Terms of Employment: Temporary Full Time (1 year)
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience; NYCLU has a generous and competitive benefits package.
Location: New York Civil Liberties Union, Syracuse, NY
Application deadline: October 4, 2019 (with applications considered as submitted and until the position is filled)
The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation's leading advocates on behalf of constitutional rights and liberties. Founded in 1951, as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with more than 180,000 members and supporters, and eight offices statewide. We work in the courts, in the legislatures and on the streets to advocate for racial and economic justice, free speech, freedom of religion, privacy and equality before the law for all New Yorkers. For more information please visit our website: www.nyclu.org.
The NYCLU seeks to fill the temporary one-year position of full-time Community Organizer, based out of the Central New York office located in Syracuse, NY. This position reports to the Interstate 81 Project Counsel and works in collaboration with the Director of The Education Policy Center in the New York City Office.
In 2018, the NYCLU hired an I-81 Project Counsel to lead our work in Syracuse to make the I-81 replacement project fair, equitable, and just for all residents. Syracuse’s Southside community, our target area, suffered great devastation from the original build of I-81 and other racially inequitable policies, and this is a chance to right some of the wrongs of the past. In this work, the NYCLU focuses on:
• Procedural fairness: Ensuring the City and State engage with the public fairly and equitably, giving voice to the people who will be most impacted by the build; holding city and state entities accountable for legal procedural requirements such as public hearings and transparency.
• Environmental Justice: Fighting to reduce the disproportionate environmental impact on communities of color and low-income people that began with the original build.
• Organizing: Helping build power in impacted communities to resist unfair decisions, to be involved in every aspect of the project, and to protect their families and communities from harm.
The Organizer will be primarily responsible for building public support through hosting community meetings, canvassing our target area, and gathering input from community members. They will work closely with I-81 Project Counsel to conduct outreach, base building, training, education and leadership development among people directly impacted by I-81, prioritizing neighborhood residents, community leaders, parents, and allies.
• Create, schedule, and plan canvassing efforts through-out the week. This would include finding volunteers, securing locations, hosting trainings
• Managing the listening booth. Ensuring the proper permits are secured, movers are scheduled, and listening booth is staffed with volunteers/staff at all times
• Organizing attendance at DOT comment period meetings
• Directing people to our 1-81 landing page, weekly workshops, and other events
• Be a representative of the NYCLU and an agent for change in the movement to end environmental injustices and school desegregation
• Schedule presentations, public speaking opportunities
• Issue-spot and identify organizing opportunities
• Work closely with the project counsel and present at various events.
• meaningfully engage in direct lobbying of public officials
• Assisting in policy research and fact finding
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Assist in the development and execution of the I-81 campaign to advance and defend civil liberties and civil rights for individuals impacted by I-81;
• Engage in a wide array of tactics, including lobbying, canvassing, tabling, digital organizing, conduct trainings, participating in stakeholder meetings, hosting community forums, in coalitions, and organizing to build grassroots and organizational power on a wide range of civil liberties issues;
• Represent the NYCLU publically through coalition work, community organizing, public speaking, and by building relationships;
• Identify, develop and steward strong relationships with key stakeholders and allies including local and statewide social justice organizations, service providers, educational institutions, organized labor, faith groups, and lawmakers;
• Issue-spot and identify organizing opportunities in alignment with the vision, mission, and core equity, diversity and inclusion values of NYCLU and local and statewide priorities;
• Train, engage and mobilize a grassroots network of members, supporters and volunteers;
• Develop policy expertise on NYCLU Education center issues and local and statewide political trends;
• Other related duties as assigned.
• Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience and one or more years of experience in grassroots or community organizing, advocacy, and/or related fields;
• Must be available to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends;
• Experience organizing in Black communities;
• Valid U.S. driver’s license and reliable access to a registered vehicle;
• Familiarity with Syracuse, history of the 15th ward, and the I-81 project;
• Excellent oral communication and presentation skills, including active listening and public speaking in groups and one-on-one;
• Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to effectively interact with and mobilize diverse populations;
• Ability to think critically and contextually about systemic issues of school segregation and environmental racism;
• Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects simultaneously;
• Proficiency with MS Office programs;
• Ability to travel in and around Syracuse frequently, with possible occasional travel to Albany and New York City;
• Commitment to racial justice, civil rights and civil liberties, and understanding of the mission of the NYCLU.
• A diplomatic touch; ability to problem-solve, negotiate, and compromise in coalition settings;
• Demonstrated ability to maintain high quality interactions with team members and organizational partners;
• Experience developing local campaigns that demonstrate a keen understanding of Central New York region and New York State government, communities and power landscape;
• Ability to communicate in languages other than English a plus.
HOW TO APPLY:
Please e-mail resume and cover letter explaining your unique qualifications and experience for this position to https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/173443/New-York-Civil-Liberties-Union-Foundation/Community-Organizer-for-I-81-Project with "Project I-81 Organizer" in the subject line.
The NYCLU is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the population that we serve.