Communications & Engagement

The RGV Volunteer Coordinator will inspire, support, and strengthen volunteer activists while implementing education and mobilization programming. Volunteer Coordinators act as the face of the ACLU in their regions, offering support, information, and expertise. The RGV Volunteer Coordinator will help build a sustainable volunteer program by recruiting, training, and activating volunteers to promote local initiatives and participate in strategic campaigns. Additionally, the RGV Volunteer Coordinator will identify and develop leaders in affected communities to advocate for change. The RGV Volunteer Coordinator will be housed in the ACLU of Texas’ Brownsville office, but will spend a great deal of time working in the community and surrounding areas.

Responsibilities include:

  • Recruit, train, and mobilize ACLU volunteer activists. Engage with existing volunteer activists.
  • Develop meaningful, regular programming to engage ACLU volunteers and advance ACLU of Texas program goals and issue campaigns.
  • Mobilize volunteers to table, phone bank, block walk, and engage with ACLU programming.
  • Provide volunteers with information, guidance, assistance, and training.
  • Act as primary liaison between volunteers and staff.
  • Plan, coordinate, and facilitate “Know Your Rights” training sessions and other educational programs.
  • Oversee the Legal Observer program in the Rio Grande Valley.
  • Represent relevant volunteer concerns to ACLU of Texas staff. Connect other departments to volunteers who can plug into their projects, ranging from letter stuffing to block walking.
  • Work with the RGV Engagement Specialist to host quarterly events around priority issue areas to educate and mobilize volunteers.
  • Prepare quarterly reports on significant volunteer needs and accomplishments.
  • Develop, strengthen and nurture alliances with communities of color, youth groups, and other interest groups on key ACLU of Texas issues.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Volunteer Coordinators act as a liaison between volunteer activists and the ACLU’s resources and expertise. The RGV Volunteer Coordinator must have a strong understanding of and passion for the ACLU’s mission. To apply for the RGV Volunteer Coordinator position, a candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • Spanish and English fluency are required;
  • Excellent leadership skills to facilitate communication and collaboration with a diverse group of volunteer activists;
  • Job-related experience in managing volunteer programs, leading teams, and/or community organizing.
  • A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance;
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously, and adapt to frequently changing demands;
  • Ability to work overtime or irregular hours, to attend evening meetings, and to travel throughout the state;
  • Ability to respect and maintain confidentiality of volunteers, clients, partners, and donors;
  • Demonstrated experience with web-based communication and organizing;
  • Demonstrated ability to be a “quick study” on a dynamic array of subjects;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Excellent administrative skills;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, database management, and various web platforms;
  • Voter Activation Network (VAN) experience desired, but not required;
  • B.A. degree is desired, but not required.

Compensation and Benefits:
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.

Electronic applications in MS Word preferred. Submit a letter of interest mentioning where you saw this posting, along with a résumé and the ACLU of Texas application to:
E-mail: jobs@aclutx.org, cc: aeldridge@aclutx.org
or mail: ACLU of Texas
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator Search
PO Box 8306, Houston, TX 77288-8306

Applications are being accepted until the position is filled.

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, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.

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