Location

Lower Hudson Valley Chapter Office

Deadline date

March 30, 2019 (with applications considered as received and until the position is filled)

Salary Range: Salary commensurate with experience. NYCLU has a generous and competitive benefits package.

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 180,000 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: www.nyclu.org.

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is seeking well-qualified candidates for the full-time position of Deputy Chapter Director for our Lower Hudson Valley Chapter. The chapter office is based in Westchester County, New York and is responsible for building political momentum to defend and expand civil rights and liberties in Westchester, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Putnam and Rockland counties.  Reporting to the Chapter Director, this position will work with individuals, local advocacy groups and elected officials to build a strong civil liberties and civil rights voice in the Hudson Valley.

The NYCLU seeks to harness and grow the power of our base of volunteers, youth, allies and supporters across the geographically, demographically and culturally diverse Hudson Valley. The Deputy Chapter Director will be responsible for building relationships and increasing our presence throughout the Hudson Valley and statewide.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the direction and supervision of the chapter director, the deputy chapter director will:

  • Identify opportunities for collaboration and develop partnerships with organizations, community members, volunteers and local leaders to advance NYCLU’s policy agenda; inform, influence and motivate people and groups in support of NYCLU.
  • Engage youth and students and develop and steward strong relationships including with service providers, educational institutions, organized labor, faith groups, lawmakers and others.
  • Draft public materials including action alerts and emails to engage and mobilize volunteers, members and allies.
  • Analyze the local political and organizing landscape and develop an implementation plan for NYCLU’s strategic priorities.
  • Advocate for the passage of legislation (state and local), organize lobbying trips and set up in-district meetings with elected officials.
  • Assist with the supervision of part-time office staff, volunteers and interns.
  • Work with attorneys to screen and refer complaints of possible civil liberties violations.
  • Respond to local requests for educational trainings and speaking engagements, and provide public comment and testimony.
  • Work with communications department to maintain a social media presence for the chapter, support e-activism, market our public events and occasionally act as a local media spokesperson.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 3 or more years of demonstrated experience in organizing or advocacy,
  • 1 or more year of experience supervising volunteers, interns, or working with a nonprofit board.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and consistent access to a vehicle.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, as well as creative problem solving skills.
  • Understanding of New York State political and organizing landscape, while using strategic thinking skills to develop advocacy campaigns.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel.
  • Familiarity with or significant ties to the Hudson Valley region preferred. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and experience writing action alerts.
  • Fluency in Spanish or another language is a plus.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate for this role is someone who loves a fast-paced, collaborative environment and is great with people. They will have ties to the Hudson Valley region a commitment to working with impacted people and communities and an understanding of how systematic oppression affects people today. They must be comfortable with public speaking, entering new spaces, building new relationships and take a leadership role in coalitions, traveling within the region and working some evenings and weekends.

They will have a strong understanding of the NYCLU's mission and a demonstrated commitment to civil rights and civil liberties; will have leadership experience, including relationship building; will have demonstrated skills in grasstops and grassroots community organizing and will have expertise in one or more civil liberties issue areas (e.g. racial justice, first amendment, privacy rights, criminal justice, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, immigration reform, voting rights, student rights, etc.).

HOW TO APPLY

E-mail your resume to apply.advocacy@nyclu.org  with “LHV Deputy Director” in the subject line.

Please submit a resume with a cover letter describing:

1. Unique examples of leadership and issue advocacy skills for this position

2. Where or how you learned of this job posting

The NYCLU is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the population that we serve.

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