Organizing Strategy and Practice

Citizen Action NY

Lessons on Building Power: 40 Years of Citizen Action of New York

Citizen Action of New York, a key player in grassroots advocacy since 1983, marks its 40th anniversary with critical lessons for all organizers. Executive Director Rosemary Rivera shares her story as the first Latina and first LGBTQ person in that role, and how her life experiences not only brought her here, but are helping to give clarity to an organization poised to deliver victories for working people in a time of great inequality.

The New Press

How Today's Underdogs Can Win Big with Strategy

An excerpt from the book "Practical Radicals", a clear seven part guide to changing the world. Deepak and Stephanie are both professors at CUNY's School of Labor and Urban Studies, and Deepak was just announced as the next president of The JPB Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to empowering those living in poverty, sustaining our environment and enabling pioneering medical research.

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A Social Justice State

Scholar and long-time organizer Janice Fine argues that the state must reject “neutrality” and embrace social movements as partners in promoting justice.

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National Organizing Director

American Civil Liberties Union


Posted: 11/10/2023


Washington, District of Columbia


The ACLU seeks a full-time position of National Organizing Director in the National Political Advocacy Department of the ACLU’s National office in Washington, DC and New York, NY. 

The National Political Advocacy Department builds power to achieve an accountable, representative democracy. We have ambitious goals across Reproductive Freedom, Voting Rights, Systemic Equality, Immigration, Trans Justice, and Criminal Justice in order to protect and expand civil rights and civil liberties, and advance the freedom, equality, ability to prosper, and humanity of all People.  

Our department conducts analysis, develops policy, crafts world class campaigns, and situates the ACLU to have impact across legislative and executive levers. We are policy experts, lawyers, community organizers, lobbyists, campaign strategists, program managers and more. We partner across the ACLU to drive national efforts, and support and amplify the priorities of our affiliates. We work to center principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging in our approach. 

Reporting to the National Political Director the National Organizing Director will be responsible for leading the National Organizing team, which sits within the National Political Advocacy Department. The National Organizing team develops programs to engage and empower supporters, volunteers, and community members. The team develops high-impact grassroots and mobilization campaigns in service of ACLU’s goals by identifying and activating volunteers online and in-person to support national and state campaigns, and electoral efforts.  


  • Work with the National Political Director to plan and execute high-impact grassroots organizing and mobilization programs, in collaboration with the national office and affiliate colleagues, resulting in political and policy successes, and long-term capacity building  
  • Lead the Organizing team, charged with developing and implementing grassroots organizing and mobilization goals, strategies, and budgets to reach political/policy outcomes
  • Work to ensure that supporters, volunteers, community members and staff are empowered and supported in participating in the work of the ACLU
  • Ensure goals for the organizing program are aligned with broader organizational goals
  • Track political developments and identify strategic organizing and advocacy opportunities for the ACLU, including opportunities for multi-state or nationwide programs
  • Collaborate with other departmental leadership to develop large-scale grassroots campaign efforts and help to advise the National Political Advocacy Department more broadly on all of its work
  • Manage a large budget, making strategic investments in hosting events and trainings, technology, grants to affiliates, and other resources as needed to further organizing goals  
  • Work with affiliates and colleagues in the Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives Department to develop comprehensive strategy to advance ACLU’s approach to organizing  
  • Collaborate with other national departments to support and evaluate the ACLU’s organizing work (e.g., Communications Department to generate earned media coverage of grassroots organizing work)
  • Attract, hire, develop and retain staff, and give clear and actionable feedback
  • Promote a positive work culture for the team as a whole
  • Apply a strong equity lens throughout all aspects of the work, promoting key values such as racial justice and gender equity 

In addition: 

  • Engage in special projects and other duties as assigned
  • Center principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging in all work, embedding the values in program development, policy application, and organizational practices and processes
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts


