Job Openings at MoveOn.org

MoveOn is looking for superstars to join our team and help win some huge, exciting fights in 2014 and beyond. We’ll be battling for policies that serve the 99%, resisting Republican attacks on our communities, supporting progressive candidates, breaking ground with new organizing strategies and technology, and much more. We’re going big. To make it all happen, we’re hiring for these positions:

Field Network Director

At MoveOn, we run inspiring, high impact, member-led campaigns–capitalizing on the energy of strategic national campaigns spearheaded by MoveOn staff and supporting the thousands of campaigns that members run through our distributed campaigning platform. Over the last decade, online organizing has gone through a revolution–campaigns have gone from being created by a small number of staff campaigners to a huge number of everyday citizens. We’ve been at the forefront of this change and the next step is to continue building our grassroots field network to rise to these new challenges and opportunities.

As the Field Network Director, you’ll lead the effort to build on our powerful history to design a powerful field model that reflects today’s technology, momentum, and scale. You’ll be at the helm of the next generation of MoveOn’s scaled field strategy that develops member leadership and builds MoveOn’s grassroots power.  Find out more about this position and apply today!

Media Relations Director

We’re focused this year on building an economy that works for everyone, not just the 1%, protecting voting rights and expanding access to the ballot box, and defending the Affordable Care Act from Republican obstruction and attacks–all with an eye to November’s elections. As part of this effort, we are seeking a Media Relations Director who will be a key player on our communications team, leading our earned media strategy, building relationships with journalists, and making pitches that generate substantial coverage in top national outlets. Find out more about this position and apply today!

Campaign Director

At MoveOn, we focus like a laser on progressive campaigns at the intersection of political efficacy and high member energy. As a MoveOn Campaign Director your role will be to work with a team of dedicated staff and millions of members to design, build, and execute new models of online and offline campaigning that will maximize the impact of MoveOn members in local, state and national fights. Find out more about this position and apply today!

Senior Strategist, New Business Models

Our New Business Models Senior Strategist is part of a new, small team of empowered people working together to develop new ways to grow MoveOn and the progressive movement.

You’ll play a key role in plotting our team’s overall strategy. Together, we’ll figure out new ways to fund MoveOn–by doing everything from connecting our members with goods and services that are in line with their progressive values, to finding ways to fundraise through our website and petition platform, to innovating new ways to fund our member-led campaigns.  Find out more about this position and apply today!


Full Job Descriptions

Field Network Director

Timeline: ASAP

Goal: Design and build the next generation of MoveOn’s field model that develops member leadership and builds MoveOn’s grassroots power–to win powerful, progressive victories.

Description: Time and again, MoveOn.org has changed the face of American politics. Since starting as one simple online petition in 1998, we’ve grown to become the largest independent online political group in America, with millions of members fighting together to elevate real people’s voices in our democracy and win progressive change.

But organizing today looks a lot different than it did 15 years ago when MoveOn started running inspirational, impactful, member-led campaigns. These changes, largely powered by shifts in technology, have resulted in huge progressive wins and have engaged more than 8 million MoveOn members across the country. Over the last decade, online organizing has gone through a revolution. Campaigns have gone from being created by a small number of staff campaigners to a huge number of everyday citizens. We’ve been at the forefront of this change and the next step is to continue building our grassroots field network to rise to these new challenges and opportunities.

As the Field Network Director, you’ll lead the effort to build on our powerful history to design a powerful field model that reflects today’s technology, momentum, and scale. You’ll be at the helm of the next generation of MoveOn’s scaled field strategy that develops member leadership and builds MoveOn’s grassroots power.

In this job, you’ll have both the independence and resources to achieve breakthrough distributed field innovations, working hand in hand with an all-star team campaigners, media professionals, and analytics experts. Most importantly, you’ll work with some of our amazing 8 million members, including hundreds of passionate member leaders, many of whom are a part of our existing network of local groups. If you’re a top-notch organizer looking to take our platform-based campaigning model and build a scaled, innovative field model, this job is for you!

Requirements: There are three critical skill sets necessary to excel in this role: Organizing, Communications, and Technology. Strong candidates will be skilled in all three areas. Strong organizing and communications skills are a must. If you have less deep expertise in technology, you are still encouraged to apply, so long as you have the hunger and aptitude to learn quickly.

Organizing

  • Above all else, you’re an organizer at heart. You love leadership development, member-led campaigns, and training. The best part of your day is when you get a chance to talk to a member leader.

  • You geek out talking about and thinking about scaled, innovative field models.

  • You’re a field architect with innovative and new ideas for how to build a scaled  field network. You have the skills to bridge tried-and-true organizing models with innovative technology platforms.

