The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana (ACLU-MT) seeks a sophisticated, dynamic team player with grassroots organizing experience to fill the position of Indigenous Justice Outreach Coordinator. The ACLU-MT has a long history of working on voting rights and criminal justice reform issues in Indian Country. Over the past two years, we have conducted a listening tour to hear directly from tribal leaders, community activists, and the ACLU’s Advisory Committee, comprised of well-known organizations and individuals who work in Indian Country, to identify civil liberties issues affecting American Indians in Montana. We are now poised to strategically tackle the identified issues, focusing on six themes: Education as a Civil Right, Tribal Governance and Compliance with the Indian Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, Reproductive Justice, and Freedom from Systemic Government Discrimination.
This position is grant-funded and guaranteed for two years (summer 2016 through summer 2018), though we will actively be seeking additional funding. The Indigenous Justice Outreach Coordinator will report to the Advocacy and Policy Director, based in Helena. The postion will work in close collaboration with the Executive Director, Legal Director, and Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Initiatives, along with other staff and volunteers, including the Racial Justice Coalition. This position will preferably be based in Helena. Frequent travel statewide, and frequent travel to the Missoula office, should be expected.
The ACLU-MT, a state-wide affiliate of the national ACLU, is a non-partisan organization that defends civil liberties and civil rights through policy advocacy, litigation, and public education on a broad range of constitutional issues. The ACLU of Montana and the ACLU of Montana Foundation operate jointly as private, non-profit organizations. The ACLU-MT maintains a fast-paced and friendly work environment, with eight core staff and two offices located in downtown Helena and Missoula. Montana’s beautiful state parks, wildlife, ski areas, rivers, and trails for hiking and biking are within easy reach. To learn more about the work of the ACLU-MT, please visit
Help refine a visionary strategic plan to address systemic racial justice issues in Indian Country into actionable and achievable objectives, with definitions of success in year one, year two, and beyond;
Cultivate relationships with key tribal leaders, community activists, and other stakeholders statewide; work in partnership with organizations; build coalitions with varied and diverse stakeholders for both statewide and local work;
Represent the ACLU-MT before community groups, including speaking at various community events;
Provide administrative support for the Racial Justice Coalition, which is still being formalized and grew out of the work of the ACLU-MT’s Racial Justice Project Advisory Committee;
Conduct outreach to ensure strong turn-out at various public education trainings or events; develop and implement an appropriate follow-up plan that maximizes the effectiveness of each event as part of the strategic plan;
Prepare policy and educational programs and related materials for various communities;
Work with communications staff to identify personal stories that illustrate the need for reform and ACLU’s impact in Indian Country;
Provide information and materials required for grant proposals and reports; and
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Post secondary education preferred, or equivalent work experience, and at least two years of experience in grassroots organizing and community outreach;
History of living in or working with Native communities is required, preferably in Montana;
Experience with grassroots field organizing or public education campaigns is required;
Experience working collaboratively in diverse coalitions and community groups; ability to take a leadership role in coalitions, including developing shared plans, coordinating external and internal communications, and navigating internal political dynamics among partner groups; ability to work with organizational leaders and local activists alike;
Demonstrated understanding of a broad range of civil liberties issues and a strong commitment to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, and goals;
Ability to work independently and keep organized in a fast-paced environment, manage several projects simultaneously, and adjust strategy to frequently changing demands;
Excellent communications skills, both written and oral. A positive, confident, professional, and outgoing presentation. A willingness and ability to speak in public and to facilitate meetings and trainings;
Proficiency with computers, in particular Windows and Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel and Powerpoint, as well as social media tools like Facebook.
Fluency (or proficiency) in one or more Native American languages spoken in Montana is a plus;
Familiarity with one or more specific substantive issues including education rights, tribal governance, voting rights, criminal justice reform, reproductive justice, or racial / ethnic discrimination is preferred;
Proven record of teamwork and collaborative engagement with colleagues across departments and offices; experience in integrated advocacy strongly preferred;
Ability to work long hours and occasional evenings / weekends, regular travel should be expected (we anticipate two multi-day trips per month). Valid driver’s license and ability to drive long distances are required.
Salary is commensurate with experience. Salary range available upon request; email Excellent benefits offered, including health insurance plan; 401(k); sick, vacation, and holiday leave.
Submit a letter of interest; resume; relevant professional writing sample of no longer than 10 pages; and three professional references, identifying their relationship to you and including their email addresses and phone numbers. Email your application to Michelle Cares, Office Coordinator, at or mail it to:
ACLU of Montana, Attn: Michelle Cares
P.O. Box 9138, Missoula, MT 59807
Please put “Indigenous Justice Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line of your email or on your envelope. Also, please indicate in your letter of interest where you saw this job posting.
Applications will be reviewed beginning the week of July 25, 2016 and will be accepted until the position is filled.


The ACLU of Montana is an equal opportunity 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, or veteran status.

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