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Campaign Manager

Program – Negotiable, District of Columbia
Department Program
Employment Type Full-Time


Job Title: Campaign Manager

Position Status: Full time, salaried, exempt.  This is a fixed term position for 24 months from date of hire, with continuance dependent on funding and other strategic considerations.

Work Location: Negotiable. We have offices in Florence, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., and are open to remote work from other locations within the U.S.

Posting Date:  November 9, 2018

Position summary:

The campaign manager will help expand Free Press’ local-journalism project, News Voices, on a national scale. This will entail exploring and running state-based campaigns to transform local news; coordinating collaborations and workshops with newsrooms and community groups; and building a network of organizations, journalists and activists who work in journalism and community engagement.

The campaign manager will be responsible for creating and executing campaign strategies, training reporters on cutting-edge community-engagement strategies, and fostering relationships with Free Press’ growing list of 1.4 million members, hundreds of national and statewide allies, and the broader public to transform how communities stay informed and civically engaged. Our outreach and organizing activities prioritize working with people of color, women and youth.

This position will be responsible for network building and management, field organizing, training and grassroots lobbying for the News Voices project. In collaboration with our communications, field and policy staff, this position will identify and support our most committed activists, engage and connect community members, develop a training curriculum, plan and execute campaign events and conduct campaign research. This position will work in close collaboration with the News Voices director and team to ensure good communication and cohesion among state and national project efforts.

The campaign manager reports to the News Voices director. This job requires a flexible schedule, including evening and weekend work. Regular travel is required.

Free Press comprises two separate corporate entities, Free Press and Free Press Action Fund. Both entities share the same overall mission, office space and employees. This job description refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “Free Press.”

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Civic Info Bill campaign management: Build off the success of our New Jersey Civic Info Bill campaign by exploring opportunities to run campaigns in target locations to pass legislation to create local news and information funds. Develop and execute creative engagement and organizing tactics and involve Free Press members in campaign actions and events. Build relationships with local organizations and newsrooms to form coalitions and cultivate local leaders. Organize and manage events, field hearings, member-briefing calls, in-district meetings between constituents and state legislators, rallies, petition deliveries and other campaign actions.

  • Coordinate newsroom and community ally collaborations: Develop trainings and workshops for journalists on community engagement and organizing. Develop trainings and workshops for community groups on how to build relationships with local media and push back against misinformation. Identify emerging opportunities to partner with newsrooms and community organizations across the country. Maintain relationships with newsrooms and community allies to build on initial trainings to create locally run engagement projects and collaborations.

  • National network management: Build and maintain a national network of journalists, activists, community partners and like-minded organizations. Identify opportunities for collaboration and learning.

  • Leading and learning: Stay up to date on the latest trends in journalism and campaign strategies and articulate the value of using community engagement and organizing to strengthen relationships 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 media and allies about the News Voices project.

  • Race equity: Free Press is a multiracial organization committed to advancing race equity in our work, which includes being explicit about the impact of media and technology issues on communities of color and building alliances with racial-justice organizations.

  • Member engagement: Collaborate with the News Voices director and other staff to develop national member-engagement strategies, campaign actions and events, recruit and manage volunteers and expand our membership base through public engagement.

Personal attributes:

  • Must have a commitment to racial equity and experience working with communities of color.

  • Must be able to work both independently and collaboratively with internal and external colleagues and ally organizations.

  • Must be a team player with a low-ego approach to collaboration.

  • Must be able to address challenges and seize opportunities as they arise.

  • Must be able to develop and maintain relationships with allies from various backgrounds.

  • Must be a creative self-starter who is comfortable with experimenting with new ideas.

  • Must have a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and socioeconomic circumstance.

  • Must have a strong work ethic, with the ability to complete work under tight deadlines.

  • Must be able to remain positive, tactful and composed under pressure.

  • Must be able to handle changes in work priorities with ease.

  • A great sense of humor and flexibility are musts.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or 3+ years of experience leading successful organizing efforts and/or experience working as a journalist, with a combination of online and/or offline organizing, rapid-response work, volunteer engagement, political advocacy, coalition building, training and reporting

  • Experience working with diverse communities

  • Strong interest in media and technology issues and demonstrated experience working on those or similar issues

  • Journalism experience and/or familiarity with trends in journalism and press freedom

  • Experience working on public education, community engagement or other similar campaign-organizing work  

  • Experience working for or advocating before state legislatures and agencies

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills

  • Experience writing email alerts, blog posts and other web content for campaigns and organizational outreach

  • Attention to detail, flexibility and demonstrated capacity to operate in a fast-paced environment

Bonus skills and experience:

  • Fluency in Spanish

  • Familiarity with digital activism and organizing tools.


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).

Free Press is committed to offering competitive pay and generous benefits, including group medical, dental, vision and  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.

The typical starting salary for a campaign manager at Free Press who meets the above qualifications is between $60,000–65,000.

Starting salary is negotiated based on the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

How to apply:

Complete our online application at the link below.

Key dates:

This position was posted the week of November 5, 2018 . Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and we encourage candidates to submit applications by December 5th. This search will remain open until the position is filled. The ideal candidate will be available to begin work in February, 2019.

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 and gender-nonconforming individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

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