The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri Foundation, Inc., (ACLU-MO) seeks a full-time Community Engagement Associate to develop and implement plans to educate and engage Missouri residents, including ACLU-MO members, supporters and volunteers, in our work and to help position the ACLU-MO as a trusted and valued resource for the community.

Founded in 1920, the ACLU-MO is one of Missouri’s premier public advocacy organizations. The ACLU-MO, headquartered in St. Louis, is committed to defending and expanding the constitutional rights and civil liberties guaranteed to all Missourians under the United States and Missouri Constitutions through an integrated advocacy approach, using strategic litigation, legislative advocacy, and communications programs on a broad range of issues.  We are in the midst of planned growth and increasing prominence in policy issues including racial equity, education equity, voting rights, equitable policing, reducing mass incarceration, threats to reproductive rights, prosecutorial accountability, LGBT equality, free speech, and protecting privacy in the digital age. The ACLU-MO is an IRS 501(c)(3) organization and works closely with its sister 501(c)(4) organization.  

We have a diverse staff of individuals, with offices in Kansas City and St. Louis. To learn more about our work, please visit www.aclu-mo.org and www.aclu.org.

POSITION OVERVIEW

Under the supervision of the Deputy Director for Community Engagement, the Community Engagement Associate will engage ACLU-MO members, volunteers, and the public in the ACLU-MO’s work on issues including first amendment rights, criminal justice, racial justice, immigrants’ rights, LGBTQ+ equality, disability rights, privacy rights, voting rights, and reproductive rights. This includes, but is not limited to, supporting the advancement of ACLU-MO core campaigns through mobilization and recruitment tactics, identifying and facilitating volunteer opportunities for ACLU-MO members and the public, conducting outreach to engage Missouri residents with the ACLU-MO’s work, and assisting with the planning and execution of ACLU-MO events. The Community Engagement Associate will work closely with the organization’s Policy, Communications, Litigation, and Community Engagement teams, as well as Missouri-based “go-to” community-based organizations and community members. This position is part of the Integrated Advocacy Team described below:

New ACLU-MO Framework:

  • The ACLU-MO has embarked upon a new methodology and approach to respond to community-based issues/concerns. This new framework is referred to as Integrated Advocacy. The model for Integrated Advocacy lends itself to more broadly addressing community-based issues/concerns that allows for a more coordinated response versus a singular response to expressed concerns levied by the Missouri community-at-large. 

How will Integrated Advocacy impact your work? 

  • As opposed to only viewing community-based needs through a litigation lens, we are now intentionally assessing, evaluating, and reviewing needs through a multi-tiered lens in order to identify the most effective and impactful advocacy related strategies appropriate for systemic change (e.g., policy and campaigns, community engagement, litigation, and communications).  When reviewing community-based issues/concerns, you will be intimately involved in triaging issues/concerns with an alternative eye that seeks IA (Integrated Advocacy) options within a coordinated team effort.

Benefits of Integrated Advocacy to YOU!

  • In the past, our work was approached in a fragmented and insular manner. By implementing this Integrated Advocacy approach, we are able to strengthen our departmental capacity to address community-level issues/concerns by wholistically intervening and applying a diversity of IA options where needed.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to be exposed to all facets of IA strategies.  Also, you will find by working within an immersive collaborative team structure, this affords you the chance to develop and/or deploy a range of skill sets across the following departmental efforts:
    • Policy & Campaigns
    • Communications
    • Litigation
    • Community Engagement

RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES

Community Engagement Responsibilities:

Data Analysis and Reporting Responsibilities:

  • Implement current data integrity protocols for complaint case management system (Legal Files)
  • Develop and execute monthly complaint/community engagement reports using data from ACLU-MO’s CMS (Legal Files and VAN).
  • Support the use of internal and external data for use in planning, program development and assessment, resource development and other activities.
  • Interpret data and analyze results qualitatively and quantitatively.
  • Create best practice reports based on data mining, analysis, visualization, and mapping.
  • Support the preparation of grant proposals with analytics and data as requested.

In addition to the above responsibilities, other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated experience with volunteer engagement and mobilization, organizing, or related role. 
  • Ability to engage the diverse communities of Missouri residents, including ACLU-MO members, volunteers, and student clubs with enthusiasm, professionalism, and respect
  • Demonstrated experience speaking in front of groups with comfort and ease. 
  • Be organized, able to plan and problem-solve, meet deadlines, and have strong time management skills, with an ability to work effectively under pressure and to prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage details, work independently, and follow through with a minimum of direct supervision. 
  • Flexibility and adaptability to a fast-paced, constantly changing environment. 
  • A passion for engaging members of the community on civil liberties and civil rights issues 
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including an ability to work collaboratively, be accountable, share responsibility and credit, and navigate and resolve conflict in a manner that values and respects relationships with colleagues inside and outside the ACLU.
  • Have advanced computer skills including remote communication tools and proficiency with: Windows, Microsoft Office, Google Drive, and internet research in particular.
  • Familiarity with campaign planning and management technology and software, including but not limited to tools like VAN and PeoplePower, etc. 
  • Experience with data entry or volunteer coordination and bulk email software a plus. 
  • Proficiency with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Zoom, Microsoft Teams a plus. 
  • Have a minimum of 2 years’ experience in data analysis /quality control.
  • Have proven analytical skills and technical expertise, including database maintenance, data mining, evaluation, analysis, and visualization.
  • Have excellent writing, communication, reporting, and presentation skills.
  • Have experience in nonprofit data analysis /quality control (preferred).
  • Event planning experience a plus. 
  • Because the Community Engagement Associate will meet in-person with individuals who may be immunocompromised, a COVID-19 vaccine is required for this role. (Proof of vaccination will be requested upon hire.)

 

Personal Characteristics

  • A personal commitment to the ACLU’s values, mission, goals and programs, including a personal approach that values equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging, respecting differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Ability to work in a team and be a team player.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently, managing time and projects.
  • Utilize a self-reflective and self-awareness lens in team/collaborative work.
  • Able to work evenings or weekends as needed, and to travel to events and meetings throughout the state.
  • Be passionate about data.

This job announcement provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment, and the description and/or posting may be changed at any time without advance notice.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

ACLU-MO offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience, within the parameters of a Missouri-based non-profit including paid vacation and holidays; medical, dental and vision insurance; life and disability insurance; and 401(K) retirement plan with employer contributions, and employer match of optional employee contributions. This position is full-time, salaried, and exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

TO APPLY

Please submit a resume that lists relevant experience, cover letter, three references, and a portfolio (body of work) demonstrating related efforts in grassroots community organizing to application@aclu-mo.org. Please indicate “Community Engagement Associate” in the subject line of your email.

For your cover letter in addition to expressing your interest in this position and where you saw this positing, make sure you address the following questions:

  1. How can the principles and practices of Nonviolent Social Change be applied to advance civil liberties for Missourians?
  2. Please provide an example of how you have applied Nonviolent Social Change in community organizing.

Please, no phone calls.

DEADLINE

Application materials will be reviewed as received and will be accepted until the position is filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on Tuesday, January 18, 2021. 

ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction. 

The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to ensure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: application@aclu-mo.org.