The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana (ACLU-MT) is looking for a motivated person with relationship building skills to join our team as an Indigenous Justice Organizer. The ACLU-MT works on a variety of issues that impact Indigenous people – from voting rights, to education, to reforming unjust criminal laws. Over the past two years, we have worked to build Indigenous Justice into every aspect of our organization through building relationships with Indigenous leaders and community members and prioritizing issues identified by Indigenous communities. We are now ready to expand the program by hiring an additional staff member committed to Indigenous Justice.

This position is guaranteed for two years (summer 2018 through summer 2020), and we will seek additional funding to continue the position past 2020. The Indigenous Justice Organizer will work in the Advocacy and Policy Department with the Director of Advocacy and Policy (Missoula), the Indigenous Justice Program Manager (Missoula/Hi-Line), and the Policy Assistant (Helena). The position will also work in collaboration with other staff and ACLU-MT volunteers. This position will ideally be based in Billings or on the Crow or Northern Cheyenne reservations, though we are open to a discussion depending on the best candidate. Frequent travel statewide will be required.

The ACLU of Montana is an equity-based employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Montana encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, previous incarceration or involvement in the criminal justice system, or veteran status.

Expect a friendly work environment, with flexibility and consideration of personal needs and circumstances. To learn more about the work of the ACLU-MT, please visit www.aclumontana.org.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support Indigenous people by helping them build their visions of justice in Indian Country;
  • Build relationships with tribal leaders, community members, and other stakeholders statewide; work with other organizations to build strength in Indigenous communities;
  • Represent the ACLU-MT before community groups, including speaking at community events;
  • Assist the Indigenous Justice Program Manager in building the Indigenous Justice Advisory Council to inform and advise the ACLU-MT’s work;
  • Assist in turning out community members to important ACLU-MT or partner events;
  • Prepare educational programs and related materials for community engagement events;
  • Work with communications staff to lift up the voices of Indigenous people and support them in sharing their stories with the public and elected officials;
  • Provide information about the work of the Indigenous Justice Program required for grant proposals and reports; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • History of living in or working with Indigenous communities, preferably in Montana;
  • Exceptional and proven ability to build relationships;
  • Knowledge regarding current Indigenous movements, like Bears Ears, Standing Rock and Keystone XL, IDLENOMORE, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women;
  • Ability to work independently and keep organized, manage several projects simultaneously, be in regular contact with coworkers while working outside of the office, and adjust plans when needed;
  • A willingness and ability to speak in public and to lead meetings and trainings;
  • Ability to work long hours and occasional evenings / weekends; and
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to travel regularly and for long distances.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • High school diploma or HiSET;
  • Familiarity with traditional and cultural protocols of tribes in Montana;
  • Understanding of civil rights issues and a strong commitment to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, and goals;
  • Proficiency with computers, in particular Windows and Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel and PowerPoint, as well as social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Salary is commensurate with experience. Salary range available upon request; email michellec@aclumontana.org. Excellent benefits offered, including health and dental insurance, short and long-term disability and life insurance, a defined contribution retirement plan, and generous vacation, holiday, and medical leave policies.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

All applications are treated confidentially. Submit a letter of interest; resume; and three references who can speak to the qualifications listed, including at least one professional reference, identifying their relationship to you and including their email addresses and phone numbers. Email your application to Michelle Cares, Office Coordinator, at michellec@aclumontana.org or mail it to:

ACLU of Montana, Attn: Michelle Cares, P.O. Box 9138, Missoula, MT 59807

Please put “Indigenous Justice Organizer” in your email’s subject line or on your envelope and indicate in your letter of interest where you saw this job posting or who encouraged you to apply.

DEADLINE

Applications will be reviewed starting the week of May 21, 2018 and will be accepted until the position is filled.

 

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