Job Title: Media 2070 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 U.S. 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 various geographic locations within the United States.
Posting Date: 4/6/21
Free Press’ recently launched Media 2070 program is an effort to radically transform who has the capital to tell their own stories by 2070 by winning media reparations in the present time. It is transformation work within a lineage of civil rights, racial justice organizing, and calls for reparations, and a visibilizing of the ways that media has taken part in and supported state violence and harm against Black people. It seeks to highlight the role of media as a lever for racial justice and subsequently, the repair and reconciliation necessary to build strong, free, just communities.
The Media 2070 campaign manager will support the development, design and successful implementation of our campaign for media reparations. This includes implementing organizing, power-building and advocacy efforts that engage new and existing supporters, coalition partners, allies, media makers, journalists and legislators, and garner broad appeal and coverage. The campaign manager’s duties will include liaising with coalition partners, fostering external relationships, and supporting newsroom training, developing curriculum and necessary collateral materials. They will work closely with the Media 2070 director on strategy development, program coordination and launching new projects.
The campaign manager reports to the Media 2070 director. This job requires flexibility in work schedule, generally aligning to U.S. East Coast hours. This position requires evening and weekend work during peak campaign cycles or in the lead up to special events. Regular local, regional and national domestic travel is required, including to events or meetings hosted by others 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.”
- Support strategy & campaign development: Manage implementation of the Media 2070 campaign plan. Build campaign and organizing infrastructure. Anchor and strengthen partnerships with key stakeholders and track progress and wins toward the campaign’s goals. Work to support and strengthen related projects with partners. Work closely with the Media 2070 director on overall strategy development, program coordination, implementation and expansion.
- Organizing & Engagement: Support the development of training curriculum, popular education and engagement events, cultural organizing tactics and field organizing, both on- and off-line. Support new and existing partnership efforts, develop creative online and offline experiences and content. Collaborate with the communication team to ensure we’re telling the story of the work we’re doing via blog posts, op-eds, reports and social media.
- Manage networks & coalitions: In coordination with the team, build and maintain an engaged national network of stakeholders to advocate for media reparations, creating the political and cultural shifts necessary to make media reparations a reality. Maintain relationships with allies to build on initial engagement and create locally-run engagement projects and collaborations. Manage planning, scheduling, agenda-setting and other logistics of network gatherings.
- Develop training curriculum and educational resources: Lead the creation of our training curriculum, practice guides and toolkits for newsrooms and community members. Facilitate workshops, trainings and collaborative projects based on the needs and assets of local communities and that prioritize racial, gender and economic justice.
- Track and evaluate impact: Develop internal processes to evaluate, innovate and strengthen the Media 2070 campaign. Write stories, create media and produce toolkits, case studies, webinars and more to share vision, lessons, and the impact of our work. Maintain data integrity and security best practices. Conduct campaign evaluations and share lessons learned.
- Lead and learn: Stay up to date on the latest frameworks in journalism, reparations and racial justice organizing, and articulate the value of acknowledging and repairing harm to strengthen interconnectedness and power shifting between newsrooms and communities. Implement strategies, technologies and best practices by regularly communicating with allies, newsrooms and campaigners, attending conferences and trainings as needed and reporting back to Free Press program staff. Speak to the media and allies about the Media 2070 project.
- Advance Black liberation: Clearly and consistently articulate an understanding of Black liberation within the context of broader 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:
- Ideal candidate has experience with Black liberation and abolitionist organizing as well as media and/or cultural justice work; familiarity with Black queer feminist theory and practice is a plus
- Must have a commitment to Black liberation and experience working with Black, Indigenous, and/or other 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
- At least 3 years of directly relevant experience in Black liberation work, 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 with leadership development within the context of campaign or member based organizing
- Experience liaising with colleagues in allied organizations
- Strong project management skills and demonstrated ability to implement multifaceted projects
- Experience leading cultural organizing, public education, community engagement or other similar campaign-organizing work or group facilitation
- Experience writing email alerts, blog posts and other content for campaigns and organizational outreach
- 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. Remote staff must have reliable, high speed internet access. Free Press provides a laptop, a remote office allowance of $50/month towards the cost of home office supplies and a cell phone allowance of $40/month.
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:
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Free Press is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are actively seeking to build a diverse and inclusive team with a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. People of color, women, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, gender-nonconforming and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
If you meet some of the qualifications above, we encourage you to apply or to reach out for more information. We know groups subjected to systemic oppression– including people of color, women, people from working class backgrounds, and people who identify as LGBTQ – are less likely to apply unless and until they meet every requirement for a job. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other communities which are marginalized.
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This position was posted the week of April 5, 2021 Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The ideal candidate will be available to begin working no later than June 2021.