September 30, 2019


Des Moines



Deadline date

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa (ACLU of Iowa) seeks a dynamic, relational, and strategic team player to serve as Community Engagement Associate (CEA), a full-time position that coordinates public engagement and outreach efforts throughout the state toward achievement of the ACLU of Iowa’s integrated advocacy goals.

The ACLU of Iowa, the statewide affiliate of the national ACLU, is located in downtown Des Moines. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest organization that defends civil liberties and civil rights through litigation, legislative advocacy, and public education in areas including but not limited to voting rights, racial and criminal justice, immigrants’ rights, free speech, reproductive freedom, LGBTQ rights, and privacy rights. It is a fast-paced environment that addresses headline-making issues with powerful personal stories and dynamic, precedent-setting solutions.

The CEA, working under the supervision of the Policy Director, will develop relationships with and utilize the strength of the ACLU’s growing network of members, supporters, partners, volunteers, and activists to advance ACLU initiatives and priorities.


  • Coordinate and collaborate with the Policy Director to implement community engagement and organizing strategies in support of legislative and policy priorities;
  • Work in partnership with organizations and coalitions with varied and diverse stakeholders to inform and further the ACLU of Iowa’s policy and legislative agenda and represent the ACLU of Iowa in meetings and events before various community groups;
  • Organize, coordinate and staff both small and large-scale public events statewide to educate and mobilize ACLU supporters and the broader public for specific advocacy and organizational priorities. Events may include community forums, presentations, trainings, small group meetings, panel discussions, tabling events, rallies, and annual membership/supporter events;
  • Build the base of community advocates who can be mobilized to participate in issue campaigns, meetings, rallies and hearings for work initiated by the ACLU of Iowa or the national ACLU. Administer and grow the ACLU of Iowa’s e-mail action network and collaborate with our communications team to utilize our social media presence to encourage action on specific issues;
  • Act as the single point of contact for communications from volunteers, working with staff to assess needs for in-house volunteer assistance, composing volunteer service descriptions, and matching volunteers to tasks;
  • Develop, manage, and maintain distribution lists and records, including Partner Organization and Volunteer lists, track public engagement, and prepare regular reports on program needs, developments, and accomplishments;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


We’re seeking candidates who excel in relationship building with skill in organizing people and events toward results. You should have:

  • A demonstrated commitment to build and sustain relationships with diverse allies, groups, and coalitions, and employ a personal approach that values and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstances;
  • Dedication to taking initiative, working cooperatively, and utilizing effective problem-solving skills;
  • Strong time management skills and the ability to oversee details and keep organized in a fast-paced environment, with the flexibility to move back and forth between projects when necessary; 
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills and well-developed group facilitation and leadership skills;
  • An understanding of the ACLU mission and a passion for protecting civil liberties;
  • Ability to work overtime or irregular hours, including some weekends; access to a car; and the willingness to travel across the state.
  • Experience working with integrated advocacy, coordinating successful activist campaigns, and organizing/motivating volunteers will be valued but not required. 


Starting salary is $45,000-$48,000, depending on experience, with excellent benefits including generous vacation and sick leave; individual/family employer-provided health insurance; life insurance and long-term disability; defined retirement contribution plan with employer match; and 10 paid holidays.


Submit a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references (identifying their relationship to you and including their email address and phone number) to Please put “CEA” in the subject line of your email. 


Applications will be reviewed beginning October 7, 2019. Posting will remain active until the position is filled.

The ACLU of Iowa is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce at all job levels, and we are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We encourage immigrants, people of color, indigenous people, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, women, formerly incarcerated people, and members of any other group that may experience adversity in hiring to apply. You are encouraged to self-identify in the application materials. 

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