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Organizing Specialist – ACLU (partner posting)


The ACLU seeks a full-time position of Organizing Specialist in the National Political Advocacy Department of the ACLU’s National officeSpecialists will be based in ColumbusCleveland, and Cincinnati, Ohio.

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.

Reporting to the Ohio Temporary Field Director, the Organizing Specialist will be responsible for organizing volunteers and activists and collecting petition signatures in support of a ballot measure campaign in Ohio. The position would start immediately and last through July 15, 2020, with the possibility of extension through December 1, 2020 if the ballot measure qualifies.


  • Relentlessly and respectfully recruit volunteers to take meaningful, effective actions in support of qualifying a ballot measure for the November 2020 Ohio general election.
  • Plan and execute grassroots actions and events to collect petition signatures and recruit volunteers, including high traffic and door to door canvasses, phone banks, and community meetings.
  • Identify, recruit and sustain volunteer leadership and teams, especially of directly impacted people.
  • Plan and execute grassroots action/events trainings and briefings that result in volunteers having the appropriate skills, increased understanding of organizing approaches and greater confidence in their roles as volunteer leaders.
  • Achieve high petition signature collection and volunteer recruitment metrics.
  • Work in collaboration with ACLU national staff, ACLU-Ohio affiliate staff, and staff at the ballot measure committee to execute tactics, including field, communications, direct advocacy, and organizing, in furtherance of the ballot campaign.


  • The ability to recruit new volunteers, and identify, recruit, and sustain volunteer leaders and teams
  • A demonstrated commitment to centering the voices and leadership of directly impacted people
  • A collaborative mindset and the ability to work with local staff as well as allies, coalition partners and community leaders
  • Optimistic and enthusiastic about inspiring optimism in others
  • Demonstrated flexibility in problem-solving and willingness to work long hours.
  • Ability to take initiative, think creatively, problem solve, work well under pressure, and manage multiple priorities and projects effectively under tight deadlines.
  • 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


  • At least two cycles of electoral campaign organizing experience or one year of issue campaign organizing experience
  • Experience with field and organizing programs in support of ballot measure campaigns


You can apply here.


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.

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 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 If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.