Founded in 1923, the ACLU SoCal has been at the forefront of many major efforts to protect civil liberties, civil rights, and equal justice in California. Principled and nonpartisan, ACLU SoCal has offices in Los Angeles, Orange County (Santa Ana), the Inland Empire (San Bernardino), and now Kern County (Bakersfield). ACLU SoCal tackles a vast array of issues, including criminal justice, police practices, First Amendment rights, gender equity and reproductive justice, LGBTQ rights, immigrants' rights, education equity, and economic justice.
We are looking for a dynamic, experienced, creative, and thoughtful community educator, organizer, and policy advocate who will: help educate the California LGBTQ community about their rights; devise and implement grassroots mobilization strategies to help achieve statewide and local policy change, primarily in the areas of transgender rights and criminal justice reform; engage in digital and media advocacy; and mobilize people to stop policy changes at the federal level that would harm LGBTQ people.
Specifically, the Policy Advocate & Organizer will devise and conduct community education and mobilization and support advocacy related to our efforts to fight criminalization of consensual sex work, to reduce police profiling and biased treatment of transgender people, to increase compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act and improve safe and equitable treatment of LGBTQ people in prisons, jails, police lockups, psychiatric hospitals, and juvenile detention facilities; to prevent and remedy discrimination against transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming people in all facets of life, and to create safe, welcoming schools for LGBTQ, gender nonconforming, and non-binary youth with inclusive curriculum for all students. The Policy Advocate & Organizer will also assess LGBTQ community know-your-rights and education needs and collaborate with other staff to provide needed education on LGBTQ nondiscrimination issues or other priority areas such as immigrant rights, protest rights, or the rights of Muslim community members. The Policy Advocate & Organizer will also lead mobilization efforts, coalition building, and community engagement to combat threats or backlash to LGBTQ rights, and act nimbly to address community concerns as they arise.
The Policy Advocate & Organizer will support community engagement efforts to further the team’s reproductive justice and gender equity goals, and to support ACLU SoCal’s broader community and activist engagement, leadership development, and political power-building work, as needed.
This position is funded for one year with the possibility of renewal after that term.
Community Engagement, Media and Digital Advocacy
- Grow and deepen relationships with community partners, coalitions, and stakeholders to assess and meet community needs, and engage people in ACLU priority campaigns throughout Southern California.
- Create training programs and materials, and build educational and know-your-rights campaigns, to teach people about their rights and legal obligations.
- Build, maintain, and grow lists of partner organizations and people who can benefit from our educational resources and work with us to achieve policy reforms.
- Organize, lead, and participate in community education events, meetings, and rallies.
- Write op-eds, blog posts, and social media content.
- Manage ACLU SoCal’s presence at LGBTQ Pride events throughout the region.
- Write op-eds, blog posts, and social media content.
- Help identify individuals who have been harmed by or are impacted by discriminatory policies or decisions, to support advocacy, litigation and communications work.
- Help tell compelling human stories through visual and written media.
- Provide strategic guidance, training, and support for community members and coalition partners for conducting local policy advocacy that aligns with the Project’s priorities.
- Participate in cross-issue ACLU SoCal and ACLU of California projects, campaigns, and events, such as Conference and Lobby Day, Unlock the Vote, Constitution Day, and May Day, and support the work of the Activist Engagement and Development Project, as needed.
Grassroots Policy Advocacy
- Build and support effective grassroots and advocacy campaigns to help meet community education and advocacy needs and build support for and engagement in ACLU priority state legislative and local advocacy campaigns.
- Draft advocacy letters and recruit diverse and powerful allies to sign on to letters, and create compelling materials and content to engage advocates in grassroots advocacy.
- Organize and attend effective in-district lobby visits.
- Testify on policy issues before administrative agencies and school boards.
- 2-5 years of organizing, campaign, and/or advocacy experience.
- Demonstrated experience doing organizing, advocacy, and/or community education within the LGBTQ community, preferably in Southern California.
- Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
- Experience implementing a successful grassroots legislative advocacy campaign and/or other types of non-electoral advocacy/mobilization campaigns.
- Experience in creating engaging and effective training or informational programs and materials.
- Experience planning and facilitating engaging and effective workshops, trainings, meetings, and other community events.
- Experience working effectively with coalitions and building coalitions.
- Excellent public speaking and writing skills.
- Experience creating engaging social media content and doing digital mobilization and education work.
- Cultural competency, including the ability to create and sustain inclusive and engaging spaces for people of all races/ethnicities, genders, ages, classes, abilities and geographies.
- Patience and emotional intelligence.
- Personal organization, including time management, communication, and data management skills.
- Ability to understand and synthesize complex information for a variety of audiences.
- Flexible team player but also comfortable working independently and taking initiative.
- Must be available for occasional evening and weekend work.
- Valid driver’s license and the ability to travel throughout southern California regularly, with occasional travel to northern California or San Diego.
- Experience with and passion for reproductive justice and gender equity issues.
- Spanish language fluency (both speaking and writing).
- Experience working with people engaged in the sex trade.
Salary based on experience. Benefits include medical, vision, and dental insurance for staff members and their eligible dependents; life and long term disability insurance; 401(k) plan with employer match; ample vacation and sick leave and thirteen paid holidays.
Please submit resume, cover letter explaining your interest in the position, and a writing sample of 10 pages or less to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
ACLU of Southern California
1313 West 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(No phone calls, please.)
The ACLU SoCal is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law. We consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable law.
If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application or otherwise participating in the employee selection process due to a disability, please direct your inquiries to Amber Kim, Human Resources Director, at email@example.com.