Scope of Work
The “Welcome with Dignity Campaign” is seeking an experienced campaign manager to manage a campaign with the intent to restore and establish humane, fair, and accessible access to asylum in the United States.
Housed within the Women’s Refugee Commission’s Migrant Rights and Justice program, the campaign manager will be tasked to develop, manage, and implement 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, to advocate for the restoration of asylum rights in the United States; and to create a more just, humane, and dignified approach to asylum. The campaign aims to mobilize targeted public allies and organizations, and ultimately policymakers.
The campaign manager will work closely with WRC staff, including the Welcome With Dignity communications coordinator, 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.
- building out a campaign structure and coordinating roles for advisory committee membership and partnerships with allies;
- working closely with the campaign communications coordinator on campaign communications efforts;
- coordinating closely among and between the campaign tables to ensure consistency and inclusion for the campaign strategy and activities;
- coordinating WRC’s leadership on the campaign to ensure strong collaboration and partnership engagement; 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 interorganizational relationships.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The consultant will be responsible for the following:
- Lead campaign strategy, oversight, and coordination, in collaboration with partners.
- Manage development of an inclusive campaign structure in alliance and coordination with partners.
- Build and manage relationships with coalition partners and stakeholders on an ongoing basis to ensure an inclusive campaign.
- Coordinate and lead WRC’s role in the campaign with support from the WRC campaign communications coordinator and appropriate Migrant Rights and Justice program and communications staff.
- 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.
- Speak with members of the media on background and on the record when needed in coordination with the WRC’s communications director and the campaign communications coordinator and partner organizations.
- Support fundraising efforts and grant reporting as needed. Work with the 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.
- 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, etc.
- 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. Foreign language fluency a plus.
- 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.
- 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
Location: Washington, DC, or NYC
Starting date: ASAP
Closing date: Until filled
How to apply
Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume 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. Qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.