Policy & Advocacy

Deadline date

October 31, 2019

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina invites applications for a full-time Field Manager. 

Founded in 1965, the ACLU of North Carolina, an affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union, is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that stands as the state’s guardian of liberty – working in courts, the legislature, and communities to protect and advance civil rights and civil liberties for all North Carolinians. With nearly 30,000 members and supporters across the state, the ACLU of North Carolina has its main office in Raleigh and satellite sites in Charlotte and Wilmington.

Learn more about the job by viewing the Field Manager Role Description and the Candidate Cheat Sheet.

The Field Manager will plan, consult, and implement the field and organizing components of the ACLU of North Carolina’s multi-year Smart Justice campaign and other high-impact issue campaigns such as reproductive freedom, LGBTQ equality, and voting rights. Additionally, the Field Manager will manage the affiliate’s volunteer engagement program and oversee Raleigh-focused organizing. The Field Manager will work in conjunction with campaign managers to set the organizing strategy, develop a data-driven organizing plan for implementing the agreed upon strategy, supervise regional organizing staff in executing the plan, and provide progress reports to senior staff.

The Field Manager is a member of the policy and advocacy department, reporting to and working under the supervision of the Director of Political Strategy and Advocacy. The Field Manager will work in concert with the Statewide Advocacy & Campaigns Manager as well as members of other departments (e.g., Communications and Legal staff).  

The Field Manager is responsible for building and effectively utilizing an activist base of ACLU members and allies. This will include developing and managing the field organizing infrastructure to motivate, mobilize and support ACLU-NC members and volunteers and build bi-partisan alliances with other stakeholders. Key responsibilities include:

Program Management: Articulate the vision and strategy for the ACLU-NC organizing program that aligns with campaign and organizational goals. Design and execute a detailed, data-driven organizing plan that includes explicit measures of success. Design and manage an effective volunteer engagement plan.  Manage regional field organizing staff, including recruiting, hiring, training and supervising regional organizers. Establish a positive, collaborative culture within the organizing team that is driven by values, accountability, teamwork and creativity. Participate as needed as a field organizer – either as an example as an effective organizer during training or when team capacity is otherwise limited. Manage organizer recruitment and advocacy efforts to support the ACLU of North Carolina’s progress toward our racial equity goals. 

General Engagement: In conjunction with other staff members, develop and execute issue-based events (e.g., community forums, annual meeting, social events) in order to mobilize, engage, and grow a base of volunteer activists.  Work with national ACLU staff to integrate the People Power organizing platform as a more effective tool for volunteer development and engagement. 

Engagement of Allies: Develop and drive the ACLU of North Carolina’s strategy for the ongoing engagement of members and supporters. Identify, cultivate and strengthen the involvement of volunteer leadership at local ACLU-NC chapters (Western NC) as well as collaborative alliances with communities of color, immigrant communities, faith groups, LGBTQ communities, and other stakeholders such as Raleigh’s Police Accountability Community Taskforce (PACT) by working in local coalitions to further ACLU-NC strategic goals. Organize and manage regularly-scheduled phone banks, text banks, lobby days, and other actions for ACLU activists to advance policy goals. Coordinate outreach to ensure strong turn-out at ACLU-NC events and co-sponsored events with coalition partners.

Data Analysis & Retention: Collect and maintain information about potential volunteers, monitor for trends and clusters from the same geographic area or skills, identify people or organizations to develop further. Evaluate organizing metrics and adjust management and coaching decisions as necessary to fulfill daily, weekly, and monthly organizing goals. Create regular qualitative and quantitative reports that senior staff and stakeholders can use to meaningfully assess progress. Ensure all volunteer outreach and engagement is tracked in VAN. 


  • At least three to five years of experience in organizing, volunteer management, and/or community engagement work, preferably on issues that align with the ACLU’s priorities.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU and the advancement of civil rights and civil liberties under the U.S. and North Carolina Constitutions.
  • Must demonstrate cultural competency with racially diverse audiences.
  • A commitment to racial equity and social justice.
  • Supervisory experience strongly preferred.
  • Fluency in VAN, Microsoft Office Suite, and other field tools a plus.
  • Ability to build strong relationships quickly and to cultivate those relationships over the long-term
  • Must have demonstrated ability to negotiate, build consensus, resolve conflicts, and strategically disagree.
  • Leadership skills to train and develop staff and to facilitate communication and collaboration among volunteer groups and/or coalition partners.
  • Proven ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with remote staff,  diverse staff, coalition and community groups, motivate volunteers, and work across the political spectrum.
  • Must be able to keep organized in a fast-paced environment, manage several projects simultaneously, and adjust strategy to changing demands.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to maintain orderly records.
  • Ability to work some evenings, weekends and irregular hours.  Travel throughout the state will be required periodically. Valid driver’s license required (but owning a vehicle is not necessary).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

The salary range for the Field Manager position starts at $48,000 and is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include paid vacation, sick time and holidays; medical, dental and vision insurance; life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance; and 401k retirement plan with employer match. FLSA Status: Exempt

Fill out the Field Manager Application and email your resume to policyhiring@acluofnc.org. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2019.

The ACLU-NC is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The ACLU-NC 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, parental status, veteran status, or record of arrest or conviction. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please email us at policyhiring@acluofnc.org if you require a reasonable accommodation to complete this application.


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