Field Organizer Job Description - ACLU



ACLU of Maryland

3600 Clipper Mill

Baltimore, MD


The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland seeks a Field Organizer to

help design and conduct sustained organizing campaigns to build civic

engagement and social power with ACLU members and non-member

supporters, focusing on issues related to criminal justice, racial justice, digital

privacy, religious freedom, LGBTQ, immigrant, reproductive rights, voting

rights, election fairness, and other civil rights and civil liberties issues.

The ACLU of MD is a non-partisan, non-profit public interest organization

devoted to protecting civil rights and civil liberties. The ACLU of MD is an

affiliate of the national ACLU, a key defender of civil liberties guaranteed by

the Bill of Rights. The ACLU works in the courts, legislature and in

communities to defend and expand individual rights and personal freedoms

guaranteed by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and civil rights laws. The

ACLU legal team litigates a broad range of constitutional cases in federal and

state courts including, but not limited to, free speech, freedom of religion,

LGBTQ rights, equal protection, Fourth Amendment guarantees, and privacy rights.


Under the direction and supervision of the Director of Engagement and

Mobilization, the Field Organizer will be primarily responsible for building

volunteer capacity within a sustained organizing program to help execute the

ACLU of MD's strategic objectives and our national movement building

efforts. The Field Organizer will also work closely with our organization's

Communications and Legal departments, coalition partners and the ACLU

National Office.


Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:


  • Help develop and implement strategies to organize Marylanders across the state to work toward achieving our strategic objectives, including developing campaign plans, and turning goals and strategies into tactics, timelines and metrics.
  • Mobilize and expand support for state-based civil liberties issues among ACLU of Maryland members and non-member supporters.


  • Develop and implement strategies to expand the ACLU of MD's internal and volunteer corps though recruitment, training, recognition and thanks, and ongoing engagement.
  • Work with advocacy technology tools, including implementing the best use of volunteer management software, social media, and the suite of People Power tools including text messaging, e-mail, and phone calls to increase engagement.
  • In collaboration with the Communications, Public Policy, and Legal Departments, develop persuasive and informative outreach materials, including fact sheets, talking points, and sample letters-to-the-editor.
  • Track programs' progress to goals, produce reports and highlights and adjust plans as necessary.
  • Ensure that mobilization efforts are part of long-term organizing and capacity building for the ACLU of MD, including assisting in setting up and executing two-way communication channels for volunteers and recruiting and supporting volunteer leaders, volunteer teams, and coalition members.
  • Devise and implement training for ACLU staff, members and non-member supporters to build an ongoing growth and development process, including specific training on community outreach and engagement, meeting with elected officials, volunteer-led outreach like phone-banking and canvassing, data management, interacting with media, and using technology to take online activism offline.



The Field Organizer should possess the following experience and personal

attributes. Please note that individuals who have been directly impacted by the

criminal justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Personal commitment to advancing the ACLU's values, mission, goals and programs, with an understanding of the range of civil rights and civil liberties issues and their implications.
  • Commitment to diversity and racial equity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, and has demonstrated this in previous work or community experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and sustain coalitions of diverse individuals.
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities with deliberate time management skills and the ability to work under pressure.
  • Capacity to self-start and execute with a demonstrated ability to manage details with a minimum of direct supervision.
  • Two years of relevant work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience, including field organizing, volunteer recruitment, training, campaign strategy, and building volunteerleadership.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, including an ability to navigate and resolve conflict in a manner that values and respects relationships with colleagues inside and outside the ACLU.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and ability to speak in public along with facilitating meetings and trainings. (Bilingual, Spanish-English, a plus).
  • Willingness to work occasional overtime or irregular hours, including some weekends. Must have a car and willingness to travel within the state, along with a current driver's license. Proficiency with computers: Windows, Microsoft Office, and internet research in particular.

Salary & Benefits


Salary range will be set depending upon experience. Excellent benefits include

three weeks paid vacation at time of hire (increasing to four weeks after three

years); 13 office holidays; medical and dental insurance for staff members,

their dependents and spouse/domestic partner; life and long-term disability

insurance; 401(k) plan with employer match, mileage reimbursement, and

direct exposure to cutting-edge civil liberties and civil rights work.

To apply:


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The ACLU of Maryland is an equal opportunity employer that values

diversity and strives for authentic inclusion. We do not discriminate in

employment based on any individual's race, socioeconomic status, national

origin, color, disability, religion, gender, age, arrest or conviction record,

citizenship, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender

identity and encourage all candidates to apply.