Website New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Position: Organizer
Department: Regional Offices
Terms of Employment: Regular Full-Time/Exempt
Location: Nassau County Regional Office – Hempstead, NY
Salary: $51,229 – $67,478
Application Deadline: Until the position is filled

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:


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.


The NYCLU seeks to fill the position of full-time Organizer, based out of the Nassau County regional office, located in Hempstead, NY. Regional offices conduct multi-layered advocacy efforts aimed at both the state and local levels including grassroots organizing, public education, coalition building, leadership development, on-line activism, and direct lobbying of state and local lawmakers. The Organizer supports the regional office in a wide range of both local and statewide work including organizing, campaign planning, community outreach, and volunteer engagement.

The ideal candidate for this position will have a strong understanding and affinity for the NYCLU’s mission with a demonstrated commitment to civil rights and liberties; will understand systematic inequality, grassroots campaign planning and implementation experience, including leadership development and base building, and should have prior experience organizing and empowering communities. Exposure to policing and immigration issues a plus.


  • Identifying local priorities in collaboration with the Regional Director and initiating campaign planning, strategizing and implementation.
  • Represent NYCLU as an agent for change in the movement to end barriers to civil rights and liberties through coalition work, community organizing, relationship building, public speaking, direct action and public education.
  • Support and strengthen the Nassau office’s volunteer base, including recruiting, training, and developing volunteers and members as leaders, ambassadors, advocates, and organizers with a commitment to a diverse, equitable and inclusive volunteer base.
  • Organize and implement community outreach events and host public education programs.
  • Identify opportunities to base-build, increase mobilization capacity and broaden the presence and efficacy of the regional office.
  • Work in collaboration with the Regional Director and staff across the NYCLU on statewide legislative campaigns including in-district and Albany lobby visits, event planning, public education, lobby training, and lobby day planning.
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively on statewide initiatives with the Field Department Organizers as directed by the Regional Director.
  • Assist in conceptualizing and implementing local campaigns to advance and defend civil liberties in Nassau County.
  • Engage in a wide array of tactics, including lobbying, outreach, canvassing, tabling, digital organizing, conducting know your rights trainings, participate in stakeholder meetings, plan and implement community forums, engage in coalition building and organizing to build grassroots and organizational power on a wide range of civil liberties issues.
  • Issue-spot and identify organizing opportunities to build grassroots advocacy power, elevate and center the voices of impacted communities.
  • Train, engage, and mobilize a grassroots network of members, supporters, and volunteers in collaboration, when appropriate, with NYCLU’s Field Department.
  • Use interdepartmental tools and strategies, such as CRM database and P2P text messaging, to achieve campaign success.
  • Organize and conduct public education events, presentations, workshops and panel discussions that further our local and statewide strategic campaign plans.
  • Learn and use community asset mapping and a power analysis to increase the understanding of systematic inequality and center the voices of directly impacted people and marginalized communities in local and statewide organizing plans.
  • Meaningfully engage in direct lobbying of public officials.
  • Develop policy expertise on NYCLU issues and local and statewide political trends.
  • Participate in NYCLU internal issue-based working groups.
  • Other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree and four or more years’ experience in grassroots or community organizing.
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil rights and liberties.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent presentation skills including active listening.
  • Experience developing and presenting trainings.
  • Experience writing and implementing strategic campaigns, including development of digital toolkits.
  • Experience implementing social media components of campaigns.
  • Experience planning and implementation of special events.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, proven ability to effectively interact with diverse populations and a proven track record of relationship building.
  • Ability to think critically and contextually about systemic issues of race, power and identity.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Proficiency with MS Office programs, digital organizing tools and social media platforms.
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license and registered vehicle.
  • Nassau or Suffolk resident.
  • Familiarity with Nassau County history, government structures and communities.
  • Ability to regularly travel within Long Island with majority of travel in Nassau, Suffolk, Albany, and NYC headquarters as needed
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including many evenings and weekends.
  • Spanish language skills is strongly recommended.


Please submit your resume and cover letter that includes your unique qualifications for this position, and where or how you learned of this job posting via If feasible, please submit these materials as a single PDF.

The NYCLU is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, sex, gender identity or expression, age, disability, religion, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the communities that we serve.

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