New York, NY


Education Policy Center

Deadline date

March 22, 2019 or until the position is filled.

Terms of Employment: Full-Time

Salary Range: 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

The Teen Activist Project (TAP) provides a youth perspective to the NYCLU’s work on civil liberties and civil rights, and is an opportunity for young people to work on our ongoing campaigns and legislative agenda. As part of their youth organizing efforts, TAP members are also trained as peer educators and present workshops in schools and community-based organizations on young people’s rights in New York City and New York State.


The TAP Coordinator will recruit and train young people from our marquee youth organizing program, with more than 150 members in New York City. In 2018, we established the NYCLU’s Education Policy Center, with dedicated staff working on a slate of strategic policy campaigns focused on public education in New York and beyond. Under the supervision of the Youth Programs Manager, the TAP Coordinator will work in support of the mission of the Center and collaborate with the team on programs and strategy.

The right person for this position will have a strong dedication to the principles of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, experience and passion for working with young people, experience in community organizing, and excellent organizational and administrative skills.


  • Recruit and supervise an activist, organizing and peer education program for teenagers.
  • Develop and implement a long-term vision for the program, including the expansion of membership across the five boroughs.
  • Identify opportunities for youth to engage in activism and organizing around the NYCLU’s strategic priorities.
  • Integrate TAP projects with NYCLU’s Education Policy Center projects and campaigns.
  • Work with youth organizers to schedule and conduct trainings on a variety of issues affecting young people.
  • Build and strengthen relationships with New York City public schools.
  • Collaborate with coalition partners and key allies.


  • Three years’ experience in youth organizing, youth development, education, or related field.
  • A masters’ degree or equivalent in Education, Sociology,  Social  Work,  Human Development, Community Organizing, Gender  or  Cultural  Studies,  or  a  related  discipline.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations (Spanish fluency a plus).
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience working with social justice and/or legal professionals a plus.
  • A passion for civil liberties and civil rights.
  • Experience delivering trainings for youth.
  • Experience working with systems that serve youth (such as school systems).
  • Understanding of and commitment to the nonpartisan mission and goals of the NYCLU and ACLU.
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Availability & willingness to travel across New York City, and to work some nontraditional hours.


Applicants should email a cover letter and resume to apply.advocacy@nyclu.org  with “TAP Coordinator” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until March 22, 2019.

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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