- Wed 05 Mar, 2014NY Campaign FellowMore »
New York, NY
With more than 900,000 members nationally, ColorOfChange.org is the nation's largest online Black political organization. Using the Internet, we enable our members to speak in unison, with an amplified political voice. In the process, we bring attention to the needs and concerns of Black folks, by holding coordinated events in different parts of the country, influencing decision makers at all levels of society, running broadcast, print and online advertisements, and demanding that the news media cover our issues.
The ColorOfChange.org Fellowship was created to develop new leadership in the movement for racial justice, and to provide a unique opportunity to build experience in online activism by working in ColorOfChange.org offices and being supervised and mentored by ColorOfChange.org's campaign staff. The NY Fellow will work with and report directly to the Senior Campaign Manager in New York. The Fellow will assist with the day-to-day execution of ColorOfChange.org's social media and Economic Justice campaign work, as well as with the longer-term strategic planning necessary to ensure success across these platforms. This position can be full-time or part-time (20-40 hours/week), depending on the needs of the Fellow.
- Assist with creation of campaign materials: research for emails, petition text and calls scripts, op-eds, social media, press releases, etc.;
- Monitor political and social events for their potential to impact and shape campaigns;
- Plan, write, edit, and proofread materials including web content and other documents as needed;
- Collaborate in curation of third-party media content to be highlighted by ColorOfChange.org, and in production of original media content;
- Support the coordination of on-the-ground events, e.g., petition deliveries, community events, legislative district meetings;
- Conduct research projects, and handle routine writing and administrative tasks; and
- Complete other tasks as assigned.
The ideal candidate is an exceptional writer who is creative, entrepreneurial, detail-oriented, flexible, able to juggle multiple tasks, and thrives in a fast-paced office setting. The candidate should be excited about working in a campaign-style environment and willing to take on new responsibilities as they arise. Specific qualifications include:
- Excellent oral and written communication, research and organizational skills;
- Demonstrated experience/interest working on racial justice issues;
- Familiarity with online organizing;
- Demonstrated experience/interest in economic justice;
- Background in economics, public policy, and/or social science is a strong plus;
- Eye for graphic design and technical skills to generate effective visual aids (print and digital) are desirable.
The Campaign Fellowship is a full-time or part-time, 9-month (through December 2014) temporary appointment, and Fellows are paid $10 per hour for 20-40 hours/week (hours determined by part-time or full-time status). Fellows are classified as temporary, non-exempt employees, and earn pro-rated paid time off and holidays.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The title of the position ("NY Campaign Fellow") MUST appear in the subject line of the email. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Interested applicants should email us with a resume, cover letter, and brief writing sample (no more than 2 pages). If applicable, applicants are additionally encouraged to include a link to a relevant audio or video sample, ideally a self-produced podcast or clip.
- Thu 06 Feb, 2014Operations AssistantMore »
ColorOfChange.org is seeking a full-time Operations Assistant to keep our New York City office running smoothly while supporting our Chief of Staff and Operations. The right candidate will be committed to getting results in a fast-paced environment and able to handle competing priorities. This position is an excellent opportunity to be a critical problem-solver within a mission-driven organization.
With over 900,000 members nationally, ColorOfChange is the nation’s largest online Black political organization. Using the Internet, we enable our members to speak in unison, with an amplified political voice. In the process, we bring attention to the needs and concerns of Black folks, by holding coordinated events in different parts of the country, lobbying elected representatives, running TV and print advertisements, and demanding that the news media cover our issues.
The Operations Assistant is based out of our Manhattan office and reports to the Chief of Staff and Operations. The job has two parts:
1. You are in charge of making ColorOfChange’s New York City office run smoothly:
- Keep our office supplies stocked, as well as prevent (and solve) infrastructure problems (IT, utilities, etc.)
