Campaign Manager

· Washington, District of Columbia
Employment Type Fixed Term

Position Description

Job Title: Campaign Manager

Position Status: Full time, salaried, exempt. This is a 24-month fixed term position with continuance dependent on funding and other strategic considerations. 

Work Location: Negotiable within the United States. We have an office in Washington, D.C. (currently closed during the COVID pandemic, with D.C. staff working from home) and are open to remote work from other geographic locations in the United States. Preference will be given to those based in California, New York or D.C. to support networking and engagement. 

Document Date: 3/3/2021

Position summary:

The campaign manager focuses on engaging Free Press’ more than 1 million members, hundreds of allies and the broader public to demand an open, accessible and affordable internet, stop runaway media consolidation, end mass surveillance, protect press freedom and ensure diverse voices are represented in the media. Our campaign work occurs both online and in the field; this position builds national and local ally relationships, executes creative tactics, and develops engagement strategies to advance our campaigns.

The campaign manager focuses on different campaigns and issue areas over time including our work on internet freedom, press freedom and platform accountability. This position will focus on corporate-accountability campaigns — putting pressure on media and tech companies to stop the spread of hate and disinformation, advance racial equity and serve the public interest — as well as legislative and regulatory campaigns. The campaign manager’s focus may shift or expand to different issue areas over time.

In collaboration with our campaign, digital, policy and cultural organizing staff the campaign manager provides oversight, rapid response, coalition engagement, online organizing and mobilization efforts and represents Free Press in public. The campaign manager is responsible for fostering collaboration and communication internally and externally. The campaign manager develops and executes a range of tactics including digital mobilization, content creation for emails, blog posts and op-eds, outreach and engagement with new and existing local and national allies, creative stunts, and contributing to overall campaign development and strategy.

The campaign manager reports to the senior campaign director.  This job requires flexibility in work schedule, generally aligning to U.S. East Coast business hours. Evening and weekend hours are required at times, especially to handle “rapid response” needs. Frequent domestic travel, including multi-day trips, is expected once the pandemic is under control.

Free Press is composed of two separate organizations, Free Press and Free Press Action Fund. Both entities share the same overall mission and employees will have time assigned to one or both entities. This job description refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “Free Press.”

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Campaign/issue area focus: Anchor campaign planning, development and execution in collaboration with the senior campaign director, digital, policy, communications and other programmatic staff. In addition, focus on identifying campaign opportunities, targets, asks, actions and follow-up. Develop issue area expertise on the organization’s core campaigns and bring an intersectional approach to our work that includes a race, class and gender analysis.

  • Implement campaign tactics: Develop and execute a range of tactics including digital mobilization, content creation for emails, blog posts and op-eds, outreach and engagement with new and existing local and national allies, and creative stunts.

  • Network engagement & ally relationships: Engage with allied organizations to cultivate relationships and partnerships with allies with an emphasis on allies in the media justice and online/digital organizing space. Work in coalition with allies to execute campaigns. Engage in and represent Free Press in coalition meetings, strategy sessions, actions and listservs. Anchor coalition discussions and strategy calls as needed.

  • Writing: Draft compelling email alerts, social media posts, op-eds and other outreach materials to inspire people to take action on our campaigns. An understanding of how to develop compelling copy for different audiences to achieve goals is a must.

  • Digital engagement: Develop creative engagement and organizing tactics. In collaboration with the digital team, focus on growing our membership, deepening our engagement with activists and advancing our broader race equity goals. Some working knowledge of CRMs and digital campaigning is needed.


  • Learning: Develop and maintain deep substantive knowledge of issue area and campaign goals, and the dynamics of cultural and policy change. Conduct campaign evaluations and share lessons learned. Keep up on emerging campaign strategies and social movement tactics. Implement new approaches, technologies and best practices by regularly communicating with allies and campaigners, attending conferences and trainings as needed and reporting back to Free Press program staff.

  • Advance race equity: Clearly and consistently articulate an understanding of racial equity and structural racism and the centrality of this analysis to the work Free Press does and how we operate. Integrate that knowledge into work projects and interactions by addressing structural implications and disproportionate impacts of policies, activities and decisions on race, class, gender and other group identities within the context of job responsibilities and projects. 

Desired Skills and Attributes:

  • Must have a commitment to racial equity and experience working with communities of color
  • Must be a creative self-starter, able to work independently and with limited oversight to accomplish agreed upon objectives and to evaluate results
  • Must be able to work under tight deadlines, navigate competing priorities and effectively adjust work plans to respond to emergent challenges or opportunities
  • Must be able to remain positive, tactful and composed under pressure
  • Must be a team player with a low-ego approach to collaboration with both internal and external colleagues
  • Must be able to develop and maintain relationships with a wide range of external organizations
  • Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Spanish language fluency is a plus
  • Must value and respect differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and socioeconomic circumstance
  • Dedication to Free Press’ mission of fighting for everyone’s rights to connect and communicate, in addition to the overall success of the organization

Experience and Qualifications:

  • No minimum education is required; a bachelor's degree may be an indicator of capacity for this position
  • At least 3+ years of directly relevant experience in a nonprofit public interest organization or similar setting is required
  • Strong interest in media and technology issues and demonstrated experience working on those or similar issues
  • Demonstrated capacity for full-charge “ownership” of program or administrative areas that are integral to day to day organizational functions
  • Experience supervising volunteers or interns
  • Experience liaising with colleagues in allied organizations
  • Attention to detail, flexibility and demonstrated capacity to operate in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must have ability to succeed in a predominately telework/remote office  environment, including working with an off-site manager, adopting and maintaining strong digital security practices, and fostering connection and community with colleagues located throughout the U.S.
  • Experience using a CRM like ActionKit
  • Understanding of how to leverage social media platforms in campaigns.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite and other graphics-editing software.
  • Experience using digital communication tools such as Slack, Google Drive and Zoom


Free Press is committed to offering competitive pay and generous benefits, including group medical insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance, retirement benefits, health-reimbursement accounts and paid family leave. Annual paid time off is a total of nine weeks, including vacation, health-care leave and holidays.


This position is categorized as a “tier 2” position, in the context of five possible functional classifications at Free Press, ranging from coordinator (tier one) to executive (tier five). 


The starting salary at Free Press for a campaign manager who meets the above qualifications is $60,000-$65,000. Starting salary is based on the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience. To counter pay inequality and uphold internal parity, we use a nonnegotiable starting salary system, while benchmarking our pay to competitive markets in the nonprofit sector.

How to apply:

Complete our online application at the link on the top right of this page. Fully answering the application questions is an important part of the application process.

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Free Press provides reasonable accommodations for the application, interview, or any other aspect of the employee selection process to applicants with disabilities. Please email to request an accommodation.

Key dates:

This position was posted the week of March 8, 2021 Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and we encourage candidates to submit applications by April 2, 2021. This search will remain open until the position is filled. The ideal candidate will be available to begin work in April 2021.

Free Press is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value excellence and diversity in our workforce. People of color, women, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, gender-nonconforming and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

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  • Location
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Employment Type
    Fixed Term