The ACLU of Southern California (ACLU-SC) seeks a Death Penalty Field Organizer for Southern California. The Field Organizer will be a staff person of the ACLU-SC, based in Los Angeles, will work collaboratively with other staff at the ACLU-SC, and will be supervised by the ACLU of Southern California’s Senior Policy Advisor and the Death Penalty Policy Director of the ACLU of Northern California. The Organizer will work closely with all state anti-death penalty groups including Death Penalty Focus, California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty.


The responsibilities of the Organizer will include:

  • Serve as the primary coordinator for the Los Angeles County Coalition for Death Penalty Alternatives which shall include:
  • provide strategic leadership to the coalition,
  • promote effective engagement of coalition activists,
  • maximize effectiveness of coalition activities including public education events and outreach to elected officials,
  • attend and facilitate monthly coalition meetings, and
  • ensure that necessary administrative tasks are accomplished in a timely manner.
  • Assist with coordinated statewide efforts on the death penalty, which shall include:
  • participate in statewide planning meetings, and
  • assist with implementing statewide campaigns in Los Angeles and neighboring counties.
  • Implement strategic communications efforts in Southern California including:
  • recruit and utilize new voices and perspectives in opposition to the death penalty; and
  • effectively promote anti-death penalty messages in all forms of media in Los Angeles and neighboring counties.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with a broad range of coalition partners and relevant individuals including: local attorneys working on death penalty cases; supportive public officials; supportive law enforcement, prosecutors and judges; religious communities and civil rights organizations; and Unions and other advocacy groups.
  • Work closely with the staff of California Crime Victims to Alternatives to the Death Penalty to ensure that victims’ voices and needs are prominent in the local and statewide campaigns.
  • Develop and maintain technical expertise on death penalty issues to serve as a resource and advisor for other organizations, activists and public officials.


The ideal candidate must be passionate about ending the death penalty in California, with a demonstrated ability to work independently. In addition, strong preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate:

  • Relevant experience in southern California, particularly Los Angeles County, including experience working or volunteering for community groups, law enforcement, elected officials, or legal organizations in the county; and
  • Experience working with survivors of murder victims and/or communities significantly impacted by violent crime.

Other qualifications include:

  • Strong leadership skills; must be able to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written;
  • Three years of experience with political campaigns, activism, grassroots organizations, and/or lobbying;
  • Experience with the media including serving as a spokesperson, drafting press releases and op eds, responding to media inquires and/or developing pro-active media strategies;
  • Experience working collaboratively and effectively with a variety of individuals: attorneys, activists, politicians, etc.;
  • Experience working with a broad and diverse range of constituencies;
  • Energy, enthusiasm, creativity;
  • High level of comfort with computers and adapting to new technology;
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred.
  • Must live in the Los Angeles area. Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle required.


This position is full-time with compensation to be determined based on experience. Benefits are provided. Some evenings and weekends will be required as will travel, primarily in the southern California region. This position is currently funded for one year–we will pursue funding to continue the position for future years.


Applicants should send a resume and a cover letter by email to:

The ACLU of Southern California is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. People of color, people with disabilities, people over 55, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex are encouraged to apply.