The ACLU of Kentucky seeks a dynamic, innovative, and passionate individual to serve as its full-time Field Organizer for reproductive rights. This newly-created position is responsible for creating and mobilizing a statewide infrastructure of advocates for reproductive rights including increased access to abortion as well as reproductive health care more broadly. The Field Organizer will work to advocate alongside Kentuckians in their mission to make decisions about their healthcare and their families for themselves. ACLU of Kentucky’s advocacy primarily takes place in the Kentucky General Assembly but can include campaigns outside of the capitol.

Founded in 1955, the ACLU of Kentucky has been at the heart of many of the most important struggles for civil liberties and civil rights in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We are one of 53 affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union nationwide.

As a Field Organizer with the ACLU of Kentucky, you will join a team committed to fighting the toughest civil liberties and civil rights fights to defend all people, particularly the most vulnerable, from government abuse. We envision a world in which the Constitution’s promises of liberty, justice, and equality are fully realized for all people from all walks of life. We fight for a more perfect union in which America protects the rights of people who have not typically held the reins of political power. We seek to end mass incarceration, create police accountability, stop police brutality, establish privacy protections in the digital age, achieve freedom for LGBTQ people and immigrants, fight against attacks to reproductive freedom, dismantle institutional white supremacy and racism, and more.

This position will be based out of the affiliate office in Louisville and will report to the ACLU of Kentucky’s Advocacy Director. Although based in Louisville, the position will be responsible for statewide organizing and mobilization. The reproductive rights Field Organizer will work in close collaboration with other ACLU of Kentucky communications, legal, organizing, and policy staff. The professional who holds this position will have the opportunity to shape a well-respected and effective organization’s advocacy initiatives.

This position is grant-funded, with a minimum commitment for two-years of funding and possibility of renewal.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure that the interests and vision of impacted populations and the broader community shape the affiliate’s work on reproductive rights.
  • Elevate leadership within impacted communities and the broader public to help shape campaign goals, strategies, and tactics.
  • Under the guidance of the Advocacy Director, develop and implement an organizing campaign provide regular progress reports to the Advocacy Director and develop and maintain metrics for tracking goals.
  • Build strong partnerships with key stakeholders across the state and political spectrum, including Kentuckians impacted by pregnancy, abortion as well as other reproductive healthcare needs, legislators, business leaders, mental health professionals, advocates, religious and political leaders, and others.
  • Work with coalition partners, allies and adversaries.
  • Identify, recruit and build community with advocates for public hearings, press conferences, and other public events.
  • Identify, recruit, train, support, and supervise ACLU members/volunteers for campaigns and programs; serve as the primary liaison between volunteers and staff.
  • Assist the Legal Department, as appropriate, particularly around lawsuits filed in response to newly passed anti-abortion laws.
  • Lobby the Kentucky General Assembly on reproductive rights priorities as well as other general priorities, where appropriate.

Qualifications

  • At least one  (1) year of relevant experience in community/field organizing, base building or direct service. Experience in political/advocacy/campaign organizing, with experience working directly with volunteers and/or community members strongly preferred.
  • Experience with facilitation, training/leading workshops.
  • Individuals who want to work in Kentucky politics.
  • Personal or professional experience with reproductive rights issues encouraged to apply.
  • Proficiency with technology or a willingness to learn.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills.
  • Superb organization skills; detail-oriented with strong follow-through and the ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Creative, results-oriented, self-starting, and willing to learn.
  • Strong task and time management skills.
  • Ability to travel around the state as necessary and participate in evening and weekend meetings.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU. Strong commitment to and understanding of equity and inclusion work with a history of engaging diverse communities. Must have the ability to engage individuals of all races, nationalities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, income levels, ages, physical abilities, educational, occupational and political backgrounds and those with histories of trauma.
  • Empathy, respect, and value for the role of personal storytelling in advocacy and organizing work

Compensation:

The ACLU of Kentucky offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package including paid vacation, medical and dental insurance, pension plan, life and long-term disability insurance and generous paid holidays. The salary for this position will be $37,000.

To Apply:

Please send a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to Executive Director Michael Aldridge at michael@aclu-ky.org  with “Field Organizer – Reproductive Rights” in the subject line of the email.

All applications will be reviewed. 

It will not be possible for us to accept telephone calls of inquiry. 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, at which time the position announcement will be removed from our website. 

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The ACLU of Kentucky is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages immigrants, people of color, indigenous people, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, women, and formerly incarcerated and justice-impacted people to apply. We accept all applicants regardless of race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, or record of arrest or conviction.

The ACLU-KY seeks to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: michael@aclu-ky.org.

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