Community Engagement Manager

  • ACLU of Idaho
  • Boise, ID, United States
Full Time Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation of Idaho seeks a full-time Community Engagement Manager to join our staff of seven in Boise.

ABOUT THE POSITION

This is a position for a full-time staff that is committed to advancing our work with communities most at risk of having their civil liberties and civil rights violated in the state of Idaho. As an organization we value community organizing as a way to guide our work and as such this position will include significant community organizing, as well as managing the organization’s systems for communicating with the general public about our work.

The Community Engagement Manager will use a combination of strategies that include organizing, communications, and public education to advance the work priorities of the organization.

This position will help us design and build community-centered organizing strategies in one of the most difficult advocacy environments in the United States: a rural state with a history of prejudice and systemic discrimination against communities of color, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, those with disabilities, women, non-dominant religious faiths, and indigenous communities.

The Community Engagement Manager will be responsible for an array of advocacy techniques, including community organizing, managing the organization’s website and other media communications, coalition building, support with legislative advocacy, and digital organizing.

The Community Engagement Manager will work closely with impacted and vulnerable communities, as well as with ACLU staff, coalition partners, and the general public to design new ways to advance the ACLU of Idaho’s mission to secure freedom and equity, and reduce harm for all Idahoans.

The position reports to the Executive Director and works collaboratively with other staff members.

The ACLU of Idaho is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages people of color, people who have experienced incarceration, immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities, people who are queer, transgender, lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and women to apply.

ABOUT THE ACLU

The ACLU is the nation’s premier guardian of liberty. A nationwide, nonpartisan nonprofit organization, the ACLU is dedicated to defending and expanding civil liberties and human rights across the country. The ACLU of Idaho and its foundation operate jointly as private, nonprofit organizations devoted to furthering the ACLU’s mission in Idaho. The ACLU of Idaho employs a three-prong approach to its work, which includes litigation, policy advocacy, and community engagement. To learn more, visit www.acluidaho.org and www.aclu.org.

Our staff of seven employees work in a fast-paced, friendly office in the heart of downtown Boise, Idaho. Boise, the City of Trees, is the capitol of Idaho and the core of a metro area of 660,000 people. The city enjoys all four seasons in a dry climate and offers an exceptional quality of life and a diverse business community with high tech industries. Recreational activities include whitewater rafting and kayaking, climbing, fishing, hunting, and skiing. There is a 135 mile foothill trail system for hiking and mountain biking and a 25 mile riverside greenbelt along the Boise River which flows through the city. Downtown offers thriving restaurants, shops, concerts, and public markets, and an ever expanding number of local microbrew pubs and wineries. Over 95 languages are spoken in Idaho.  The Treasure Valley, which includes the cities of Boise, Meridian, Nampa and Caldwell is home to state’s largest Latino community. Boise is also a hub for LGBTQ communities and political activism in Idaho. Boise is a large refugee resettlement city. See more about Boise in this video.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and implement a strategy to strengthen our community organizing and advocacy programs.
  • Engage with impacted community members to develop local leadership across the state to defend the constitutional rights of all Idahoans.
  • Help develop new public education and outreach events, including, but not limited to, annual Activist Academy, community actions such as tabling, rallies and protests, public hearings, and community forums to promote the ACLU of Idaho’s specific advocacy priorities.
  • Work with existing ACLU of Idaho’s coalition partners and support the creation and management of new coalitions as needed.
  • Provide volunteers information, guidance, assistance, and training; act as the primary liaison between the volunteers and staff.
  • Manage the organizations communications plan to disseminate ACLU news, promote advocacy campaigns, reach ACLU target audiences, and enhance the ACLU statewide presence.
  • Manage the ACLU of Idaho’s digital communications platforms, including, the ACLU-ID website, social media channels and email advocacy program.
  • Work with staff to produce internal communications materials, such as the newsletter, annual report, press releases, blogs, op-eds, flyers, talking points, and brochures.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Firm commitment to the mission and principles of the ACLU of Idaho and the advancement of civil liberties and civil rights in Idaho.
  • Community organizing experience with communities and individuals at risk of discrimination, including immigrant, refugee, religious minority, indigenous, trans, and queer communities.
  • Experience working with diverse communities and coalition partners and a proven track record of successful, mutually respectful relationships with diverse allies.
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural competency and ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, to diverse audiences and in a variety of contexts; willingness and ability to speak in public and to facilitate meetings and trainings. Non-English language skills are a plus.
  • Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines on concurrent projects in a fast-paced, occasionally stressful environment. Confident and professional work style, superior problem solving skills, and an ability to work creatively and independently.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills for both print and online audiences; strong verbal communication skills. Proven ability to transform complex ideas into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate information to targeted audiences through the right channels.
  • Flexibility and strong time management and multi-tasking skills; ability to implement multiple projects simultaneously, manage tight deadlines and unexpected tasks as they arise.
  • Ability to accommodate a variable work schedule including travel and work on nights and weekends.

 COMPENSATION

This is a full-time, salaried position in the range of $40,000-$43,000.  The ACLU of Idaho offers a generous benefits package that includes: vision, health, dental, life/disability insurance, 401(k), family leave, paid sick leave and vacation.

TO APPLY

Please compile the following information (combine these materials into a single PDF file if possible):

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • A personal statement, no more than one page, explaining how your background and experience prepare you for this job, and the vision you have for how you would help the ACLU of Idaho and the people of this state in this position.
  • A relevant professional writing sample, no more than 5 pages.

Applicants who are given an interview may be asked to provide references or asked to have their references submit feedback to prompted questions.

Complete applications should be emailed to admin@acluidaho.org with a subject line of “Community Engagement Manager.” Application materials may be mailed to PO Box 1897, Boise, ID 83701.

Applications Due by September 5, 2017, 5pm Mountain Time.

Education Requirements

none

Salary

$40,000 - $43,000/ year