The Opportunity

The ACLU of New Mexico (ACLU-NM) seeks an Indigenous Justice (IJ) Program Coordinator to lead groundbreaking efforts to promote Indigenous Justice work across ACLU state and local offices (i.e. affiliates and chapters), national ACLU programs, departments and issue areas. The position carries out this mission with the support and guidance of established groups of Indigenous leaders and other key staff within the ACLU. While the IJ Program Coordinator seeks to promote IJ efforts throughout the nationwide ACLU organization, the position is hosted by the ACLU of New Mexico and located in Albuquerque, NM. The position reports to the ACLU-NM Executive Director.

Together with working groups of Indigenous and executive ACLU leaders, the IJ Program Coordinator will be responsible for building capacity and knowledge within the nationwide ACLU to effectively and respectfully engage in Indigenous Justice work. The position will facilitate internal and external education to build awareness and increase visibility across affiliates and within the ACLU organization for Indigenous people and justice. The IJ Program Coordinator will build long-term partnerships forged on respect and mutuality between the ACLU and Indigenous Communities, Movements, and Tribes to serve as a national and regional resource for and to advance Indigenous Justice. In addition to nationwide responsibilities, the IJ Program Coordinator will work with staff in the ACLU of New Mexico to advance local Indigenous Justice priorities.

Indigenous Justice (IJ) work at the ACLU seeks to support and advance the sovereignty of Indigenous people and Nations through culturally authentic and Indigenous-centered legal, policy, advocacy, and organizing work designed to dismantle colonial systems of oppression.  IJ work seeks to uplift Indigenous peoples, communities, organizations, and movements through community-directed political, social, cultural, policy, and educational processes. Through this work, we aim to support Indigenous communities and follow their lead as they work to uphold their sovereignty, dignity, and autonomy. We strive to honor and, when possible, integrate Indigenous worldviews and values into our approaches and strategies.

This is a 3-year position with the possibility of extension based on funding and decisions about the future of IJ programming throughout the nationwide ACLU

Who You Are

The ideal candidate for this role is a leader with experience in Indigenous communities, strong self-initiative and visioning skills, a proven ability to build and sustain collaborative relationships, solid project management skills, and a deep commitment to principles of racial justice and antiracism. The IJ Program Coordinator is expected to bring critical thinking and strategic savvy to the work. This is a role for someone with a passion for justice, a love of teamwork, and a keen interest in fostering cultural and institutional change.

Who We Are

ACLU-NM is an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights. We work to make justice, liberty and equity realities for all people in New Mexico, with particular attention to the rights of people and groups who have historically been disenfranchised.

We partner with individuals and communities impacted by injustices to inform and mobilize people throughout the state. The people in the center of the struggles for justice, who feel the impact in their daily lives, are especially important allies.

ACLU-NM is committed to ending racism and other inequities. This includes how we work with each other and with our partners and allies in the communities we serve. We are looking for candidates who share our commitment to advancing racial justice, both internally in our organization and externally in the communities that we serve.

ACLU-NM is a strong, growing organization. We are supported by thousands of members, activists, and donors. For more information, please visit our website at


The following reflects the anticipated scope of responsibilities once the IJ Program Coordinator position is well established. As this is a new position, the individual in this role may need 1-2 years to build sufficient experience and relationships within the ACLU to function at this level. Early on, the individual will work with ACLU Indigenous leaders to identify immediate priorities for their work.

Promote awareness of and support for IJ efforts throughout the ACLU (30% of time)

  • Coordinate and facilitate the work of affiliate and national Indigenous staff and other leaders to advance Indigenous Justice efforts within the nationwide ACLU. Currently, this includes the IJ Working Group and IJ Action Committee.
  • Establish and cultivate relationships with the ACLU National’s office of Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives (ASNI) and other departments to promote Indigenous Justice work in the broader organization.
  • Work to publicize and promote ACLU IJ initiatives and perspectives on internal communication platforms, including but not limited to listservs, the HUB, etc.
  • Organize regular opportunities to engage ACLU staff, leadership, board members, donors, volunteers, and members in learning about Indigenous Justice, the unique history and current context of Tribes and Indigenous communities (“IJ 101” trainings) and respectful ways of engaging and working with Indigenous people.
  • Support National EDIB staff to incorporate Indigenous perspectives into curricula and trainings.
  • Support the national Indigenous Employee Resource Group, as necessary.

Support ACLU affiliates and select National ACLU programs in building IJ capacity and launching IJ initiatives (30%)

  • Identify areas for possible collaborative project work with affiliates and/or national staff.
  • Support ACLU affiliates in states/regions with significant Indigenous populations and relevant national projects to begin and/or deepen their Indigenous Justice work. This includes providing technical assistance and helping to identify and build connections with tribes and Indigenous organizations.
  • Identify and generate opportunities for cross-affiliate training and consultation opportunities to ensure expertise and learning are shared among affiliates.
  • Work with human resources staff in affiliates and National office to develop and execute strategies for recruiting and retaining Indigenous staff.
  • Work with national and affiliate development staff to fund IJ initiatives, including support for efforts to promote IJ work in the nationwide ACLU.

