Louisville, KY



Deadline date

Friday, May 15, 2020, 5PM EST

Position Overview: 

The Organizing Coordinator will be responsible for assisting in the transformation of Kentucky’s criminal justice system by connecting and supporting folks on the ground, especially those who have been directly impacted by the justice system. 

As a member of the advocacy team, the Organizing Coordinator will engage volunteers and activists in building political power and organizational capacity for ACLU-KY by planning and implementing grassroots advocacy campaigns that support Smart Justice statewide policy goals.   

ACLU-KYʼs volunteer and activist base is diverse and includes people who are directly impacted by the issues we work on, as well as allies from many different backgrounds and with many different life experiences. They are all motivated by a desire to make change and advance civil liberties. The Organizing Coordinator will work with other advocacy staff to meet volunteers wherever they are in their activism journey to develop their skills, their commitment to racial justice and other forms of equity, and their ability to meaningfully engage in our work. 

Primary Responsibilities/Essential Duties: 

  • Identify and maintain new volunteers and cultivate volunteer leaders; supervise and provide ongoing professional development opportunities for those volunteers and any future organizing staff that may be hired by ACLU-KY. 
  • Develop, manage, and participate in programs and events  for ACLU-KY Smart Justice advocates, volunteers, and other activists to develop their legislative advocacy and organizing skills. This includes, but is not limited to, creating and delivering in-person  trainings and/or identifying and coordinating external trainers and/or training programs for additional leadership development. 
  • Coordinate and mobilize Smart Justice Advocates to lobby legislators, testify in hearings, and speak out to advance ACLU-KY policy goals during the interim and legislative sessions of the Kentucky General Assembly.
  • Connect volunteers with volunteer opportunities; lead trainings and/or other activities, such as phone banks; and plan and implement workshops, meetings, and/or smaller events. 
  • Frequent statewide travel is required. 
  • This is a supervisory position.


  • Critical Thinking: Make substantial contributions to projects requiring complex planning and coordination, including organizational strategic planning and formation of inter-departmental project teams. 
  • Decision Making: Use organizational vision and mission to set goals; develop and implement tactics; assume ownership and exercise a high degree of discretion.
  • Decision Making: Be a peer member of the Advocacy Team that reports directly to the Advocacy Director, but collaborates closely with all other departments.
  • Leadership: May manage people, teams, and projects internally; manage volunteer advocates. Meaningfully contribute to a culture of equity and inclusion, and engage in trauma-informed work.  


  • At least one (1) year of experience working in a community setting advocating for change.
  • At least one (1) year of experience working directly with volunteers is strongly preferred.
  • Personal experience being incarcerated or in other ways entangled with the criminal justice system is preferred. 
  • Knowledge of criminal justice reform advocacy and messaging, or an ability to quickly become conversant with the latest decarceration research, messaging, and tactics used to educate the public and influence policymakers.   
  • Ability to travel frequently. This position is based in Louisville, KY, but requires frequent statewide travel. The Organizing Coordinator must either reside in the Louisville metropolitan area or be willing to relocate quickly. The Organizing Coordinator must have reliable transportation. Expenses for mandatory travel are reimbursed for all ACLU-KY employees.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU. It is essential that applicants have a strong passion for criminal justice issues, commitment to criminal justice reform, and an understanding of the racialized nature of criminal justice. 
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. 
  • Superb organization skills; detail-oriented with strong follow-through and the ability to meet tight deadlines. 
  • Demonstrates comfort in implementing standard equity and inclusion practices, group facilitation, and use of people-first language.


  • The ACLU welcomes talented people to our team, and in return offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package that includes paid vacation, medical and dental insurance, a pension plan, life and long-term disability insurance, and generous paid holidays. 
  • Starting salary range: $42,000-$50,000, depending on experience. 
  • This position is grant-funded for 1-year with the possibility of a 2-year extension dependent on continued funding.  
  • Classification: Full-Time Exempt. This position is funded by the Chan Zuckerburg Initiative (CZI) and is one year long with the potential for an additional 2-year renewal. 

To Apply: 

Please email a cover letter and resume to admin@aclu-ky.org with "Organizing Coordinator" in the subject line. Please let us know how you found out about this position in your cover letter. All materials must be sent by 5PM EST, Friday, May 15, 2020.

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