The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado (ACLU-CO) seeks a dynamic and experienced Campaign Coordinator to lead a statewide advocacy campaign through the 2018 election focused on protecting the right to vote, combating voter suppression, and expanding access to the ballot box. This full-time position will be based in Denver.
The ACLU is the nation’s foremost defender of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU of Colorado, founded in 1952 as the Colorado affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, is a strong, growing organization with thousands of members, supporters and activists across the state. We work in the courts, in the legislature, and in communities across the state to protect and strengthen civil liberties for all – drawing from principles articulated in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Its staff and volunteers work in a fast-paced, friendly and professional atmosphere. For more information about the work of the ACLU of Colorado, please visit our web site at www.aclu-co.org.
Under the direction and supervision of the Communications and Advocacy Director, the Voting Rights Campaign Coordinator will be staffed through November 2018. The Campaign Coordinator will be primarily responsible for implementing the ACLU’s grassroots voting rights restoration campaign through the statewide People Power activist platform and working with the ACLU public policy team to advance policies at the legislature that protect and expand access to voting.
Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Develop and implement strategies to mobilize Coloradans across the state to protect and expand voting rights and to defeat voter suppression.
- Mobilize and expand support for voting rights among ACLU members and activists.
- Coordinate voter education and Get Out the Vote (GOTV) campaigns to encourage voter participation.
- Build relationships with key coalition partners and lead ACLU volunteer activists to expand access to voting among eligible voters from vulnerable communities, including people who are formerly incarcerated, currently detained, and the unhoused population.
- Develop a rapid response network to identify and combat voter suppression and misinformation campaigns.
- Work with the Public Policy Director to develop advocacy and outreach strategies to advance legislation expanding access to voting.
- Work with communications and field staff to recruit and train grassroots leaders and spokespeople.
- Represent the ACLU of Colorado before community groups, including speaking at various community events.
- Develop persuasive and informative public education and outreach materials, including fact sheets, talking points, and letters-to-the-editor.
- Work with online advocacy tools and new media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to promote events and communicate campaign messages.
- Work collaboratively with the Director of Communications and Advocacy and the Field Director to develop creative tactics using video, graphics, social media and web assets that inspire our members and the public to vote and to join in ACLU campaigns.
The Voting Rights Campaign Coordinator should possess the following experience and personal attributes:
- Bachelor’s degree, at least four years of relevant work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. A positive, confident, professional and outgoing presentation. A willingness and ability to speak in public and to facilitate meetings and trainings. Bilingual, Spanish-English, a plus.
- Strong organizational skills and ability. A self-starter and finisher with a demonstrated ability to manage details and follow-through with a minimum of direct supervision.
- Personally committed 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, particularly voting rights.
- An energetic person who can handle and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities with strong time management skills and the ability to work under pressure.
- Ability to build grassroots and grasstops support, to identify opportunities for coordination with allies and coalition partners, and motivate volunteers and spokespeople for the campaign. Demonstrated ability to create and sustain coalitions of diverse individuals or groups preferred.
- A flexible team player that works collaboratively and shares responsibility and credit.
- Emotionally mature and self-confident, with a sense of humor and the ability to maintain balance and perspective.
- A commitment to diversity; 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.
- Knowledge of or experience working on voting rights, voter protection, and GOTV campaigns is preferred, although not required.
- Willingness to work overtime or irregular hours, including some weekends.
- A willingness to travel within the state and a current driver’s license.
- Proficiency with computers: Windows, Microsoft Office, and internet research in particular.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
Salary is commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU of Colorado compensation scale. Excellent benefits package is provided, including paid vacation and personal days, medical and dental insurance, 401(k) with matching contribution, life and long-term disability insurance.
Send a cover letter and resume to: Jobs@aclu-co.org. Please put “Voting Rights Campaign Coordinator” and your name in the subject line. No phone calls, please.
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, and veteran status.