Freedom Forward is hiring for a Campaign Manager or Director, depending on experience.
Campaign Manager / Director
Position Status: Full-time
Location: Washington, DC
Start Date: ASAP
Compensation: $60-$80K depending on experience
Freedom Forward is hiring a Campaign Manager or Director to manage and implement campaigns to end U.S. alliances with non-democratic governments. The exact position will be based on the candidate’s experience. The position reports to the Executive Director.
About Freedom Forward:
Freedom Forward works to end U.S. alliances with non-democratic governments. We challenge the business, civil society, and governmental relationships that tie the U.S. to dictators, kings, and apartheid systems. We work with diaspora communities, activist networks, allied NGOs, and reform-minded policymakers to drive political change.
Freedom Forward is a new initiative supported by the Open Society Foundations, Arca Foundation, and a network of concerned human rights advocates. We are a fiscally sponsored project of the Center for International Policy.
Our primary current focus is to build a deep public challenge to the U.S. alliance with the brutal ruling monarchy of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi monarchy has slaughtered thousands in Yemen, imprisoned countless human rights advocates at home, and backed dictatorships across the region. Saudi rulers and other repressive allies have also repeatedly pushed the U.S. towards war with Iran.
We see our work to end the U.S.-Saudi alliance as intimately connected to the freedom struggles of communities across the Middle East and beyond. In addition to our work to end the U.S.-Saudi alliance, we campaign in active solidarity with communities that seek freedom from oppressive rulers worldwide.
The Position: Campaign Manager / Director
Freedom Forward is hiring for the position of Campaign Manager or Campaign Director. The exact position will be based on the candidate’s experience. The position is responsible for managing and implementing primarily online strategies that mobilize large numbers of people to challenge U.S. foreign policy and help end the U.S. alliance with the Saudi monarchy.
The position has an initial one year term, with the possibility of renewal. The position is based in Washington DC and remotely supervised by the Executive Director.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Create and launch online campaigns that push civil society and private sector targets to end their relationships with the Saudi family dictatorship and other repressive governments.
- Write, edit, and produce a significant amount of online campaign content. Create petitions, email alerts, issue briefs, webpages, social media, and other online and offline materials.
- Use major digital activism platforms to engage and mobilize the public. These include public platforms of progressive digital organizations, as well as third-party vendors.
- Build “ladders of engagement” that enable activists and supporters to deepen their involvement in our campaigns, starting with online petitions and moving to offline actions that include phone calls, pressure on selected targets, protests, media, and more.
- Write online fundraising appeals for Freedom Forward supporters, and track results.
- Work in coalition with allies, including partner organizations, diaspora communities, individual advocates, and Freedom Forward advisers to build new online and offline campaigns.
- Research new campaign areas and targets, leveraging the work and insights of partner organizations and advisers.
- Develop both pre-planned campaigns as well as rapid response actions that react to the day’s headlines to drive our agenda.
- Recruit and supervise interns as needed and when useful for campaign support.
- Contribute to Freedom Forward’s overall growth.
Skills and Requirements:
- Campaigning knowledge: Awareness of strategies and approaches to campaigning, including targeting private sector, civil society, and government actors. Familiarity with historical examples of grassroots challenges to economic and political power. Strong knowledge of strategies for building public support, driving pressure on targets, shifting public discourse, and changing targets’ behavior.
- Campaigning skills: Experience with and willingness to learn nuts and bolts of building issue campaigns, public mobilization, and online activism. Experience with moving supporters and activists up the ladder of engagement from online petitions to online and offline actions for human rights. Experience with working in coalition with allied organizations, networks, and activists.
- Very strong writing skills: Clear and efficient English-language communicator across multiple formats and styles — succinct petitions, engaging email alerts, activist materials, phone alerts, social media, etc.
- Online campaign experience: Experience with online strategies and platforms for recruiting, engaging, and mobilizing large numbers of people. Proficiency in online petition and organizing platforms, including Action Network and major third-party petition platforms, such as MoveOn, Avaaz, Change.org, etc.
- Offline campaign experience: Experience with strategies for building public pressure on campaign targets, including phone calls, volunteer-led protests and events, meetings with target decision-makers, media engagement, etc.
- Diaspora experience: Experience and familiarity with Muslim, Arab, and/or Middle Eastern communities, especially including diasporas in the United States.
- Issue and regional knowledge: Demonstrated interest and knowledge of human rights, including specifically women’s human rights, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, financial and business relationships between the U.S. and Middle East economies, governments, etc.
- A spirit of experimentation: We are a new project in a rapid growth phase, building new campaigns to drive a dramatic transformation in human rights and U.S. foreign policy. We don’t already know which campaigns will succeed. The ideal candidate is comfortable trying different ideas, dropping unsuccessful tactics, learning from failure, and sprinting towards success.
- Courage: We are challenging brutal governments and powerful interests that use violence to maintain power. The ideal candidate is comfortable pushing oppressive entities to change their behavior.
- Operations mindset: Comfortable building systems to measure and track success. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Commitment to anti-racist and intersectional campaigns that build power across diverse communities.
- Ability to prioritize tasks, work independently, and function as a member of a team.
Proficient in basic office productivity platforms, including Microsoft Office, Google Suite, video and audio conference call platforms, etc. Proficient in major online marketing and social media platforms, including MailChimp, WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
- Not required, but an added bonus: proficiency or fluency in Arabic.
How to Apply:
All applicants for this position must submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample. The writing sample should demonstrate your capacity for campaign-oriented communication that is engaging, clear, and succinct.
Please attach your cover letter, resume and writing sample as one single PDF document when you apply. Email to Sunjeev Bery, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Campaign position” in the subject line.
Freedom Forward is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. Women, people of color, persons with disabilities and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.