New York Civil Liberties Union Seeks Organizing Associate (NYC)

Position: Organizing Associate (Administrative)

Terms of Employment: Full-Time, Temporary position. (Two years)

Location: 125 Broad Street, New York, NY, 10004

Application Deadline: October 15, 2017 (or until position is filled)


The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation’s leading advocates on behalf of constitutional rights and liberties. Founded in 1951, as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with more than 100,000 members and supporters, and eight offices statewide. We work in the courts, in the legislatures and on the streets to advocate for racial and economic justice, free speech, freedom of religion, privacy and equality before the law for all New Yorkers. For more information please visit our website:




This position offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the fields of Organizing & Advocacy as an employee of the largest affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), one of the leading organizations in the fight to protect our Constitution and democratic intuitions.


In the NYCLU’s Advocacy Department, Organizers design and implement integrated advocacy campaigns to advance and defend civil rights and civil liberties. Organizers build power by centering impacted communities and by engaging, training and mobilizing New Yorkers in support of the NYCLU’s strategic priorities.


We are seeking a passionate, hardworking, organized, and dynamic staff member to support Organizing campaigns and initiatives, including a growing base of supporters and volunteers. The person in this position will be responsible for providing administrative support, data management and entry, coordinating event and meeting logistics, and regularly communicating with community members, coalition partners, and volunteers.


The NYCLU seeks well-qualified candidates for the full-time position of Organizing Associate (Administrative). This is a two year salaried position with excellent benefits and the possibility of extension.




The Organizing Associate reports directly to the Assistant Advocacy (Director of Organizing). The Organizing Associate accomplishes a varied range of tasks to support volunteer engagement, onboarding and activation, logistics for NYC based trainings, and planning of events, rallies and community engagement initiatives.


The Organizing Associate will undertake a range of tasks and responsibilities to support the Director of Organizing and the statewide organizing team, including:


  • Maintain an organizing calendar and assist with scheduling;
  • Provide reminders to team members about tasks and deadlines in group projects;
  • Assist staff in the planning and completion of meetings, events and rallies;
  • Track volunteer activity, maintain volunteer records in the database, ensure data is up-to-date and accurate;
  • Assist with running and manipulating reports, pulling data sets and identifying trends;
  • Identify and track volunteers’ specialized skill-sets and coordinate with program staff to match volunteers with appropriate projects;
  • Work with staff across departments to collect weekly updates and actions for volunteers;
  • Compile, edit, and draft communications to volunteers;
  • Research community engagement opportunities;
  • Work with other departments on specific projects, as assigned;
  • Additional responsibilities as needed.


Ideal Candidate


  • Strong written and oral communication skills, as well as data management skills
  • Committed to developing and maintaining effective relationships with others, including relating well to people from different backgrounds and diverse perspectives.
  • Results-oriented with demonstrated ability to track progress and meet goals
  • Extremely detail oriented and organized; ability to manage, prioritize and complete on time multiple tasks, under tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission of the organization, and a passion for civil rights and social justice.




  • Minimum one year experience as an organizer, or administrative assistant, volunteer coordinator or similar;
  • Extremely detail oriented and organized; ability to manage, prioritize and complete on time multiple tasks, under tight deadlines.
  • Well-versed in Microsoft Office Suite and videoconferencing technology;
  • Ability to work occasional overtime or irregular hours, including nights and weekends.
  • Database experience a plus
  • Bilingual is a plus


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


 Please submit a resume with a cover letter that describes your unique qualifications for this position, salary expectations, and where or how you learned of this job posting. E-mail your resume to with “Organizing Associate” in the subject line.

We will accept applications until October 15, 2017, or until the position is filled. Qualified candidates may be asked to submit additional information, including performance samples and references from people they have worked with in the past.