  • You’re politically savvy and think about how people power could change the direction of decisions at the local, state, and national level.

  • You understand, trust, and connect with grassroots activists and want to support them in doing impactful, creative work.

  • You’re creative and skilled at thinking about how to combine community organizing best practices with scalable tech tools. You’re constantly thinking of creative new ways to mobilize people and have an impact.

  • You can organize yourself out of a job by developing long-term leadership structures.

  • You have a track record of winning high-impact advocacy campaigns.

  • You have extensive experience managing project teams of staff and large numbers of volunteers.

  • You have the experience of or equivalent to a Field Director.

Communications

  • You are a powerful writer for popular audiences, especially short and grabby email actions

  • You are a persuasive and inspiring organizer–on one-to-one’s or large conference calls.

  • You know how to make campaigns newsworthy and generate press coverage to help them win

  • You’re able to quickly synthesize information about new topics

Technology

  • You are adept at figuring out creative ways of leveraging technology to make good things happen

  • You are skilled at testing new uses of technology, and know how to measure what’s working

  • You are experienced with HTML, and ideally with SQL

Work Environment

  • You like teamwork, but can work independently day-to-day

  • You can plan and manage complex projects under relentless deadlines

  • You are low-ego and high-output (like the rest of our team)

  • You can change directions quickly and frequently: “build it, test it, iterate quickly”

  • You like working hard with a hard-working team

  • You thrive in a virtual office: communicates well on conference calls, GChat and email

Location: Anywhere in the continental U.S.—MoveOn operates on a virtual office model, collaborating online.

Salary: Salary is highly competitive and benefits include health and dental insurance and four weeks vacation.

To Apply: Click here to submit your application, resume and a cover letter that explains why you are a good fit for the Field Network Director position.

MoveOn.org Civic Action and MoveOn.org Political Action provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

 

Media Relations Director

Location: Virtual office; New York, NY, or Washington, DC, preferred

Timeline: ASAP

Goal: Earn high-impact media coverage that elevates real people’s voices in our democracy and helps MoveOn members win their campaigns for progressive change.

Description: Time and again, MoveOn.org has changed the face of American politics. Since starting as one simple online petition in 1998, we’ve grown to become the largest independent online political group in America, with millions of members fighting together to elevate real people’s voices in our democracy and win progressive change.

We’re focused this year on building an economy that works for everyone, not just the 1%, protecting voting rights and expanding access to the ballot box, and defending the Affordable Care Act from Republican obstruction and attacks–all with an eye to November’s elections. As part of this effort, we are seeking a Media Relations Director who will be a key player on our communications team, leading our earned media strategy, building relationships with journalists, and making pitches that generate substantial coverage in top national outlets.

We’re looking for someone who’s got great judgment, who’s quick on their feet and ready to seize the opportunities that the news cycle provides, who can work with our campaigners to identify and execute on newsworthy strategies and tactics to get our message out–and then persuade journalists to cover those stories. We’re looking for someone who’s excited about our role in the progressive movement and our mission of giving millions of MoveOn members a voice in our nation’s politics.

We welcome applicants with business backgrounds as well as non-profit and politics.

Reports to: Communications Director

Responsibilities:

  • Generate high-impact media coverage: build relationships with journalists, produce media-friendly content, pitch stories, secure strategic bookings and placements, and track results–grounded in the goal of advancing MoveOn members’ advocacy and electoral campaigns and building our brand.

  • Collaborate closely with our external PR firm, our communications team, our campaigners, and other key partners on game-changing strategies, tactics, and pitches that can break into the media.

  • Elevate the voices of MoveOn members whenever possible to demonstrate what people power looks like.

  • Act as one of MoveOn’s spokespeople–an eloquent, pithy, witty voice for the organization.

  • Help maintain MoveOn’s brand strategy–making sure that “MoveOn” stands for democracy, people-powered politics, and progressivism.

  • Live in the news cycle–anticipating storylines, monitoring opportunities and risks, engineering rapid responses, brainstorming relevant, attention-grabbing tactics, and contributing to broader MoveOn campaign strategy conversations.

Required skills:

  • Excellent writing & editing skills–both for media and for popular audiences. Your writing should be sharp, personable, and memorable.

  • Superb pitching ability–you know how to package information into angles and stories that appeal to journalists, and have an impressive track record of successful pitches.

  • Strong judgment on what kinds of tactics and campaigns will attract local and national press attention. You can tell a genius, outside-the-box gimmick from something that’s just crazy.

  • Strong self-starter, entrepreneurial. You don’t need someone to tell you what to do.

  • Excellent detail-oriented project management. You’re experienced at triage, and can handle a lot going on at once.

