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Company: New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Location: Syracuse
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:

Position: Organizer
Department: Field Department
Terms of Employment: Regular Full Time/Exempt
Location: Central New York - Syracuse
Salary: $51,229 - $67,478
Application Deadline: Until position is filled

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation's leading advocates on behalf of constitutional rights and liberties. Founded in 1951, as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with more than 180,000 members and supporters, and eight offices statewide. We work in the courts, in the legislatures and on the streets to advocate for racial and economic justice, free speech, freedom of religion, privacy and equality before the law for all New Yorkers. For more information, please visit our website:
The NYCLU affirmatively values the humanity and contributions of those we work with, inside and outside of the organization; and will take action to build and sustain an equitable, anti-racist culture that centers the voices and experiences of marginalized and directly impacted people and communities, and an organizational environment where all people feel valued, trusted, and respected. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the population that we serve and actively recruit people of color, women, people with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, and LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people.
The Organizer creates, supports, and implements organizing campaigns, programs, and events to further with the NYCLU's mission and strategic priorities and as part of the NYCLU's interdisciplinary approach to culture change. The NYCLU seeks an experienced, innovative, and dynamic Organizer who thrives in a collaborative, fast-paced organization and can skillfully design, implement and/or support the NYCLU approaches to a broad docket of civil rights and civil liberties issues.
The Organizer will have a particular focus on the Central New York Region, in addition to the NYCLU state-wide priority areas. Specifically, health equity, racial justice, Indigenous rights, criminal justice, law enforcement, privacy and technology, reproductive rights, immigration, and education. The Organizer will work closely with leaders and staff across the NYCLU-including the Legal and Field Organizing Departments, the Education Policy Center, and our Regional Offices-to ensure that the NYCLU has an integrated, holistic approach to furthering the NYCLU mission.
Plays an integral role in developing campaign plans to support strategic priorities, including coordinating and collaborating across departments and regions.

  • Organizes, strategizes, and leads public advocacy campaigns that mobilize NYCLU members and supporters to uphold and defend civil liberties and civil rights.
  • Recognizes and recommends issues for the NYCLU's consideration
  • Organizes large-scale public education and organizing events, such as rallies, community forums, lobby visits, public hearings, news conferences, panel discussions, and trainings.
  • Conducts extensive public education, including public speaking at community events and representing the NYCLU in the media.
  • Contributes to the development of public education materials and workshops, including contributing to and/or editing blogs, public letters, reports, etc.
  • Contributes to the administrative management of the Central New York Regional office.
  • Facilitates workshops and trainings to the public, and trains others as facilitators.
  • Provides support and guidance on the volunteer engagement program,
  • Advises other staff on organizing strategies and help them to implement those strategies.
  • Builds relationships with grassroots groups, communities, advocacy organizations, and government agencies, including representing the NYCLU at community events, coalition meetings, panels, and rallies.
  • Organizes and coordinates coalition efforts.
  • Stays abreast of NYCLU's statewide organizing portfolio, including supporting the work of organizers statewide, where requested.
  • Prepares and delivers testimony at public hearings.
  • Actively supports the NYCLU's internal and external commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


    • Experience working with elected officials in the State Legislature and local elected officials;
    • Excellent communication skills;
    • Substantial experience in lobbying, legislative or political organizing work;
    • Strong ability to prioritize and complete tasks, with a proven ability to meet deadlines;
    • A demonstrated ability to advocate effectively, including an ability to initiate and follow through on a legislative or campaign effort;
    • A demonstrated commitment to the goals and priorities of the NYCLU;
    • Self-motivation and an ability to work collaboratively;
    • Willingness to travel within New York State for work-related meetings and events;
    • Bachelor's in public policy preferred or other related area;
    • At least 5 -7 years of experience in similar or related field

      Please submit your resume and cover letter that includes your unique qualifications for this position, where or how you learned of this job posting, and a recent writing sample that is wholly your own unedited work (submit a brief, motion, or memorandum of law, not to exceed 10 pages) via

      If feasible, please submit these materials as a single PDF.

      The NYCLU is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, sex, gender identity or expression, age, disability, religion, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the communities that we serve.

      The NYCLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.PI194598178

Keywords: New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Syracuse , Organizer, Other , Syracuse, New York

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