September 14, 2018

Location

Las Cruces, NM

Department

Policy

Deadline date

November 16, 2018

The ACLU of New Mexico seeks a full-time, temporary Field Organizer to support a year-long, statewide campaign to engage immigrant communities and their allies in efforts to prevent state and local law enforcement from participating in the Trump administration’s mass deportation regime. The Organizer will rally immigrant communities, ACLU membership, and others to support a coordinated effort to significantly expand legal and policy protections for immigrant families in New Mexico.

The ACLU of New Mexico seeks a full-time, temporary Field Organizer to support a year-long, statewide campaign to engage immigrant communities and their allies in efforts to prevent state and local law enforcement from participating in the Trump administration’s mass deportation regime. The Organizer will rally immigrant communities, ACLU membership, and others to support a coordinated effort to significantly expand legal and policy protections for immigrant families in New Mexico.

The position requires a demonstrated ability to mobilize people to take action in support of a public policy or electoral goal. Under the direction and supervision of the Regional Manager and Policy Counsel of the ACLU of New Mexico’s Las Cruces office, the Organizer will work closely with ACLU-NM communications, policy, organizing and legal staff, as well as with National ACLU counterparts. This is an exciting opportunity to make a positive difference in our state and fight back against the administration’s efforts to marginalize and dehumanize immigrant families.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and implement strategies to mobilize immigrant communities, ACLU membership, and other allies in Southern New Mexico to advance the ACLU of New Mexico’s campaign goals.
  • Network within immigrant communities and work with people to get involved in and help lead the state-wide campaign.
  • Help recruit, train, and manage an active volunteer pool to expand and strengthen the base of the organization.
  • Provide activists and volunteers with information, guidance and training to lobby policymakers to pass legislation limiting cooperation between local governments and federal immigration authorities.
  • Organize public events (rallies, town hall meetings, panel discussions, etc.) to mobilize immigrant communities, ACLU members, and the public at large.
  • Represent the ACLU of New Mexico at meetings, tabling events, and public speaking engagements, either as a speaker or facilitator.
  • Identify and recruit potential clients for impact litigation and work with ACLU of New Mexico attorneys to support lawsuits with the potential to effect systemic change.
  • Identify and recruit potential witnesses for public hearings (both in-district and at state capitol) and speakers for press conferences to influence policymakers.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, including an ability to value and respect relationships and work across different points of view with colleagues inside and outside the ACLU of New Mexico.
  • A self-starter and finisher with a demonstrated ability to manage projects and follow-through with minimal direct supervision. Strong time management skills and the ability to work under pressure.
  • Previous field or community organizing experience.
  • Spanish fluency – both written and spoken – is required. 
  • A flexible team player who works collaboratively, shares responsibilities, and supports and acknowledges colleagues’ contributions. Emotionally mature, with a sense of humor and the ability to maintain balance and perspective.
  • A commitment to diversity; respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, arrest or conviction history, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Able to use Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Windows and other software programs.
  • Personally committed to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, goals and programs.
  • Willingness to work occasional overtime or irregular hours, including some weekends.
  • A car, a willingness to travel within the state, and a current driver’s license.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation is based on experience and ACLU of NM compensations structure. Excellent benefits include paid vacation, medical and dental insurance, 401k plan, life and long-term disability insurance, and generous paid holidays.

To Apply

Send a resume and cover letter, including salary requirements to HR@aclu-nm.org . Please include your last name and “Immigrant Rights Organizer” in the subject line, and indicate in your cover letter where you found this job listing. No phone calls, please.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by November 16, 2018.

The ACLU of New Mexico is an equal opportunity employer.  We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of New Mexico encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to arrest or conviction, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.

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