  • Calm in a crisis, with great instincts. When Fox News is attacking, you’re cool as a cucumber and know what needs to be done.

  • Excellent political and strategy judgment. You’re plugged into the political conversation and are good at seeing the path to victory.

  • Willing to do what it takes to make a project come off. Low ego, high focus on getting stuff done (like the rest of our team).

  • Hard worker, can do flexible hours and manage your time independently. You know that saving the world doesn’t always happen between 9 and 5.

  • Comfortable with a virtual office. You can work with colleagues from Los Angeles to Detroit.

Preferred (but not required) skills:

  • Experience with digital politics and technology. You’ve messed around with HTML and know what a good online campaign looks like.

  • Experience in organizing. You know how to work with volunteers to make change happen.

  • Experience in advocacy. You know how to power map a target, launch effective campaigns, and win policy battles.

Salary: Salary is highly competitive and benefits include health & dental insurance and four weeks vacation.

To Apply: Click here to submit your application, resume and a cover letter that explains why you are a good fit for the Media Relations Director position.

MoveOn.org Civic Action and MoveOn.org Political Action provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Campaign Director

Time and again, MoveOn has changed the face of politics in America by harnessing the power of the Internet and our 8 million members. We’ve taken on hugely ambitious state, local, and national issue campaigns—and we’ve won. We’ve proven that progressive candidates can fund and power their campaigns primarily through grassroots online efforts. And we’ve powered innovative new ways to organize around issues from health care to clean energy, from gun violence to net neutrality.

At MoveOn, we focus like a laser on progressive campaigns at the intersection of political efficacy and high member energy. As a MoveOn Campaign Director your role will be to work with a team of dedicated staff and millions of members to design, build, and execute new models of online and offline campaigning that will maximize the impact of MoveOn members in local, state and national fights.

In this job, you’ll have both the independence and resources to achieve breakthrough innovations, working hand in hand with an all-star team of programmers, media professionals, analytics experts, field experts, and campaigners. If you’re a top-notch organizer looking to create the next big thing in political change by leveraging the power of the Internet, then this job is for you.

Requirements: To set our Campaign Director up for success, we have identified three critical skill sets necessary to excel in this role—roughly grouped into Organizing, Communications and Technology. Strong candidates will be skilled in all three areas. However, we also encourage candidates to apply who don’t have deep expertise in all three areas, but have exceptional skills in one or two areas, and the hunger and aptitude to learn the other areas quickly.

Organizing

  • Constantly thinking of creative new ways to mobilize people and have an impact
  • Understands, trusts, and connects with grassroots activists and wants to support them in doing impactful, creative work
  • Skilled at creatively thinking about how to combine community organizing best practices with scalable tech tools
  • Experience directing advocacy campaigns is preferred
  • Ability to manage project teams of staff and large numbers of volunteers

Communications

  • Powerful writer for popular audiences, especially short and grabby email actions
  • Knows how to make campaigns newsworthy and generate press coverage to help them win
  • Able to quickly synthesize information about new topics

Technology

  • Adept at figuring out creative ways of leveraging technology to make good things happen
  • Skilled at testing new uses of technology, and knows how to measure what’s working
  • Has managed tech projects, including scoping and spec’ing out web tools
  • Experienced with HTML, and ideally with CSS, SQL, Perl or similar technologies

Work Environment

  • Likes teamwork, but can work independently day-to-day
  • Can plan and manage complex projects under relentless deadlines
  • Is low-ego and high-output (like the rest of our team)
  • Can change directions quickly and frequently: “build it, test it, iterate quickly”
  • Likes working hard with a hard-working team
  • Thrives in a virtual office: communicates well on conference calls, IM and email

Location: Anywhere in the continental U.S.—MoveOn operates on a virtual office model, collaborating online.

Salary: Salary is highly competitive and benefits include health and dental insurance and four weeks vacation.

To Apply: Click here to submit your application, resume and a cover letter that explains why you are a good fit for the Campaign Director position.

MoveOn.org Civic Action and MoveOn.org Political Action provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.


Senior Strategist, New Business Models

Time and again, MoveOn.org has changed the face of American politics. We started as one simple online petition in 1998. Since then, we’ve grown to become the largest independent online political group in America, with over 8 million members–and a powerful progressive voice in American politics.

That growth was no accident. We never could have grown so big–or had such an outsize impact–without constant innovation, and we’re not stopping now. That’s why MoveOn created a brand new team charged with finding innovative new ways to fund MoveOn’s work and power our members’ campaigns.

Executive Summary

Our New Business Models Senior Strategist is part of a new, small team of empowered people working together to develop new ways to grow MoveOn and the progressive movement.