  • Significant grassroots organizing experience, including union or issue campaign organizing and electoral organizing  
  • Demonstrated direct experience supervising and developing teams of full-time organizers and remote staff, managing toward excellence in outcomes 
  • Strong preference for candidates with experience managing candidate, advocacy, or issue-based campaign teams 
  • Strong preference for candidates with experience working within large and/or complicated organizations, and who understand the importance of relationship building, both internally and externally
  • Experience running inclusive teams with a commitment to staff growth and development
  • Experience developing, executing and evaluating data-driven organizing programs and experiments/tests  
  • An understanding of organizing theory, including distributed, digital, and relational
  • Experience using a variety of political advocacy tools, for instance NGPVAN, EveryAction, GetThru
  • Strong project management skills, and ability to build broad support for new and emerging initiatives
  • Strong communications skills in order to convey complex concepts in a clear and concise manner
  • Must be self-motivated and possess the ability to work independently as well as within a team
  • Ability to work and communicate quickly and accurately, handle multiple projects and devote time and energy to the most important responsibilities, and to lead others in doing so
  • Demonstrated understanding of both the barriers and opportunities for organizing with immigrant communities, communities of color, and low- and moderate- income people 


The ACLU values equity, transparency, and clarity in pay. Consistent with the ACLU’s compensation philosophy, there is a set salary for this role. The annual salary for this position is $206,637 (Level C2), reflective of a position based in New York, NY, where our National offices are headquartered. This salary will be subject to a locality adjustment (according to a specific city and state), if an authorization is granted to work outside of the location listed in this posting. 


The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union – beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.

For over 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBTQ+ community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the ACLU and central to our work to advance liberty, equality, and justice for all. We are a community committed to learning and growth, humility and grace, transparency and accountability. We believe in a collective responsibility to create a culture of belonging for all people within our organization – one that respects and embraces difference; treats everyone equitably; and empowers our colleagues to do the best work possible. We are as committed to anti-oppression and anti-racism internally as we are externally. Because whether we’re in the courts or in the office, we believe ‘We the People’ means all of us.

The 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, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people; women; people with disabilities, protected veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.

The ACLU makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please email If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

The Department of Education has determined that employment in this position at the ACLU does not qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

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The White House via Wikimedia Commons

Using the “Hidden Levers” of Government

Alex Hertel-Fernandez, who served in the Biden-Harris Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor and the White House Office of Management and Budget, takes stock of efforts by federal agencies to encourage more participation in using the “hidden levers of government,” including challenges and opportunities for organizers and government alike.

Never Again Action

The Ten Components of Good Strategy

Never Again Action’s Serena Adlerstein proposes a framework for understanding strategy that aims to give organizers what they need to build more resilient, and effective, organizations.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Gaza

"While some fringe parts of the activist left confusingly mapped on the “Black Lives Matter” vs “All Lives Matter” discourse onto Israelis and Palestinians, where it became inappropriate or uncool to mourn or even acknowledge “Israeli lives,” other leaders showed a different path forward: a politics of solidarity where every human being is precious and has value."

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All Campaigning is Social

In a post-COVID world, one where loneliness is the next epidemic, the organized left must do our part to organize socially.

State of Abolition

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Program Manager, Career Readiness Training Program (CRTP)

Sanctuary for Families


Posted: 08/16/2023


New York City, New York


Sanctuary for Families is New York's leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and related forms of gender violence. Every year, Sanctuary empowers thousands of adults and children to move from fear and abuse to safety and stability, transforming lives through a comprehensive range of services. We provide a range of wrap-around services to help survivors rebuild their lives in the aftermath of abuse, and work to end gender violence through three key strategies: direct services, outreach and training, and systems-change advocacy. Our services are available in 11 locations throughout New York City.



Program Manager, Career Readiness Training Program (CRTP) directly supports the Economic Empowerment Programs (EEP) Senior Director in all aspects of management of the Career Readiness Training Program, including development and growth, as well as oversees clinical and administrative aspects of the Program. The Program Manager, Career Readiness Training Program supervises Economic Empowerment Specialists, MSW interns, volunteers, and other staff as assigned. This new position will be responsible for overseeing the Career Readiness Training Program, including digital literacy (Microsoft Office and Google Workspace) training services and professional development services for the Career Readiness Workshop (CRW), Office Operations Workshop (OOW), and Expert MOS certification participants. Oversee collaborative management of adult literacy component of in-house professional development training with the Manager of Literacy Initiative.



