The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) works to improve the lives and defend the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children, and young people. As a research and advocacy organization, WRC is dedicated to securing systemic changes in policy and practice that ensure uprooted women, children and young people can fully exercise their rights to protection, services, and self-sufficiency.
Migrant Rights and Justice Program
Migrant, stateless, and refugee women and children around the world routinely face legal and human rights violations. WRC’s Migrant Rights and Justice Program holds governments accountable to their obligation to respect women and children’s rights, so they can find safety, access justice, and rebuild their lives.
Our rights and justice work includes issues of asylum, access to protection, immigration detention, family separation, and unaccompanied children’s rights.
Scope of Work
The Women’s Refugee Commission’s Migrant Rights and Justice Program is hiring an asylum campaign manager to develop and manage a campaign to restore and establish humane, fair, and accessible access to asylum in the United States.
The campaign manager is responsible for developing, managing, and implementing a campaign and advocacy effort to counter years of attacks on the asylum system, and to restore and defend the rights of those seeking protection at US borders and along the migrant route, advocate for the restoration of asylum rights in the United States, and create a more just, humane, and dignified approach to asylum. The campaign aims to mobilize targeted public allies and organizations, and, ultimately, policymakers.
The asylum campaign manager will work closely with WRC staff, including the communications department and the Migrant Rights and Justice program, and will coordinate closely with allied organizations to build and implement a strong coalition campaign that leverages partners’ strengths and magnifies our collective efforts.
- coordinating WRC’s leadership on the campaign to ensure strong collaboration and partnership engagement;
- developing a campaign structure and coordinating roles for steering committee membership and partnerships with allies;
- working closely with the campaign communications coordinator on campaign communications efforts;
- working with partners to develop campaign strategy and activities;
- coordinating and leading campaign implementation with partners; and
- working with WRC leadership and partners to engage with funders in support of securing continued funding for the campaign.
The ideal candidate will be a seasoned campaigner, an exceptional manager, and a collaborative leader. The candidate must possess a nuanced understanding of complex political landscapes (preferably with an understanding of the immigration landscape in particular), and be able to manage inter-organizational relationships.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Manage development of a campaign structure in alliance and coordination with partners.
- Lead campaign strategy, oversight, and coordination in collaboration with partners, and coordinate and lead WRC’s role in the campaign with support from the WRC campaign communications coordinator and MRJ program and communications staff.
- Build and manage relationships with coalition partners and stakeholders on an ongoing basis to ensure an inclusive campaign.
- Work with partners and the campaign communications coordinator to implement rapid response and action plans.
- Draft campaign materials, including but not limited to letters or policy advocacy statements, reports, website content, fact sheets, etc., in coordination with the Migrant Rights and Justice team, WRC communications, organizational allies, and issue experts.
- Work with the campaign communications organizations, WRC communications and MRJ staff, and partner organizations to develop and employ strategic online advocacy activities, including online petitions, calls to action, and online and in-person organizing activities.
- Possible role in speaking with members of the media on background and on the record when needed in coordination with the WRC’s communications director, the campaign communications coordinator, and partner organizations.
- Support fundraising efforts and grant reporting as needed. Work with the Senior Director of Migrant Rights and Justice and development department on foundation proposals and materials.
- Manage potential consultants, vendors, and interns.
- Uphold WRC’s values internally and externally.
Skills and Background
The ideal candidate possesses many or all of the following skills and experiences:
- Issue campaign expertise: Experience with diverse campaigning strategies and tactics, including focusing on private sector, civil society, and government actors. Knowledge of strategies for building public support, driving pressure on targets, shifting public discourse, and changing targets’ behavior. Experience with building issue campaigns, public mobilization, and online activism.
- Advocacy experience: Experience in advocacy and lobbying, including working with coalition partners, drafting coalition letters and policy statements, and mobilizing pressure on decision makers.
- Building coalitions and teams: Experience with recruiting allies, building coalitions, and working with allied organizations, networks, and communities.
- Online campaigning experience: Experience with online strategies and platforms for recruiting, engaging, and mobilizing large numbers of people. Proficiency in online petition and organizing platforms, including Action Network and major third-party petition platforms, such as MoveOn, Change.org, etc. Proficient in major online marketing and social media platforms, including MailChimp, WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
- Offline campaign experience: Experience with strategies for building public pressure on campaign targets. These include media engagement; generating constituent pressure through grassroots phone calls, volunteer-led protests, and events; meetings with target decision-makers, etc.
- Strong writing skills: Clear and efficient English-language communicator across multiple formats and styles – succinct petitions, policy statements, coalition letters, email alerts, activist materials, phone alerts, social media, etc.
- Issue and regional knowledge: Demonstrated interest and knowledge of human rights, US immigration policy, and US migrant and asylum rights and policy specifically, including women’s rights.
- Operations mindset: Comfortable building systems to measure and track success. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Commitment to anti-racist and intersectional campaigns that build power across diverse communities.
- Demonstrated ability to use independent judgment and make good decisions in service to the mission, including recognizing when to bring issues or concerns to upper management.
- Ability to prioritize tasks, work independently, and function as a member of a team.
- Proficient in basic office productivity platforms, including Microsoft Office, Google Suite, video and audio conference call platforms, etc.
- Exceptional management skills and several years’ management experience.
- Demonstrated ability to lead collaboratively across departments and agencies, and identify best-practices.
- Highly developed strategic problem-solving and execution skills; ability to achieve excellence and meet multiple goals and deadlines within a complex landscape and fast-paced environment.
- Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
- Ability to work in the US.
- Language skills are a plus, including but not limited to Spanish and French.
Reports to: Senior Director, Migrant Rights and Justice
Position: Regular, Full-Time for two years with possibility for longer depending on funding
Location: Washington, D.C., or NYC
Starting Date: ASAP
Closing Date: Until filled
How to Apply
Interested candidates must submit a CV and cover letter via this link.
The Women’s Refugee Commission is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, veteran status or disability, and qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.