About the ACLU of West Virginia

The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia, the state’s leading civil liberties and civil rights organization, seeks a full-time Immigrants’ Rights Campaign Coordinator to build upon our past work and implement an effective campaign to help educate, organize and advocate in support of immigrant communities in the Mountain State.

The ACLU of West Virginia is a non-partisan, non-profit public interest organization dedicated to protecting and expanding civil liberties for all people in West Virginia.  A major focus of our work is to extend the promise of the Bill of Rights to those groups who have traditionally been denied its protections.  Given the policies currently being pursued in Washington and Charleston, we believe that our mission is as relevant and important today as it has ever been.

The ACLU of West Virginia is an independent affiliate of the National ACLU and comprises two separate corporate entities, the ACLU of West Virginia and the ACLU of West Virginia Foundation. Both entities have the same overall mission, the same Board of Directors, and share office space and employees.  The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties.  The ACLU of West Virginia Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that primarily engages in litigation and public education.  The ACLU of West Virginia is a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation that primarily engages in lobbying.   

Position Overview

The ACLU of West Virginia seeks a dynamic, innovative, and passionate individual to serve as its full-time Immigrants’ Rights Campaign Coordinator.  This is a newly created, grant-funded position with responsibility for creating and implementing a plan to help educate, organize and advocate in support of immigrants’ rights in West Virginia.  The Immigrants’ Rights Campaign Coordinator will play a lead role in building a coalition of impacted community members, activists, faith leaders, business leaders and service providers to create space and help immigrants in the state come out from the shadows.   

The ACLU of West Virginia’s main office is in Charleston.  However, the Immigrants’ Rights Campaign Coordinator will be working statewide.  The job will require significant in-state travel and likely occasional out-of-state travel.  The Immigrants’ Rights Campaign Coordinator will report directly to the ACLU of West Virginia’s Executive Director and will work in close collaboration with the ACLU of West Virginia’s Community Outreach Director, as well as policy, communications, and legal staff.  

This is an ideal opportunity for a talented organizer and communicator to have a significant impact on civil liberties and civil rights in the Mountain State.  The professional who holds this position will have the opportunity to mobilize activists and help grow a recognized leader of the resistance to the attacks on our civil liberties.  

This position is primarily grant-funded, with a minimum commitment for two years of funding. 


  • With the Executive Director and Community Outreach Director, develop and implement a plan to help grow the Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, with an emphasis on faith communities, labor allies, the business community, medical providers, educators and social service providers 
  • Identify and support potential new leaders from immigrant communities
  • Facilitate the grassroots and grasstops fightback against the expected onslaught of anti-immigrant legislation coming from the state legislature
  • Provide relevant trainings to immigrant groups and allied service providers
  • Support national ACLU initiatives related to immigrant rights
  • Work collaboratively on joint efforts around immigration issues with community organizations and coalition partners
  • Develop strategic partnerships with key community-based organizations working in diverse communities around West Virginia
  • Strengthen support of community organizations, public officials, law enforcement officials, faith leaders, business leaders, donors, and new and diverse communities from across the ideological spectrum in support of a pro-immigrants’ rights agenda.
  • Work collaboratively with coalition partners, allies, and other ACLU staff to execute large-scale community actions and events in support of immigrants’ rights.
  • Assist the Community Outreach Director in identifying, recruiting, training, supporting, and supervising ACLU members/volunteers working on immigrants’ rights issues.
  • Assist the Policy Director in building grassroots lobbying efforts over local, statewide and national immigrants’ rights issues.
  • Assist the development department in identifying development opportunities and in building relationships with potential donors.
  • Assist the legal department, as appropriate, with the identification and recruitment of potential clients for impact litigation.


  • Must be comfortable and confident in speaking to large groups and individuals.  Must be comfortable and confident in speaking through social media and the mass media
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Superb organization skills; detail-oriented with strong follow-through and the ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Experience in community organizing and base building preferred
  • Experience in political/advocacy/campaign organizing preferred
  • Experience working directly with volunteers preferred
  • Spanish language fluency preferred
  • Knowledge of current political alignments and opportunities for collaboration specifically in West Virginia with a broad range of groups 
  • Familiarity with the advocacy and community organizing landscape of West Virginia are preferred
  • A history of working collaboratively and successfully with people and organizations from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and a broad range of ideological positions and religious views
  • Creative, results-oriented, self-starting, and willing to learn
  • Strong task and time management skills
  • Ability to travel around the state as necessary and participate in evening and weekend meetings
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU 


Compensation for this full-time position is in the lower $30,000’s, but is negotiable based on experience.  Benefits include medical and disability insurance, a 401(k) program, and generous vacation, holiday and sick leave.

Application Procedure

Submit a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references (identifying their relationship to you and including their email address and phone number).  Email your application to:

                Joseph Cohen, Executive Director, ACLU of West Virginia, jcohen@acluwv.org

Please include “Immigrants’ Rights Campaign Coordinator” in the subject line.  Applications accepted until position is filled. 


Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until the position is filled.  The job announcement will remain posted on our website, www.acluwv.org, until the position is filled.  When the position is filled, the announcement will be removed from the website. 

The ACLU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages women, people of color, people with disabilities and LGBTQ people to apply.  We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of West Virginia strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, criminal history, and veteran status.


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