Amnesty International USA Seeks Field Organizer – New York

Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) is seeking a Full-Time Field Organizer to join our Campaigns and Membership team. This position is based at our New York or Boston Office.

What you’ll find at Amnesty International USA:

Vision for change: Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning global movement of more than 7 million people who campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. As the United States section of our global movement, we engage people in the U.S. to fight injustice all around the world, while we also work to protect people’s human rights here in the U.S. Whether speaking out for refugees and against oppression abroad, or calling for an end to gun violence and the unlawful use of lethal force by police, Amnesty International and its membership shines a light on violations and offers ways to help.

How we work: Amnesty International’s uniquely effective approach for protecting human rights uses a three-pronged approach that focuses on research from experts in crisis zones and areas were human violations are taking place; mobilization of activists, members, and others who care about human rights; and advocacy to pass and preserve laws that protect human rights. We foster a collaborative environment in which we work with colleagues across functions and locations, and partner with our dedicated volunteer members to maximize our impact.

Care for our staff: One of the ways we value the wellbeing of our staff is through our competitive compensation and benefits package we offer to eligible employees. Our benefits package includes comprehensive health and dental insurance, a 403(b) retirement plan including an employer match up to 5%, and generous paid time off. We are also committed to our team’s learning and growth, and offer various professional development and advancement opportunities.

– Commitment to diversity & inclusion: At Amnesty International USA, we deeply value inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in our human rights work and our workplace culture and practices. We recognize that this is not only necessary to ensure that our rich diversity of staff and members can thrive, but that we can simply not accomplish our mission without it. We have a comprehensive strategy and take shared responsibility for fostering an inclusive environment for all.


What the Field Organizer does: The Field Organizer is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that will lead to supporter growth and increase participation in activism around AIUSA’s priority campaigns and core programmatic work. This position will be based in AIUSA’s New York or Boston Office with the goal of growing AIUSA’s grassroots activists’ base throughout the New England area. This position requires an individual who will be innovative in exploring various organizing initiatives for the purpose of raising awareness on Amnesty International’s mission, activists’ engagement, and build a local grassroots network of human rights defenders. 

Job Responsibilities

– Develop and implement grassroots community organizing strategies in assigned states that is reflective of community engagement and leadership development.

– Identify, recruit, and oversee a diverse pool of volunteer leaders and develop state leadership teams.

– Engage, catalyze and mobilize a grassroots activist base in AIUSA’s priority campaigns and program work.

– Support legislative advocacy campaigns, including lobby elected officials.

– Assist in the development and execution of small and large scale events throughout the year to increase AIUSA’s supporter base and visibility.

– Cultivate and foster activists led actions and events.

– Assess and deliver training needs and develop skills capacity to support activists’ development and increase the impact of their actions.

– Build awareness on human rights issues through Human Rights Education.

– Represents Amnesty International USA to external partners and fosters collaboration and alliances

– Monitor and report on local developments happening at the municipal and state level that have human rights impact.

– Track and report on grassroots activism throughout assigned states.

– Help advance goals outlined by AIUSA’s Organizing Unit.

– Participates in shared responsibility and collaboration with volunteer leaders

We’re seeking candidates who have:

– 5 years of social justice organizing experience

– Experience in public speaking, training, and facilitating

– Knowledge of digital organizing

– Community program design and event planning

– Knowledge of national and state legislative systems

– Knowledge of global and domestic human rights issues

– Valid driver’s license

Skills required:

– Excellent written and oral communication skills

– Interpersonal skills required

– Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail

– Ability to work under pressure and on multiple projects

– Ability to work well with people from all different spectrums

– Innovative thinker with a creative eye

– Ability to speak a second language is preferred

– Must be able to travel up to 25% of the time and work on weekends and evenings as needed.

AIUSA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply. Our employment decisions are made solely on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need. We prohibit discrimination of any kind based on race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, indigenous status, immigration status, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other legally protected and non-merit factors.

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Professional

How to Apply

Location: 5 Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10001