ACLU – American Civil Liberties Union

American Civil Liberties Union


National Organizing Director / Deputy Political Director
National Political Advocacy Department

Based in the the ACLU’s National office in New York, NY or Washington, DC


The ACLU seeks a full-time position of National Organizing Director/Deputy Political Director in the National Political Advocacy Department of the ACLU’s National office in New York, NY or Washington, DC.

The National Political Advocacy Department (NPAD) works to strengthen the efforts of the ACLU at the federal, state, and local levels of government. The department harnesses the political power that comes from having more than eight million members and supporters, as well as affiliates in every state. By organizing grassroots lobbying and issue campaigns using modern tactics, the ACLU seeks to achieve change as profound in the legislative, administrative and electoral arenas as it has accomplished through the courts.

The Organizing Division plans and executes high-impact grassroots organizing and mobilization programs, in collaboration with both national office and affiliate colleagues, that result in immediate-term policy successes and long-term capacity building. We work to ensure that supporters, volunteers, community members and staff are empowered and supported, realize their power and put it to work to defend and advance civil liberties and create durable, meaningful change.

Reporting to the Chief Deputy Political Director, the National Organizing Director/Deputy Political Director will be responsible for leading the Organizing Division, one of the largest divisions in the National Political Advocacy Department.


  • Lead and manage all work of a geographically-diverse team consisting of approximately 15 full-time staff and additional temporary staff and consultants, each of whom work with many additional organizers at the affiliate level
  • Design strategy and set goals for the program that are aligned with broader departmental goals and ensure success of the program as well as growth and development for staff
  • Directly supervise four staff (two deputy organizing directors, an associate organizing director, and an assistant), while overseeing the management of other staff
  • Attract, hire, develop and retain talent, and give clear and actionable feedback
  • Promote a positive environment and team culture
  • Manage a large, dedicated Organizing Division budget; make strategic investments in consultants, technology, grants, and other resources
  • Collaborate with other Deputy Political Directors to develop large-scale grassroots campaign efforts.
  • Help shape ACLU’s grassroots engagement on key political issues and pending legislation; work across a multi-issue spectrum of issues that concern the ACLU
  • Closely track political developments and identify strategic organizing and advocacy opportunities for the ACLU, including opportunities for multi-state or nationwide programs.
  • Collaborate with national departments and affiliate offices to support the ACLU’s organizing work, on a national and statewide level – with communications staff to contribute to earned media coverage of grassroots organizing projects and events; with the affiliate support department on working in states; with the analytics team on grassroots engagement experimentation and analysis; and with the Digital Department on identifying and acquiring new political technology to support organizing work
  • Apply a strong equity lens throughout all aspects of the work, promoting key values such as racial justice and gender equity
  • As a Deputy Political Director, help to advise the National Political Advocacy Department more broadly on all of its work


  • Significant experience leading and developing teams of full-time organizers and remote organizing staff (not just campaign staff), and managing toward excellence in outcomes
  • Significant experience managing candidate, advocacy, or issue campaign teams
  • Experience cultivating inclusive teams with a commitment to staff growth and development
  • An understanding of multiple approaches to organizing including distributed, digital, and relational, with the ability to inspire and teach others about organizing
  • Experience using a variety of political advocacy technology tools (for example, NGP VAN, Action Kit, GetThru (formerly Relay), or HubDialer)
  • Experience with change management, especially as it relates to organizing
  • Strong project management skills and ability to take ownership and build broad support for new and emerging initiatives
  • Ability to work and communicate quickly and accurately, handle multiple projects and devote time and energy to the most important responsibilities, and to lead others in doing so
  • Demonstrated understanding of both the barriers and opportunities for organizing with immigrant communities, communities of color, and low- and moderate- income people
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • 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, disability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
  • Willingness to work some non-standard hours, including weekends, and travel when required


  • 10-15 years of organizing experience, a significant portion of which has been in a leadership capacity (in addition to other political advocacy experience)
  • Experience with grassroots movement organizing, including campaigns led by directly-impacted communities, as well as electoral organizing
  • Experience developing, executing and/or evaluating data-driven organizing programs, experiments/tests and/or pilot projects
  • Experience within large, complex organizations, and understanding the importance of relationship building, both internally and externally

For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

The Department of Education has determined that employment in this position at the ACLU does not qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.

The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

The ACLU 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 benefits.hrdept@aclu.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

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