The Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) seeks a field organizer who will provide support, coordination, guidance, and other assistance to BORDC’s allied coalitions in local communities across the United States. This position offers a compelling opportunity to focus grassroots attention on issues of broad concern through a groundbreaking strategy that aims to transform the political landscape on issues such as racial and ethnic profiling, domestic surveillance, and police accountability, as well as executive accountability for human rights abuses. This three-month contract position could be extended contingent on funding, is available to applicants in any part of the country, and will require significant travel across the US.
This is a full-time (37.5 hours per week) position.
Duties and responsibilities
- Build local momentum for Bill of Rights defense campaigns and connect efforts across states and regions.
- Identify and reach out to community-based groups, including civil liberties, civil rights, peace and justice, libertarian, and student organizations, to explore opportunities to collaborate on initiatives developed by BORDC.
- Recruit partners to expand coalitions in cities and towns cultivated by prior outreach.
- Coordinate a team of volunteers and their respective outreach assignments.
- Engage organizations such as labor unions, teachers associations, or religious or immigrant communities, to support BORDC’s outreach and public education activities.
- Address organizations, coalitions, and local elected officials on behalf of BORDC and its allies.
- Organize public events to raise awareness of BORDC and its proposed reforms.
- Draft content for BORDC’s monthly newsletter summarizing national organizing progress and identifying volunteer opportunities.
- Nurture and support self-sustaining leadership within local coalitions so that the community is poised to continue and build upon the work.
- Document the process so that both successes and challenges can be used as a learning model.
- A minimum of two to three years of grassroots organizing experience. Policy experience is a plus.
- Detailed knowledge of current civil liberties and human rights issues.
- Excellent written and verbal skills, including meeting facilitation and public presentation skills.
- Proven ability to quickly absorb and analyze information and simplify complex issues for a broad audience.
- Ability to establish, maintain, and cultivate long-distance and in-person working relationships.
- Project management and capacity to coordinate multiple sets of volunteers in different regions with different needs.
- Experience working with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel) and excellent skills at conducting fast and reliable Internet research. Basic HTML knowledge and experience is a plus.
- Community networking and alliance-building experience.
Salary will be commensurate with experience.
To apply for this three-month contract position, please send a cover letter and resume via email to email@example.com with “Field Organizer Application” as the subject line. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls please.
About the Bill of Rights Defense Committee
The Bill of Rights Defense Committee is a national non-profit grassroots organization. We defend the rule of law and rights and liberties challenged by overbroad national security and counter-terrorism policies. We support an ideologically, ethnically, geographically, and generationally diverse grassroots movement to protect and restore these principles by encouraging widespread civic participation; educating people about the significance of our rights; and cultivating grassroots networks to convert concern, outrage, and fear into debate and action.
BORDC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or any other protected status with respect to recruitment, hiring, upgrades, training, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment. Further, BORDC takes affirmative action in support of this policy to employ and advance in employment individuals from under-represented populations.