The ACLU of Connecticut (ACLU-CT)—a leader in fighting for racial justice in the criminal legal system and policing, ending mass incarceration, expanding voting rights, and LGBTQ equity in the state — seeks a dynamic and experienced Field Organizer to help expand our organization’s organizing and policy program in Fairfield County in order to sustain our presence and programmatic impact across the state. The Field Organizer will join the Public Policy and Advocacy Department which is overseen by the Public Policy and Advocacy Director and consists of a Policy Counsel and field team. Under the direction and supervision of the Public Policy and Advocacy Director, the Field Organizer will mobilize ACLU-CT members, recruit and develop campaign leaders who have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system and police violence and engage Connecticut voters.
This is a full-time, non-exempt position based in Fairfield County and presents an exciting opportunity for a professional who has a deep passion for social justice work. The Field Organizer will be expected to spend one full day per week at the ACLU of Connecticut office located in Hartford, Connecticut.
- Execute plans to organize Connecticut residents across the state to work toward ending police violence and reducing mass incarceration and racial disparities in the criminal legal system and other ACLU-CT strategic priorities.
- Recruit and develop an active volunteer pool to take action as well as expand and strengthen the base of the organization.
- Recruit and develop directly impacted leadership for campaign work related to criminal legal reform and police violence.
- Identify, engage, and partner with allied organizations and other diverse communities to advance ACLU-CT campaign objectives.
- Execute plans to hold events, including activist trainings, listening sessions, panel discussions, and other community events.
- With direction from the Public Policy and Advocacy Director, serve as a spokesperson at community gatherings and to press as needed in cooperation with ACLU-CT’s Communications Department.
- Provide logistical support for advocacy strategies across departments.
- Execute campaign and electoral plans including direct voter contact, protests and rallies.
- Perform other related duties as assigned by the Public Policy and Advocacy Director.
- 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.
- 1-2 years of professional organizing experience preferred, but candidates with other strengths and experience will be considered.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including an ability to navigate and resolve conflict in a manner that values and respects relationships with colleagues inside and outside ACLU-CT.
- Solid organizational skills and attention to detail.
- A self-starter and finisher with a demonstrated ability to manage projects and follow-through with minimal direct supervision.
- Strong time management skills and the ability to work under pressure.
- Emotionally mature, with a sense of humor and the ability to maintain balance and perspective.
- A flexible team player who works collaboratively, shares responsibilities, and supports and acknowledges colleagues’ contributions.
- A commitment to diversity; respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability, arrest or conviction history, and socio-economic circumstance.
- Personally committed to advancing ACLU-CT’s values, mission, goals and programs. Preference will be given to applicants with an understanding of issues facing communities directly impacted by the criminal legal system, police violence, and immigration policies, either through personal lived experience or prior work experience.
- Willingness to work occasional overtime or irregular hours, including some weekends.
- A willingness to travel within the state, and a current driver’s license.
- Experience and facility with standard office software such as Word and Excel.
- Experience with CRM databases, especially EveryAction, a plus (though not required).
Compensation and Benefits
The Field Organizer will receive a salary of $50,000 - $52,000 annually, depending on experience, for up to a 40-hour workweek. The ACLU of Connecticut also offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package including four weeks paid vacation; 100%-employer premium paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, as well as a supplemental wellness benefit; 401(k) Plan including up to 5.5% employer contribution; and 13 paid holidays. (The ACLU of Connecticut reserves the right to alter or eliminate its current employee benefit plans and programs). This position is full-time, salaried, and non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act and applicable Connecticut law.
To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references (identifying their relationship to you and including their email and telephone number) to:
Include in the subject line of the email: your full name and Field Organizer. In your cover letter, please indicate where you learned of this career opportunity.
The ACLU-CT is an Equal Opportunity Employer and undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that all persons – including but not limited to 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 include this information in your cover letter, or to call 860-523-9146 to discuss your needs.
We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU-CT encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, record of arrest or conviction, or veteran status.
Application review will begin December 13, 2021, and the position will be open until filled. Applicants can expect between 1-2 hiring exercises before a final offer is extended.