Civic Engagement Director
African Communities Together (ACT) is an organization of African immigrants fighting for civil rights, opportunity, and a better life for our families here in the U.S. and worldwide. ACT works to support and empower African immigrants to integrate socially, advance economically, and engage civically. ACT connects African immigrants to services, empowers our members to develop as grassroot leaders, and leads campaigns for social change. ACT’s African immigrant membership comes from a diverse range of nationalities, cultures, and languages, and is religiously diverse, majority women, and predominantly working-class and low income.
ACT is hiring a Civic Engagement Director to lead ACT’s work on integrated voter education and engagement, including supporting the founding of a 501(c)(4) sister organization. The Civic Engagement Director will work closely with ACT’s Chapter Directors for New York, DC/MD/VA, and Pennsylvania, and will report directly to the Executive Director. Key responsibilities include:
Campaign Development and Leadership: Work with Chapter Directors to develop campaign plans, set goals, develop lists and materials, build teams, and run programs.
Integrated Voter Engagement: Work with Chapter Directors to integrate voter education and engagement into chapter programs and campaigns.
Data Management: Organize and analyze contact data, including membership lists, voter lists, and demographic information.
Development of Affiliated 501(c)(4): Working closely with the Executive Director, develop and launch a 501(c)(4) sister organization, including structure, membership, and funding.
Fundraising: Working with the Executive Director and Development Director, raise funds to support civic engagement campaigns and programs.
Public Leadership: Represent ACT in partnerships, coalitions, campaigns, and at public events.
This position may be based in ACT’s offices in New York, D.C., or Philadelphia. The position will require regular work from ACT offices, presence in the field, and some travel; it is not a fully remote or work-from-home position.
Minimum 7 years of experience working in political campaigns, progressive issue advocacy organizations, labor unions or community organizations.
Experience developing and leading field campaigns.
At least 2 years’ experience of leading and managing staff, with a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion in the workplace.
Cultural competence and significant experience with African immigrant communities.
Fluency in English required. Fluency in a widely spoken African language and/or French or Arabic is desirable.
Ability to succeed in a collaborative community organization environment, including accountability to goals, ability to work independently, and prioritize.
Ability to succeed in a fast-paced campaign environment, work under time pressure, and meet deadlines.
Ability to develop and communicate plans, goals, strategy, and outcomes, clearly and persuasively, orally and in writing.
Alignment with ACT’s mission and values.
Fundraising experience, particularly for electoral or civic engagement work, is desirable.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred. Relevant professional degree, such as MPA or JD, is desirable and will count towards minimum professional experience requirement.
ACT offers competitive salary, benefits, and leave policies. Baseline salary is $85,000; additional compensation negotiable based on experience. Additional benefits include employer-paid health insurance; pension contribution (SEP); professional development; vacation and personal leave; and a sabbatical/longevity bonus.
To apply, please submit your resume along with a brief cover letter describing your interest in the position here.
Applicants are encouraged to submit applications by June 25, 2022 ; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
ACT is an affirmative action employer, and strongly supports the social goals of affirmative action. We therefore make special efforts to recruit individuals from groups that are historically under-represented in professional environments, or that suffer from broader societal discrimination.