You’ll play a key role in plotting our team’s overall strategy. Together, we’ll figure out new ways to fund MoveOn–by doing everything from connecting our members with goods and services that are in line with their progressive values, to finding ways to fundraise through our website and petition platform, to innovating new ways to fund our member-led campaigns.

In this job, you’ll have the resources to achieve breakthrough innovations, working hand in hand with an all-star team of programmers, media professionals, analytics experts, and online organizers from across our organization.

What would I do in this job, day-to-day?

We’ve generated an exciting list of potential ideas to explore–from partnerships with clean energy companies and progressive banks to piloting a scalable member-to-member fundraising platform.

We need you to assess the most promising ideas that are in line with our members’ progressive values–and unearth ones we haven’t identified yet. Then, you’ll design and execute test projects and implement the things that work best.

Who’s the best fit for this job?

If you have a track record of running something innovative, especially in an online environment; a head for evaluating prospective business models; and a passion for bringing new resources into the progressive movement, then this is a dream job.

Requirements:
This is a highly responsible and entrepreneurial position. The expectations are high, and there is no one professional background that guarantees success in this role.

For example, successful applicants might be an online organizer at a progressive non-profit organization; be a recent MBA graduate with a strong passion for progressive politics; or, be an innovator who’s played a key role in building a socially-responsible business.

However, there are some skills you must have to be successful in this role:

  • Crystal clear communication skills: Whether you’re writing memos for internal audiences, emailing 8 million progressive activists about a new initiative or opportunity, or writing a fundraising email, you can communicate clearly and persuasively.

  • Business chops: You can look at a prospective project or a business plan and evaluate its likely scale for fundraising or revenue, versus the likely costs of running it.

  • Innovative thinking: You think strategically about opportunities, challenges, and context that’ll affect the success of a project.

  • Record of success: You aren’t just an idea person. You should have a proven track record of managing and rolling out new, successful programs or initiatives from start to finish.

  • Work ethic: You are ready to pick up the phone, dig into the numbers, spend hours drafting and redrafting an email, etc. You’re ready to not just write proposals, but see ideas through to execution.

  • Analytic sensibility: You might not have a degree in advanced analytics, but you can quickly learn how to use basic analytic tools and crunch numbers so you can have informed conversations about how to set up and interpret test results.

  • Nimbleness: You can change directions quickly and frequently–“build it, test it, iterate quickly.”

We’ve also identified four areas—roughly grouped into Strategy, Project Management, Innovation, and Technology—that will help you excel in this role. Our strongest candidates will be skilled in all four of these areas. However, we encourage candidates who have exceptional skills in two or three areas–and the willingness and aptitude to learn the other areas quickly–to apply.

Strategy:

  • Creativity: You are brimming with ideas on how organizations like MoveOn could engage our members and the broader public.

  • Negotiation savvy: You’re a smart negotiator, who can be responsible for maintaining relationships with outside companies, vendors, and consultants, and negotiate good deals for MoveOn.

Project Management:

  • “Zoom factor”: When thinking about a project, you can see the big picture as well as the nitty-gritty details.

  • Drive: You’re able to push a complex project forward effectively, through many stages of discussion, information-gathering, and assessment, without letting it stall out (unless there’s a clear decision to stop).

Innovation:

  • Prioritization: When presented with a list of new ideas, or multiple approaches to solve a problem, you don’t get overwhelmed. You’re able to spot “best bets,” get input when needed, and weigh costs and benefits of different approaches quickly, and go.

  • Comfort with big scale: You have experience with, and an aptitude for, thinking about how to engage millions of people using online tools.

Technology:

  • Adept at figuring out creative ways of leveraging technology to make good things happen, and skilled at testing new uses of technology.

  • Experience with HTML, and ideally with CSS, SQL, Perl, or similar technologies.

  • Experience managing tech projects, including scoping and spec’ing out web tools, is a plus.

What’s the work environment at MoveOn like?

Since MoveOn’s very first hire, we’ve been a virtual office, which means you can live anywhere in America and work for us. Most of our work is done over conference calls, IM, and email.

To thrive here, you should like teamwork but be able to drive forward big projects on your own under relentless deadlines. And you should be low-ego, high-output, hard-working, and nimble–like the rest of our team.

What’s the compensation and structure of this role?

This position could be structured as a temporary or regular full-time employee position. Salary is highly competitive and benefits include health and dental insurance and four weeks vacation.  Location is flexible (telecommute).

To Apply: Click here to submit your application, resume and a cover letter that explains why you are a good fit for the New Business Models Senior Strategist position.

Deadline: Applications will accepted through February 21, then on a rolling basis.

MoveOn.org Civic Action and MoveOn.org Political Action provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.