The ACLU is working to usher in a new era in which our criminal legal system is smaller, free of bias and discrimination, and committed to the personal safety, health, and dignity of every person and every community.
We are taking our organization to a new level by focusing our communications, field organizing, legal, and policy firepower to pursue specific integrated advocacy campaigns in the areas of Smart Justice, Decriminalizing Poverty, and Reimagining Policing. We’re working to achieve measurable goals that will expand civil liberties and civil rights while building the long-term power of the ACLU and the civil liberties movement.
The ACLU of Hawaii's organizing model focuses on developing a diverse group of volunteer leaders, mobilizing grassroots support for campaign objectives, and educating Hawai‘i residents about campaign objectives through person-to-person or virtual contact (emphasis on virtual during COVID). ACLU of Hawai‘i organizing engages existing members, supporters, and volunteers, and increases outreach to communities. It centers the experiences and leadership of directly impacted people and engages directly impacted people in the work, while also ensuring that non-impacted allies engage in effective and substantive action.
The Field team works with Hawai‘i residents to influence decision-makers, both via direct contact and by holding events and actions. The Field team focuses on identifying and supporting volunteer leaders willing to work to mobilize contacts within their own networks, in order to expand the size, reach, and power of the movement.
Organizing at the ACLU of Hawai‘i complements approaches used by other groups, but does not replicate them. We are instead oriented towards systemic change and policy action—moving people to take strategic actions that lead to decision-makers making different decisions that result in the advancement of specific campaign objectives. These actions can take place in the electoral, legal, legislative, and public education contexts. Organizing at the ACLU of Hawai‘i is also designed to build long-term political and community power for the civil liberties movement, so that civil liberties and civil rights are better protected and strengthened.
The Field Organizer will report to the Field Organizing Director and be a part of an interdisciplinary, cross-departmental team. This position will work to build a strong organizing program by increasing, diversifying and activating ACLU members and promoting their participation in local and statewide campaigns and initiatives.
What you’ll do:
Provide on-the-ground organizing and advocacy support in Hawai‘i.
Help to achieve concrete policy objectives while building ACLU Hawaii’s political power.
Increase awareness of the ACLU of Hawai‘i and its reform efforts in Hawai‘i.
What you’ll need:
Are You Ready to Help Lead Us into the Future?
If you’re excited about devoting your talents and skills to the ACLU of Hawai‘i, please submit your resume, letter of interest, and mention where you learned of this opportunity, by email, to FieldOrganizingJobs@acluhawaii.org. Please include your last name and “Field Organizer – Hawai‘i” in the subject line of the email. No phone calls, please. To ensure that we receive your application, please do not use any other ACLU email addresses. People with personal experience being incarcerated or otherwise impacted by the criminal legal system are strongly encouraged to apply.
Salary is commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU of Hawai‘i compensation scale. Excellent benefits include: generous vacation and sick leave; 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave; individual/family employer-provided health insurance with 100% of premiums covered by the employer; long-term disability; defined contribution plan with employer match; paid parking; and 14 paid holidays. This position is full-time, salaried, and exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
We will accept applications until August 16, 2021 or until the position is filled, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website, www.acluhi.org/jobs. We hope that one of those applications is yours.
The ACLU of Hawai‘i is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest organization, dedicated to defending and enhancing civil rights and civil liberties through litigation, legislative advocacy, organizing, and community education.
The ACLU of Hawaiʻi 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 of Hawaiʻi 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, ancestries, and national origins, and who have different marital statuses, family caregiving responsibilities, lived experiences with the criminal justice systems, credit histories, statuses as a victim of domestic and sexual violence, arrest or court record histories, and genetic information. The ACLU of Hawaiʻi does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of any of these characteristics.
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