Establish and maintain a clearinghouse for IJ information and resources (10%)

  • Create and maintain a system of tracking, assessing and reporting on IJ programmatic initiatives within the nationwide ACLU.
  • Monitor and track significant national developments and campaigns that may impact states and update affiliate staff.
  • Create a resource guide and Toolkits for Communications, Organizing, and Policy/Litigation work with Indigenous communities, case studies of past ACLU work in IJ, resources for people to learn more about Indigenous communities and US history, and links to outside resources (reports, webinars, news sites, etc.).

Support the ACLU-NM’s Indigenous Justice advocacy in New Mexico (25%):

  • Support the ACLU-NM Indigenous Justice Attorney in building and coordinating an Indigenous Justice Advisory Committee to help guide the ACLU-NM’s efforts to advance justice, liberty and equity for tribal communities in New Mexico.
  • Within the ACLU-NM, promote the use of an Indigenous Justice lens to prioritize external work and inform internal efforts to become a more equitable and inclusive organization.
  • In coordination with other staff and departments, support efforts to address the ACLU-NM’s Indigenous Justice priorities in New Mexico.

Cultivate connections between the ACLU and Indigenous leaders and communities nationally (5%)

  • Build awareness within Indigenous communities about ACLU IJ efforts and expand the reach of the ACLU’s IJ work.
  • Attend national conferences and other events, as needed.


While no one person will have all the qualities detailed below, the successful candidate will bring many of the following qualifications and attributes:

Experience with Indigenous communities

  • History of living in or working with Indigenous communities and familiarity with traditional and cultural protocols.
  • Knowledge of current Indigenous movements, campaigns, and issues impacting Indigenous communities.

Leadership and strategic thinking

  • Ability to develop long-term vision and goals, keep them in focus and strategize accordingly.
  • Ability to act decisively while maintaining credibility with allies and co-workers.
  • Strong group facilitation skills and willingness to lend direction where it is lacking.

Civil liberties, equity and social justice

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU.
  • Awareness of, and willingness to engage in, the difficult, transformative work of challenging structural racism, implicit bias and other inequities, whether they occur outside the ACLU or within.

Teamwork and Collaboration

  • Able to build relationships across difference and navigate conflict in a manner that values relationships with people at all levels.
  • Team player who inspires collaboration, lifts up the work of others, and maintains balance and perspective with patience and a sense of humor.
  • Openness to range of viewpoints; ability to engage with tough questions in a thoughtful, patient and respectful manner.
  • Ability to collaborate with litigators, organizers, lobbyists and all other classes of ACLU staff.


  • Attention to detail, ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Exceptional work-planning and project management skills, including the ability to track multiple projects simultaneously and drive strategies to completion.


  • Familiarity with mechanics of campaign planning.
  • History of successful coalition building with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with effective communications strategies (i.e., values-based messaging, framing, online and traditional media, etc.)
  • Training in or familiarity with the law is not necessary.

Computer skills

  • Demonstrated proficiency with business applications, including Microsoft Office suite and human resource information and applicant tracking systems, with an ability to become familiar with organization-specific programs and software.


  • Must be available for some evening & weekend responsibilities and able to travel.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary range $70k to $80k, depending on experience. Excellent benefits offered, including health and dental insurance, short and long-term disability and life insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, and generous vacation, holiday, family and medical leave policies.

Physical Requirements

Elements of job duties may require occasional moving of up to 25 pounds and the ability to occasionally stoop, kneel or crouch. The person in this position frequently communicates with community members and colleagues and must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations. Candidates not able to meet such demands can possibly work with staff or others to enable compliance.

Application Procedure

All applications are treated confidentially. Please send cover letter no longer than one page, resume and three references by email to Please include “IJ Program Coordinator” in the subject line and all attachments should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Please indicate where you learned of this job posting. No phone calls, please.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we will be evaluating applications on a rolling basis beginning on December 13, 2021.

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU of New Mexico reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice


Currently we are mainly working remotely with some voluntary work in the office.

While the IJ Program Coordinator could conduct the vast majority of their duties from home, there may also be some responsibilities that could necessitate limited office visits and both in-state and out-of-state travel. We anticipate that once it is safe to lift the work-from-home policy, the IJ Program Coordinator, like most ACLU-NM staff, will work partially in-office and partially from home.

Candidates outside of Albuquerque and/or New Mexico will be considered for this position with the understanding that relocation to the region will be required possibly before we fully open.

ACLU of New Mexico is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and promote an inclusive culture. We believe that having a board, staff, and volunteer base with diverse personal and professional backgrounds enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, those who have been formerly incarcerated, and other members of underrepresented and marginalized groups.

“ACLU of New Mexico” refers collectively to two separate corporate entities, ACLU of New Mexico and ACLU of New Mexico Foundation. The two entities share the same mission, office space, and employees.