The Campaign Manager is a member of the ACLU of Connecticut’s Public Policy and Advocacy Department and is responsible for executing strategic issue-based campaigns and executing political activities during state and municipal elections. The Campaign Manager will build our advocacy infrastructure, strengthen partnerships with key stakeholders, prioritizing directly impacted communities and individuals, and coordinate with local and national staff to track progress on the campaign’s goals. The Campaign Manager works under the supervision and direction of the Public Policy and Advocacy Director and in close collaboration with other staff, including the Communications Director.
The ACLU-CT, with our office in Hartford, is the statewide affiliate of the national ACLU, a nonpartisan public interest organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights through litigation, policy advocacy, and public education. With a growing membership and budget, for nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been at the forefront of every major civil liberties fight in our country’s history. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for LGBT community, establishing new privacy provisions for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote, we work in the courts, legislatures, and communities and take on the toughest civil liberties issues to protect and strengthen the individual freedoms and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Having experienced tremendous growth since the 2016 election, nationwide, the ACLU has more than 2.5 million members, activists, and supporters who stand with us nationwide to fight tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC. We are a passionate, highly motivated team, and we are looking for exceptional talent to join us. For more information please visit our website at www.acluct.org.
- Execute the implementation of campaign plans, strategies, tactics, and budgets to reach desired outcomes in local, state legislative, administrative, and electoral arenas.
- Develop campaign training materials, and shared tools and technology to aid campaign development and implementation.
- With direction from the Public Policy and Advocacy Director, develop campaign and organizing best practices and provide feedback to field organizers to ensure consistent, high-level execution across campaigns.
- Manage and assist field organizers in the recruitment and development of campaign volunteers, leaders, and community partners.
- With direction from the Public Policy and Advocacy Director, execute campaign goals and strategies that center the leadership of impacted people and expand the base of ACLU-CT criminal legal reform and police accountability activists and leaders.
- With direction from the Public Policy and Advocacy Director, develop and provide presentations and trainings about ACLU-CT campaigns. Identify and support campaign leaders, allies and experts to give testimony at key hearings and act as spokespeople with the press.
- Develop equitable and reciprocal relationships with community organizations and networks – particularly community members impacted by policing and incarceration, and racial justice initiatives led by people of color.
- Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, immigration status, and record of arrest or conviction.
- Establish and manage an organizing internship program focusing on providing opportunities to first-generation college students or students who represent a community directly impacted by injustice.
- Assist the Public Policy and Advocacy Director in developing an organizing culture within the Public Policy Department through the development of organizing curriculum, including best practices and staff/volunteer/intern onboarding materials.
- Assist the Public Policy and Advocacy Director in the development of reports, materials, and presentations for the Board of Directors and the policy committee.
- Attend national and regional ACLU training and staff conferences as appropriate.
- Attend various ACLU-CT functions or community events as needed.
- Maintain the campaign calendar for the department.
- Perform other related duties as assigned by the Public Policy and Advocacy Director.
- B.A. plus 3-5 years of issue advocacy or electoral campaign experience at the federal, state, or local levels preferred, but candidates with other strengths will be considered.
- A minimum of two years’ experience in grassroots organizing.
- A record of recruiting and developing leadership from within impacted communities.
- Familiarity with campaign planning and management technology and software, including database tools like NGPVAN, Basecamp, etc.
- Experience with campaign budgeting, evaluation, supervision, and metrics-driven planning and assessment.
- Excellent communications skills, both written and oral, research and analytical skills, and the ability to articulate legal concepts and complex issues tactfully and effectively to a variety of audiences.
- Ability to develop allies and work collaboratively in coalitions; ability to navigate internal political dynamics among partner groups.
- Ability to establish credibility and respect with people impacted by the criminal justice system or police violence and create opportunities for their input and leadership to guide the campaign, and work collaboratively with other constituencies and policy makers from a range of backgrounds and ideological positions.
- Demonstrated ability to build and sustain relationships with diverse groups, work cooperatively with communities across the political spectrum, and a personal approach that values and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstances.
- Ability to work independently when necessary and keep organized in a fast-paced environment, manage several projects simultaneously, and adjust strategy to frequently changing demands.
- Commitment to the highest ethical standards of lobbying and professionalism.
- Ability to work long evening and weekend hours and commute to meetings and events throughout the state, as needed.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
- Experience and facility with standard office software such as Word and Excel.
Compensation and Benefits
Salary is $55,000 - $65,000. Generous benefits include medical and disability insurance, 401(k) and vacation, holiday and sick leave. This is an overtime-exempt position.
To apply, email a letter of application, resume and three professional references (identifying their relationship to you and including their email and telephone number) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Include in the subject line of the email: your last name and Campaign Manager. In your letter please indicate where you learned of the posting.
Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until the position is filled; at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website.
The ACLU of Connecticut is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or record or arrest or conviction.
The ACLU-CT is comprised of two separate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Connecticut (which receives contributions that are tax-deductible by the contributor). The entities have the same overall mission and share office space, employees and a Board of Directors. The two organizations are referred to collectively under the name of the ACLU-CT.