TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
Full-time/Non-exempt/Temporary (Two-year contract with the possibility of extension
$40,840 - $54,302
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.
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The NYCLU affirmatively values the humanity and contributions of those we work with, inside and outside of the organization; and will take action to build and sustain an equitable, anti-racist culture that centers the voices and experiences of marginalized and directly impacted people and communities, and an organizational environment where all people feel valued, trusted, and respected. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the population that we serve and actively recruit people of color, women, people with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, and LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people.
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 Director of Youth Programs, the Youth Organizer will work in support of the mission of the Center and collaborate with the team on programs and strategy. They will also coordinate with regional staff on various campaigns and projects.
Following the NYCLU and the NAACP’s recent victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the NYCLU’s Education Policy Center is seeking an experienced youth organizer to mobilize young people, educators and parents in the East Ramapo school district in Rockland County, NY.
The Youth Organizer will establish a base of young leaders, educators and parents in Spring Valley, NY and nearby locations. They will work with youth (primarily current and recent high school students) to develop them as community organizers to advocate for improvements to public education in the East Ramapo school district. They will be responsible for engaging young people in leadership development and organizing around community safety and justice, education reform, voting rights and other youth issues.
The right person for this position will have experience working with and leading young people, experience in community organizing, roots in in Rockland County (ideally some connection to the East Ramapo school district), and excellent time management and administrative skills. They must be creative, flexible, compassionate, and bring joy to their work. Strong preference for a candidate who is fluent in Spanish, French, and or Haitian Creole in addition to English.
Roles & Responsibilities
- Develop relationships with students, educators, and parents in the East Ramapo City School District. Establish NYCLU as a resource for the school community, through workshops, presentations and coalition representation.
- Build a base of students in East Ramapo to become grassroots organizers in the school community. Organize meetings, workshops and actions with student leaders.
- Coordinate with youth leaders in the planning and execution of local events and actions.
- Create and conduct public education workshops and trainings for students and the school community.
- Coordinate and engage in campaigns that advocate for education reform, voting rights and other related social justice issues. Amplify the voices and experiences of young people in NYCLU’s work in East Ramapo.
- Engage multiple stakeholders including youth leaders, educators, elected officials, and organizational leaders in the social justice/education field.
- Integrate youth projects with the NYCLU Education Policy Center’s key projects and campaigns.
- Undertake additional responsibilities as needed.
- A commitment to building the leadership of youth of color and to work in an anti-racist framework, including supporting leadership of LGBTQ youth, disabled youth, youth of color, immigrant and first-generation youth, and working-class youth.
- One to two years’ experience in youth organizing, youth development, education, or related field.
- Ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations. Strong preference for a candidate who is fluent in Spanish, French, and or Haitian Creole in addition to English.
- Self-starter with excellent time management skills.
- Experience working with social justice and/or legal professionals a plus.
- A passion for civil liberties and civil rights.
- Understanding of and commitment to the non-partisan mission and goals of the NYCLU and ACLU.
- A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Availability & willingness to travel around Rockland County and the Hudson Valley region, to New York City as needed, and to work non-traditional hours, including nights and weekends. Driver’s License and access to a personal vehicle is a plus but not required. Must have reliable means of transportation.
How to Apply
Please submit your resume and cover letter that includes your salary requirements, how you learned of this position, whether you live in or would be willing to relocate to Spring Valley, and any of the listed qualifications that you possess via https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/660368/New-York-Civil-Liberties-Union-Foundation/Youth-Organizer-Spring-Valley. Submissions that do not meet these requirements will not be considered. If feasible, please submit these materials as a single PDF.
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