this team will help to achieve our goals at the local and state levels through grassroots, community based organizing and various creative organizing strategies and tactics. At the ACLU-SC, there is a strong emphasis on long-term relationship building, community empowerment, and transformation.
Activist Engagement and Education
- Engage in a wide array of base building tactics to engage and activate members, volunteers, and civil liberties advocates including canvassing, tabling, phone or text banking, digital organizing, participating in and leading coalitions, participating in stakeholder meetings, hosting community meetings/townhalls, and organizing rallies.
- Develop and lead grassroots public education efforts on our issues by designing and conducting trainings, hosting and participating in community meetings and public forums, contributing to ACLU-SC communications (blog posts, social media, etc.), creating toolkits and other educational materials.
- Conduct strategic rapid response actions as new issues emerge. Embrace flexibility if a rapid response leads to working outside of normal business hours or reprioritizing other work projects.
Volunteer and Leader Development
- Respectfully and relentlessly recruit and sustain supportive relationships with volunteers, meeting people wherever they are in their activism to develop their skills, their commitment to justice, and ability to meaningfully engage in our work.
- Cultivate trust and reciprocity for transformative organizing by elevating volunteers’ strengths,talents, and special skills in alignment with our mission.
- Cultivate and nurture relationships with people who are impacted by our issues, providing support and development to connect their expertise and experience to advocacy through storytelling, testifying, co-authoring communications and educational materials, co-hosting meetings/calls, and contributing artwork or other talents.
Collaboration for Movement Building
- Build and sustain relationships with coalition partners and other community stakeholders and groups essential to advancing civil liberties issues. Move at the speed of trust with potential partners and continuously look for how the ACLU-SC can support our partners, especially those working with directly impacted communities.
- Work across issues while honoring and demonstrating the interconnectedness between issues.
- Participate in the development of local and statewide organizing plans that advance our mission and fulfill our short and long term goals. Work collaboratively with organizations with similar goals and jurisdictions.
- Issue-spot and identify organizing opportunities in alignment with our mission and goals.
- Actively collaborate across the organization in alignment with our integrated advocacy approach. Remain vigilant of where cross-departmental strategies can form.
- Effectively manage people, teams, and/or projects internally when necessary.
- Commitment to the mission of ACLU-SC.
- Demonstrated ability to work in and with historically oppressed communities and center the leadership of directly impacted people.
- Ability to identify, recruit, and sustain new volunteers and develop committed volunteer leaders and teams.
- Ability to generate passion and optimism around our work through public speaking and public education.
- Strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative mindset with the ability to work with ACLU-SC staff as well as allies, coalition partners, and community leaders.
- Strong project and time management skills, including demonstrated capacity to manage competing projects with tight deadlines and implement projects from start to finish with limited supervision.
- Demonstrated flexibility in problem-solving and willingness to work beyond traditional 9 to 5 working hours, including evenings and weekends.
- Commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, veteran status, involvement with the criminal legal system, or differently-abled status.
- Ability to use or quickly learn technological platforms (i.e., Zoom, social media platforms, VAN, other volunteer management software, Google Drive, Sharepoint).
- Knowledge/understanding of the landscape and culture of South Carolina and/or the southern region.
- Direct experience building and executing organizing around issue-based campaigns
This position is a mid-senior position under the ACLU of South Carolina Salary Structure, and thus has a salary range of $50,000 – $70,000. To preserve the opportunity for advancement, we do not typically hire above the mid-point. Excellent benefits include generous paid vacation, sick, and holiday leave, 100% employer-paid family medical and dental insurance, 401(k) plan with an employer match, and life and long-term disability insurance.
HOW TO APPLY
Email a cover letter describing your interest in this position and the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above, resume, and two samples of your writing for organizing purposes – these could include emails to partners or volunteers, organizing toolkits, letters to stakeholders, petition language, etc.
Applications are being accepted until the position is filled. Email Information: firstname.lastname@example.org | Please write “Organizing Advocate” in the subject line.
The ACLU of South Carolina is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of South Carolina encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, veteran status, involvement with the criminal legal system, or differently-abled status.