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ACLU of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI, United States
30+ days ago
ACLU of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
30+ days ago


The Community Engagement (CE) Manager will promote and protect the civil liberties and civil rights of all residents of Wisconsin through education, outreach, advocacy, organizing, direct action, and programming for adults and youth. They will be responsible for both managing staff and being a visible leader who will create relationships and coalitions to advance our work.

The CE Manager provides project oversight and coordination of cross-departmental work. This position will participate in meetings and discussions of a highly strategic and confidential nature, will liaise with staff regarding team and organizational initiatives, and will create and manage the structure, schedule, and internal communication plans for related projects to drive their successful completion.

Job Context:

This position is a full time exempt position. The CE Manager reports to the Advocacy Director. Although based in the Milwaukee area, their responsibilities will require limited travel around the state.

Program Management Responsibilities include:

  • Serve as lead for a wide range of statewide programs and campaigns by working in coordination with the Advocacy Director to set strategic vision for each project. This includes establishing objectives, determining priorities, identifying risks, managing progress, gaining cooperation of others, assisting in resolving potential conflicts, and managing communications in collaboration with the Affiliate Communications Department;
  • Represent the ACLU with diverse organizations, elected officials, board members, stakeholders, media, coalitions, and more broadly as necessary;
  • Lead the affiliate’s public engagement and grassroots organizing efforts, driving member and volunteer activation, education, and organization;
  • Leverage connections with community leaders and organizations to assist litigation efforts by identifying civil rights issues, recruiting potential clients, and facilitating communication between attorneys and the community;
  • Quickly develop a broad understanding and depth of knowledge about ACLU issue areas and positions in order to become a respected leader and advocate;
  • Engage in direct lobbying at the state and local level to advance organizational policy and legislative goals;
  • Design and implement methods for tracking deliverables, schedules, and metrics for projects, providing clear tasks and accountability for project workstream leaders and team members;
  • Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation, providing a clear historical record of decisions, systems, procedures and communications involved in each project’s completion;
  • Create and implement effective roll-out plans, conduct post-completion evaluations to determine successful/unsuccessful project elements, and train project stakeholders accordingly;
  • Execute specific tasks within projects, including drafting communications, systems build-out and testing, and creating project evaluation and presentation materials;
  • Supervise the maintenance of the relationship management database to facilitate smooth navigation of partnerships, coalitions, and relationships with other advocacy, community, grassroots, grass tops, and movement organizations;
  • Provide the Advocacy Director and other leadership regular updates on the progress of projects.

Management Responsibilities include:

  • Lead the Department temporarily in the absence/leave of the Advocacy Director.
  • Recruit and develop the Community Engagement team, having weekly one-on-one meetings, supervising, and growing the effectiveness of program staff;
  • Recruit and supervise volunteers as needed;
  • Develop and provide professional development opportunities for staff and interns;
  • Assist staff with design and implementation of programs, campaigns, and organizing strategies;
  • Assist with developing and managing departmental and program budgets;
  • Evaluate efficacy of campaigns, trainings and programs, like ACLU’s student alliances, Youth Social Justice Forum, Summer Justice Institute, legal observing, and Election Protection, and work to improve their delivery and impact;
  • Complete reports pertaining to program and campaign achievement;
  • Share information and data with other departments so that they may better plan and communicate outside of the ACLU;
  • Work closely with the communications department to provide information and clear goals that will help shape and inform marketing and other campaigns.

Mental Demand:

Decision making, emotional intelligence, interpreting data, multi-tasking, working in a fast paced, hard charging, sometimes high stress, advocacy focused organization that must plan for and often react to different situations in the political environment. The nature of this work can be emotionally demanding.

Compensation: Compensation is based on relevant experience and skills, starting at approximately $63,000 to $71,000 depending on experience and skills, $240 annual wellness allowance, $60 per month for internet and cell phone allowance. Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, 10 weeks paid family medical/parental leave, and optional medical, vision, dental coverage, life insurance, short and long term disability insurance, and a 401(k) retirement fund with a stepped employer match.

How to Apply:

Please email a single document of the requested documents to, please put ‘[YOUR NAME]_ Community Engagement Manager’ in the subject line of the email. The requested items are the following:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter, explaining how you are qualified for this particular position and why you are interested in the position
  • Three professional references

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

This job announcement provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU of Wisconsin reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

The ACLU of Wisconsin is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages people of color, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and formerly incarcerated people to apply.

The ACLU of Wisconsin undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact us at

The ACLU of Wisconsin is comprised of two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin and the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin Foundation. Both are organizations with the same overall mission; they share office space and employees.


Experience & Qualifications:

  • A strong commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU, racial equity, dismantling white supremacy and incorporating a structural power analysis into work, with knowledge and understanding of how power is manifested in matters of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstances;
  • Exceptional organizational, planning and project management skills with demonstrated ability to manage large, complex projects and coordinate collaborative work processes involving multiple stakeholders;
  • Extraordinary leadership skills and ability to quickly establish relationships;
  • Proven experience organizing and grassroots movement building;
  • Demonstrated ability to speak and write in a clear, succinct and persuasive manner;
  • Experience communicating with others through a variety of platforms like email, Facebook, Slack, Twitter, Instagram or others;
  • Ability to successfully run concurrent programs, campaigns and events;
  • Ability to manage details and follow through without direct supervision;
  • Willingness to register as a licensed lobbying in the State of Wisconsin;
  • Experience in a project/program management role preferred;
  • The ability to undertake travel within Wisconsin, as well as availability to work some evenings and weekends. All required travel is at the expense of the organization;
  • A car and a valid Wisconsin driver's license is a plus;
  • Bilingual skills a plus;
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or project management certification is a plus.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 57919104
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
  • Position Title: Community Engagement Manager
  • Company Name: ACLU of Wisconsin
  • Category: Activism/Organizing/Community
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
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