San Juan County: Voter Protection Organizer
Do you have a passion for voting rights and a desire to advocate for Navajo Nation and San Juan County communities? The ACLU of Utah is looking to hire an organizer who will work to ensure that eligible residents of San Juan County are able to vote.
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The ACLU of Utah is committed to protecting and progressing voting rights in Utah. For the 2020 General Election in November, we will be running a statewide voter protection program. An important focus of this program will be the rights of Indigenous and rural voters and protecting access to the ballot in San Juan County is one of our top priorities. We have an ongoing settlement agreement in San Juan County, based on a 2016 lawsuit, which mandates that the County take certain steps to ensure accessible and equitable voting for Navajo-speaking voters. We are in need of a local, on-the-ground organizer to continue this work by helping us monitor the accessibility of the 2020 General Election in San Juan County and act as a regional coordinator for our 2020 ACLU of Utah voter protection program.
This is a part-time, temporary position that will last from mid-September to mid-November 2020. While community organizing experience is preferred, the priority qualification is a candidate who will advocate for the Navajo Nation and San Juan County residents. The San Juan County Voter Protection Organizer will work with the Voting Rights Coordinator to implement and run a voter protection program in San Juan County, with a direct focus on ensuring equitable access to the ballot for Indigenous voters in the 2020 General Election.
Primary responsibilities will include:
- Coordinate closely with the Voting Rights Coordinator to refine and execute a voter protection campaign in San Juan County to ensure voter access and assist in the monitoring of an ongoing settlement agreement with the county.
- Recruit, train and oversee local volunteers acting as ACLU poll watchers.
- Monitor early voting polling locations to identify and address any voter access or voting rights issues that may arise.
- Develop and implement a strategic plan for distributing information about voting and voting rights throughout the county and within the Navajo Nation.
- Communicate with Navajo chapter leaders to distribute information about voting rights and our voter protection campaign.
- Communicate with county election officials to address voter access issues as they arise.
- Maintain open lines of communication and collaboration with our coalition partners on the ground in San Juan County.
Qualifications and Other Required Skills and Attributes
- Strong commitment to voting rights and the idea that all eligible voters should have easy and equitable access to the ballot.
- Strong commitment to racial justice and Indigenous rights.
- Excellent organizational, communication and time management skills.
- Willingness and ability to regularly travel around the county – mileage will be reimbursed.
- Willingness to work flexible hours and maintain a flexible schedule as necessary.
- Position will be located within San Juan County, Utah and specifically on the Utah portion of the Navajo Nation.
- Adherence to the CDC’s COVID-19 safety protocols at all times.
Preferred Skills and Experiences (Not Required)
- Navajo language fluency.
- Familiarity with San Juan County and the Utah portion of the Navajo Nation.
- Experience with community organizing, community outreach, or voter education/protection work.
- Experience working with volunteers, educating, holding trainings, or educational community presentations.
- Familiarity with how elections work or personal experience with the logistics and potential challenges of voting in rural places like San Juan County.
- Experience working with databases.
Hours: 15-20 hours/week. Schedule is flexible and some evening or weekend hours may be required.
Compensation: $20/hour. Mileage will be reimbursed and we offer a stipend for cell phone use.
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:
The ACLU of Utah is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage and greatly value applications from all qualified individuals without regard to arrest or conviction, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability or veteran status.
About the ACLU of Utah: Founded in 1958, the ACLU of Utah is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that utilizes legal, legislative, and public education approaches to fight for individual rights and fundamental freedoms. Our mission is to defend and promote the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution, including reproductive freedom, immigrant rights, free speech, racial justice, privacy, religious liberty, LGBTQ rights, and more. For more information, please visit www.acluutah.org
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