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  • Tue 17 Jun, 2014
    Campaign Manager Economic Justice & Civic Engagement (Oakland or New York)
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    JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Campaign Manager Economic Justice & Civic Engagement (Oakland or New York)

    PROJECT OVERVIEW:  With over 900,000 members nationally, ColorOfChange is the nation’s largest online Black political organization. Every day, we’re growing in power and influence, and winning important real-world changes for Black folks and our allies.  Now we’re looking to add a campaign manager to our deeply skilled team to drive our economic justice and civic engagement campaign work. If you’re an organizer, writer or lawyer who cares about winning and wants to lead creative, cutting-edge campaigns, we want to talk to you!

    POSITION OVERVIEW: The campaign manager will contribute to all aspects of our economic justice, voting rights and civic engagement campaign work:  identifying opportunities, developing strategic plans, drafting materials, staging emails, developing creative content, interacting with colleagues, members, and partners, and evaluating performance. The campaign manager will report to the campaign director for economic justice and civic engagement.

    RESPONSIBILITIES: To succeed as a campaign manager, we’ve identified three areas of responsibility -- roughly grouped into Campaigns, Technology and Communications. 

    Campaigns

    • Live in the 24/7 news cycle. Monitor political and social events in your core areas for their potential to become campaigns, and help foster a “news junkie” culture at ColorOfChange.
    • Generate Campaigns. Be an idea fountain, constantly tossing out campaign ideas. Some will be decent, some will be downright horrible, some will change the game.
    • Strategize. With the support of the Campaign Director, develop campaign plans with strong theories of change, using both proven and experimental online and offline tactics.
    • Iterate. Constantly revise your plans in response to real-world developments. Flexibility is your middle name.
    • Manage projects. Oversee external consultants, relationships with movement partners and be able to work well within a team structure.
    • Evaluate. Is it working? Rigorously analyze data, report out on the impact of our campaigns and learn, learn, learn.

    Technology

    • Innovate. Experiment with creative ways of leveraging technology to make good things happen; and know how to measure what "good" means.
    • Use our tools. Adeptly use our suite of online organizing tools (ActionKit) to stage email blasts, landing pages, donation pages, etc. Basic familiarity with social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. 
    • Manage tech projects. Including scoping and spec'ing out web tools. You don't need to be an engineer, but you may need to talk to one.

    Communications

    • Write. Create powerful, persuasive and poppy emails, blog posts, op-eds, text messages, press releases, etc. If the pen is mightier than the sword, your pen must be mighty indeed.
    • Make headlines. Have the skills and instincts to make campaigns newsworthy and generate press coverage to help them win.
    • Sum it up. Quickly synthesize information and communicate it back out to multiple audiences – members, staff, allies, etc.
    • Conscious not colorblind. Despite the trendiness of terms like “colorblind,” “personal responsibility” and “post-racial,” you understand that Black people face systemic barriers to opportunity and you’re up for the challenge of re-educating the masses. 

    QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate is an exceptional writer who is creative, entrepreneurial, detail-oriented, flexible and cares deeply about social justice. They should be comfortable juggling multiple tasks and thrive in a fast-paced environment and not afraid to talk about systemic racism.  Most of all, they should have the knack for campaigning: the ability to spot a moment, the willingness to go after any target, and the determination to keep pushing, even in the face of long odds. Specific qualifications include:

    • At least two years relevant campaigning or work experience in a communications, organizing, writing or policy-heavy role.
    • Proven writing ability in relevant setting. 
    • Familiarity with online campaigning. 
    • High comfort level with technology.
    • Knowledge about political and cultural issues related to income inequality or bank accountability a strong plus. 
    • Demonstrated interest/experience working on racial justice OR gender justice issues.
    • Basic HTML and SQL a plus.

    HOW TO APPLY:  Interested applicants should email jobs@colorofchange.org with 1) a resume; and 2) a cover letter written in the form of a persuasive email blast, where ColorOfChange is the target, and hiring you is the action you want us to take. Keep it persuasive and punchy, just like you would write an email blast, with an intriguing subject line that includes the words “EJ Campaign Manager.”

