The Grassroots Activism Organizer will support the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s local advocacy efforts, and engage in outreach to community groups, with a focus on technical communities and hackerspaces. Working closely with the Activism team, the Organizer will spend part of their time traveling throughout the US to speak at events and facilitate workshops, and part of their time at our home office in San Francisco working to grow our national network by developing remote relationships with organizers and coordinating outreach to new groups. Regardless of location, a portion of this individual’s time will be spent documenting outreach efforts by conducting interviews and writing case studies.

The ideal candidate will have passion for protecting digital freedom, value tools and resources that empower people to share knowledge and creativity freely, and have the ability to think critically and prioritize time effectively. You excel at bringing people together to work for a common purpose. You’re adept at implementing: finding solutions and adapting to changes as ideas turn into projects and campaigns. This Organizer will help us develop local advocacy campaigns in the areas of copyright reform and access to information, so experience and expertise in those fields is highly advantageous.

This position starts at $73,500 per year.

As a Grassroots Activism Organizer for EFF, you will:

  • Inspire, encourage, and mentor community organizers and trainers looking to engage with digital rights issues in their home communities.
  • Promote EFF’s community organizing efforts to the public, especially to technical communities. 
  • Work with the EFF Organizing team to help foster community and sharing of resources within the EFA.
  • Speak publicly about digital rights issues, including hosting awareness-raising sessions for concerned individuals.
  • Travel to support and recruit community groups across the country.
  • Write blog posts and other pieces uplifting the work of our Electronic Frontier Alliance partners;
  • Provide support for the administrative needs of the community organizing program, including scheduling calls, following up on training and speaking requests, hosting regular conference calls, documenting contacts and outreach opportunities appropriately, and providing prompt responses to individuals seeking to learn more about the Electronic Frontier Alliance.
  • Monitor Alliance members’ social media to identify opportunities to uplift the work of local allies;
  • Work alongside other members of the Organizing team to aid in thoughtful strategic decisions.


  • Experience in community organizing;
  • Compelling public speaking skills;
  • Strong familiarity with and passion for digital civil liberties issues;
  • A talent for creating authentic relationships, and passion for the principles of online privacy, free expression, and innovation;
  • An ability to treat others with kindness and patience;
  • The ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders, both inside and outside the organization.
  • An affinity for tools and resources that empower people to share their knowledge and creativity freely;
  • Comfort and interest in learning unusual technical tools.
  • Excellent writing skills, and experience in maintaining correspondence with a substantial number of contacts;
  • Technical skills, including familiarity with content management systems;
  • Excellent judgment and strategic thinking;
  • Social media fluency.

Knowledge of or experience with any of the following would be advantageous:

  • Contributing to free/libre and open source software (FLOSS) projects in any capacity
  • Facilitating interactive workshops;
  • Organizing online activism for an advocacy-oriented nonprofit organization.Video or audio editing experience;
  • Professional journalism, or formal training in journalistic or creative writing;
  • Online free speech, copyright reform, patent reform, open access, or right to repair advocacy.

EFF is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world; since 1990, we have been at the forefront of campaigns to keep the awesome parts of the Internet awesome, and fix the parts that are broken.

You'll join a team of organizers and activists engaged in high-impact campaigns that protect civil liberties online. We care deeply about EFFs projects and advocacy, and we think our work helps make the Internet a better place. We work closely with EFF’s technologists and attorneys, collaborating on projects in all areas of EFF’s work.

EFF is an amazing place to work. Our Activism team enjoys a collaborative and kind communication style, and the freedom to propose new initiatives and ideas. 

Commitment to Diversity:  As an advocacy organization, EFF is committed to being part of a diverse community. Diversity of life experiences makes a big difference in how we identify and litigate legal issues, design privacy-enhancing software, and organize our activism. To that end, we deliberately seek applicants with different perspectives, identities, and experiences to build an inclusive workplace to better inform our advocacy and defense of freedom in our digital world. EFF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of all races, genders, ages, abilities, orientations, ethnicities, and national origins to apply.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

For the application, you must submit each of the following:

  •   A cover letter.
  •   A resume in PDF format.
  •   3-5 online writing samples (If you don't have anything online, please just publish them somewhere online such as on Medium, then send us links)

In addition, the following are welcome but not required to apply:

  •   A video from a presentation you have given on any topic.
  •   Any other supporting materials (such as multi-media collateral, audio interviews, etc).

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