- Orient new employees, including the creation, improvement, and maintenance of onboarding processes and documents
- Proactively research, identify and implement solutions to make our operations and processes better
- Additional duties as required to make our office a fantastic place to work
2. You are the assistant to the Chief of Staff and Operations:
- Own the Chief of Staff and Operations’ calendar, providing scheduling support to maximize daily impact
- Draft, proofread, and format documents with a very high level of quality
- Additional duties as required to enable the Chief of Staff and Operations to focus work on areas of comparative advantage
The Chief of Staff and Operations at ColorOfChange works to identify and respond to opportunities to maximize the organization’s impact through operational performance, optimizing management practices, and ensuring that we have the best people and systems. As the assistant to the Chief of Staff and Operations, the Operations Assistant plays an important role in supporting this work.
In this role, organization, people-skills, and writing ability are paramount. While experience in a similar role in the civil rights sector is not required, a commitment to civil rights and racial justice is. You should have:
- Top-notch organization skills. If the books on your bookshelf are in alphabetical order, your notes utilize colors with specific meanings, and you find long to-do lists energizing, we want to talk to you! There’s a lot to keep track of in this role, and nothing can fall through the cracks. Meeting deadlines is key.
- A customer-service orientation. The Operations Assistant allows our staff to perform at the highest possible level. A successful candidate will be responsive but also proactive, addressing needs that staff members may not even be aware of. Importantly, you’re able to work calmly and intentionally under pressure.
- Poise and confidence. You’ll be working with our vendors – and in some cases negotiating service details. Being firm but polite (and being able to say no when push comes to shove) will be necessary.
- Strong writing and verbal skills. The ability to communicate information clearly is fundamental to this role. You will be asked to draft documents, edit others, and communicate with a variety of internal stakeholders and outside vendors.
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com with the subject line “Operations Assistant.”
Salary is commensurate with experience. This is a full-time exempt position. ColorofChange.org also offers a competitive benefits package.
ColorOfChange (COC) is an equal opportunity employer. COC 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.
- Mon 09 Dec, 2013Campaign Director (Rapid Response)More »
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 their allies. Now we're looking to add a senior leader to our deeply skilled team – a Campaign Director in charge of our rapid response campaigning. If you're an experienced online organizer who cares about winning and wants a leadership role in a dynamic team, we want to talk to you!
As the Campaign Director, you will report directly to the Executive Director, serve on the senior leadership team and play a vital role in achieving ColorOfChange's mission. Primarily, you will run the organization's rapid response campaigning – plucking campaign ideas out of the 24-hour news cycle and engaging our members at the speed of the Internet. So you'll need a nose for powerful campaigns, and exceptional online organizing skills to make those campaigns pop. Fast.
To succeed as Campaign Director, we've identified three areas of responsibility – roughly grouped into Campaigns, Technology and Communications.
- Live in the 24/7 news cycle. Monitor political and social events 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 crazy, some will be gamechangingly awesome – and you'll have the judgment to know which is which.
- Strategize. Develop campaign plans with strong theories of change, using both proven and experimental online and offline tactics, but ...
- Iterate. ... constantly revise your plans in response to real-world developments. Flexibility is your middle name.
- Manage people and projects. Oversee external consultants, on-the-ground organizers, relationships with movement partners, and project teams within the staff.
- Evaluate. Is it working? Rigorously analyze data, report out on the impact of our campaigns, and learn, learn, learn.
- 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 HTML or CSS is important.
- Manage tech projects. Including scoping and spec'ing out web tools. You don't need to be an engineer, but you'll need to speak geek.
- 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.
The ideal candidate should have a proven knack for online and offline 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 five years relevant campaigning experience, in areas such as online advocacy, list building, rapid response and online fundraising.
- Exceptional skill at writing for online action: subject lines, emails, social media posts.
- A track record of winning campaigns; not all, but at least some good ones.
- Experience editing and providing feedback to others.
- Experience/interest working on racial justice and progressive issues.
- High comfort level with technology and emerging web platforms.
Interested applicants should email firstname.lastname@example.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 short and punchy, just like you would write an email blast.
For inquiries, please contact: