Location

Virtual in the Jackson Metro area

Department

Advocacy

Deadline date

Open until filled

POSITION OVERVIEW

The ACLU of Mississippi is currently seeking a part-time Organizing and Special Projects Coordinator. The Organizing and Special Projects Coordinator will work collaboratively with others across the organization to use tactical and strategic organizing and integrated advocacy to advance bold and impactful change primarily in the areas of criminal justice reform voting rights, and other areas as needed and assigned. The Organizing and Special Projects Coordinator will be supervised by the Deputy Director/Policy Counsel.

SCHEDULE

The position is part-time with the expectation to work 25 hours a week. Ability to work non-traditional hours on occasion; willingness to travel regularly across the state. Position is primarily remote, but some in office work and travel should be expected. Health insurance is included.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Community organizing is a process where people who live in proximity to each other or share some common problems come together and act in their shared self-interest. The work of the Organizing and Special Project Coordinator will consist of developing local leaders, creating community coalitions and assisting in the development of issue-specific campaigns.

Specifically, the Organizing and Special Project Coordinator will:

  • Cultivate and manage community organizing initiatives that advance ACLU of Mississippi’s policy, legal and specific campaign goals
  • Organize, lead, and participate in community education and Know Your Rights events, meetings and trainings
  • Plan and manage events to raise visibility and support for campaigns
  • Recruit and train community leaders and volunteers in support of issue-specific campaigns
  • Recruit and train grassroots community coalitions in identified areas of the state
  • Establish and provide support to University ACLU Chapters
  • Maintain consistent communication with volunteer base
  • Develop work plans with well-defined goals and objectives
  • Develop and coordinate internal program/campaign evaluations
  • Identify and develop relationships with and leadership opportunities for directly impacted community members in order to accomplish shared strategic goals
  • Develop and provide resources, toolkits, guides for public education for relevant campaigns and policy initiatives
  • Prepare materials in collaboration with communications staff, including blog and social media posts, issue briefs, letters, talking points, reports, action alerts, website updates, and op-eds
  • Work with campaign and communications staff to identify and develop stories of impacted individuals that shape and inform public policy
  • Work with Legal Department to identify potential Plaintiffs for lawsuits
  • Work with Policy staff to identify impacted individuals to help shape and inform policy recommendations

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least two years of experience working in a combination of grassroots and community organizing, political, or advocacy campaigns.
  • Experience working with system-involved people and communities. People with personal experience with the criminal legal and/or voter disenfranchisement, including people who are formerly incarcerated or have a close family experience with incarceration, are encouraged to apply for this position.
  • Extremely strong project and time management skills, including a high level of organization, demonstrated attention to detail and follow-through, and ability to balance and assign priorities to concurrent activities and responsibilities.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills, an ability to inspire collaboration, and a demonstrated ability to thrive in diverse coalitions.
  • Solid computer skills, including proficiency in word processing and communications tools.
  • Is passionate for, and has a well-articulated knowledge of and a demonstrated commitment to civil liberties, civil rights and social justice.

PREFERENCES

  • Has existing relationships and credibility among communities affected by the systems that the ACLU of Mississippi seeks to change.

HOW TO APPLY

Direct email resume to anetterville@aclu-ms.org with the subject heading: "Organizing and Special Projects Coordinator."