Job Announcement : Senior Community Advocate – Imperial County

The ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties (ACLU-SDIC) is seeking a full-time Senior Community Advocate – Imperial County to work as part of the Advocacy Department. The Sr. Community Advocate position will be based out of El Centro and will spearhead our policy, community outreach and organizing efforts in Imperial County.

The ACLU-SDIC utilizes an integrated approach to our advocacy work and has a proven track record of success by combining litigation, policy advocacy, legislation, research and analysis, public education, strategic communications, and community organizing. This Senior Community Advocate must possess the skills to assess complicated problems, formulate strategies to address the problem, and have a demonstrated ability to build
coalitions, develop advocacy campaigns, and supervise staff.

About the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties
The ACLU-SDIC is a civil liberties and civil rights organization that uses the tools of litigation, legislation, policy, communications, and organizing to advance equality, freedom, and justice. ACLU-SDIC affiliate covers the length of California’s border with Mexico. It has 35 staff, 23 board members, and an annual budget of $4.8 million. The
ACLU-SDIC is also part of the ACLU of California, a collaborative of the three ACLU affiliates in California. The ACLU’s California offices are located in San Diego, El Centro, Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire, Fresno, San Francisco, and Sacramento. Together, the three affiliates have more than 285,000 members and 200 staff people in California. In addition, we work collaboratively with our sister affiliates along the U.S-Mexico border.

In addition to our sister organizations, the ACLU values partnerships and collaboration with community organizations and groups across the state.

Key areas of work
Based in El Centro, CA, the Senior Community Advocate will report to the Advocacy Director and will focus in these key areas of work:

  • Develop strategic advocacy campaigns that advance civil rights and civil liberties in Imperial County, help align and leverage internal ACLU organizational resources to support local campaigns.
  • Help build and manage a network of organizational and individual partners.
  • Supervise organizing fellows in Imperial.
  • Develop needs assessment for the county
  • Complete assigned project-related tasks on an as-needed basis.


  • Bachelor’s degree required and five years’ experience OR a master’s degree or law degree with experience. Relevant experience may include program coordination, advocacy, policy analysis, organizing, campaigning, etc.
  • Proven track record in developing and leading successful policy advocacy and/or political campaigns
  • Experience in developing power analysis /power mapping
  • Ability to engage, train and activate organizational partners, key allies and impacted communities on a campaign’s policy impact
  • Proven track record identifying and developing community leaders and building coalitions
  • Experience managing staff, volunteers and complex coalition relationships
  • Strong proficiency with the use of software platforms and high degree of comfort with multiple technology applications, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, databases, and website applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain high-quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with team members and organizational partners. Strong verbal and written communications. Ability to negotiate, compromise and problem solve in coalition settings.
  • While it is not a requirement for this position, we are interested in candidates who have knowledge of or experience working on civil rights issues in Imperial County, as well as candidates who have experience working on a political campaign (either candidate or issue campaigns). Please describe any relevant experience in your application materials.The ideal team member will also possess
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, time management skills, and the ability to juggle multiple projects on a daily basis.
  • An established network of relationships in Imperial County amongst organizations and leaders.
  • Ability and willingness to be a self-starter who can work independently and in teams.
  • Personal qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a productive member of a diverse community, respect for differences while working toward shared goals, be comfortable with periods of ambiguity, and provide constructive participation in ongoing program development.
  • Fluency in oral and written Spanish is greatly desired.
  • A desire and vision to protect and advance civil rights and civil liberties in Imperial County.
  • Valid driver’s license; some travel is required.
  • Reporting & supervision
    The Senior Community Advocate will report to the Advocacy Director.Compensation
    Salary based on experience. Excellent benefits.Application Procedure: Interested individuals must send a cover letter, resume, list of references, salary history and a writing sample (no more than 5 pages), preferably by e-mail to [email protected] or by mail to:ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties
    ATTN: Deputy Director
    PO Box 87131
    San Diego, CA 92138-7131

    The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women,
    people of color, persons with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, and veterans.