Company Description

The ACLU-DC is a non-partisan, non-profit public interest organization devoted to protecting civil rights and civil liberties of those who live and work in the District of Columbia. Our 20 staff members work daily to achieve this mission through advocacy before the D.C. Council, litigation, public education, and organizing in all eight wards of D.C. ACLU-DC is an affiliate of the national ACLU, the leading defender of civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. The ACLU works in communities, in the legislature, and in the courts to defend and expand individual rights and personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

Job Description

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Organizing Director will lead and expand the ACLU of DC’s community organizing efforts by planning and implementing advocacy campaigns to support ACLU-DC’s mission. This role is responsible for leading the community organizing team and is a key player in building integral relationships with community members to advance these campaigns. The Organizing Director supervises the organizing team (currently a team of three).

The Organizing Director is responsible for developing organizing strategies around all ACLU-DC priority issues, and works in close coordination with our legal, policy, organizing, and fundraising teams, the national ACLU staff, and other local and national partners to advance our advocacy goals.

Primary Responsibilties

  • Identify goals and objectives for the Organizing staff and develop strategies to execute and attain goals.
  • Demonstrate inclusive leadership by establishing a positive, collaborative culture within the organizing team that is driven by values of accountability, teamwork, care, and creativity.
  • Lead strategic thinking and development of organizing tactics to advance ACLU-DC priorities.
  • Identify and cultivate strategic partnerships with community-based organizations and leaders.
  • Plan and execute campaign events, actions, and trainings for various audiences.
  • Develop, oversee, and drive engagement within the volunteer program.
  • Provide strategic input and direction for the creation of campaign materials and partner with Organizing staff to produce these materials.
  • Monitor organizing metrics and make adjustments as necessary to meet and exceed daily, weekly, and monthly organizing goals.
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative reporting and regularly present findings to senior staff and stakeholders to monitor organizing progress.
  • Supervise, train, and mentor the ACLU-DC's community organizers and lead their efforts to build community support for the organization's priority issues.
  • Provide day-to-day management of organizing staff and oversee all associated management processes, including recruiting, hiring, managing, and retaining staff.



  • B.A. and/or equivalent experience.
  • 5 years of issue advocacy or electoral campaign experience at the federal, state, or local levels preferred, but candidates with other strengths will be considered.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in direct issue-based or electoral campaigns, including managing organizing staff.
  • Prior experience designing campaign strategy and tactics, and developing and executing campaign plans.
  • Experience with campaign planning and management technology and software, including database tools like NGPVAN, Basecamp, etc.


  • A record of recruiting and developing leadership from within impacted communities.
  • Experience with and/or understanding of local DC politics, organizing, and communities.
  • Experience with campaign budgeting, evaluation, supervision, and metrics-driven planning and assessment.


  • Excellent communications skills, both written and oral, research and analytical skills, and the ability to articulate legal concepts and complex issues tactfully and effectively to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to develop allies and work collaboratively in coalitions; ability to navigate internal political dynamics among partner groups.
  • Ability to establish credibility and respect with people impacted by the criminal justice system or police violence and create opportunities for their input and leadership to guide the campaign, and work collaboratively with other constituencies and policy makers from a range of backgrounds and ideological positions.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain relationships with diverse groups, work cooperatively with communities across the political spectrum, and a personal approach that values and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstances.
  • Ability to work independently when necessary and keep organized in a fast-paced environment, manage several projects simultaneously, and adjust strategy to frequently changing demands.
  • Commitment to the highest ethical standards of lobbying and professionalism.
  • Ability to work long evening and weekend hours and commute to meetings and events throughout the state, as needed.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Experience and facility with standard office software such as Word and Excel.
  • Experience and facility with campaign and database/organizing software.

Additional Information


The salary range for this position is $90,000 - $120,000 depending on experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits include paid time off, generous paid holidays, medical and dental insurance, 401K plan with employer matching, life insurance, and income replacement during illness through a combination of annual sick leave, short-term and long-term disability insurance.


Applications must be submitted via the SmartRecruiter application page. The deadline for applying is 11:59pm Eastern time on June 5, 2022. If you require accommodations to complete the application, please email operations (@) Please submit:

  1. A copy of your resume that lists relevant experience.
  2. A detailed cover letter explaining your interest in this position, and why you are well-suited to serve in this position.
  3. A list of three references, including a sentence about each one identifying what information the person can provide.
  4. One work sample/portfolio item of 1-3 pages. This should be a piece of work used for campaign/organizing, and could include a campaign/organizing plan, a piece of correspondence, a memo outlining organizing strategy, etc.

The ACLU-DC is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU-DC encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or any other classification protected by the D.C. Human Rights Act or federal employment law. If you have a disability and need a reasonable accommodation regarding any part of the application process, please include your accommodation request(s) in your application email.