COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF WEST VIRGINIA
About the ACLU of West Virginia
The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia, the state’s leading civil liberties and civil rights organization, seeks a full-time Community Outreach Coordinator to create and implement effective campaigns to inspire, support, and strengthen our network of members and activists.
The ACLU of West Virginia is a non-partisan, non-profit public interest organization dedicated to protecting and expanding civil liberties for all people in West Virginia. A major focus of our work is to extend the promise of the Bill of Rights to those groups who have traditionally been denied its protections. Given the policies currently being pursued in Washington and Charleston, we believe that our mission is as relevant and important today as it has ever been.
The ACLU of West Virginia is an independent affiliate of the National ACLU and comprises two separate corporate entities, the ACLU of West Virginia and the ACLU of West Virginia Foundation. Both entities have the same overall mission, the same Board of Directors, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. The ACLU of West Virginia Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that primarily engages in litigation and public education. The ACLU of West Virginia is a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation that primarily engages in lobbying.
The ACLU of West Virginia seeks a dynamic, innovative, and passionate individual to serve as its full-time Community Outreach Coordinator. This is a newly-created position with responsibility for creating and implementing a plan to mobilize our rapidly growing membership and the community at-large in the fight to protect and expand civil liberties for all West Virginians. The Community Outreach Coordinator will play a significant role in continuing to build our membership and mobilize activists, supporters, and volunteers to advance our organizational priorities.
The ACLU of West Virginia’s main office is in Charleston. However, the Community Outreach Coordinator will be tasked with strengthening our ties to other parts of the state. Therefore, the Community Outreach Coordinator position does not need to be based in Charleston. The job will require significant in-state travel and possibly occasional out-of-state travel. The Community Outreach Coordinator will report directly to the ACLU of West Virginia’s Executive Director and will work in close collaboration with the ACLU of West Virginia’s policy, communications, legal, and development staff.
This is an ideal opportunity for a talented organizer and communicator to have a significant impact on civil liberties and civil rights in the Mountain State. The professional who holds this position will have the opportunity to mobilize activists and help grow a recognized leader of the resistance to the attacks on our civil liberties.
This position is partly grant-funded, with a minimum commitment for one year of funding with the likelihood of renewal.
- With the Executive Director, develop and implement an outreach plan to engage and activate our rapidly growing membership around civil liberties issues.
- With the Executive Director, develop and implement an outreach campaign to engage and activate the community-at-large to help grow our membership and the movement for a more fair and free society.
- Work collaboratively on joint efforts with community organizations and coalition partners.
- Develop strategic partnerships with key community-based organizations working in diverse communities around West Virginia.
- Strengthen support of community organizations, public officials, law enforcement officials, faith leaders, business leaders, donors, and new and diverse communities from across the ideological spectrum in support of a pro-civil liberties agenda.
- Work collaboratively with coalition partners, allies, and other ACLU staff to execute large-scale community actions and events.
- Identify, recruit, train, support, and supervise ACLU members/volunteers for specific civil liberties campaigns and programs; serve as the primary liaison between volunteers and staff.
- Assist the Policy Director in building grassroots lobbying efforts over local, statewide and national civil liberties issues.
- Assist the Executive Director in identifying development opportunities and in building relationships with potential donors.
- Assist the Legal Department, as appropriate, with the identification and recruitment of potential clients for impact litigation.
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is preferred, but not required.
- Strong written and oral communications skills.
- Must be comfortable and confident in speaking to large groups and individuals. Must be comfortable and confident in speaking through social media and the mass media.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills.
- Superb organization skills; detail-oriented with strong follow-through and the ability to meet tight deadlines.
- Experience in community organizing and base building preferred.
- Experience in political/advocacy/campaign organizing preferred.
- Experience working directly with volunteers preferred.
- Knowledge of current political alignments and opportunities for collaboration specifically in West Virginia with a broad range of groups.
- Familiarity with the advocacy and community organizing landscape of West Virginia are preferred.
- A history of working collaboratively and successfully with people and organizations from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and a broad range of ideological positions and religious views.
- Creative, results-oriented, self-starting, and willing to learn.
- Strong task and time management skills.
- Ability to travel around the state as necessary and participate in evening and weekend meetings.
- Commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU.
Compensation for this full-time position is in the lower $30,000’s, but is negotiable based on experience. Benefits include medical and disability insurance (fully paid by employer), a 401(k) program, and generous vacation, holiday and sick leave.
Submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and three professional references (identifying their relationship to you and including their email address and phone number). Email your application to:
Joseph Cohen, Executive Director, ACLU of West Virginia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include “Community Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line. Applications accepted until position is filled.
Applicants will be reviewed beginning the week of May 15, 2017 and will be accepted until the position is filled. The job announcement will remain posted on our website, www.acluwv.org, until the position is filled. When the position is filled, the announcement will be removed from the website.
The ACLU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages women, people of color, people with disabilities and LGBTQ people to apply. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of West Virginia strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, criminal history, and veteran status.