Job Announcement: Field Director

Rights Working Group (RWG)

Rights Working Group (RWG) formed in the aftermath of September 11th to promote and protect the human rights of all people in the United States. A coalition of more than 330 local, state and national organizations, RWG works collaboratively to advocate for the civil liberties and human rights of everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, citizenship or immigration status.

Field Director Position Summary

RWG is seeking a Field Director to join our dynamic multi-disciplinary collaborative team of nine staff to direct the field program, particularly for the Racial Profiling: Face the Truth campaign.  The Field Director will work in a fast paced coalition that brings together organizations from different sectors, regions and disciplines to advance the campaign's goals and other RWG initiatives.  The Field Director's responsibilities include the development and implementation of the field and membership structure, creation and coordination of the overall field strategy for RWG campaigns and projects, and supervision of the Field Organizer. S/he works closely with the Policy, Deputy and Executive Director to support the development and maintenance of RWG's coalition, campaigns, projects and overall strategic plan. The Field Director reports to the Deputy Director.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Direct and implement RWG field strategies to foster cross-sectoral collaboration amongst RWG member groups, mobilize diverse communities impacted by racial profiling and coordinate local, state and national organizations to achieve the coalition's objectives.
  • Support the development and coordination of RWG objectives, goals, strategies and tactics.
  • Manage the Field Organizer and agreements with field partners.
  • Work with the Field Organizer to identify, recruit, coordinate and consult with member organizations from directly impacted communities to implement RWG campaign(s).
  • Regular travel to conduct outreach, meet partners and support local campaign activities.
  • Work with Policy Director to move a legislative strategy, which includes legislative targeting and tracking and the implementation of advocacy events.
  • Work with Membership Director, Field Organizer and Communications Manager to coordinate the development of campaign materials, online and social media strategies, membership calls, and other membership activities.
  • Oversee and implement outreach plans for national events including membership meetings, convenings, advocacy and lobbying days, and national weeks of action.
  • Attend meetings as a representative of the coalition and undertake special projects as needed.

Qualifications

Experience

  • At least five years of experience strategizing for and organizing campaigns, preferably around immigrant rights, civil liberties, racial justice, and/or human rights.
  • Extensive experience working in coalitions with diverse communities, preferable reflective of RWG members, and in collaborative decision-making environments.
  • Experience managing staff and coordinating organizing, policy and communications work.
  • Experience organizing in grassroots community or state based organization preferred.
  • Experience coordinating community organizing with online/social media campaign a plus.

Knowledge

  • Familiarity with human rights, civil liberties, racial justice, immigrant rights, and/or other relevant social justice issues.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish or languages other than English a plus.

Skills and abilities

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Creativity and strategic campaign building/planning skills.
  • Strong networking and coalition-building skills.
  • Ability to manage staff, multiple projects, coordination of campaign activities and prioritize a wide range of responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated success at effectively bringing diverse constituencies and grassroots organizations together to strategize around a common problem and mobilize a campaign.
  • Willingness to travel domestically monthly or more frequently and work during weekend events on occasion.
  • Strong writing and editing skills, ability to develop community oriented materials a plus.
  • Personal commitment to the RWG Core Principles, strong team player and a good sense of humor.

Salary:  This is a full time position with an excellent benefits package. Salary is commensurate with experience.

To Apply:  Interested applicants should send a resume with cover letter and salary requirements to:

Mitzi Bowen
Rights Working Group
1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036
Faxes accepted at (202) 591-3339
Email applications to mbowen@rightsworkinggroup.org
Subject Line: RWG Field Director

Phone inquiries not accepted and only candidates receiving interviews will be contacted.

Rights Working Group, a project of Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related) or conditions Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions (ARC). Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.