The ACLU Drug Law Reform Project (DLRP) is a special division of the national ACLU founded in 1998. DLRP brings "impact" lawsuits throughout the country, using legal strategies built on the idea that fighting for civil rights means not just persuading judges but ultimately changing the way people think. DLRP uses targeted media and online and community outreach campaigns in conjunction with litigation to change public attitudes through education and give people on the frontlines the tools they need to act. DLRP has a record of successes in litigation on issues ranging from racial profiling in drug enforcement to protecting medical marijuana users and their doctors from federal prosecution.
The National Field Organizer will help execute the public education and communications components of the DLRP's campaigns and will be primarily responsible for community outreach and organizing strategies aimed at solidifying support for drug policy reform and connecting to new audiences, especially in communities of color. The National Field Organizer will recruit and supervise local organizers for specific litigation and campaigns. The National Field Organizer will also work with DLRP Staff to carry out strategies in the areas of media relations, producing targeted multi-media publications, and state and federal legislative advocacy. The position will require close coordination with the national ACLU, its 53 state affiliates, private attorneys, and allied organizations, both in litigation efforts and in efforts to secure reform in state legislatures and Congress.
The National Field Organizer must have exceptional interpersonal skills and experience organizing communities around social justice issues. Eagerness and demonstrated success in working in coalitions to attract greater support for an issue is a must. Because this position will require community outreach and organizing throughout the country, applicants must have a willingness and ability to travel often. The candidate must have experience using the internet as an organizing tool and competence in developing websites and web features, or an ability and aptitude to learn these areas. The National Field Organizer must also have an understanding of multi-faceted public education campaigns that integrate strategies around litigation, legislative advocacy, community organizing, and strategic communications. The following skills and experience are strongly preferred: Experience working with communities of color; proficiency in speaking and writing Spanish; media relations experience; familiarity with public interest, impact litigation; and drug policy-related advocacy.
Salary is commensurate with
experience, within the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.
Excellent benefits package provided. Applications will be accepted
until the position is filled, which will not be before June 25, 2005.
Please submit a letter describing your qualifications and interest in the
position, a current resume, a writing sample of no more than ten pages
connected to community outreach or organizing efforts, and the names and
phone numbers of two references to: Anjuli Verma, ACLU Drug Law Project,
ATTN: [DPLP-15], 1101 Pacific Avenue, Suite 333, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 or
[email protected]. No phone calls;
please indicate in your cover letter that you saw this job posting on DRCNet.