The ACLU of Georgia seeks a dynamic Community Organizer for its Voter Access Project (VAP). The Community Organizer (CO) will be primarily responsible for strengthening the core programs of the Voter Access Project (VAP), with an emphasis on volunteer and community engagement, and developing and executing action plans to protect and expand voter access.
The Voter Access Project seeks to ensure that all Georgians have easy and equal access to the ballot and that their vote is counted. The project’s main objectives include developing volunteers to monitor Board of Election meetings, expanding access to advance voting, and recruiting election workers to fill needed gaps in counties. The successful candidate will be able to think strategically to grow strong coalitions of partners and volunteers to achieve project objectives and expand voter access in Georgia.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Strengthen and maintain the Local Election Advocates and Defenders (LEAD) program in target counties, including:
- Cultivating and sustaining LEAD volunteers such as organizing recruitment efforts, leading community calls and trainings, and other activities to develop leadership and sustain interest.
- Travel to counties to meet with existing LEADers and recruit new volunteers.
- Assist LEADers in developing talking points and action plans when addressing key issues with their Board of Elections.
- Provide critical back-end operational support (i.e. processing and collating reports and processing reimbursements to volunteers).
- Plan events to engage, train and/or appreciate LEAD volunteers.
- Strengthen and maintain VAP programming around advance voting locations, including:
- Cultivating relationships with target communities such as college students and administrators to identify opportunities to expand advance voting.
- Growing volunteer and community support around campaigns for advance voting locations.
- Being a liaison with Board of Election members and County Election Officials to support advance voting locations.
- Develop efforts to engage existing ACLU members and supporters in VAP programs; develop new efforts to grow volunteers and partnerships for all VAP programming and various advocacy initiatives.
- Strengthen and maintain efforts to recruit Georgians to sign up as poll workers to fill gaps in identified counties.
- Cultivate relationships with Board of election members, election officials and election department staff.
- Support the execution of action plans, leveraging the affiliate’s integrated advocacy model, to prevent voting rights restrictions and advance pro-active reforms that expand access at the state and local levels. This includes longer-term plans as well as rapid response actions.
- Other duties as assigned.
- At least three years of relevant community organizing/engagement experience in political, legislative, or grassroots advocacy campaigns.
- Familiarity with core voter rights issues and landscape, preferred.
- Comfort with digital tools and web-based communication to engage volunteers and activists and engage in organizing campaigns and rapid response.
- Experience supervising, training, and motivating volunteers.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
- Strong group facilitation, coalition building, and leadership skills.
- Strong proficiency with the use of software platforms and high degree of comfort with multiple technology applications.
- Ability to work independently and to keep organized in a fast-paced environment, manage several projects simultaneously, and adjust to frequently changing demands.
- A demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and civil rights, and an understanding of and appreciation for the ACLU’s values, mission, and goals.
- Ability to work with and center historically marginalized or oppressed communities of different cultures and backgrounds. This includes having a mature understanding of how structural racism, sexism, and prejudice against all kinds of marginalized communities pervade our society.
- A valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and willingness to travel around the state.
- Ability to work irregular hours, and to attend evening and weekend meetings.
- Fluency in Spanish preferred.
- Associate or bachelor’s degree preferred.
The ACLU of Georgia offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU of GA’s compensation scale. The minimum salary for this position is $65,000 and will be commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include paid vacation, sick time, and holidays; medical, vision, and dental insurance; Flexible Spending Account; life and long-term disability insurance; and 401(k) Defined Contribution Retirement.
Applications should include a cover letter, resume, and 2 references to [email protected]. To facilitate our review, your emails should have the subject line: “[Your last name] VAP Community Organizer Application.” We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
This job announcement provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU of GA reserves the right to change the description and/or posting without advance notice.
The ACLU of Georgia is an equal opportunity / fair chance employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of GA 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 or record of arrest or conviction. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: [email protected].