Position: Complex Campaigns Manager
Start Date: Immediately
Location: New York, NY; Washington, DC; Los Angeles, CA, with strong preference for Washington or New York
About Bend the Arc:
Bend the Arc is a movement of progressive Jews across America who are building a country that lives up to our values of justice and equality for all. We are the only national Jewish organization focused solely on promoting these values here in the U.S.
Our vision at Bend the Arc is to build and activate the Jewish community to help transform our country to be inclusive, equitable, and supportive of the dignity of every person across race, class, gender and faith. But we live in a moment when the President and his allies in Congress are fanning bigotry and hatred, and their disregard for democracy, religious freedom, and human rights present an existential threat to our values and our country. As Jews, our history and moral tradition call us to be bold and courageous in the face of this threat — we know it will take many of us, coming together to take collective action alongside partners in frontline communities, to resist and to win.
The Bend the Arc family of organizations consists of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, our 501(c)(4) organizing and advocacy arm; Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC, a political action committee dedicated to supporting candidates for federal office who champion our values; and Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, our 501(c)(3) education and leadership arm. Headquartered in New York City, we have offices in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Oakland, with volunteer-led local groups organizing nationwide.
About the Position:
Bend the Arc is moving into 2019 with a dedicated plan to meet the current moment through effective and strategic campaigning. We plan to leverage the full depth and breadth of our organization to execute high-impact campaigns that are responsive to the current atrocities from the Trump Administration but also sow the seeds for the multi-racial, inclusive democracy we want for the future.
We know that the demands on our time, capacity and resources during the next two years of the Trump presidency will be unrelenting. We will build on our advocacy and organizing work with other communities targeted by the growing white nationalist movement, but with a focus on campaigns that are responsive to policy developments, abuses, and atrocities from the current administration. Bend the Arc’s unique role in addressing the most significant threats to our society and democracy at this moment — white nationalism and the anti-semitism and anti-black racism that make up its foundation — demands that we lead boldly and visibly, in the Jewish community, the wider progressive movement and the American political and social conversation. This position has been created to sit at the nexus of this campaigning work.
Bend the Arc is seeking a Complex Campaigns Manager (CCM) to support these efforts with strong, multi-faceted campaigns. The CCM will own the campaign process and drive all national campaigns (i.e., campaigns that include our distributed field, communications and advocacy teams that comprise our Impact Team). The CCM will lead and coordinate campaign planning, develop campaign plans, trouble-shoot real time campaign shifts and needs, monitor all national campaigns, and ensure all campaigns are meeting goals and are executed with excellence. The CCM will succeed in that body of work through working collaboratively across teams, successfully managing in multiple directions, and responding deftly to opportunities as they arise.
The CCM will report to the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) and will not have direct reports.
Are you an experienced campaigner who wants to bring your knowledge of best practices in campaigning to Bend the Arc’s campaign work? Are you passionate about running smart and multi-faceted campaigns from start to finish? And are you a solid project manager who values collaboration and building relationships? If so, please read on about the specific duties of the CCM!
Here’s what you’d do in the job:
- In close partnership with CSO, craft high-impact campaigns that advance our two-year priorities, respond to urgent developments in the political environment and reflect a racial equity analysis at each step.
- Manage varying and potentially multiple campaign teams comprised of staff from across the Bend the Arc Impact Team.
- Work closely with departments to develop goal-oriented campaign plans, timelines and MOCHAs for campaign teams and work streams.
- Coordinate planning and management of campaigns of varying lengths and types, including episodic mini-campaigns, short-term campaigns, as well as longer-term pro-active campaigns.
- Monitor and report on campaign progress, managing campaign arcs and escalation for maximum impact.
- Ensure opportunities for robust engagement of all Bend the Arc departments (communications; advocacy; electoral; field; development) and Bend the Arc field units in campaign efforts.
- Maintain strong partnerships with campaign staff of partner and movement organizations.
- During moments of rapid response, work closely with CSO to determine if/how such actions may alter or strengthen existing campaigns, or evolve into campaigns themselves.
- Assist with the creation of resources for field units and affiliates, and external partners to amplify national campaigns as needed.
- Build relationships and strengthen partnerships with ally organizations, affiliates, and community members.
- Work with vendors, consultants and contractors if and as needed.
You could be great for this job if you have:
- A minimum of five years of experience running successful issue, advocacy, political or corporate campaigns.
- Project management experience, and the ability to organize and manage multiple priorities.
- Knowledge of principles of effective campaigning, including within a distributed model of related field units.
- Experience using a racial equity lens in planning and/or analysis, and have undergone strong racial equity training.
- Solid communication skills with experience writing clear, explanatory content, and communicating clearly--verbally and electronically--with attention to detail.
- Ability to build and maintain effective relationships, especially with campaign staff at partner organizations.
- Experience managing diverse teams (the Bend the Arc team is diverse in a number of ways, including geography, race + ethnicity, tenure, Jewish experience, management level and expertise).
- Creativity, flexibility and comfort working in a fast-paced environment.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google platforms (Gmail, Calendar, Drive)
- Commitment to social justice, to the values and goals of Bend the Arc, and to working at a values-based organization with a high emphasis on mutual respect and intentional workplace culture.
Although not required, a strong candidate may have some of the following:
- Experience with distributed organizing tools.
- A record of building effective partnerships or coalitions with advocacy and/or activist groups.
- An understanding of the current policy and political landscape at both the national and state and local level sites of Bend the Arc field units.
- Familiarity with Management Center tools such as MOCHA and delegation worksheets.
- Active involvement in movements that work to support racial justice (including fighting white nationalism and anti-semitism), immigrant rights and/or protecting our democracy.
Compensation and Hours:
This is a full-time position, with occasional evening or weekend work based on need. The annual salary range is $70,000-$80,000 DOE, and includes paid time off and health benefits.
Please submit your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Complex Campaign Manager” in the subject line of your message. Your cover letter should share why you want this position, as well as speak to your experience running successful social-justice oriented campaigns, and why working at Bend the Arc is the right move for you right now. Applicants selected to advance in the process will be asked to complete a draft campaign plan.
Applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis. We sincerely regret that we will not be able respond to all applicants. Only those considered for the position will be contacted to interview.
Bend the Arc values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture because we recognize that diversity within our staff helps us organize and work well with diverse Jewish and progressive constituencies. Candidates should be willing to work within the Jewish community, but may be of any (or no) faith or background. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction. Bend the Arc is an equal opportunity employer.
This job description is intended to convey information essential to understand the scope of the position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, or responsibilities associated with the position.