    COMPENSATION: Salary is commensurate with experience. This is a full-time exempt position. ColorOfChange also offers a competitive benefits package. 

    ColorOfChange is an equal opportunity employer. ColorOfChange prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law.

  • Thu 29 May, 2014
    Campaign Manager, Grassroots Organizing (Oakland or New York)
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    JOB ANNOUNCEMENT -- Campaign Manager, Grassroots Organizing (Oakland or New York)

    Project Overview: ColorOfChange.org is the nation’s largest online Black political organization, with more than 900,000 members. Every day, we’re growing in power and influence, and winning important victories for Black folks and our allies. Now, ColorOfChange is launching a member-led campaign initiative to provide a way for ColorOfChange members and partner organizations to launch and manage their own online campaigns with the goals of amplifying our members’ voices and strengthening their political power -- while growing the number of effective and successful member organizers around the country. Successful member-led campaigns and distributive organizing will expand our ability to do more "moment-to-movement" campaigning that diversifies the issues we work on while better amplifying and strengthening the political power of Black communities.

    Position Overview: We’re seeking a full-time entrepreneurial-minded campaign manager to lead and execute the launch and testing phase of this program through the end of 2014. You would be reaching out to organizational partners and member-leaders to move forward exciting and effective campaigns that set a model of good grassroots organizing, utilizing ColorOfChange's base and existing technology. Major issue areas will include economic justice, criminal justice, and media accountability. As a ColorOfChange Grassroots Organizing Campaign Manager, you will report to the Organizing Director, and play a key role in leading a new and exciting area of ColorOfChange’s work.

    Responsibilities:  The work of a successful Grassroots Organizing Campaign Manager can be broken down into the following three areas:

     Campaign and Organizing

    • Recruit: Identify, analyze, and evaluate campaign opportunities that allow ColorOfChange members and our broader network to deepen their engagement and lead campaigns on issues that fit with the ColorOfChange mission and model.
    • Strategize: Provide campaign feedback / content edits and coach campaign leaders throughout the campaign arc. Proactively provide suggestions and thoughts on campaign strategy. Participate in general ColorOfChange campaign strategy sessions, evaluations, and campaign planning meetings.
    • Mobilize: Expand partner local and state organizations’ capacity to leverage, “moment to movement” opportunities that will fully capture the organic energy surrounding the concerns of Black folks and their allies to propel effective action and sustainable change.

    Technology and Communications

    • Use our tools: Adeptly use our suite of online organizing tools to stage email outreaches, landing pages, donation pages, etc. Basic familiarity with HTML is important.
    • Assess: Develop mechanisms for reporting and sharing data / results and analysis of results to relevant staff, members and allies. Highlight member-led victories via our list, the press, and ColorOfChange social media, SMS, and other networks.
    • Collaborate: Manage relationships with partners in prospective campaign locations where campaigns have been initiated / or where there is particularly high ColorOfChange member density.
    • Grow: Manage additional staff and consultants as needed to achieve project goals. Manage relationships with service providers, vendors and contractors. Prepare materials for grant proposals and reports. Support grassroots funding efforts.

    Qualifications: The ideal candidate for this position has a deep commitment to civil rights and racial justice issues, significant campaign experience, well developed organizing skills, and the ability to work well with partners, members, and allies. We're looking for a strong writer in both narrative and persuasive writing, an excellent strategic thinker, and someone with reliable campaign instincts and organizing talent. A successful candidate will demonstrate skills in effective online and offline organizing and someone who can identify, "moment to movement" opportunities. 

    The following are not required for the job and as such are bonus qualifications:

    • Coaching / guiding / staff management experience.
    • Project management experience.
    • Experience in testing criteria and metrics.

    How to Apply: Interested applicants should email jobs@colorofchange.org with a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (3 pages or less). Applications missing any of those materials will not be considered.

    Compenstation: Salary is commensurate with experience. This is a full-time, exempt, temporary position. ColorOfChange offers a competitive benefits package.

    ColorOfChange is an equal opportunity employer. ColorOfChange prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law.

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