Central New York Chapter Director, Syracuse, NY

Employer New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Created 01/13/2021
Reference 1039012
Job type Full Time
State NY
City Syracuse

Terms of Employment: Full-Time/Exempt

Location: New York Civil Liberties Union, Syracuse, New York

Department: Chapters

Salary: Subject tthe NYCLU's salary scale and commensurate with experience and qualifications $ 51,229-$83,133

Application Deadline: Applications will be considered until the position is filled

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation's leading advocates on behalf of constitutional rights and liberties. Founded in 1951, as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with more than 180,000 members and supporters, and eight offices statewide. We work in the courts, in the legislatures and on the streets tadvocate for racial and economic justice, free speech, freedom of religion, privacy and equality before the law for all New Yorkers. For more information please visit our website: www.nyclu.org.


The Central New York Chapter was founded in response to communities protesting the demolition of their homes in response to the building of interstate 81 in Syracuse's Southside.

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) seeks well-qualified candidates for the full-time position of Central New York Chapter Director. This role is based in Syracuse, New York, and is responsible for monitoring and responding to civil liberties and civil rights issues in Onondaga, Madison, Oneida, Seneca, Oswego, Cortland and Cayuga counties, and carrying out the mission and priorities of the headquarters office.

Reporting to the Director of Chapters, the Chapter Director directly supervises a part-time administrative assistant, and works closely with local advocacy groups, statewide NYCLU staff, and a local volunteer advisory board to maintain a strong civil liberties voice in the region. Candidate will possess a proactive, energetic, multi-tasking work temperament with a passion for and knowledge of civil liberties issues. They will be a self-starter, have existing relationships or the ability to quickly build those relationships, and will be the principal organizational representative.

The NYCLU's Chapters Department works to advance and defend civil rights and civil liberties across the state. The Department is comprised of 7 chapter offices located throughout New York State, each with a Chapter Director and Administrative Assistant, as well as Organizers and Deputy Directors in certain chapter offices.


  • Be a key voice for civil rights and liberties in the region.
  • • Manage a small office and supervise staff, volunteers and interns, oversee annual budget, meet deadlines and engage in regular communication with NYCLU staff around the state, submit biweekly activity reports, assume responsibility for lease, physical plant and equipment maintenance.
  • • Identify and cultivate community members, volunteers, elected officials, and influencers to support NYCLU's work. Recruit and sustain NYCLU members and supporters through event planning, outreach, and visibility in the region.
  • • Monitor and respond to systemic civil liberties concerns within the region using a range of strategies, including public education, community organizing, legislative and lobbying work, public events and rallies, building partnerships with local organizations, and writing and delivering public testimony.
  • • Respond to and refer calls for legal assistance, identify and match intake trends to NYCLU priorities and mission, and work with NYC staff to identify appropriate remedies.
  • • Collaborate with our Development department, identify and build relationships with key donors, plan fundraising events, and support grant-writing efforts.
  • • Collaborate with our Communications Department, maintain a social media presence, respond to media inquiries, support e-activism, and manage an events calendar.
  • • Collaborate with the Policy, Field, and Education Center teams to advance NYCLU's priorities and mission throughout the state.


  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
  • Demonstrated experience in 1 or more of the following areas:
    • Community organizing
    • Legislative advocacy, lobbying, or government relations
    • Law or public policy
    • Campaign or strategic planning
    • Research
  • Must have a valid driver's license and consistent access ta vehicle
  • Demonstrated public speaking experience
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, Teams, and Zoom.
  • Familiarity with the Central New York region.
  • Willing and available twork occasional weekends and/or evenings
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus.

The ideal candidate for this position will have a strong understanding of the NYCLU's mission and a demonstrated commitment tcivil rights and racial justice; will have nonprofit management experience, including staff supervision and volunteer cultivation; will have demonstrated skills in grasstops and grassroots community organizing; will have proven track record and campaign experience, including leadership on legislative advocacy/policy work; and will have expertise in one or more civil liberties issue areas (e.g. racial justice, first amendment, privacy rights, criminal justice, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, immigration reform, student rights).


Please submit a resume, cover letter, and a one-page writing sample thttps://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/395401/New-York-Civil-Liberties-Union-Foundation/Central-New-York-Chapter-Director. Your cover letter and/or resume must indicate the following: your salary requirements, how you learned of this position, whether you live in or would be willing trelocate tthe Central New York/Syracuse area, and any of the listed qualifications that you possess. Submissions that dnot meet these requirements will not be considered.

Qualified candidates may be asked tsubmit additional information, including performance samples and references from people you have worked with in the past.

The NYCLU is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, sex, gender identity or expression, age, disability, religion, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We are committed tdiversity, equity and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the population that we serve.

The NYACLU is committed tproviding reasonable accommodation tindividuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail ldecicco@nyclu.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how trequest an accommodation for the interview process.

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