Richmond, VA



The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia (ACLU-VA) is seeking a Reproductive Freedom Campaign Organizer who will primarily build authentic relationships with community members and relevant organizational partners while working to advance policy changes for people impacted by the fight for reproductive freedom. This position reports to the Director of Organizing and Community Engagement and has a demonstrated and deep commitment to racial justice, reproductive freedom, and the values of the ACLU of Virginia.

This position is based in Central Virginia and will require regular travel throughout Central Virginia and the Northern Virginia Region. Travel to other regions of the state may be required depending on strategic priorities and shifts in the political landscape.

See full job description for complete details.

Who We Are

The ACLU-VA strives to be Virginia's premier guardian of civil liberties and a recognized champion of civil rights for all Virginians. For nearly a hundred years (53 in Virginia), the ACLU has made a profound difference in the lives of clients and community members, as well as historic contributions to our country and state. Now, more people than ever before have turned to the ACLU to fight back against unprecedented new attacks on civil rights and liberties. We are also committed to pursuing impactful policy changes at the local and statewide levels to achieve racial equity and advance civil liberties and civil rights for everyone. The ACLU-VA is committed to ending racist policing, cutting the number of people incarcerated in Virginia, increasing access to quality mental and medical care, ending sex and gender-based discrimination at work and in schools, and securing a constitutional right to vote for everyone.

What You’ll Do

You’ll help us protect and advance the ACLU’s mission by working alongside the ACLU of Virginia’s Reproductive Freedom Project Team and providing community-level education on our affiliate initiatives, base-building support around our work, and mobilizing grassroots communities across Central Virginia and parts of Northern Virginia around reproductive freedom and an accompanying state constitutional amendment.

You will be responsible for:

  • Recruiting, training, and supporting volunteers and building volunteer-led action teams;
  • Collaborating with existing community partners and leaders;
  • Engaging in a wide array of tactics, including lobbying, canvassing, tabling, digital organizing, conducting trainings, and hosting community forums;
  • Working with the Organizing team and the ACLU of Virginia’s integrated advocacy Reproductive Freedom Project Team to assist in crafting and implementing strategies needed to advance the organization’s reproductive freedom priorities – particularly those strategies and tactics pertaining to community organizing;
  • Collaborating with the Reproductive Freedom Project Team to organize and execute creative actions, media events, and community meetings; with the Policy team to lobby relevant state and local officials; and with the affiliate’s Communications and Policy teams to develop reproductive freedom messaging and to test this messaging with grassroots networks
  • Power-Building by developing, maintaining, and updating regional lists in priority districts; working with the ACLU of Virginia’s Reproductive Freedom Project Team to research and draft campaign materials; and assisting in policy research and fact-finding
  • Administrative work including providing weekly reports and plans; participating in annual and quarterly planning; and tracking all campaign results and analyses

This is a new position, and the individual hired will be able to assist in the development of the ACLU of Virginia’s community organizing and engagement programs.

Who You Are

Our “Must-Have”

  • Demonstrated support of ACLU-VA’s mission including fighting for racial justice and civil rights issues;
  • At least 2 years of organizing experience leading and executing issue campaigns;
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and move projects forward with independence and autonomy;
  • Self-motivation and ability to work well both independently and on a team;
  • Ability to work with a diverse team on multiple projects with competing deadlines;
  • Experience organizing in but not limited to Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color, as well as LGBTQ+, immigrant, and low-income communities.;
  • A collaborative mindset and ability to work effectively with legal, policy, and communications staff to achieve shared goals;
  • Ability to work irregular hours, attend evening and weekend meetings, and travel in- and out-of-state; and
  • Valid driver's license and reliable transportation meeting all state requirements
  • All ACLU-VA staff must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or be approved for an accommodation for religious or medical exemption.

Strong experience in building grassroots volunteer teams and developing leadership among volunteers is preferred. 

What Else You Should Know

The ACLU of Virginia is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, bi- or multi-lingual (including Indigenous languages) speakers, multi-cultural individuals, members of the LGBTQ community, those who have been formerly incarcerated or are currently under supervision, and other people from underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. We seek to build a diverse team and an inclusive organizational culture. All qualified applicants who share our vision and who have a desire to contribute to our mission are encouraged to apply. 

Salary is based on market factors, individual experience and abilities. The salary range for this position is $55,000 to $60,000.  Grant funding restricts hiring above the maximum range.

In addition, we offer excellent benefits including paid time off, generous paid holidays, a 401k plan with employer contribution, flexible spending account, paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, 50% employer-paid dependent medical coverage, life insurance, annual sick leave, short-term and long-term disability insurance, professional development allowances, extended leave to include parental leave after one year of employment.

Due to COVID-19 and our desire to keep our employees safe, our employees are currently following our hybrid work policy. This position will require travel throughout Virginia, therefore living in the Central Virginia region is preferred.

What Now?

Please review the complete job description on our Careers page and apply from our career site. We will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. A resume and cover letter are required.