  • Overall support to the Senior Director of the Economic Empowerment Programs; develops, implements, and oversees in-house training programs and helps to inform training curriculum and procedures of the Career Readiness Training Program (CRTP)
  • Responsible for ensuring the safety and security of Sanctuary's Career Services Training Center; maintains security of facility, equipment, and supplies
  • Provides clinical supervision to program staff, MSW students, interns, and volunteers
  • Ensures that FIA paperwork is issued and that proved to HRA time sheets are submitted in a timely manner; tracks client hours to ensure mandated hours are adhered to; works closely with HRA to ensure client stabilization with respect to public assistance benefits
  • Determines and tracks work supports needs (stipend, laptops, food support, clothing allowance, etc.) in accordance with participant career plans; ensures accurate and timely disbursement of stipends and program materials
  • Works closely with EEP Senior Director, department staff, and fund development to identify new sources of funding for program improvement and/or expansion
  • Liaises directly with board and committee members regarding training-related projects, such as Interview Prep, and expanding client network of resources for job opportunities, internships, and mentorships.
  • Supports EEP Senior Director in tracking intake data and assessing program fit for all new clients
  • Monitors client progress within the CRTP and Expert Microsoft Office, makes recommendations, ensures clients are in compliance with service plans, and supports program staff in the screening, intake, and assessment of client needs; maintains close contact with case managers and employment-related staff, identifying work-ready participants; monitors and updates appropriate client service and career plans.
  • Management and supervision for crisis intervention and safety planning for EEP clients with a focus on trauma and other related issues
  • Collaborative management with the Senior Program Assistant, Employer Relations of corporate and program volunteers including coordination of special client events
  • Participates in coalitions and task force as it relates to domestic violence and workforce development issues
  • Creates strong relationships with city-wide agencies to build a network of referral sources for the CRTP
  • Assists with fundraising and grant-writing initiatives
  • Performs other duties as requested by supervisor


Organizational Relationships

  • Reports to Senior Director of Economic Empowerment Programs
  • Responsible for supervising Economic Empowerment Specialists, IT Specialist - EEP, and other program staff, as well as with MSW interns and volunteers.
  • Works closely with staff members from other Sanctuary for Families departments, including shelter, non-residential programs, legal and development staff
  • Masters Degree in Social Work or Mental Health Counseling required
  • Strong clinical/counseling skills required, including assessment, engagement, problem-solving theory, and crisis intervention
  • 2-4 years in program management and development and experience supervising staff
  • Experience working with clients participating in workforce development activities and programs
  • Must have program management and program development experience in the area of workforce development, employment services, job training or adult education.
  • Flexibility and capacity to prioritize and work on multiple projects and highly developed problem-solving skills
  • Must have strong analytical and quantitative skills
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Google Workspace, etc.)
  • Fluency in English and/or French/Spanish preferred
  • Familiar with domestic violence dynamics, as well as issues of trauma, violence prevention, and victimization, and significant experience working in a culturally and racially diverse environment
  • Must have the flexibility to work some evenings*


Budgeted Salary: $70,000 - $75,000 annually

Work position is currently Hybrid must be able to meet job location schedule obligations*

Vaccination Policy: Proof of vaccination or proof of first dose with scheduled 2nd dose within 30 days is required.



  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Employer-paid life insurance
  • Employer retirement contribution
  • Paid time off
  • Flex spending account
  • Student loan assistance
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Gym reimbursement program

All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed (religion), color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status or domestic violence victim status, and other categories protected under Federal, New York state or New York city laws. Sanctuary for Families follows the requirements of the Human Rights Law including with regard to non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.

People of color, trans and gender non-conforming people, people with disabilities, and survivors of gender-based violence are strongly encouraged to apply.

We recognize that the safety, healing and self-determination of survivors of domestic violence and related forms of gender violence is at the intersection of racial, gender, economic, immigrant, LGBTQ+, and disability justice, as well as many other critical issues. In order to realize our mission, Sanctuary strives to center DEI principles at every level of the organization and continues to deepen that commitment.


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