Senior Digital Campaigner — Deadline February 24, 2019
ABOUT DEMAND PROGRESS
Demand Progress is an online activist group of 2 million members dedicated to protecting a free and open internet, breaking the power of big Wall Street banks, stopping the out-of-control national surveillance state and militarism, and ending the corrosive influence of money in politics.
Since 2010, we have used digital technology to organize ordinary people to fight back against powerful interests – and win.
Our anti-corporatism work has helped reject policies and personnel that would favor big banks and monopolies above the interests of ordinary people. And we’re bringing on additional staff capacity that will allow us to significantly ramp up that work in 2019 (and beyond).
ABOUT THE POSITION
Demand Progress is seeking a Senior Campaigner to take on the digital advocacy component of our anti-monopoly and Wall Street accountability campaigning.
Rather than seeking to gin up public outrage in an effort to shame individual corporations into changing their behavior, these campaigns will instead seek to leverage governmental power (including the investigatory and oversight powers of both Congress and federal regulatory bodies) to structurally limit the size and power of corporations.
Are you an experienced digital organizer who can quickly write persuasive, well-messaged action alerts with substantive theories of change? Are you entrepreneurial and an accountable self-starter? Do you have an intellectual and visceral interest in contesting outsized corporate power? If so, please read on!
Here’s what you’ll do in this role:
- Write compelling petitions, emails, and fundraising appeals to mobilize our two million activists to take action.
- Manage the email process from beginning to end: drafting and editing email copy, securing approval, producing petition pages and donation pages, setting up and sending the emails through our CRM, testing, and petition delivery.
- Work with experienced policy analysts and lobbyists to identify opportunities for high-impact campaigns that will excite and engage our activists, and drive change.
- Track and analyze performance metrics of our campaigns – including through frequent A/B tests – and use that information to help us make better decisions going forward.
- Cleanly manage data and upload data to our CRM.
- Actively participate in coalitions (both formal and ad hoc), including recruiting organizations to join campaigns we’re leading; engaging with other leaders, stakeholders, and allies in the advocacy space; and supporting our key allies’ efforts.
- Engage the press by drafting and sending out press releases, monitoring news coverage of our issues, and speaking on the record when appropriate.
- Other duties as required.
You could be great for this role if:
- You share our deep commitment to economic and social justice, and your political analysis dovetails with ours.
- You have at least four years of relevant campaigning or organizing experience in an electoral or advocacy setting, including at least three years in a digital role. More experience is preferred.
- You’re an excellent all-around communicator, and can write sharp, persuasive and well-messaged copy for action alerts, press releases, organizational sign-on letters, etc.
- You have a strategic sense allowing you to identify opportunities where grassroots activism can deliver progressive victories, and are able to explain your strategic rationale to diverse audiences.
- You function well in a fast-paced environment, and can nimbly respond to shifting priorities and timelines.
- You’re comfortable working in ActionKit or similar e-activism tool-kits (Action Network, BSD, NationBuilder, New/Mode, Salsa, etc.).
- You’re very comfortable with digital metrics and analytics.
- You know basic HTML and can use Excel (or a similar program) for basic data analysis — or are willing and able to learn these skills.
- You can work well with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds, and have a sensitivity to and appreciation for cultural differences.
While we do not expect a candidate to have all of these traits, a strong candidate may have one or more of the following:
- Basic issue area expertise around monopolies and/or banking policy, and/or more than a passing familiarity with legislative and regulatory processes.
- Experience running digital campaigns of the Demand Progress/MoveOn/CREDO model, and/or experience managing a large (100,000+ subscriber) email list.
- Experience leading, or helping to lead, issue campaigns for an organization working on a national and/or global scale.
- Broad knowledge of the movements, ideological tendencies, organizations, and political actors that compose the contemporary American political ecosystem.
- A broad set of relationships with others (especially digital campaigners) across the progressive movements.
- Knowledge of and relationships with policy experts, lawmakers and/or their staff, campaigning groups, and/or activist groups in relevant issue areas.
- Nuts-and-bolts offline organizing experience.
- Graphic design or videography experience, particularly anything demonstrating an aptitude for producing creative and compelling social media content.
- Experience packaging and pitching stories to the press (especially if they generated press hits in high-profile outlets), and/or experience as an on-the-record spokesperson.
- Experience navigating complex coalitions settings.
- Advanced knowledge of HTML and CSS coding
- SQL or other database experience.
- Experience working remotely or working as part of a team with remote members.
There is a strong preference for the Senior Campaigner to be located in Metro D.C. or New York City, but working remotely from elsewhere in the contiguous United States is possible for the right candidate.
Some travel will be required for work wherever the candidate is based, and additional travel to D.C. will be necessary for a Senior Campaigner working outside of the D.C. Metro area.
The salary range for this position is $60,000-$75,000 per year. In addition to the salary, Demand Progress offers additional benefits such as employer-paid health insurance, a 3% retirement match, 3 weeks vacation time (plus the week between Christmas and New Years off). This position is considered exempt for overtime purposes.
The Senior Campaigner will report to the Campaign Director.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to those received by 11:59pm PT on Sunday, February 24, 2019.
Please send your resume and a thoughtful cover letter that answers the following questions as a PDF attachment to [email protected] with “Senior Campaigner” as the subject line.
- Why are you applying for this job? (Suggested word limit: 200)
- List which of the bullet points under the heading that begins “While we do not expect a candidate to have all of these traits…,” (above) you believe you bring to the table, with a few words of explanation if that’s useful.
- Help us understand your approach. What do you think are the top 3-5 things a digital campaigner should keep in mind when planning a campaign meant to influence a regulatory body? Why are each of these important? (Suggest word limit: 300 words.)
Demand Progress is committed to the principles of social and economic justice, and we try to build a workplace where all employees are treated fairly, enjoy working together and feel respected as individuals. Additionally, we recognize that the issues we work on play out differently in different kinds of communities, and value the perspective of people from communities that have traditionally experienced discrimination.
People of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ people are especially encouraged to apply.
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