The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) seeks a Senior Organizer to develop and implement engagement plans and programs to build an active and sustaining base of ACLU SoCal volunteers to work alongside us to win civil rights and civil liberties campaigns throughout the Southern California region. The Senior Organizer position is an essential part of the Activist Engagement and Development (AED) project, which is a part of the Advocacy Department. 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 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.

Under the supervision of the Activist Engagement and Development Director (AEDD), the Senior Organizer will be responsible for creating and executing an annual work plan with quarterly goals designed to promote volunteer and member participation in priority campaigns and in priority geographic regions; build an active, diverse, and inclusive base of volunteers who can be mobilized to participate in meetings, chapter-led activities, rallies, hearings, lobby visits and delegations; and create a volunteer leadership development process that identifies and supports volunteer leaders to lead work with their elected officials and help move ACLU policy reform goals. The Senior Organizer will work in collaboration with lawyers, policy advocates, and issue-specific organizers, as well as the ACLU SoCal Advocacy and Communications and Media Advocacy (CMA) departments to implement a leadership ladder of engagement, constituent relationship management (CRM) and intersectional issue organizing tools (trainings and briefings) to increase membership power in each region.

The Senior Organizer will provide guidance and mentorship as it relates to carrying out the goals and objectives of the AED project. The Senior Organizer is expected to model professional workplace behavior and standards, and clearly and enthusiastically demonstrate guiding principles of integrity, respect, accountability, compassion and leadership.

The ACLU SoCal anticipates hiring an organizer with approximately 10 years of experience for this position and will consider all applicants within approximately that level of experience.

The position requires a willingness to work beyond a standard 7.5hour workday, including evening and weekend meetings and events.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create and implement strategic work plans aligned with priority policy campaigns to recruit and engage volunteers and identify volunteer leaders in target regions that will take the lead to expand community support on specific campaigns that grow enduring power in that region.
  • Work with issue-specific organizers to identify and implement organizing opportunities to increase volunteer engagement and strategic leadership involvement to: (1) support ACLU SoCal priorities and aligned coalition activities; (2) utilize event tools such as meetings, chapter led activities, community briefings, issue trainings, Know Your Rights (KYR) leader led trainings, and other innovative strategies to grow ACLU’s base, and; (3) fuel field/phone work to achieve civic engagement outreach, education, and other campaign mobilizations to win campaigns.
  • Implement organizing tools that build power, such as community briefings, trainings and events, to bridge issue work around priority policies with leadership led turnout to build awareness and engage with volunteers and commit them to take action to advance issues.
  • Meet monthly and quarterly goals to identify, develop, and increase the number of volunteers on the ladder of engagement who work as part of a team to lead increased recruitment and mobilization efforts to build power in target regions to advance ACLU SoCal policy and program agenda.
  • Create plans and programs with volunteer leaders for them to sustain volunteer engagement and recruit ACLU supporters to grow power the region.
  • Work with AEDD and Chapter Manager to develop a leadership training program that helps identified leaders wanting to grow organizational power succeed through trainings and coaching on lobbying, campaigns, outreach/recruitment, tactics, event planning, communications, etc.
  • Utilize CRM to add, track and move leaders through a ladder of engagement through campaign related actions in target regions, mobilizations and skill training programs that result in leaders moving their networks to advance ACLU priorities.
  • Participate in planning and implementation of annual ACLU of California Conference and Lobby Day and recruit ACLU leader cohort to develop their issue and organizing skills and implement a work plan to further engage them in local actions to advance priority campaigns.
  • Implement organizing and regional power building program using one-on-one visits and house/organizing meetings with identified volunteers in target regions to further build relationships, identify and test leadership potential, move them up the ladder of engagement and develop specific roles in their region that contribute to building ACLU SoCal power in their region.


  • Approximately 10 years of experience in organizing and leadership development.
  • Collaborative approach to working with colleagues.
  • Extremely strong project and time management skill, attention to detail, and ability to set and meet deadlines, including demonstrated capacity to manage and prioritize competing projects.
  • Ability to plan and implement activist/volunteer opportunities such as phone banks with very limited guidance from supervisor, including developing a timeline, recruiting, adapting past training materials, managing logistics and following up with participants.
  • In consultation with supervisor or other colleagues, ability to conceptualize and draft high-quality activist materials, toolkits, and trainings.
  • Excellent judgment, dependable, punctual and able to maintain a high level of confidentiality about campaign strategy and other intellectual property and legal matters.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated success in building and maintaining relationships with people from a variety of backgrounds, including those most impacted by ACLU work and allies.
  • Solution-oriented approach, including the ability to work independently and on a team, the ability to adapt and change course quickly when needed, and demonstrated willingness to take initiative while juggling several priorities all with personal enthusiasm, optimism and a sense of humor.
  • Commitment to the mission and values of the ACLU and understanding of how privilege and power impact the work and approach to the work.
  • Availability for evening and weekend work and very occasional overnight travel.
  • Strong public speaking and meeting/training facilitation skills, especially when working with people from mixed backgrounds or knowledge bases.
  • Demonstrated comfort in implementing standard equity and inclusion practices for volunteers.
  • Adept at computer programs including Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, other Office programs.
  • Knowledge of CRM systems, voter files (such as Political Data Inc.), text blasting tools (such as Hustle), and predicative dialers (such as HubDialer).


Competitive salary is commensurate with experience. The starting compensation range is $70,000 to $85,000. Excellent benefits include generous health, dental, vision plans for staff and their eligible dependents, and life insurance plan. Also matching 401(k) plan, ample vacation and sick leave and liberal holiday schedule.

To Apply

Please submit resume, cover letter, and two references (NO Phone Calls PLEASE) to or mail to:

HR Department
Senior Organizer
ACLU of Southern California
1313 W. 8th Street Los Angeles, CA 90017


ACLU of Southern California is committed to developing a culture of diversity, equity, respect, and inclusion and to strive to maintain a workforce that reflects the communities that we serve. The ACLU SoCal is an equal opportunity employer that does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable law.  We encourage all qualified individuals to apply and value people of all races, genders (including gender identity or expression), sexual orientations, disabilities, citizenships, ages, religions, and national origins and who have different marital statuses, family caregiving responsibilities, lived experiences with the criminal justice systems, and genetic information. ACLU SoCal does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of any of these characteristics.

The ACLU SoCal is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying.