Location

El Paso

Department

Border Rights Center

The ACLU of Texas seeks a passionate and creative individual for a full-time Field Coordinator position for its Border Rights Center (BRC). This is a one-year position that may be extended upon need and availability of resources. The position is based out of the BRC office in El Paso. Under the BRC Advocacy Manager’s supervision, the Field Coordinator will develop and implement field programs in El Paso and along the Southern border recruit to support federal advocacy, potential impact litigation, and to protect the civil rights and liberties of immigrants, communities of color, and all border residents.

Responsibilities:

  • With BRC staff and partners, develop and implement programs and initiatives in response to shifts in federal local and state policies affecting border communities, including program design, toolkit development, and recruitment and training of volunteers;
  • Work collaboratively with ACLU border affiliates and National ACLU departments to coordinate and execute border-wide programs and initiatives;
  • Track and compile program data for reporting to the National ACLU and ACLU affiliates along the Southern Border;
  • In collaboration with ACLU staff, organize public events, forums, conferences and training opportunities in support of BRC goals;
  • Build and nurture effective multi-organizational coalitions and alliances on border enforcement issues and campaigns;
  • Identify and recruit potential clients and witnesses as needed for advocacy, media, or impact litigation purposes;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience
The BRC Field Coordinator must demonstrate a commitment to civil rights and civil liberties. The Border Field Coordinator will have the ability to take the initiative, problem-solve, multi-task, and work independently as well as collaborate with others as a part of a team in a collaborative environment. This position requires a person that is self-motivated and self-directed with a sense of humor and the following qualifications:

  • Three years of relevant work experience in the immigrant rights arena, policy advocacy, community organizing, or similar fields. Experience with border issues, immigrants’ rights, immigration detention, and legislative advocacy strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated commitment to work in diverse communities;
  • Bilingual Spanish/English required;
  • Ability to keep organized in a fast-paced environment, to manage several projects simultaneously, and to adjust to frequently changing demands;
  • Ability to travel;
  • Ability to analyze and articulate complex issues and to communicate them to the public; a “quick study” on a dynamic array of issues;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software
  • Prior work with Latinx and other minority constituencies preferred.
  • Creative, results-oriented, self-starting, willing to learn, able to manage a flexible schedule, willing to work beyond 9-5 as needed;
  • Able to work collaboratively with colleagues and other departments, sense of humor a must;
  • Commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of all types, including but not limited to race, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance;
  • Must strongly support priority issues of the ACLU and be familiar with social justice, civil rights, or civil liberties issues.
  • A Bachelor’s degree is preferred but not required.

Compensation
Salary is commensurate with experience and within the parameters of ACLU of Texas’s salary scale. Excellent benefits include a generous Paid Time Off policy, medical, dental and vision insurance; 401(k) plan with an employer match; life and long-term disability insurance, and generous paid holidays.

To Apply
Send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and names and contact information of three professional references by email to jobs@aclutx.org. Please include “BRC Field Coordinator Application” in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU of Texas reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

The ACLU of Texas is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Texas 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, and veteran status.

The ACLU of Texas undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

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