What is the Senior Community Engagement & Organizing Associate position at the ACLU of Oregon?

As of the date of this posting (December 5, 2023), we are seeking to fill one Senior Community Engagement & Development Associate position:

Summary of this position: The team member in this position is a relationship builder, project manager and planner, doer, implementer, problem solver, and clear communicator who is detail- and deadline-oriented, capable, self-motivated, proactive, supportive, and very organized.

Important Information: For this recruitment, we will prioritize candidates at the Senior Community Engagement & Organizing Associate level, which requires 4+ years of directly relevant full-time experience, with substantial experience in the areas of abortion rights, reproductive justice, and trans rights, as well as substantial experience with ballot measure campaigns. The ACLU of Oregon plans to assign a majority of this position’s time to directly support the Equal Rights for All ballot measure campaign for the next several years.

What this position does: This position supports and enhances the ACLU of Oregon’s mission, vision, and values by:

  • Effectively planning, managing, coordinating, and implementing our community engagement and organizing work – oftentimes embedded within or in collaboration with coalitions, partners, allies, and communities – to further the ACLU of Oregon’s strategic priorities and campaigns;
  • Organizing, educating, and mobilizing communities in connection with the ACLU of Oregon’s work and issue areas;
  • Supporting our organization to create and strengthen relationships with partners, allies, communities, and other individuals and organizations.

Who this position works with: This position is part of our community engagement team and works closely, collaboratively, and supportively with all areas of the ACLU of Oregon – especially with our policy and communications & storytelling teams. This position also works closely with or is embedded within coalitions with our partners and allies on legislative, ballot measure, or legal-related campaigns.

What values are important and required: This position requires a strong and continued commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, anti-racism, anti-misogyny, anti-transphobia, anti-homophobia, anti-ableism, and all other types of anti-oppression, as well as the proven ability to incorporate these values in work both internal and external to our organization.

Where to get more information: Please review this job description for more information about this position.

Organizational note: The ACLU of Oregon reserves the right to make changes to job duties and responsibilities for positions, consistent with the values and operational needs of the ACLU of Oregon, which may change from time to time.

What are the qualifications required for this position?

Important Information: For this recruitment, we will prioritize candidates at the Senior Community Engagement & Organizing Associate level, which requires 4+ years of directly relevant full-time experience, with substantial experience in the areas of abortion rights, reproductive justice, and trans rights, as well as substantial ballot measure experience. The ACLU of Oregon plans to assign a majority of this position’s time to directly support the Equal Rights for All ballot measure campaign for the next several years.

We are looking for individuals with the following experience, abilities, and values:

  • Required community engagement & organizing experience: substantial prior community engagement and organizing experience including the following areas: 

    (i) experience effectively planning, managing, coordinating, and implementing simple to complex community engagement and organizing strategies, projects, and campaigns in multilayered coalition spaces and quickly changing, nuanced political landscapes;

    (ii) experience effectively developing and implementing policy, legislative advocacy, and/or ballot-measure-related strategies, projects, or campaigns in collaboration with directly impacted communities

    (iii) experience effectively developing and implementing base building; and

    (iv) experience facilitating organizational relationship-building centered on racial justice values.

    The Senior Community Engagement & Organizing Associate position requires 4+ years of directly relevant full-time experience in the four areas identified in this section.
     
  • Required equity & inclusion values and experience: proven significant and continuous prior commitment to and experience with work and efforts — both internal and external to an organization — that align with and further the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, anti-racism, anti-misogyny, anti-transphobia, anti-homophobia, anti-ableism, and other forms of anti-oppression.
  • Required ACLU of Oregon issue area experience: prior work, volunteer, or lived experience in several of the following democracy, civil liberties, and civil rights areas: racial justice, criminal legal system reform, law enforcement accountability, government accountability, LGBTQ+ rights, immigrant and refugees’ rights, free speech, reproductive justice, equal rights and anti-discrimination, and privacy.
  • Required values: A demonstrated ability to support the goals, priorities, and values of the ACLU of Oregon, including the following values related to building work-related relationships and trust:

    Sincerity: the assessment that you are honest, that you say what you mean and mean what you say. The idea that you can be believed and taken seriously and that your actions are aligned with your words;

    Reliability: the assessment that you meet the commitments you make, and that you keep your promises;

    Competence: the assessment you have the ability to do what you’re doing or propose to do. Note that being competent does not mean being perfect. Part of doing something well is knowing what you don’t know how to do, being willing to learn, and asking for help when you need it;

    Care: the assessment you have the other person’s interest in mind as well as your own when you make decisions and take actions.
  • Equivalent education and/or experience: We will consider applicants who can demonstrate non-traditional work-related experiences comparable to more direct forms of work experience or education. 

What are the pay & benefits for this position?

This is a salaried, exempt, full-time position. The annual salary for the Senior Community Engagement & Organizing Associate is $85,363.  The annual salary range for the non-senior-level Community Engagement & Organizing Associate position is $67,392 to $74,131.

Because we have established an internal salary system that centers equity, clarity and transparency, competitiveness, and sustainability, salaries for positions are not negotiable.

Our current excellent benefits package includes:

  • paid vacation time
  • paid sick time
  • paid personal time
  • 14.5 paid holidays per year
  • office shutdown periods during summer and winter as consistent with the organization’s values and work needs
  • flex-day Friday hours, consistent with operational needs
  • remote work stipend and commute-related benefits
  • health insurance (medical/vision and dental)
  • life insurance
  • long-term disability insurance
  • employer contributions to a wellness FSA account
  • 401(k) retirement plan with matching and other contributions of up to 5.5% of salary, subject to the organization’s 401(k) plan requirements, which include a vesting schedule
  • support for work-related coaching
  • parental leave
  • funds to support professional development related to work
  • funds to support relationship and connection building related to work

Please note that all employment-related pay and benefits provided to ACLU of Oregon’s employees are subject to all applicable policies, practices, processes, and legal requirements, including changes to them that may occur from time to time.

How do I apply for this position?

An application package requires the following three parts: 

1.   Cover letter. Please include why you are interested in the Senior or non-senior-level Community Engagement & Organizing Associate position and the ACLU of Oregon, including the organizational values and issue areas that most call to you.

2.   Resume.

3.   Work samples. Please provide at least two work samples that showcase skills and abilities that you believe are relevant and important to the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position.

4. Written responses. Please respond to the following questions. If your cover letter and resume sufficiently cover this information, you do not have to repeat that information and can refer to those materials.

Question 1: Please describe your specific experiences effectively planning, managing, coordinating, and implementing simple to complex community engagement and organizing strategies, projects, or campaigns in multilayered coalition spaces and quickly changing, nuanced political landscapes.

Question 2: Please describe your specific experiences effectively developing and implementing policy, legislative advocacy, and/or ballot-measure-related strategies, projects, or campaigns in collaboration with directly impacted communities.

Question 3: Please describe your specific experiences effectively developing and implementing base building.

Question 4: Please describe your specific experiences facilitating organizational relationship building centered on racial justice values.

Question 5:  Please describe your substantial experience with abortion rights, reproductive justice, and trans rights.

 Please submit your materials via this application submission form.

 Who to contact for assistance?

 Please contact hr@aclu-or.org if you need any assistance accessing the job posting or job application or need disability-related accommodations.